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.
(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?
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