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Monday, July 7, 2014

2014 Topps Allen & Ginter's Checklist is Live. So Who Else is in This Set?


Since 2006, Topps Allen & Ginter's World Champions sets featured not only baseball players, but in tribute to the original 1886 product, it included historical subjects, world champions from various sports and events, actors/actresses, broadcasters, even inventions (like the revolving door) and places (Area 51).

After the first couple of years, when Topps included champions like the guy with the air guitar champion (really), to the world record card stacker, to the guys who conquered Donkey Kong and Pac Man, as well as Hobby Bloggers who cracked the Ginter Code (no one's cracked the last one...maybe everyone stopped caring about that poor guy floating through time). But I felt that in recent years, that they were really stretching for champions to include in the set.

This year's edition is coming out this week. As usual, it is a 350-card set, 50 cards are going to be short-printed. But after going through the checklist, there are 47-non baseball subjects amongst the current and retired players scattered within the set? They range from businessmen to actors, from comedians to broadcasters. Yes there are some sports champions too. But check out the list of people who are in this set, and ask yourself...

HOW DO I GET IN ON THIS ACTION??!

I swear, for some of these people, I had to look them up to see what they've done. Shows that I don't pay much as much attention to pop culture as I used to:

  • 287 Chuck Zito, Actor (Carlito's Way, Sons of Anarchy)
  • 119 Felicia Day, Actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Red: Werewolf Hunter)
  • 70 Dr. James Andrews, Surgeon (helped to continue the careers of many injured athletes)
  • 259 Jim Calhoun, Basketball Coach (former coach of the UConn men's basketball team)
  • 283 Gar Ryness, Batting Stance Guy (Internet sensation who's major talent is copying the stances of baseball players)
  • 241 Dave Portnoy, Blogger (Barstool Sports)
  • 267 Kevin Clancy, Blogger (Barstool Sports)
  • 211 Mark Roth, Bowler (PBA Hall of Famer)
  • 118 Adam Schefter, Broadcaster (ESPN-NFL)
  • 164 Jenny Dell, Broadcaster (CBS Sports-NFL)
  • 262 Mike Pereira, Broadcaster (former VP of Officiating-NFL)
  • 81 Larry King, Broadcaster (legendary interviewer at CNN, now with RT America News)
  • 89 Chuck Todd, Broadcaster (NBC Chief White House Correspondent)
  • 28 Bill Rancic, Businessman (winner of the first "The Apprentice," works with the Trump Organization)
  • 22 Michael Eisner, Businessman (former CEO of Disney, now runs the Tornante Group. Along with Madison Dearborn Partners, purchased The Topps Company in 2007).
  • 265 Sam Calagione, Businessman (founder of Dogfish Head Brewery)
  • 210 Anthony Bourdain, Chef, Author, and World Traveler (No Reservations, Off Limits, Layover)
  • 216 Matt Besser, Comedian/Actor (Upright Citizens Brigade)
  • 238 Bert Kreischer, Comedian/Actor (Travel Channel's Bert The Conqueror, and host of Flip Trip)
  • 30 Judah Friedlander, Comedian/Actor (30 Rock)
  • 276 Samantha Briggs, Fitness Champion (CrossFit Champ, "Fittest Woman on Earth")
  • 273 Danielle Kang, Golfer (2-time US Women's Amateur Champion, LGPA Tour)
  • 254 Maria Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe (Venezuela, won 2013 Miss Universe)
  • 112 Erin Brady, Miss USA (Connecticut, won 2013 Miss USA, represented country in 2013 Miss Universe)
  • 23 Snoop Lion, Musician (aka Snoop Dogg)
  • 180 Ryan Riess, Poker Champion (won the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event)
  • 224 Tanner Foust, Racecar Driver (X-Games racing champion, hosts American version of BBC hit Top Gear)
  • 125 Glen Waggoner, Rotisserie Baseball Co-Creator (for you fantasy baseball guys, thank him and others for creating this segment of the baseball fandom)
  • 160 Daniel Okrent, Rotisserie Baseball Co-Creator (ditto for this guy...and about six other guys as well)
  • 153 The Iron Sheik, Pro Wrestler (WWE)
  • 214 Carli Lloyd, Soccer Player (two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, plays for the Western New York Flash in the NWSL...not to be confused with the volleyball player of the same name)
  • 213 Allyson Felix, Sprinter (won the 2012 gold medal in 200 Meters at the London Olympics, medaled in 100 meters and 400 meters, as well as various women's relay teams)
  • 6 Laura Phelps Sweatt, Powerlifter (record breaking powerlifter, can bench press over 700 lbs)
  • 62 Diana Nyad, Long-distance swimmer (recently swam from Cuba to Florida at the age of 64)
  • 95 Austin Wierschke, Texting Champion (17-year-old "Fastest Texter in the World")
  • 176 Anthony Robles, Wrestler (2010-11 NCAA Wrestling champ 125-lbs)
  • 188 Jordan Oliver, Wrestler (Schalles Award winer 2012, Oklahoma State University)
  • 191 Jordan Burroughs, Wrestler (Olympic and World champion in freestyle wrestling)
  • 271 Chuck Klosterman, Writer (columnist for Esquire Magazine and ESPN.com)
  • 152 Vince Gilligan, Writer/Director (credits include Breaking Bad and The X-Files)
  • 52 Kevin Smith, Writer/Director (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob, Dogma)
  • 88 Buffalo Bill Cody (Wild West Legend)
  • 46 John L. Sullivan (bare-knuckle boxing champion)
  • 100 Queen Victoria (Queen of England from 1837-1901)243 Hellen Keller (blind and deaf since birth, became a renowned writer, and inspiration for The Miracle Worker)
  • 302 Polar Vortex (if you survived this past winter, you know exactly what this is)
  • 341 Barbed Wire (invented and patented in 1864)
Couple of liner notes:
  • Mr. Eisner finally has his Topps card (unlike that other company's sour grapes attempt in 2007)
  • Bert the Conqueror and Anthony Bourdain join Adam Richman as reps for the Travel Channel. Hopefully next year, they'll have the Ghost Adventures Crew.
  • Nothing against the "Bloggers," but until today, I've never heard of Barstool Sports. Hey Topps, how about putting some of the Hobby Bloggers on future sets, and I don't just mean the Ginter Code Champs?
  • I get the athletic/competitive champions, but I think they're really stretching on the broadcasters and actors. None of the broadcasters cover MLB (maybe Dell when she was with NESN). And Chuck Todd??!
Looking forward to the Hellen Keller card though when my master set comes in next week (or so).

