As I was pulling up the editor to write this post, a thought occurred to me. When I started writing this blog, 2011 Topps was just going live. While I was collecting before that, opening packs of flagship cards that year was pretty much brand new to me. I had no idea what I was getting other than the odds on the packs. Now, by the time the base set comes out, I've had six months for the design to settle in.
Yes, it's good to have a preview of what to expect, to build interest and more importantly for me budget my money based on what I'm hoping to collect. But I don't think we need a six month advance preview. I wish Topps would keep the details of these sets private a bit longer. Back in the '90s and the mid 2000s when there were new products every week, I really didn't know what was in a box until it arrived in stores. I do recall seeing some sell sheets, but most of the time it was very near to a product's release.
Anyway, here's 2016 Topps:
Of course there will be parallels. The now-usual gold, black, pink, platinum, rainbow foil, clear, framed, and printing plate parallels return, along with a "vintage stock" parallel numbered to 99. That might be fun.
As always, there is a whole slew of inserts.
There will be cards for the 2016 Presidential Candidates. I've always collected these in the past, so I might do so here, too. I'm still trying to finish that 2008 Upper Deck cartoon Presidential Predictors set.
100 Years at Wrigley Field will feature 25 memorable moments at the old ivy-covered ballpark. I'm not a Cubs fan, but a few of the singles could end up in my collection.
Back To Back will be Topps' combo-player insert set this year, with power hitting combos. I guess Maris and Mantle would fit the bill... but Topps doesn't have an agreement with Mantle anymore. I don't care for combo sets unless the design is really appealing.
Something I loved this year and I'm very glad to have back is the First Pitch insert set. Count me in.
As always, Topps will be also including stamped buyback cards.
Most of the insert sets will have autograph, relic, and autographed relic parallels. There will also be hits for sets titled: World Champion, Postseason Performance, and Scouting Report. Glove Leather autographs, cut signatures, and In The Name relics round out the offering. I rarely handle cards from these sets, other than my type collection.
Topps Bunt will be back too.
It depends on how the insert sets actually pan out, but next year's Topps set has potential. What do you think?