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Ranking Topps Baseball Card Designs (2000-2009)

by Paul Semendinger


As we wait for the season to begin, I thought it might be fun to look back at some of the old Topps baseball card sets and rank the designs.

We're now up to 2000-2009.

Here are the designs year-by-year:











Some thoughts:

Overall, I think this was a strong decade. Nice crisp clean designs. Clear photos. These are good cards to look at. The drawback is when the players name (or any print) are shiny. They become difficult to read when sorting cards in some (most) lighting.

2000 - It seemed they were continuing ta similar design from the previous years.

2001 - A nice looking set. The green color is original and distinctive.

2002 - The gold here is nice.

2003 - My son Ryan's favorite set of all time. Because of that (maybe) I'm a fan.

2004 - This is a really nice design. My favorite of the decade.

2005 - It seemed they tried to replicate 2004. I like the team name on top (2004) more than the player's name up there.

2006 - There seemed to be a bit too much going on with this set. One of the worst of the decade.

2007 - The design is lacking. Again, it seems they were trying too hard to be too creative and it's a miss.

2008 - The team name in circles was original, and it shouldn't work, but for some reason it does.

2009 - A really nice looking set.



  1. 2004

  2. 2008

  3. 2009

  4. 2005

  5. 2003

  6. 2001

  7. 2000

  8. 2002

  9. 2007

  10. 2006

How do you rank these designs?


Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
Mar 07

Whenever I bought a pack of baseball cards as a child, I always liked the smell of the "gum sugar" on the cards from that flat stick of Bazooka gum that Topps always included in the pack!

Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
Mar 08
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Not a good thing. I am glad that MLB finally banned chewing tobacco during games in 2016, so players were no longer glamorizing it to impressionable kids. What happened to Tony Gwynn finally convinced MLB to put a stop to it. I still remember players like Sparky Lyle, Brian Doyle, Ruppert Jones, and Larry Milbourne, and many others, playing the game with a big puffed out cheek full of chewing tobacco. Bobby Murcer always had a can of chewing tobacco in his back uniform pants pocket when he played, and Carlton Fisk used to do TV commercials for it. That, and the players constantly spitting out tobacco juice. Today, sunflower seeds seem to have replaced chewing tobacco, but at…


Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
Mar 07

2003 and 2004 are the only good ones. The rest are fails for absence of position on the face, and some are even worse because you can't even read the name.

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