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The 2014 Topps Series 2 Checklist is Now Live!


Series Two of this year's eponymous Topps set has been released to the masses, and it means a few things:
  • The All-Star Game is coming soon, and with it, the debut of factory sets
  • 330 more cards will be added to my collection (plus inserts...will get to that shortly)
  • Collectors will be seeing a lot more "Future Stars" cards, some that may or may not be necessary.
I have not seen any packs come to the big box stores yet, nor have I seen any Archives cards (might as well wait for the Master sets), and I still have to pick up my team sets (will get to that...one product at a time). But until then, let's go over the official (per Topps) 2014 Topps Series 2 Checklist.

You can either feel free to go to their site and download the 37 page checklist, or feel free to peruse the checklist below. Once again, since I don't collect auto or relic or manufactured relic or parallel cards, I am not posting them here. But if you like your base and regular insert sets, and want a checklist, here you go:

BASE:

332 Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals
333 Wil Myers Tampa Bay Rays AL ROY
334 Andy Dirks Detroit Tigers
335 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers AL MVP
336 Ben Zobrist Tampa Bay Rays
337 Zach Walters Washington Nationals ROOKIE
338 Carlos Santana Cleveland Indians
339 Cody Ross Arizona Diamondbacks
340 Casey McGehee Miami Marlins
341 Mike Moustakas Kansas City Royals
342 Brad Miller Seattle Mariners
343 Nate Freiman Oakland Athletics
344 Kevin Siegrist St. Louis Cardinals ROOKIE
345 Darin Ruf Philadelphia Phillies
346 Derek Norris Oakland Athletics
347 Matt Cain San Francisco Giants
348 Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals
349 Martin Prado Arizona Diamondbacks
350 Carlos Gonzalez Colorado Rockies
351 Matt Garza Milwaukee Brewers
352 Ryan Wheeler Colorado Rockies
353 A.J. Ramos Miami Marlins
354 Donnie Murphy Chicago Cubs
355 Jarrod Parker Oakland Athletics
356 Jose Reyes Toronto Blue Jays
357 Lorenzo Cain Kansas City Royals
358 Christian Yelich Miami Marlins
359 Sean Rodriguez Tampa Bay Rays
360 Russell Martin Pittsburgh Pirates
361 Edwin Jackson Chicago Cubs
362 Daniel Nava Boston Red Sox
363 David Hale Atlanta Braves ROOKIE
364 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS
365 Dan Uggla Atlanta Braves
366 Zack Cozart Cincinnati Reds
367 Brian Wilson Los Angeles Dodgers
368 Kyuji Fujikawa Chicago Cubs
369 Erick Aybar Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
370 Jerry Blevins Washington Nationals
371 Scott Kazmir Oakland Athletics
372 Austin Jackson Detroit Tigers
373 Kyle Drabek Toronto Blue Jays
374 Taylor Jordan Washington Nationals
375 Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
376 Jeurys Familia New York Mets
377 J.J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles
378 Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals
379 Gerardo Parra Arizona Diamondbacks
380 Tyler Chatwood Colorado Rockies
381 Drew Smyly Detroit Tigers
382 Michael Bourn Cleveland Indians
383 Chris Archer Tampa Bay Rays FUTURE STARS
384 Rick Porcello Detroit Tigers
385 Josh Willingham Minnesota Twins
386 Mike Olt Chicago Cubs
387 Ed Lucas Miami Marlins
388 Yovani Gallardo Milwaukee Brewers
389 Geovany Soto Texas Rangers
390 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS
391 Blake Parker Chicago Cubs
392 Jacob Turner Miami Marlins
393 Devin Mesoraco Cincinnati Reds
394 Sean Halton Milwaukee Brewers
395 John Danks Chicago White Sox
396 Brian Roberts New York Yankees
397 Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants
398 Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles
399 Hector Sanchez San Francisco Giants
400 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
401 Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
402 J.J. Putz Arizona Diamondbacks
403 Gordon Beckham Chicago White Sox
404 C.C. Lee Cleveland Indians ROOKIE
405 Jason Kubel Minnesota Twins
406 Ramon Santiago Cincinnati Reds
407 John Jaso Oakland Athletics
408 Joey Terdoslavich Atlanta Braves
409 Ian Kennedy San Diego Padres
410 A.J. Griffin Oakland Athletics
411 Josh Rutledge Colorado Rockies
412 Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants
413 Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins NL ROY
414 Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals FUTURE STARS
415 Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
416 Josh Reddick Oakland Athletics
417 Chase Headley San Diego Padres
418 Jordy Mercer Pittsburgh Pirates
419 Lucas Harrell Houston Astros
420 Lucas Duda New York Mets
421 R.A. Dickey Toronto Blue Jays
422 Alexi Ogando Texas Rangers
423 Marco Scutaro San Francisco Giants
424 Jose Ramirez Cleveland Indians ROOKIE
425 Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves
426 Koji Uehara Boston Red Sox
427 Cameron Maybin San Diego Padres
428 Skip Schumaker Cincinnati Reds
429 Marcus Semien Chicago White Sox ROOKIE
430 Roger Kieschnick San Francisco Giants ROOKIE
431 Brett Anderson Colorado Rockies
432 Dillon Gee New York Mets
433 Omar Infante Kansas City Royals
434 Miguel Gonzalez Baltimore Orioles
435 Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
436 Eric Young Jr. New York Mets
437 Alex Wood Atlanta Braves
438 Jake Arrieta Chicago Cubs
439 Jackie Bradley Jr. Boston Red Sox FUTURE STARS
440 Ryan Raburn Cleveland Indians
441 Mike Pelfrey Minnesota Twins
442 Angel Pagan San Francisco Giants
443 Jeff Kobernus Washington Nationals ROOKIE
444 Robbie Grossman Houston Astros
445 Sean Marshall Cincinnati Reds
446 Tim Hudson San Francisco Giants
447 Christian Bethancourt Atlanta Braves ROOKIE
448 Brett Lawrie Toronto Blue Jays
449 Jedd Gyorko San Diego Padres
450 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers
451 Luis Garcia Philadelphia Phillies ROOKIE
452 Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates NL MVP
453 Nelson Cruz Baltimore Orioles
454 Brandon Beachy Atlanta Braves
455 Danny Espinosa Washington Nationals
456 Eury De La Rosa Arizona Diamondbacks ROOKIE
457 CC Sabathia New York Yankees
458 Vinnie Pestano Cleveland Indians
459 Eric Hosmer Kansas City Royals
460 Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers
461 Steve Delabar Toronto Blue Jays
462 J.A. Happ Toronto Blue Jays
463 Samuel Deduno Minnesota Twins
464 Evan Gattis Atlanta Braves
465 Justin Morneau Colorado Rockies
466 Ryan Dempster Boston Red Sox
467 Scott Feldman Houston Astros
468 Wilin Rosario Colorado Rockies FUTURE STARS
469 Jesse Crain Houston Astros
470 Kole Calhoun Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
471 Brandon Moss Oakland Athletics
472 Caleb Gindl Milwaukee Brewers
473 Mike Napoli Boston Red Sox
474 Carlos Martinez St. Louis Cardinals FUTURE STARS
475 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
476 DJ LeMahieu Colorado Rockies
477 Craig Gentry Oakland Athletics
478 Billy Hamilton Cincinnati Reds BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS
479 Ivan Nova New York Yankees
480 Peter Bourjos St. Louis Cardinals
