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Topps of the Pops

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Bubbler, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    It amused me when I was kid that Topps would essentially re-cycle its designs for its baseball cards for its football cards and vice versa the same year or a year later. To wit ...


    1985 Topps football 1986 Topps baseball

    What I didn't know, but should have suspected, was that Topps was doing the same thing for its English soccer cards. I didn't even know Topps did English soccer cards, but not only did they do them, they did them in a very familiar style.


    1978 Topps football 1979-80 Topps soccer


    1976 Topps baseball 1977-78 Topps soccer


    1975 Topps baseball 1975-76 Topps soccer

    Etc., etc.

    I wonder if Donruss did English soccer cards? Donruss Pitch Kings, anyone?
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  2. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    I don't know about you, but I used to wear out my copy of Samuel Beckett's Price Guide back in the day.

    (Seriously, that's kind of freaky. Same bad clip art and everything.)
  3. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Besides being Topps trading cards, what's similar between these two?

    The English Premier League cards are freakishly identical, though.
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  4. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    Of course, as an employee of Upper Deck back in the 90s, I can remember when all the manufacturers just dropped the pretense and had the same design for all the sports in a given here. "The Line Look" is what we called it.
  5. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Upper Deck led to the ruination of baseball cards as a hobby for little kids.
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    So did moms, who insisted you get rid of all those cards cause they're taking up space.
  7. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    WFW x 2
  8. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    So did price guides.
  9. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    My mother literally said that to me not two weeks ago. I move around a lot because I rent, so I just leave some of my old stuff at my parents' house, including my baseball card and comic book collections.

    I would have been pissed if she got rid of them, especially now that I have a son to pass them on to when he's old enough.
  10. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Just for curiosity, I decided to look up who the heck Dave Finzer was. He actually punted for two years in the NFL, one with the Bears and one with the Seahawks.

  11. Ookpik

    Ookpik New Member

    Dr. James Beckett ;)
  12. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Same black motif on the border. Same ugly big font, only the baseball card has the team name big and the football card has the player's name big.

    I could have pulled others. Pretty sure the 1986 football and 1987 baseball cards are very similar, save the wooden border on the baseball card.
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