1985 Topps: Classic Baseball Card Design now used by MLB.com

The image for MLB.com’s fantasy opening day features photos of cubs players in 1985 Topps baseball card frames. Ahhh yes. That was the year that my brother and I collected the most baseball cards from our youth. That design is classic. I’m happy that MLB decided to use it.

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17 years ago

i wouldn’t say 1985 was the year we collected the most cards. Either 1989 or 1990 would be our peak years. 1985 is when we started seriously collecting. I remember walking up to the Little Bucky on the corner of 103rd and Wood and paying 25 cents for a pack of 12 cards WITH a stick of bubble gum included (about two cents per card). Or we’d go to that catch all shop on 103rd one block south of Longwood Drive and get our cards there. I remember buying our 1985 Fleer cards from that store. Nowadays you’re lucky to pay $3 for a pack of 5 cards with no bubble gum. (about 60 cents per card a three thousand percent increase from 1985, not double the cost, not triple the cost, but 3000 times the cost. that’s sick.)

17 years ago

sure cards nowadays are super fancy with their luxurious gloss coatings, and funky die cut shapes and premium cards with uniform pieces fused to the card. That’s all fine and dandy. As a graphic designer, I am very interested in what these card companies can do. But i want to collect cards that are printed on basic card stock with simple photos and none of the extra print production frills. I know i can’t pay 25 cents for a pack of cards any more. But i want to pay 50 cents for a pack of 10 cards. is that too much to ask? i want to collect card for the sheer fun of it.

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