481 Allen Craig St. Louis Cardinals
482 Dallas Keuchel Houston Astros
483 Shane Robinson St. Louis Cardinals
484 Marlon Byrd Philadelphia Phillies
485 Gonzalez Germen New York Mets ROOKIE
486 Drew Hutchison Toronto Blue Jays
487 Jim Johnson Oakland Athletics
488 Brian Duensing Minnesota Twins
489 David Price Tampa Bay Rays
490 Logan Morrison Seattle Mariners
491 Felix Doubront Boston Red Sox
492 Glen Perkins Minnesota Twins
493 Ruben Tejada New York Mets
494 Rob Wooten Milwaukee Brewers ROOKIE
495 John Axford Cleveland Indians
496 Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox ROOKIE
497 Fernando Rodney Seattle Mariners
498 Steve Susdorf Philadelphia Phillies ROOKIE
499 Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS
500 Robinson Cano Seattle Mariners
501 Carlos Carrasco Cleveland Indians
502 Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies
503 Kyle Kendrick Philadelphia Phillies
504 Kelly Johnson New York Yankees
505 Homer Bailey Cincinnati Reds
506 Rafael Furcal Miami Marlins
507 Justin Masterson Cleveland Indians
508 Sonny Gray Oakland Athletics FUTURE STARS
509 Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds
510 Matt den Dekker New York Mets ROOKIE
511 Travis Wood Chicago Cubs
512 Neil Walker Pittsburgh Pirates
513 Jordan Pacheco Colorado Rockies
514 Alcides Escobar Kansas City Royals
515 Curtis Granderson New York Mets
516 Mike Belfiore Baltimore Orioles ROOKIE
517 Norichika Aoki Kansas City Royals
518 Chris Parmelee Minnesota Twins
519 A.J. Ellis Los Angeles Dodgers
520 Jorge De La Rosa Colorado Rockies
521 Anthony Rendon Washington Nationals FUTURE STARS
522 Wandy Rodriguez Pittsburgh Pirates
523 Gio Gonzalez Washington Nationals
524 Brian Bogusevic Miami Marlins
525 Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles
526 Avisail Garcia Chicago White Sox
527 Travis Snider Pittsburgh Pirates
528 Shelby Miller St. Louis Cardinals FUTURE STARS
529 Jesus Montero Seattle Mariners
530 Danny Salazar Cleveland Indians FUTURE STARS
531 Dylan Bundy Baltimore Orioles FUTURE STARS
532 Danny Duffy Kansas City Royals
533 Jose Veras Chicago Cubs
534 Ian Kinsler Detroit Tigers
535 Juan Francisco Milwaukee Brewers
536 Matt Harrison Texas Rangers
537 Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
538 Jon Jay St. Louis Cardinals
539 Trevor Bauer Cleveland Indians
540 Ike Davis New York Mets
541 Phil Hughes Minnesota Twins
542 Josh Zeid Houston Astros ROOKIE
543 Bud Norris Baltimore Orioles
544 Jason Vargas Kansas City Royals
545 Jeremy Affeldt San Francisco Giants
546 Heath Bell Tampa Bay Rays
547 Brian Matusz Baltimore Orioles
548 Jered Weaver Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
549 Hank Conger Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
550 Prince Fielder Texas Rangers
551 Addison Reed Arizona Diamondbacks
552 Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS
553 Michael Pineda New York Yankees
554 Maicer Izturis Toronto Blue Jays
555 Adam Eaton Chicago White Sox FUTURE STARS
556 Brad Ziegler Arizona Diamondbacks
557 Vic Black New York Mets ROOKIE
558 Nolan Reimold Baltimore Orioles
559 Asdrubal Cabrera Cleveland Indians
560 Aramis Ramirez Milwaukee Brewers
561 Welington Castillo Chicago Cubs
562 Didi Gregorius Arizona Diamondbacks
563 Colt Hynes San Diego Padres ROOKIE
564 Alejandro De Aza Chicago White Sox
565 Roy Halladay Philadelphia Phillies
566 Carl Crawford Los Angeles Dodgers
567 Donovan Solano Miami Marlins
568 Pedro Florimon Minnesota Twins
569 Michael Morse San Francisco Giants
570 Nathan Eovaldi Miami Marlins
571 Colby Rasmus Toronto Blue Jays
572 Tommy Milone Oakland Athletics
573 Adam Lind Toronto Blue Jays
574 Tyler Clippard Washington Nationals
575 Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
576 David Robertson New York Yankees
577 Steve Ames Miami Marlins ROOKIE
578 Tyler Thornburg Milwaukee Brewers
579 Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
580 Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds
581 Tony Cingrani Cincinnati Reds FUTURE STARS
582 Desmond Jennings Tampa Bay Rays
583 Ryan Ludwick Cincinnati Reds
584 Tyler Flowers Chicago White Sox
585 Stephen Drew Boston Red Sox
586 Luke Hochevar Kansas City Royals
587 Dee Gordon Los Angeles Dodgers
588 Matt Moore Tampa Bay Rays
589 Chris Carter Houston Astros
590 Brett Cecil Toronto Blue Jays
591 Jenrry Mejia New York Mets
592 Simon Castro Chicago White Sox ROOKIE
593 Carlos Beltran New York Yankees
594 Justin Maxwell Kansas City Royals
595 A.J. Pierzynski Boston Red Sox
596 Juan Uribe Los Angeles Dodgers
597 Mat Latos Cincinnati Reds
598 Marco Estrada Milwaukee Brewers
599 Jason Motte St. Louis Cardinals
600 David Wright New York Mets
601 Jason Hammel Chicago Cubs
602 Tanner Roark Washington Nationals ROOKIE
603 Starlin Castro Chicago Cubs
604 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers NL CY YOUNG
605 Tim Beckham Tampa Bay Rays ROOKIE
606 Kenley Jansen Los Angeles Dodgers
607 Jed Lowrie Oakland Athletics
608 Jeff Locke Pittsburgh Pirates
609 Jonathan Pettibone Philadelphia Phillies
610 Paul Konerko Chicago White Sox
611 Patrick Corbin Arizona Diamondbacks FUTURE STARS
612 Jake Petricka Chicago White Sox ROOKIE
613 Mark Teixeira New York Yankees
614 Moises Sierra Toronto Blue Jays
615 Drew Storen Washington Nationals
616 Zach McAllister Cleveland Indians
617 Greg Holland Kansas City Royals
618 Adam Dunn Chicago White Sox
619 Chris Johnson Atlanta Braves
620 Yan Gomes Cleveland Indians
621 B.J. Upton Atlanta Braves
622 Dexter Fowler Houston Astros
623 Chad Billingsley Los Angeles Dodgers
624 Alex Presley Minnesota Twins
625 Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
626 Tommy Hanson Texas Rangers
627 J.P. Arencibia Texas Rangers
628 Joe Nathan Detroit Tigers
629 Cliff Lee Philadelphia Phillies
630 Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers AL CY YOUNG
631 Bartolo Colon New York Mets
632 John Lackey Boston Red Sox
633 Alex Avila Detroit Tigers
634 Gaby Sanchez Pittsburgh Pirates
635 Josh Johnson San Diego Padres
636 Santiago Casilla San Francisco Giants
637 Freddy Galvis Philadelphia Phillies
638 Michael Cuddyer Colorado Rockies
639 Conor Gillaspie Chicago White Sox
640 Kyle Blanks San Diego Padres
641 A.J. Burnett Philadelphia Phillies
642 Brandon Kintzler Milwaukee Brewers
643 Alex Guerrero Los Angeles Dodgers ROOKIE
644 Grant Green Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
645 Wilson Ramos Washington Nationals
646 Dan Haren Los Angeles Dodgers
647 L.J. Hoes Houston Astros
648 A.J. Pollock Arizona Diamondbacks
649 Jordan Danks Chicago White Sox
650 Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees
651 Denard Span Washington Nationals
652 Edinson Volquez Pittsburgh Pirates
653 Jose Iglesias Detroit Tigers
654 Jose Tabata Pittsburgh Pirates
655 Derek Holland Texas Rangers
656 Grant Balfour Tampa Bay Rays
657 Corey Hart Seattle Mariners
658 Wade Davis Kansas City Royals
659 Ervin Santana Atlanta Braves
660 Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins
661 Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees ROOKIE

