Looking for a reason to put together the 2014 Topps Set? I have got five reasons:
1. Red Parallels
There are a bunch of different parallels like normal. Camo, Pink, Green, Yellow, and these. I like red. Cardinals and NC State. SEMO too (look that one up). These are like the Emerald Green cards of last year, so I will have to put together a set of Cardinals for this parallel set. They are not serial numbered and seem pretty reasonable on Ebay. I landed this Mariano, so that's going to look good with my Cardinals set. By the way, I got one card out of the Cardianls set done.
I like any Cardinals card with the retired numbers in the background too. Wonder if Matt Holliday caught this flyball?
2. Final Regular Cards For Helton and Rivera
I am sure that Topps will put Helton and Rivera in plenty of sets in the near future, but it's sad to see them make their final regular card appearance. Both players have been great for the past twenty years or so and have been regulars in baseball card sets throughout that time. If I have more time to flip through the cards I am sure I can probably find more players making their final appearance too. Dawg, where's Lance Berkman?
3. There's No AIRBRUSHING!
You want players in old uniforms? You got it. Thank you Topps for not airbrushing players into their new jerseys. Peralta is still a Tiger. McCann is still a Brave. Both cards look fine.
4. Throwback Uniforms
Lots of cool old uniforms in the set. Reds, A's, Brewers, and many others. Always like to see some of these in every set. Topps has been putting plenty of these cards in sets recently and this year's Topps I is no different.
5. Coco Crisp's Hair
Kind of a throwback to the seventies. Where's Oscar Gamble?