Topps Rips Itself Off

No, it’s not what you think. First, let’s take a look at 2015 Gypsy Queen and the base card for disgraced baseball hero, Roger Clemens. I know what you’re thinking and if you’re under 21, you probably think this is a GREAT photograph of “The Rocket”. Well, young collector, you’re absolutely right. Although I’m not big on the card design for Gypsy Queen, the photographs used are absolutely awesome on almost every card.

Again, Topps hit this one out of the park. Nothing like a product full of hits (4) that also features amazing photographs and memorable base cards. As I mentioned, I’m not a fan of the design but the mini cards, autographs, and relics look great. Topps is now 3 for 3 in releases after TributeGate (Opening Day, Museum Collection, Gypsy Queen). They are pretty much running in a race against themselves at this point because no one is even putting up a fight any longer.

Now, if you’re a little older you may recall the Clemens photograph as it was used in Topps’ final iconic flagship every produced, back in 1991. I’m not saying the flagship hasn’t been great since then but to me 1991 was the last great year for them. Not long after that came Finest, Refractors, Upper Deck innovations (AKA autographs and relics) which made set collecting and Topps’ flagship almost obsolete.

However, in 1991, Topps was on top of the card world and its flagship featured the greatest photography ever used in any set with a super clean base design that has aged well, unlike many of their base set designs since that time. What’s even greater is that thanks to the mass production of baseball cards that would eventually kill our hobby or a least destroy the big card boom, these sets can be found for very cheap prices at the card shop (if you have one) or anywhere else. I bought a full set for $5 dollars at a flea market this year.

So the questions is simple: which Topps set used the Roger Clemens photograph better? 1991 Topps vs. 2015 Gypsy Queen?

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3 thoughts on “Topps Rips Itself Off

  1. This is actually the same photo as a Stadium Club insert from last year. So does that qualify as ripping themselves off to the 3rd power? See toward the bottom of the post below…

    https://lifetimetopps.wordpress.com/2014/12/27/2014-product-of-the-year/

  2. nighttimeowl

    I’m assuming your question is rhetorical. ’91 Topps is clearly better: it was first, Clemens is leaning against a sign that says “strikeout”, and the GQ border, as usual, is poisoning everything (but not as terrible as previous years). Also, the crop of the GQ card, although it’s nice to see the close-up of Clemens, features a giant “E” next to him. Not as effective as “strikeout”.

  3. I love Gypsy Queen… but in this particular case, the 1991 photograph is ten times better.

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