So here are a few quick notes:
  • There are 27 players who are listed as Rookies, and thus getting the MLB Rookie card logo on their cards, including budding superstars Masahiro Tanaka and Jose Abreu.
  • Thirteen players are listed as "Future Stars" and while you are probably thinking, "Shouldn't there be more???" Oh, there will be. Stay tuned.
  • Along with the five season highlight cards (which are the checklists), there are six cards saved for last year's award winners. Both league's Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Cy Young winners get an extra card. Last year, though, Topps had a fourth pair of Award winner cards that somehow didn't carry over to this year's edition...the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Now for the fun inserts sets that are going to be part of many master sets that will be sold on the Bay and extra cards in your packs:

THE FUTURE IS NOW
FN-31 Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals
FN-32 Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals
FN-33 Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals
FN-34 Billy Hamilton Cincinnati Reds
FN-35 Billy Hamilton Cincinnati Reds
FN-36 Billy Hamilton Cincinnati Reds
FN-37 Kolten Wong St. Louis Cardinals
FN-38 Kolten Wong St. Louis Cardinals
FN-39 Kolten Wong St. Louis Cardinals
FN-40 Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox
FN-41 Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox
FN-42 Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox
FN-43 Taijuan Walker Seattle Mariners
FN-44 Taijuan Walker Seattle Mariners
FN-45 Taijuan Walker Seattle Mariners
FN-46 Sonny Gray Oakland Athletics
FN-47 Sonny Gray Oakland Athletics
FN-48 Sonny Gray Oakland Athletics
FN-49 Jarrod Parker Oakland Athletics
FN-50 Jarrod Parker Oakland Athletics
FN-51 Jarrod Parker Oakland Athletics
FN-52 Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
FN-53 Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
FN-54 Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
FN-55 Dylan Bundy Baltimore Orioles
FN-56 Dylan Bundy Baltimore Orioles
FN-57 Dylan Bundy Baltimore Orioles
FN-58 Kevin Gausman Baltimore Orioles
FN-59 Kevin Gausman Baltimore Orioles
FN-60 Kevin Gausman Baltimore Orioles

1989 TOPPS MINIS DIE CUT
TM-51 Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners
TM-52 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees
TM-53 Jose Canseco Oakland Athletics
TM-54 Steve Carlton St. Louis Cardinals
TM-55 Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays
TM-56 Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies
TM-57 Deion Sanders Atlanta Braves
TM-58 Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics
TM-59 Chris Sale Chicago White Sox
TM-60 Shelby Miller St. Louis Cardinals
TM-61 Hanley Ramirez Los Angeles Dodgers
TM-62 Billy Hamilton Cincinnati Reds
TM-63 Juan Gonzalez Texas Rangers
TM-64 Nomar Garciaparra Boston Red Sox
TM-65 Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
TM-66 Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers
TM-67 Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
TM-68 Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles
TM-69 Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins
TM-70 Starlin Castro Chicago Cubs
TM-71 Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians
TM-72 Cliff Lee Philadelphia Phillies
TM-73 Justin Upton Atlanta Braves
TM-74 Carlos Gonzalez Colorado Rockies
TM-75 Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals
TM-76 Jose Altuve Houston Astros
TM-77 Billy Butler Kansas City Royals
TM-78 Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers
TM-79 Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
TM-80 Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins
TM-81 Jean Segura Milwaukee Brewers
TM-82 Robin Yount Milwaukee Brewers
TM-83 David Wright New York Mets
TM-84 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
TM-85 Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics
TM-86 Domonic Brown Philadelphia Phillies
TM-87 Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves
TM-88 Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers
TM-89 Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals
TM-90 Hyun-Jin Ryu Los Angeles Dodgers
TM-91 Gerrit Cole Pittsburgh Pirates
TM-92 Wil Myers Tampa Bay Rays
TM-93 Prince Fielder Texas Rangers
TM-94 Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays
TM-95 Jordan Zimmermann Washington Nationals
TM-96 Mark Teixeira New York Yankees
TM-97 Darryl Strawberry New York Mets
TM-98 Ryne Sandberg Chicago Cubs
TM-99 Jorge Posada New York Yankees
TM-100 Will Clark San Francisco Giants

SABER STARS New Insert Set for Series 2
SST-1 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
SST-2 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
SST-3 Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Brewers
SST-4 Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
SST-5 Josh Donaldson Oakland Athletics
SST-6 Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals
SST-7 Robinson Cano Seattle Mariners
SST-8 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
SST-9 Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
SST-10 Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays
SST-11 Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
SST-12 Michael Cuddyer Colorado Rockies
SST-13 Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles
SST-14 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
SST-15 Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
SST-16 Allen Craig St. Louis Cardinals
SST-17 Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees
SST-18 Juan Uribe Los Angeles Dodgers
SST-19 Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles
SST-20 Shane Victorino Boston Red Sox
SST-21 Andrelton Simmons Atlanta Braves
SST-22 Matt Harvey New York Mets
SST-23 Anibal Sanchez Detroit Tigers
SST-24 Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
SST-25 Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners

FUTURE STARS THAT NEVER WERE New Insert Set for Series 2
FS-1 Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies
FS-2 Jose Canseco Oakland Athletics
FS-3 Eddie Murray Baltimore Orioles
FS-4 Robin Yount Milwaukee Brewers
FS-5 Ozzie Smith San Diego Padres
FS-6 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
FS-7 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
FS-8 Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays
FS-9 Jeff Bagwell Houston Astros
FS-10 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
FS-11 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
FS-12 Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics
FS-13 Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics
FS-14 Randy Johnson Montreal Expos
FS-15 Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves
FS-16 Willie Mays New York Giants
FS-17 Sandy Koufax Brooklyn Dodgers
FS-18 Greg Maddux Chicago Cubs
FS-19 Steve Carlton St. Louis Cardinals
FS-20 Chris Sale Chicago White Sox
FS-21 Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates
FS-22 R.A. Dickey Texas Rangers
FS-23 Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres
FS-24 Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics
FS-25 Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners
FS-26 Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals
FS-27 Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox
FS-28 Darryl Strawberry New York Mets
FS-29 Don Mattingly New York Yankees
FS-30 George Brett Kansas City Royals

BREAKOUT MOMENTS New Insert Set for Series 2 - Retail Only!!!
BM-1 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
BM-2 Luis Gonzalez Arizona Diamondbacks
BM-3 Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics
BM-4 Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres
BM-5 Zack Wheeler New York Mets
BM-6 Jayson Werth Washington Nationals
BM-7 Jean Segura Milwaukee Brewers
BM-8 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
BM-9 Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers
BM-10 James Shields Kansas City Royals
BM-11 Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore Orioles
BM-12 Ivan Rodriguez Texas Rangers
BM-13 Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles
BM-14 Wil Myers Tampa Bay Rays
BM-15 Tim Raines Montreal Expos
BM-16 Randy Johnson Montreal Expos
BM-17 Jeff Bagwell Houston Astros
BM-18 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
BM-19 Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics
BM-20 Matt Harvey New York Mets
BM-21 Shelby Miller St. Louis Cardinals
BM-22 Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals
BM-23 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
BM-24 Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners
BM-25 Robin Yount Milwaukee Brewers

1990 INSERT REVIVAL New Insert Set for Series 2
GL-1 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves
GL-2 Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics
GL-3 Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
GL-4 Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies
GL-5 Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds
GL-6 Randy Johnson Seattle Mariners
GL-7 Tom Seaver New York Mets
GL-8 Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies
GL-9 Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds
GL-10 George Brett Kansas City Royals
GL-11 Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore Orioles
GL-12 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
GL-13 Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates
GL-14 Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners
GL-15 Nolan Ryan Houston Astros
GL-16 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
GL-17 Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
GL-18 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
GL-19 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
GL-20 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
GL-21 Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers
GL-22 Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles
GL-23 Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
GL-24 Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
GL-25 Robinson Cano Seattle Mariners

Quick question...any idea what these 1990 Insert cards are like? Have not seen one on eBay yet...

