Although the 2016 MLB season might seem like the distant future for many fans and collectors, Topps wasted no time releasing the base design for their popular flagship release.
While no other specifics were revealed, the 2016 Topps Baseball design immediately sticks out in comparison to previous years. Featuring as close to a full-bleed design that the annual release has ever displayed, there is also a faint smokey effect in the corners of the Buster Posey card. Most notable, the design does not have the familiar white border that has become a mainstay of recent releases. View all the previous Topps flagship base designs here.
This change comes as a result of trying to update the design beyond the norm. According to Topps senior art director John Doldan, "We have had a white border for so many years and it was sort of a staple of the Topps design. I think we are trying to move forward and make the cards a little more modern and current. I think gradually we have been going in that direction and break from the past a little bit."
Additionally, a diagonal team logo is placed in the corner alongside a small text box at the bottom.
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