Back in December, Topps released images and basic information for the second series of their eponymous Topps release. As promised, here are the images of the sell sheets for 2014 Topps Series 2:
Topps has been posting pictures on their Twitter account (@toppscards) and have set up a brand spanking new Instagram account (toppssports) to show off pictures. On one hand, it's great to see what cards are going to look like. On the other hand, it takes a bit of the joy out of seeing cards for the first time from a pack. I like previews as much as the next guy, don't get me wrong. The sell sheets are enough for me. But last year, after seeing 30 base cards (one from each team), when I was opening packs of cards, I wasn't really paying too much attention because it seemed like I saw all of these cards already, even though I was holding them for the very first time.
The 1989 Mini Die-Cut insert set continues in Series 2, and that seems to be (if you follow the sell sheet) the only insert set that carries over from Series 1. The other insert sets are new to the second series, and the themes are very unique:
- The Future is Now (30 cards), this year's slogan, featuring 30 young stars and their greatest moments to date,
- Saber Stars (25 cards). Topps finally gets around to recognizing more sabermetric statistics (where RC means Runs Created instead of Rookie Card, and WAR is actually a good thing, depending on how high the number is) and the players who excel in these new-fangled statistics.
- Future Stars that Never Were (25 cards). With Topps bringing back the "Future Stars" subset, they are also going to be including cards of "older players" and what their "FS" cards would have looked like (although, if you believe the sell sheet, it looks like they're just going to re-print the rookie card and add the words "Future Star" to the card. I could be wrong, and maybe the set will include a 2007 Topps Evan Longoria card instead of the 2008 mock-up.
Are you ready???