I'm a big fan when there are multiple pictures in similar situations, such as the pairs above. In a set of 330 cards (or 660 or 990 when you consider Series 2 and Update) it's tough to have good photography throughout. I'm glad 2012 Topps had several plays at the plate, plays at the wall, and player celebrations. I know many aren't a fan of Brian Wilson, but the top two cards are excellent because they are pure emotion.
I usually don't worry about the base card design too much, because it just seems nitpicky for a flagship set. It's not my favorite, but it's not horrendous.
I was pleased to pull two cards for my PC:
The David Wright card I would describe as boring but necessary. The shot itself isn't great, but what it means - he's watching a home run, presumably - is excellent. The Reynolds, however, is great all around. Anytime a ball is in mid-flight, the card has some level of excitement. Add to that the crowd in the background, and you've got a winner to me.
Of course, not all of the pictures, no matter how quirky, are particularly intriguing. Some are just a wee bit creepy.
I don't bite my lip when I tar my wood. Seems counterproductive and potentially dangerous.