Throwback sets have been all the rage for Topps this millennium. So much so, that some of the throwback sets are almost old enough to have throwback sets. It's all a bit tedious if you ask me.
Not the concept. Just the execution. After Archives and Heritage his shelves in 2001, Topps went a step farther. The Topps 206 set(s) in 2002 were absolute gold in my eyes. They stayed true to the spirit of the set, and were the first introduction of the now wildly popular minis. And that formula worked for the majority of the other tobacco card sets - Turkey Red, Allen & Ginter, T-205, and even the obnoxious Gypsy Queen. Take an amazing, classic design that many collectors may not know about. Put modern players on it. Sell baseball cards.
I loved that. What I don't love is taking said set, and turning it into its own monster. Ginter's original design is clean, gorgeous, and classic. The set was a nod to the original series that features all kinds of off the wall stuff. But nearly a decade later...it looks nothing like the classic set. It's just a repeated trope, with a design that becomes less and less clean or classic every single year. But when you can basically print money ever year...why not.