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View Poll Results: Which O/C Version Do You Prefer?
Pushed to the LEFT 3 4.11%
Pushed to the RIGHT 5 6.85%
Pushed to the TOP 20 27.40%
Pushed to the BOTTOM 45 61.64%
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Old 10-14-2020, 06:50 PM
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Default A Simple Poll. What is Your O/C Preference?

I'm wondering what people's preferences are regarding off-centering. (If you never buy off-centered cards, this poll is not for you, so move on.)

If you were buying (forced to buy?) an off-centered card and had to choose among these four possibilities (I kept it real basic by only including one-way centering issues, and not adding other multiples such as top AND left, bottom AND right, etc.), which one would you prefer???

Which orientation looks the 'best' or is the 'most acceptable' in your mind?

1. Pushed to the left, as so...1966mantleleft.jpg. 2. Pushed to the right, as so...1966mantleright.jpg

3. Pushed to the top, as so...1966mantletop.jpg 4. Pushed to the bottom, as so...1966mantlebottom.jpg

(FWIW, these cards are just composite images of the same card. I used photoshop to manipulate the original screen grab to push the image to each of the four separate extremes - left, right, top, and bottom.)
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Old 10-14-2020, 07:05 PM
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That's some pretty slick photoshopping there. Kudos.

Never really thought about it but it's neat to see them all in a row like that. Suppose if I had to choose I'd go with the last one (pushed to the bottom) but I'm not real sure why. I suppose when I first analyze a card, that's the last direction I mentally measure so to me it's the least obvious.
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Old 10-14-2020, 07:39 PM
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I went with pushed to the top, because my art degree tells me that matted photos are supposed to have a larger bottom boarder and small top boarder. It was just something hammered into me every semester while cutting mattes for my photography class finals for four years. But honestly speaking I have cards that are off center in every direction because sometimes the price is too good to pass up.
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Old 10-14-2020, 08:02 PM
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For some reason (maybe because I'm a moderate liberal) my eyes tend to concentrate on the center and left parts of cards.
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Old 10-14-2020, 08:06 PM
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4 ... and then 2

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Old 10-14-2020, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by riggs336 View Post
For some reason (maybe because I'm a moderate liberal) my eyes tend to concentrate on the center and left parts of cards.
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Old 10-14-2020, 10:52 PM
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For left/right I would take #1 based on the image, Mantle is facing left to a more open space because of the skinny border and allows the eye to flow off the image and leave the card. #2 he is facing a wall with nowhere for your eye to leave the image. The diagonal red border on the left also helps balance against the heavy border on the right.

Up down would be #4 pushed to the bottom since the large red name border balances with the large top border.

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Old 10-15-2020, 05:26 AM
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Pushed to the bottom
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Never liked cards OC side to side.

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Old 10-15-2020, 07:34 AM
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On my 53 Bowmans, which are notoriously oc, my preference is pushed to the bottom and to the right. It also depends on the image, some cards don't display well oc especially if it's side to side.
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Old 10-15-2020, 07:53 AM
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A majority opinion if pushing to the bottom is this. I want all of my T206s to look like this one, condition-wise.
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Old 10-15-2020, 12:01 PM
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Either top or bottom are better problems, because it is less obvious to the eye/brain psychologically that a card isn't just designed that way (even if intellectually one knows the border is supposed to be even all around on that issue). Between those, pushed down looks better to me since the top-center is typically the main section of the card, in the sense of where the player face/torso usually is, so having what passes as an adequate border in the area where one first (and perhaps only, if taking just a quick glance) looks seems more soothing to the eye.

(Not sure if my opinion counts since I might buy a card that's a little off, but never one designated o/c).
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Old 10-15-2020, 04:52 PM
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When I think about top/bottom OC, I think about the 1954 Topps set, which is designed with no top border... since I really like this set, I think I prefer 'pushed to the top"
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Old 10-15-2020, 06:14 PM
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Default Centering.

Centering may be my most important criterion. I could accept squashed corners, slight creases, wax stains - way before I could accept bad centering. A lot of the Topps issues in the 70's suffered from centering issues, and I remember, as a teen, combing through the doubles for the best centering.
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Old 10-17-2020, 08:09 AM
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To the bottom. It's really the only centering issue I can live with at all. I've tried to talk myself into cards with poor centering and can't do it.
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