|2012 Topps #62|
Mrs. Claus came through again this year with another Topps factory set under the tree. This is becoming an annual Christmas tradition, and I spent the next several days after Christmas sorting through the cards and familiarizing myself with the base Topps cards that I overlooked during the year. I know this set has been picked apart and/or praised and equally celebrated or criticized throughout the blogosphere, so my observations are undoubtedly a little late. But as I was looking through the 2012 Topps set and sorting it, a few random critical questions came to mind:
- Why doesn't Topps group subsets any more? I love postseason cards, in spite of card #264 celebrating the Cardinals victory over the Phillies in Game 5 of the 2011 N.L.D.S. By my tally, there are 10 postseason cards scattered throughout the set, and the games featured on the cards aren't even in chronological order throughout the set. Why not group these cards together to present the cohesive story of the 2011 postseason?
- Same goes for the League Leaders cards, as these are scattered throughout the set too. Why not just group them all together to present a snapshot of the leaders from the 2011 season? And bring back the stolen base leaders and leading firemen cards while you're at it.
|2012 Topps #29|
- Did we really need the Active League Leaders subset? Instead of these cards, we could have had stand-alone highlights and record breakers cards, instead of making those subjects share card space with the set's checklists. I doubt collectors were clamoring for the Active N.L. Wins Leaders card, featuring two former Phillies. I certainly wasn't.
- This is nit-picking, but were there really no better highlights or records broken in 2011 than Jose Valverde's franchise record 49 saves with the Tigers (#491) or Derek Jeter's most games played with the Yankees (#641)?
- Finally, and for all I know Topps has been doing this for the past few years, why give the Rookie Cup winners two separate cards? I only noticed this when I came across two separate cards for the Phillies new center fielder, Ben Revere. He has a base card (with no Rookie Cup) and a second card (with a Rookie Cup). That seems silly.
|2012 Topps #292|