Wednesday, July 13, 2011
2010 Giants Topps Levi's Workshops
Front Design: A black-and-white photograph (with orange accents where appropriate) sits inside a baseball motif involving a diamond, bats, and a ball over a woodgrain-style background. The player's jersey number appears in a home plate, and the team logo is in the bottom right. There are two Junior Giants cards featuring kids on a similar horizontal design. Black and orange are the only ink colors used.
Back Design: The player's name and jersey number is repeated on the back along with vital statistics. The player's chosen charity receives a write-up, and a quote appears at the bottom, just above the Levi's Workshops logo banner.
Parallels and Similars: While this set is fairly unique in design, it has hints of the 1951 Topps red and blue backs.
Distribution: Cards were given away at AT&T Park on July 27, 2010 in packs of 12. In my limited research I have not found any cards other than the 12 I pulled from my pack.
Thoughts: This is a very attractive set, designed by Shepard Fairey's Studio No. 1; Fairey designed the famous/infamous Obama "Hope" poster. The set reminds me of the efforts manufacturers went to in the early 1900s to create interesting designs. I would collect more sets that had unique retro or modern designs. See this post at The Mojo Beard.
Additional Links: Offy's Sports Site has a lengthy write-up with scans of the entire set. Levi's Workshops produced a video about the event: