Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2014 Topps

OK, so I'm a little late to the party. That's alright with me since I gave up busting packs years ago and instead seek out my cards through sportlots and comc. I nabbed the 14 Reds cards that Topps has released and my favorite of the bunch would have to be the Reds top prospect coming into this year...Billy Hamilton. I'm not a fan of this year's design. Essentially all the reviews that I've read this year are spot on, in my opinion. It just feels way too Bowman to me. I'm not sure what Topps was trying to accomplish this year, but I'm not impressed. 2013 was great, as was 2011, but this year's design is just a whole lot of bad. The only thing going for this set is that the wave action is a nice complement to the 2012 surfboard design. Honestly, I wouldn't mind if Topps decided to go the Stadium Club route with their future flagship releases and use full bleed photography and ax the borders. I'm sure that will never happen though.


  1. Maybe the Bowman cards will look more like Topps cards then.. i happen to love Bowman except im completely lost in what is truly a rookie card anymore.. and Billy Hamilton is a beast.. I hope he starts and plays in Cincy all year, i've longed for some Vince Coleman/Tim Raines-type speed for years... MLB is sorely missing the base burners like that...

    1. I'm excited as well to see what Hamilton can do. Considering that his first stolen base was against Molina, I think that says a lot about just how fast he is. As for what constitutes a true rookie card, I don't think they exist anymore. With Bowman putting out cards long before some of these guys are called up to the majors, I see those as prospect cards. When those that make it are called up, by then they already have half a dozen cards and so does that make a card that's put out during their first year in the majors a rookie? Maybe...then again, since he already has cards out, maybe not.