Even before Topps Heritage became a yearly release, card companies would use modern players on retro designs. I remember getting old issues of Tuff Stuff and inside would be retro designs of Then star players like Ken Griffey Jr and Frank Thomas.
Now there are at least 3 releases a year that focus on Flagship Topps designs. Topps Heritage is about 50 years apart from the original design to current year. This year Topps will be utilizing the 1972 design for the 2021 release.
Topps has also be using a 35th anniversary since 2018 as an insert set in their main flagship release. This year features the 1986 design.
Topps also releases their Archives brand that shows off 3-4 designs for active and retired players.
Topps is celebrating their 70th anniversary this year and they have an insert set in Series 1 showing players on older designs. One of my goals is to get Andrew McCutchen on a baseball card design from 1952 to his retirement.
Topps has goofed this up for me by not including him in the 2020 Archives release and "doubling up" on older designs.
With Cutch being part of the 70 years of Topps Baseball insert and being shown on the 1955 design, I am one step closer to completing that goal. You can revisit a post I made in 2017 about Cutch being on older designs from the 80s here.
Like everything Topps produces, there are parallels to chase too. Below you will see the 5x7 Gold parallel numbered to only 10 copies.
Do you like any large format cards?
Have you tried collecting a single player on other designs that weren't from their playing career days?