2013 Topps Silver Slugger Matt Kemp
I am still working on my 2013 Topps set. I've finished the base set and most of the inserts, which has lead me to chase down a few cool manupatch type cards to finish off my Series 1 cards. I added a sweet Holliday patch card a day or two ago, but I think my card today beats out the Matt Holliday. This Matt Kemp card is from the Silver Slugger manupatch set, but it's not really a manupatch. The bat on the right side of the card is a small silver bat and the black piece beneath it is also metallic. I am not sure about what type of card stock Topps used for this card, but it is probably the thickest baseball card I have ever seen.
While the actually manupatches featured in the first series of the 2013 Topps set are slightly disappointing, some of the other manufactured cards are spectacular. I have a few more to share early next week. This is a really creative set concept and product from Topps. While I have never assembled an entire manufactured card set I am tempted to work on putting this one together over the year. Most of the cards in the set are around $10 with the exception of the Ken Griffey Jr. card. I would imagine that Topps will also put out a second round of these in June with the release of the 2nd Series. Hoping there might be a Cardinal.