The year-to-year design doesn’t change much these days. The 2014 Topps cards will look a lot like the 2013 edition.
That wasn’t always the case, though.
No matter what era you grew up in, anticipating what the new season’s baseball cards would look like was one of the few joys of the late winter.
Sometimes Topps tried to match the design to the era when it created not only baseball but football and basketball cards (1967 ‘mod’ football anyone?).
Once the cards had arrived in stores, though, it was mostly all about the players and the stats and the trades with fellow classmates.
Colin Fleming was more into the history and the design of baseball cards than most kid collectors though. Growing up in the early 1980’s, he critiqued them.
Now, as a writer, he’s come up with a list of the five best all-time baseball card designs, mixed in some childhood collecting memories and produced this gem of a blog post.