“So, we need to make a special set to increase the number of SKUs available this year.”
“Maybe we could change the color of the base design?”
“No, we’re not Donruss.”
“We’re Score. We don’t really do retro.”
“I’ve got it! Shapes!”
“It’ll have a ton of shapes!”
—Score Design Studio, late 1989 (likely)
Another card from the bowels of Junk Wax era, this one didn’t exist to me until I picked up this project in late 2017. It’s literally a picture with an assortment of geometric shapes. BUT DAN, ISN’T THAT EVERY BASEBALL CARD? Topps 1990 is “just” shapes, and even if it’s ugly, at least it’s a design.
Score’s pulled trick before, though. Don’t let them forget it, though the results were somewhat better in 1989 and at least baseball-relevant, with an out-of-proportion outfield to infield ratio around the name
There are certainly worse designs, but it just doesn’t elicit any reaction. The only character to be found is the image using hand cropping to encroach on the border for his feet and the catcher’s mask. AND, the catcher’s mask face guard is edited tightly enough the the red border is seen through the cage. OK. That’s pretty neat. Also adding a smidgen of character is the Futura-esque typeface for his name on the front. (and a year-accurate picture without the number on his left thigh). The back is just so many boxes. Even the lines are so thick that they’re basically boxes themselves. Check out the white lines below “SUPERST⭐R;” those big bois (poorly aging 2019 joke!) are practically shoeboxes, they’re so thicc. (ugh. 2019). Inexplicable purple circle around the team logo? Not adding any character.
Despite the copy on the rear commenting on his age but ‘no signs of showing it!,’ he certainly has the face of a dad whose remote control stopped working only two weeks after changing the batteries and he just realized it was because someone left the phonebook on it in such a way that it was continuously transmitting the volume up pulse for the last 14 hours. Don’t be the kid who put the phonebook on top of the TV remote.