POWER PLAYER CODE CARDS
PP-111 Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers
PP-112 David Price Tampa Bay Rays
PP-113 Evan Gattis Atlanta Braves
PP-114 Nelson Cruz Baltimore Orioles
PP-115 Patrick Corbin Arizona Diamondbacks
PP-116 Colby Rasmus Toronto Blue Jays
PP-117 Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
PP-118 Brad Miller Seattle Mariners
PP-119 Shelby Miller St. Louis Cardinals
PP-120 Koji Uehara Boston Red Sox
PP-121 Michael Bourn Cleveland Indians
PP-122 Brad Ziegler Arizona Diamondbacks
PP-123 Scott Kazmir Oakland Athletics
PP-124 Trevor Bauer Cleveland Indians
PP-125 Aramis Ramirez Milwaukee Brewers
PP-126 Jackie Bradley Jr. Boston Red Sox
PP-127 Addison Reed Arizona Diamondbacks
PP-128 Ben Zobrist Tampa Bay Rays
PP-129 Carlos Martinez St. Louis Cardinals
PP-130 Martin Prado Arizona Diamondbacks
PP-131 Adam Eaton Chicago White Sox
PP-132 Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds
PP-133 Derek Holland Texas Rangers
PP-134 Carlos Santana Cleveland Indians
PP-135 Marcus Semien Chicago White Sox Rookie
PP-136 Masahiro Tanaka New York Yankees Rookie
PP-137 Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
PP-138 Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds
PP-139 Ian Kennedy San Diego Padres
PP-140 Danny Salazar Cleveland Indians
PP-141 CC Sabathia New York Yankees
PP-142 Christian Yelich Miami Marlins
PP-143 Mat Latos Cincinnati Reds
PP-144 Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals
PP-145 Ian Kinsler Detroit Tigers
PP-146 Kyuji Fujikawa Chicago Cubs
PP-147 Drew Storen Washington Nationals
PP-148 Mike Napoli Boston Red Sox
PP-149 Prince Fielder Texas Rangers
PP-150 David Wright New York Mets
PP-151 Matt Cain San Francisco Giants
PP-152 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers
PP-153 Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins
PP-154 Tim Hudson San Francisco Giants
PP-155 Josh Reddick Oakland Athletics
PP-156 Starlin Castro Chicago Cubs
PP-157 Carlos Beltran New York Yankees
PP-158 Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals
PP-159 Adam Dunn Chicago White Sox
PP-160 Jose Reyes Toronto Blue Jays
PP-161 Norichika Aoki Kansas City Royals
PP-162 Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
PP-163 Wilin Rosario Colorado Rockies
PP-164 Brian Wilson Los Angeles Dodgers
PP-165 Peter Bourjos St. Louis Cardinals
PP-166 Jed Lowrie Oakland Athletics
PP-167 Cliff Lee Philadelphia Phillies
PP-168 Anthony Rendon Washington Nationals
PP-169 Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
PP-170 Yovani Gallardo Milwaukee Brewers
PP-171 Phil Hughes Minnesota Twins
PP-172 Allen Craig St. Louis Cardinals
PP-173 Gerardo Parra Arizona Diamondbacks
PP-174 Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles
PP-175 Jedd Gyorko San Diego Padres
PP-176 Chris Archer Tampa Bay Rays
PP-177 Paul Konerko Chicago White Sox
PP-178 Mike Moustakas Kansas City Royals
PP-179 Chase Headley San Diego Padres
PP-180 Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants
PP-181 Dan Uggla Atlanta Braves
PP-182 Corey Hart Seattle Mariners
PP-183 Sonny Gray Oakland Athletics
PP-184 Dylan Bundy Baltimore Orioles
PP-185 Jarrod Parker Oakland Athletics
PP-186 Gio Gonzalez Washington Nationals
PP-187 J.J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles
PP-188 Michael Cuddyer Colorado Rockies
PP-189 Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
PP-190 Rick Porcello Detroit Tigers
PP-191 Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals
PP-192 Ivan Nova New York Yankees
PP-193 Jose Iglesias Detroit Tigers
PP-194 Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees
PP-195 Bartolo Colon New York Mets
PP-196 Carl Crawford Los Angeles Dodgers
PP-197 Christian Bethancourt Atlanta Braves Rookie
PP-198 Matt Garza Milwaukee Brewers
PP-199 Matt Moore Tampa Bay Rays
PP-200 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
PP-201 Mark Teixeira New York Yankees
PP-202 Tony Cingrani Cincinnati Reds
PP-203 Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants
PP-204 Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals
PP-205 Curtis Granderson New York Mets
PP-206 Joe Nathan Detroit Tigers
PP-207 B.J. Upton Atlanta Braves
PP-208 Michael Pineda New York Yankees
PP-209 Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles
PP-210 Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
PP-211 Jered Weaver Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
PP-212 Brandon Beachy Atlanta Braves
PP-213 Alex Wood Atlanta Braves
PP-214 Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
PP-215 Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
PP-216 Homer Bailey Cincinnati Reds
PP-217 Glen Perkins Minnesota Twins
PP-218 Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies
PP-219 Eric Hosmer Kansas City Royals
PP-220 Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox Rookie

So there you have it, a quick cheat sheet of cards we'll all be getting our hands soon.

Let the hunt begin!!!

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Images for the 2014 Topps Retail Team Sets are Live!!!

With the baseball season already underway, and because I've already secured my S1 Master set, the next set of products my attention goes to (unless Gypsy Queen comes out) is the team retail sets. Hey, some people go ga-ga over Heritage, I feel the same way towards the team sets.

Readers who have stuck with this humble, little blog, even as I have withered to obscurity, know that I absolutely LOVE the retail sets. Since 2006, I have made it my mission to include these awesome supplements to the eponymous Topps set into my collection. And I have succeeded in getting all 30 team sets (plus the All-Star Team sets since 2011) since then. That's 246 total team sets.

Well, in searching for any info on these beauties, I found this on the MLB shop website:


All 30 team sets (not counting the possible AL and NL All-Star sets) are listed, with pre-sales for just under $20.00 before shipping charges...and they come with binders and pocket pages.

For the first time, Topps will be including coupons within the team sets? I know in recent years that coupons for Topps products have been inserted in retail boxes. A $0.50 coupon might not sound like much, but if it means a price break on packs, it could be worth it.

If I can find better images, and possibly preliminary checklists, I'll get them posted onto the blog. Until then, here is the list of the "cover players" for each team (subject to change):
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Paul Goldschmidt
  • Atlanta Braves: Justin Upton
  • Baltimore Orioles: Manny Machado
  • Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia (note that the logo on the prelim package is the 2013 WS Champions)
  • Chicago Cubs: Anthony Rizzo (note that the logo on the prelim packages honors Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary)
  • Chicago White Sox: Chris Sale
  • Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto
  • Cleveland Indians: Nick Swisher
  • Colorado Rockies: Troy Tulowitzki
  • Detroit Tigers: Justin Verlander
  • Houston Astros: Jarred Cosart (looks like the Future Star theme will carry over here...will every team set have one?)
  • Kansas City Royals: Alex Gordon
  • Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw
  • Miami Marlins: Jose Fernandez
  • Milwaukee Brewers: Carlos Gomez
  • Minnesota Twins: Joe Mauer
  • New York Mets: David Wright
  • New York Yankees: Derek Jeter
  • Oakland Athletics: Josh Donaldson
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Chase Utley
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: Andrew McCutchen
  • St. Louis Cardinals: Yadier Molina
  • San Diego Padres: Andrew Cashner
  • San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey
  • Seattle Mariners: Felix Hernandez
  • Tampa Bay Rays: Wil Myers
  • Texas Rangers: Yu Darvish
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Jose Reyes
  • Washington Nationals: Bryce Harper
Maybe I should hound @toppscards about the team sets the way some collectors ask about Heritage...nah.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

Friday, January 24, 2014

The 2014 Topps Series 1 Checklist is Now Live! We Think...


Collectors on Twitter have been begging and pleading for Topps to present the final checklist for the most highly anticipated product of the baseball card season, 2014 Topps Series 1. Topps has been peppering followers with images of some of the cards we'll all be looking for when we get our hands on packs, boxes, and complete sets. Today, the checklist made it's first appearance on Topps' website.

