Digital Topps - Topps Pennant Baseball
September 30, 2012
by William Szczepanek
I've written some articles on certain electronic baseball games that I really have liked (like Baseball Mogul) and I don't really like to give publicity to others for no reason at all, but I have just come across a Topps app for the iPad and iPhone, Topps Pennant Baseball, and had to investigate it just because it is related to what I write about. (Topps does have a type of fantasy baseball card app called Topps Bunt. This may be part of another article, but unlike many, I'm not that into fantasy baseball or football games.)
I like old baseball cards, but I also like new digital stuff. So, I plunked down my .99 cents and downloaded the app. It's not really a baseball card app, but it is produced by Topps and allows you to go back in time and investigate games and player data for a certain date or for a season. It has an interesting approach, outlining seasons and games with timelines and a unique dial which allows you to see the results of each at bat during the game as well as the overall stats for the game.
It also allows you see when logo changes occurred for each team, but the depiction leaves something to be desired, since it only changes color and shows on outline of the logo, but really isn't indicative of the real logo. Maybe Topps didn't have the rights to show the actual logo in the app.
It's good in that it can take you back and allow you to see the progress in a play-by-play fashion, but it is somewhat cumbersome and doesn't offer anything that you can't see in baseball reference.com in a more easily readable fashion.
It would have been nice if the app would show a graphic of the baseball card for a particular year whenever you press on a player name and maybe the backside of the card to see stats. Why Topps decided to only show data from 1952 to present gives the impression that this app coincides with the introduction of the first full set of Topps baseball cards. So, where are the cards? Maybe that feature will be coming in a future update. (Hint) But, I doubt it. If, with the release of this new Apple app, Topps is trying to take card collecting into the future, it has failed dismally. It makes me want to go open a shoebox. It has no sound. It has no pictures. It has no video. On the positive side, it has no gum.