Wednesday, September 30, 2009

First Look: 2009 Topps National Chicle Football


The sad fact is that Topps opted to make this set after the Chicle cards in Topps Flagship, Topps Chrome, and UD Philadelphia were already out on the market. The even sadder thing is that these cards dont even compare to the ones from their base set, and they sure as hell dont compare to the ones in Philadelphia, so why even try?

The bordered sticker spaces on the autograph cards cut into the picture, and just draw attention to the fact that there is a sticker on the card. Why not just slap the sticker on the card without the border? It would look a little better than it does, right? With UD Philadelphia offering hard signed cards with better designs, this just isnt going to compete.

The dual looks borderline racist for the Moss painting as he kind of looks like those 20's era depictions of black people on theater posters. Of course, it wasnt meant that way, but im not sure why they would use that particular painting for the card. Then when you factor in that BOTH the Brady and Moss paintings look weird, and feature bordered sticker spots, the card just looks even more awful.

National Chicle is going to suck from what this is showing, and I think I should use an example of what the autograph cards should look like versus what they do look like. Its a stark comparison.

EDIT: I just saw this one, and I almost spit my coffee all over my computer. Obviously Topps' wonderful design team wasnt thinking too clearly (The Perez Hilton crap is my addition, though I think it adds to the overall presentation).


  1. This is easily the worst looking set ive ever seen.

  2. Not making light of the illness, but why wouldn't they partner with the Easter Seals charity for these? Let the kids draw the players.

    Win/Win. Charity gets a large percentage of sales and kids get the thrill of having artwork made into cards. Then Topps gets a boost of goodwill exposure and good press, and more importantly a legitimate excuse for their cards looking like a 13 year olds crayonic nightmare.

  3. I love what you did to the Eli card!

  4. Heel, that would be so great, not because they are helping people, but because it would be better than we have right now.