You can either feel free to go to their site and download the 35 page checklist, or feel free to peruse the checklist below. Now, since I don't collect auto or relic or manufactured relic or parallel cards, I am not posting them here. But if you like your base and regular insert sets, and want a checklist, here you go:

BASE:

1 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2 Jhonny Peralta Detroit Tigers
3 Jarrod Dyson Kansas City Royals
4 Cody Asche Philadelphia Phillies
5 Lance Lynn St. Louis Cardinals
6 Josh Beckett Los Angeles Dodgers
8 Coco Crisp Oakland Athletics
9 Dustin Ackley Seattle Mariners
10 Junior Lake Chicago Cubs
11 Mike Carp Boston Red Sox
12 Aaron Hicks Minnesota Twins
13 Juan Nicasio Colorado Rockies
14 Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics
15 Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
16 Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds
17 Todd Helton Colorado Rockies
18 Jurickson Profar Texas Rangers FUTURE STARS
19 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
20 Charlie Blackmon Colorado Rockies
21 Alfredo Simon Cincinnati Reds
22 Mike Napoli Boston Red Sox WORLD SERIES
23 Chris Heisey Cincinnati Reds
24 Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles FUTURE STARS
25 Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies
26 Josh Phegley Chicago White Sox
27 Michael Choice Oakland Athletics ROOKIE
28 Brayan Pena Detroit Tigers
29 Chris Davis/Miguel Cabrera/Edwin Encarnacion LEAGUE LEADERS
30 Mark Buehrle Toronto Blue Jays
31 Victor Martinez Detroit Tigers
32 Reymond Fuentes San Diego Padres ROOKIE
33 Matt Harvey New York Mets
34 Buddy Boshers Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ROOKIE
35 Trevor Cahill Arizona Diamondbacks
36 Billy Hamilton Cincinnati Reds ROOKIE
37 Nick Hundley San Diego Padres
38 Pedro Alvarez/Paul Goldschmidt/Jay Bruce LEAGUE LEADERS
39 David Murphy Texas Rangers
40 Hyun-Jin Ryu Los Angeles Dodgers
41 Adeiny Hechavarria Miami Marlins
42 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees
43 Mark Trumbo Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
44 Matt Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals
45 Jake Marisnick Miami Marlins ROOKIE
46 Kolten Wong St. Louis Cardinals ROOKIE
47 Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS
48 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Boston Red Sox
49 Enny Romero Tampa Bay Rays ROOKIE
50 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
51 Kyle Lohse Milwaukee Brewers
52 Jim Adduci Texas Rangers ROOKIE
53 Clay Buchholz Boston Red Sox
54 Andrew Lambo Pittsburgh Pirates ROOKIE
55 Chia-Jen Lo Houston Astros ROOKIE
56 Taijuan Walker Seattle Mariners ROOKIE
57 Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
58 Dan Straily Oakland Athletics
59 Nate Schierholtz Chicago Cubs
60 Jon Niese New York Mets
61 Nick Markakis Baltimore Orioles
62 Joe Kelly St. Louis Cardinals
63 Tyler Skaggs Arizona Diamondbacks FUTURE STARS
64 Will Venable San Diego Padres
65 Hisashi Iwakuma Seattle Mariners
66 Kris Medlen Atlanta Braves
67 Yasmani Grandal San Diego Padres
68 Sean Burnett Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
69 Jhoulys Chacin Colorado Rockies
70 Marcell Ozuna Miami Marlins
71 Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
72 Michael Young Los Angeles Dodgers
73 Kyle Seager Seattle Mariners
74 John Mayberry Philadelphia Phillies
75 Brandon Barnes Houston Astros
76 Mike Aviles Cleveland Indians
77 Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds
78 Bronson Arroyo Cincinnati Reds
79 Garrett Jones Pittsburgh Pirates
80 Jack Hannahan Cincinnati Reds
81 Anibal Sanchez Detroit Tigers
82 Leonys Martin Texas Rangers
83 Jonathan Schoop Baltimore Orioles ROOKIE
84 Todd Redmond Toronto Blue Jays
85 Matt Joyce Tampa Bay Rays
86 Wilmer Flores New York Mets ROOKIE
87 Tyson Ross San Diego Padres
88 Oswaldo Arcia Minnesota Twins
89 Jarred Cosart Houston Astros FUTURE STARS
90 Ethan Martin Philadelphia Phillies ROOKIE
91 Starling Marte Pittsburgh Pirates FUTURE STARS
92 Martin Perez Texas Rangers FUTURE STARS
93 Ryan Sweeney Chicago Cubs
94 Mitch Moreland Texas Rangers
95 Brandon Morrow Toronto Blue Jays
96 Wily Peralta Milwaukee Brewers
97 Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals
98 Edwin Encarnacion Toronto Blue Jays
99 Melky Cabrera Toronto Blue Jays
100 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
101 Chris Nelson Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
102 Matt Lindstrom Chicago White Sox
103 Miguel Cabrera/Joe Mauer/Mike Trout LEAGUE LEADERS
104 Kurt Suzuki Oakland Athletics
105 Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies
106 Shin-Soo Choo Cincinnati Reds
107 Jordan Zimmermann Washington Nationals
108 J.D. Martinez Houston Astros
109 David Freese St. Louis Cardinals
110 Wil Myers Tampa Bay Rays
111 Mark Ellis Los Angeles Dodgers
112 Torii Hunter Detroit Tigers
113 Clayton Kershaw/Jose Fernandez/Matt Harvey LEAGUE LEADERS
114 Francisco Liriano Pittsburgh Pirates
115 Brett Oberholtzer Houston Astros
116 Hiroki Kuroda New York Yankees
117 Anibal Sanchez/Bartolo Colon/Hisashi Iwakuma LEAGUE LEADERS
118 Ian Desmond Washington Nationals
119 Brandon Crawford San Francisco Giants
120 Kevin Correia Minnesota Twins
121 Franklin Gutierrez Seattle Mariners
122 Jonathan Papelbon Philadelphia Phillies
123 James Paxton Seattle Mariners ROOKIE
124 Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds
125 Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
126 David DeJesus Tampa Bay Rays
127 Yusmeiro Petit San Francisco Giants
128 Erasmo Ramirez Seattle Mariners
129 Yonder Alonso San Diego Padres
130 Scooter Gennett Milwaukee Brewers
131 Junichi Tazawa Boston Red Sox
