Category Archives: Card Design

The ’74 OPC Hank Aarons – how six cards became nine

1974 Topps baseball opens with a six-card Hank Aaron tribute set that displays all of his previous Topps cards and lists personal records and season highlights on the back.  Other than card #1, they’re all done exactly the same way … Continue reading

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More tinkering with the 70-71 customs

Fixing the 1970-71 Topps/OPC hockey set is becoming a minor obsession.  All the way back here (images on the link are dead, so it’s of limited use until I fix them) I noted that the set was basically an inverted 1971 … Continue reading

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Minor Monkeying with the custom Gordie

When I made this custom on Friday, I mentioned that I still thought the colours were a bit off and this was noticeable in the green of the Hartford sweater. I found that all the Whalers images in that set … Continue reading

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Maximizing Investment – three different sets from one design

In 1966, Topps released their football set.  The design harkened back to the 1955 Bowman set and depicted a player on a TV screen (one of the big old wooden consoles that vanished after the late 70s/early 80s).  It looked … Continue reading

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Cleaning up the ’70-71 hockey design

I’ve never found the 1970-71 Topps/OPC design to be particularly effective.  It might even be the ugliest design they ever came up with.  I think it’s certainly top five, anyway. This is unfortunate, since as I showed a long time back, … Continue reading

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A couple of old-school box hits

A few weeks back, Luke of the Cardboard Review pondered just what one would have to do to make base sets relevant again.  His solution was basically what card companies have been doing – make the sets really big, offer … Continue reading

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Aussie rules? Of course it does!

These cards were produced within a few months of each other, half a world apart.  Both have designs used under license from Topps. One depicts Wayne Gordon of Melbourne Football club, the other Gordie Howe of the Hartford Whalers.  They … Continue reading

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