|This year at CitiField, the ceremonial First Pitch was very emotional.|
My favorite meaningless statistic is that the Mets are now 36-20 on opening day, the best percentage in baseball history. Also quirky - and often pointed out - is that they won a World Series (1969) before they actually won on opening day (1970) which means they are 36-12 since that Miracle happened. Fascinating and stupid.
On a more card related point, this is what the 2017 Topps page ended up looking like:
I am still not crazy about the design and it has yet to grow on me. That along with this year's Heritage being the burlap abortion that is 1968 Topps, I am not in a collecting happy place right now (and let's not even bring up that Panini decided that the 1990 Donruss design needed to be brought back, ugh).
I did, however, follow through on my threat to tweak the Salute inserts into a better looking base design:
My photoshop skills are weak at best, but I think by making the photo a tad larger by dragging out the half-border and replacing the insert title with the position, you have at least a good starting point for a much better and cleaner design than the inception angle boxes Topps gave us this year. With a little more skill and time, I am sure the gold stripe could match the team colors and the city name in that right border could be something else as well (though I kinda like the half-font thing going on there). But this is what I was driving at when I critiqued the 2017 base design and in a rare instance, I don't think I am crazy or wrong here. What do you think? Has anyone else done something similar recently? Let me know since this is the first year I have been that turned off by the Topps design since I started the blog.