2014 Topps Stadium Club Mets baseball cards

Topps Stadium Club has been one of my favorite sets since its first year, way back in 1991. It’s the one set that I wish Topps could get “right” again. I don’t think this year’s release is quite “there” yet, but I hope it does well enough to stay on the Topps release calendar for 2015.

The base card design would fit in with any of the sets released late in the brand’s original run, and the photography – Stadium Club’s hallmark – remains impressive. On the down side, the set is too small to include a full representation of any team – the sets I loved had over 600 cards, while in 2014 the set is made up of just 200 cards. And I’m not sure there’s enough “bang for your buck” to satisfy people who are buying Stadium Club by the box instead of picking up the singles they want from casebreakers.

Here’s a look at the Mets’  base cards and select inserts:

Curtis-Granderson Curtis-Granderson_B

I can’t tell for sure if the Jarrod Saltalamacchia had the ball, but Curtis Granderson had to be out on this play if he did.

Travis-dArnaud Travis-dArnaud-B

Travis d’Arnuad gets a posed shot holding a bat while sitting in the dugout. It’s cool because we don’t see this kind of photo very often in 21st century baseball card sets.

Zack-Wheeler Zack-Wheeler-B

Generic 2013 action photo for Zack Wheeler… at least he’s smiling in the one on the back of his card.

David-Wright David-Wright-B

David Wright, sticking out his tongue while completing a throw.

Wilmer-Flores Wilmer-Flores-SC-B

Wilmer Flores gets my least favorite action shot: batter standing around watching the ball. It’s probably a foul ball.

Matt-Harvey Matt-Harvey-B

Matt Harvey hasn’t pitched in a major league game since August 2013…why is he in a 200-card set that came out in October 2014?

Tom-Seaver Tom-Seaver-B

Tom Seaver is the greatest player to wear a Mets uniform, but he does not belong in a 200-card set issued in 2014. Those spots should be filled by current ballplayers. But points for using a photo from 1983 – I don’t often see images of Seaver in the racing stripe uniforms.

David-Wright-BT David-Wright-BT-B

I think the Beam Team cards look a little more impressive after being scanned than they do in person. Unfortunately, this one uses another 2013 photo.

David-Wright-FA David-Wright-FA-B

And let’s end with my favorite card from this year’s set – I love good candid photos of players in the dugout.

What do you think of this year’s Topps Stadium Club set?

About Paul

NY Mets enthusiast, toy collector, amateur gardener, Christian. I like to take pictures & write things.

Posted on October 25, 2014, in Baseball Cards, New York Mets and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I would have appreciated heavier card stock, given the price. But I missed Stadium Club so much, I dove right in, anyway. And, given the price (not super high end, but not cheap either), I didn’t mind the smaller set (you can actually complete it without taking out a second mortgage) and the inclusion of past greats. I was especially happy there were no short prints. Had there been SPs, I think I’d have passed altogether. Though the old timers were the usual suspects (Koufax, Clemente, Ted Williams, Bo Jackson, etc.), it did seem that Topps found pictures of them that had not been previously used to death. Lots of autographs (including Montero and deGrom, IIRC). I give 2014 Stadium Club a fairly decent B+.

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