The team logos look sharp if you don't mind very large, slanty logos, which we don't, because we like the happy retro Mets style. Whether you like this feature thus may be influenced by team preference. The foil is very, well, foily. But it's not chippy. When the foil looks cracked or is missing bits, that's the worst thing ever. Will that happen over time to the 2010 Topps base rendition? Unknown, but for now, it's ok. The photography is good, to a degree. In this shot, we have the earnest David Wright tongue sticking out; but there's something behind him that gives an effect of David having a giant right ear, which is a little disturbing. The Topps logo is ok. We're hoping there are throwback versions of the entire base set.
The base card backs get extra points because at least Topps took the care to include photos that are different from the fronts. It's the little things that make us appreciate your design efforts, Topps. The text is interesting, providing as it does a subtle backhanded insult to Keith Hernandez and Mike "I'm Not Gay" Piazza.
Here the Mets logo on the card and the one on John Maine's jersey are juxtaposed in a manner that can only be described as artful. The foil is holding up well. What do you think of the tiny letter off to the distant left indicating player position? This photo is better because the background is out of focus and less distracting. John Maine keeps his tongue inside his mouth, but makes the "mmm" face.
As for text: the shoulder problem deprived John of play, and deprived the team of his presence. The writer here says he'll be back, baby. Let's hope so. The "NY" is gigantic. We're not saying that's bad.
Here is a wonderful Curtis Granderson card sporting a familiar shot of him doing the patented Grandy Hustle. He's runnin' and he's lookin'. Facial expression: somewhere between tongue and "mmm," with the latter winning out. On the Mets card, there's only a team name on the front. On the Tigers card, it's team name and also city. There doesn't seem to be consistency in this regard on the 2010 Topps cards, from what little we've seen.
Again, points for the different photo on the back, although this shot is a tad goofy. And there's that great "D." We like the text, providing information about CG's extracurricular activities. Are you liking the 2010 Topps base design?
These three cards all came to us via dayf in a spectacular array--thank you, Cardboard Junkie. (More on that array soon.)