I got my first 2014 baseball cards on Wednesday. For $4 shipped, I got the Mets’ team set from Topps Series 1. (eBay is a lot more cost-effective than buying packs.) My friend gave me the Target-exclusive red-bordered parallel of new outfielder Chris Young, who is still pictured with his old team.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

(If you are seeing card images with rounded corners, it’s just an artifact of my blog theme – Topps has not departed from its traditional 90-degree corners.)

I’m not excited about this year’s card design, but I don’t hate it. I like the photos – someone at Topps did a nice job of choosing them. The celebration photos are still a novelty, the way game-action ones once were. (You can see a checklist of Mets cards included in the set here.)

My favorite Mets baseball card of the year so far is a toss up between Juan Lagares and Daniel Murphy, but I think Murphy gets the edge.

If I had the opportunity to change one thing about the Topps base set, it would be to get rid of the foil. If I could change two things, I’d ban all free agents from the Series 1 checklist. (I want a Chris Young Mets card, but unless Topps decides to put him in the base set twice, that’s unlikely to happen.)

What do you think about 2014 Topps Series 1? If you could change one thing about the set, what would it be?

You can follow Paul’s Random Baseball Stuff on Facebook or Google+, see my photos on Flickr and Instagram, and follow @Paul_Hadsall on Twitter, where I talk about about a variety of things in addition to baseball.

About these ads

About Paul Hadsall

I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper in New Jersey. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

2 responses

  1. Stubby says:

    Last year (for example), Topps had RA Dickey as a Met in Series 1 and as a Blue Jay in Series 2, so that’s not unheard of. Of course, its Chris Young, so they’re not as likely to include him in Series 1 and 2 as they would be for Granderson or Colon. I thought it was weird to include Justin Turner in Series 1 (as a shortstop no less) when his future was so uncertain. I’d still rather have a Dice-K as a Met card.

    I don’t like the design of 2014 Topps at all, I’m sick of the foil, and there are far too many parallels. The inserts this year are dreadful and pointless, for the most part. They also used to do a much better job on getting players with their new teams into Series 1 (there is no reason we can’t get Grandy as a Met in Series 1; they just stopped bothering since they think it increases sales for Series 2 and Heritage).

    I’m just not excited about the flagship, this year. But I am looking forward to Heritage with the classic ’65 design. Those will be out about March 7. Its only one series, so I doubt you’ll see Chris Young as a Met in that one. But Grandy? If he isn’t, they ought to take Topps’ license away.

    If I could change “one thing”, I’d stop trying to look high-tech and go for a design that embraces the tradition of the game. Drop the foil and use lots of color for something other than distinguishing Target cards from Wally World cards. If I wanted to do something completely different, I think I would try rounded corners for a year. I love the way they look that way on your site and I think collectors would be thrilled to have a set not subject to the dreaded dinged corners. I guess that’s about 5 things.

    The Daniel Murphy is one of the best cards in the set, though. That one and Coco Crisp with his magical hair.

    Like

    • Paul says:

      I don’t think I’ve seen more than 50 or so different cards, so I wasn’t ready to name the Daniel Murphy card the best one of the set.

      Topps is experimenting with rounded corners on the 1989 minis in this year’s set. I’m still trying to decide how I feel about them. (On their own, they’re kind of interesting. But I keep wanting to compare them to actual 1989 cards and they’re really kind of different.)

      I’d be ok with saving the “players on new teams cards” for Series 2 if Topps was down in Florida & Arizona getting real photos to use. But quite often, we get stuck with the same computer-edited photo that could have made it into Series 1 if Topps tried harder. (And I know I’m in the minority, but I liked seeing the introductory press conference photos make it onto some early 1990s cards.)

      Like