Wednesday, August 10, 2016
2017 Chachi Preview #1 Tommy Joseph
In case you missed it, Topps released the first image of its 2017 flagship set today and the reactions (at least on Twitter) seem to be decidedly negative. The most common criticisms are that Topps seems to be trying too hard and the design would be more at home on a throw-away insert set moreso than the main 2017 base set. I'm reserving judgment for now, and I won't pretend that I won't buy a pack (or 50) when the product is released in the spring. For what it's worth, my nine-year-old son took one look at the mock-up and proclaimed, "I love it!" So it would seem as if Topps is doing something right.
In any event, I've used the occasion of Topps releasing its first first preview image over the past few years to slightly steal the company's thunder and release a preview image of next year's Chachi set. After being all but completely certain that I'd use the 1971 Topps design for the 2017 Chachi set, I went and completely changed my mind a few weeks ago and landed on the 1982 Topps design. (The 2017 Chachi Set Planning Committee seems indifferent to this decision, what with various non-stop summer activities occupying their time.)
The main reason for this decision is that I miss color. I've enjoyed working with the 1970 Topps design this year, but it's main color component (gray) leaves a lot to be desired. With the 1982 Topps design, I'll get pinks, oranges, greens, browns and different shades of blues. Looking at the original color combinations used by Topps in 1982, I've already come up with the color combinations I'll use if I endeavor to create custom cards for players on the Marlins, Rockies, Rays or Diamondbacks. And in case you were wondering, the only two teams with the same 1982 Topps color palettes are the Expos and White Sox.
The one design element I haven't finalized yet is whether or not I'll tackle the challenge of having facsimile autographs on the 2017 Chachi cards, just like the originals. This seems like a daunting and time consuming exercise to me, so I'll most likely forego the facsimile autographs as I've done with past Chachi set releases.
If the 2017 Topps design has you down, get ready to enjoy a whole lot of 1982 Topps here at The Philies Room next season. If the 1982 Topps design has you down, I'm afraid there's no hope for you.
2014 Chachi Preview #1 (8/8/13)
2015 Chachi Preview #1 (8/15/14)
2016 Chachi Preview #1 (8/11/15)
2017 Chachi Preview #1 (8/10/16)