Topps broke with tradition in 2015 with its flagship product, Series One and Two baseball. Gone were the white borders that had been a constant since 2007 (remember those photos placed against a black background?), replaced with a more colorful, rustic look.
There will be more of a departure next year when the 2016 product is released. Topps announced Tuesday that 2016 Topps’ base design will feature nearly full-bleed photos for its cards for the first time, a move the company believes “will showcase a wide range of action photography.”
“We have had a white border for so many years and it was sort of a staple of the Topps design,” Topps senior art director John Doldan stated. “I think we are trying to move forward and make the cards a little more modern and current.
“I think gradually we have been going in that direction and break from the past a little bit.”
The distinctive Topps logo seems to fade more into the background, judging only from the Buster Posey card the company used as an example.
2016 Topps Series One has no release date as of yet but the 2015 set was issued on February 4.