2014 Trenton Thunder baseball cards

The 2014 baseball cards of the Trenton Thunder's All-Star contingent

The 2014 baseball cards of the Trenton Thunder’s All-Star contingent

Congratulations to Trenton Thunder players Matt Tracy, Ben Gamel, Peter O’Brien and Gary Sanchez who were selected for the Eastern League All-Star Game on Monday. The Altoona Curve will host the game on Wednesday,  July 16, at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

I picked up the 2014 Trenton Thunder baseball card team set last week when I went to see the Portland Sea Dogs play the Thunder.

Several of the New York Yankees’ top prospects are included in the 36-card set, including Sanchez, Mason Williams, Slade Heathcott, Tyler Austin, Manny Banuelos, Bryan Mitchell, and O’Brien. You also get a card featuring Trenton Thunder mascots Boomer, Derby and Rookie, and a tribute card for the team’s original bat dog, Chase, who died last year.

The cards again feature action photos with the original background removed and replaced with a generic gray background featuring the Thunder logo. While this is a very striking look the first time you see it, the concept gets a bit tired after using it for several years in a row. How about a more traditional design next year, guys?

Rob Refsnyder's 2014 Trenton Thunder baseball card

Rob Refsnyder’s 2014 Trenton Thunder baseball card

At first glance, it appears that Trenton went with a new company to produce their baseball cards in 2014, but a Google search reveals that Brandt Sports Marketing is the new name of MultiAd Sports that had been making the cards for Trenton (and many other minor league teams) for a number of years. And Cedar Graphics acquired certain assets of Brandt Sports last month, so I guess we’ll be seeing their logo on next year’s baseball cards.

This year’s set again features a glossy finish, but my friend Bart reports that it’s a lot more autograph-friendly than the 2013 cards were. All of the 2014 cards are set up in a vertical layout, even though some of the photos cry out for a horizontal format. Most of the photos look ok, but I think the set design would actually work better with posed shots.

The card backs are printed in full color, with a small, cropped version of the main photo, some biographical information and stats going back to 2011.

The back of Slade Heathcott's 2014 Trenton Thunder baseball card

The back of Slade Heathcott’s 2014 Trenton Thunder baseball card

Here’s the full checklist:

  1. Tony Franklin – MGR
  2. Tommy Phelps – Coach
  3. Marcus Thames – Coach
  4. Orlando Mercado – Coach
  5. Lee Meyer – Trainer
  6. Orlando Crance – Coach
  7. Manny Banuelos – LHP
  8. Manny Barreda – RHP
  9. Jeremy Bleich – LHP
  10. Caleb Cotham – RHP
  11. Aaron Dott – LHP
  12. Taylor Garrison – RHP
  13. Jairo Heredia – RHP
  14. Fred Lewis – LHP
  15. Bryan Mitchell – RHP
  16. Graham Stoneburner – RHP
  17. Matt Tracy – LHP
  18. Pat Venditte – P
  19. Taylor Webb – LHP
  20. Tyson Blaser – C/1B
  21. Peter O’Brien C/OF
  22. Gary Sanchez – C
  23. Carmen Angelini – INF
  24. Tyler Austin – INF/OF
  25. Ali Castillo – INF
  26. Dan Fiorito – INF
  27. Rob Refsnyder – INF
  28. Rob Segedin – INF
  29. Taylor Dugas – OF
  30. Benjamin Gamel – OF
  31. Slade Heathcott – OF
  32. Yeral Sanchez – OF
  33. Mason Williams – OF
  34. Boomer/Derby/Rookie – Mascots
  35. Chase – tribute card
  36. Checklist

You can order the Trenton Thunder’s 2014 baseball card team set through TrentonThunder.com for $10 plus shipping.

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Posted on July 8, 2014, in Baseball Cards, Trenton Thunder and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. The Lost Collector

    First I’ve see this years set. Cool!

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    • I think they’ve been out for a few weeks, but a lot of Trenton fans were still working on getting them signed when I was last there on June 30.

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  2. I was just thinking the other day that it’s about time for the minor league team sets to come out. Guess I was right.

    …And thanks for the info about Brandt Marketing and Cedar Graphics. I know I would’ve been confused, and wondering what happened to Multi-Ad.

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