132 Henderson Alvarez Miami Marlins BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS
133 Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox ROOKIE
134 Josh Donaldson Oakland Athletics
135 Eric Sogard Oakland Athletics
136 Will Middlebrooks Boston Red Sox FUTURE STARS
137 Boone Logan New York Yankees
138 Wei-Yin Chen Baltimore Orioles
139 Rafael Betancourt Colorado Rockies
140 Jonathan Broxton Cincinnati Reds
141 Chris Tillman Baltimore Orioles
142 Zack Greinke Los Angeles Dodgers
143 Paul Goldschmidt/Jay Bruce/Freddie Freeman LEAGUE LEADERS
144 Joakim Soria Texas Rangers
145 Jason Castro Houston Astros
146 Jonny Gomes Boston Red Sox WORLD SERIES
147 Jason Frasor Texas Rangers
148 Chris Sale Chicago White Sox
149 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS
150 Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
151 Bruce Chen Kansas City Royals
152 Jonathan Herrera Colorado Rockies
153 Chris Davis/Miguel Cabrera/Adam Jones LEAGUE LEADERS
154 Chris Iannetta Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
155 Daniel Murphy New York Mets
156 Kendrys Morales Seattle Mariners
157 Matt Adams St. Louis Cardinals
158 Nate McLouth Baltimore Orioles
159 Jason Grilli Pittsburgh Pirates
160 Bruce Rondon Detroit Tigers
161 Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers
162 Josmil Pinto Minnesota Twins ROOKIE
163 Matt Shoemaker Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ROOKIE
164 Jaime Garcia St. Louis Cardinals
165 Rajai Davis Toronto Blue Jays
166 Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
167 Jeremy Guthrie Kansas City Royals
168 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees
169 Nick Franklin Seattle Mariners FUTURE STARS
170 Wade Miley Arizona Diamondbacks
171 Trevor Rosenthal St. Louis Cardinals
172 Rickie Weeks Milwaukee Brewers
173 Brandon League Los Angeles Dodgers
174 Bobby Parnell New York Mets
175 Casey Janssen Toronto Blue Jays
176 Alex Cobb Tampa Bay Rays
177 Esmil Rogers Toronto Blue Jays
178 Erik Johnson Chicago White Sox ROOKIE
179 Gerrit Cole Pittsburgh Pirates FUTURE STARS
180 Ben Revere Philadelphia Phillies
181 Jim Henderson Milwaukee Brewers
182 Carlos Ruiz Philadelphia Phillies
183 Darwin Barney Chicago Cubs
184 Yunel Escobar Tampa Bay Rays
185 Howie Kendrick Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
186 Clayton Richard San Diego Padres
187 Justin Turner New York Mets
188 Mark Melancon Pittsburgh Pirates
189 Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals
190 Kevin Gausman Baltimore Orioles FUTURE STARS
191 Chris Perez Cleveland Indians
192 Pedro Alvarez Pittsburgh Pirates
193 Ricky Nolasco Los Angeles Dodgers
194 Joel Hanrahan Boston Red Sox
195 Nick Castellanos Detroit Tigers ROOKIE
196 Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies
197 Onelki Garcia Los Angeles Dodgers ROOKIE
198 Nick Swisher Cleveland Indians
199 Matt Davidson Arizona Diamondbacks ROOKIE
200 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
201 Alex Rios Texas Rangers
202 Jeremy Hellickson Tampa Bay Rays
203 Cliff Pennington Arizona Diamondbacks
204 Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles Dodgers
205 Seth Smith Oakland Athletics
206 Jon Lester Boston Red Sox WORLD SERIES
207 Jonathan Villar Houston Astros
208 Dayan Viciedo Chicago White Sox
209 Carlos Quentin San Diego Padres
210 Jose Altuve Houston Astros
211 Dioner Navarro Chicago Cubs
212 Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves
213 Justin Smoak Seattle Mariners
214 James Shields Kansas City Royals
215 Jean Segura Milwaukee Brewers FUTURE STARS
216 Ubaldo Jimenez Cleveland Indians
217 Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins
218 Matt Dominguez Houston Astros
219 Charlie Morton Pittsburgh Pirates
220 Ryan Doumit Minnesota Twins
221 Brian Dozier Minnesota Twins
222 Vernon Wells New York Yankees
223 Joaquin Benoit Detroit Tigers
224 Michael Saunders Seattle Mariners
225 Brian McCann Atlanta Braves
226 Sean Doolittle Oakland Athletics
227 Andrew Cashner San Diego Padres
228 Jayson Werth Washington Nationals
229 Justin Upton Atlanta Braves
230 Andre Rienzo Chicago White Sox ROOKIE
231 J.R. Murphy New York Yankees ROOKIE
232 Chris Owings Arizona Diamondbacks ROOKIE
233 Rafael Soriano Washington Nationals
234 Eric Stults San Diego Padres
235 Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians
236 Joel Peralta Tampa Bay Rays
237 Mike Cuddyer/Chris Johnson/Freddie Freeman LEAGUE LEADERS
238 Alberto Callaspo Oakland Athletics
239 Jeff Samardzija Chicago Cubs
240 Ernesto Frieri Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
241 Henderson Alvarez Miami Marlins
242 David Holmberg Arizona Diamondbacks ROOKIE
243 Ryan Cook Oakland Athletics
244 Danny Farquhar Seattle Mariners
245 Ross Detwiler Washington Nationals
246 Eduardo Nunez New York Yankees
247 Anthony Gose Toronto Blue Jays
248 Travis d'Arnaud New York Mets ROOKIE
249 Heath Hembree San Francisco Giants ROOKIE
250 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
251 Sergio Romo San Francisco Giants
252 Kevin Pillar Toronto Blue Jays ROOKIE
253 Todd Helton Colorado Rockies BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS
254 Brett Gardner New York Yankees
255 Billy Butler Kansas City Royals
256 Abraham Almonte Seattle Mariners ROOKIE
257 C.J. Wilson Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
258 Jon Lester Boston Red Sox
259 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox WORLD SERIES
260 Zoilo Almonte New York Yankees
261 Michael Brantley Cleveland Indians
262 Jeff Keppinger Chicago White Sox
263 Doug Fister Detroit Tigers
264 Huston Street San Diego Padres
265 Yordano Ventura Kansas City Royals ROOKIE
266 Zack Wheeler New York Mets FUTURE STARS
267 Ryan Vogelsong San Francisco Giants
268 Don Kelly Detroit Tigers
269 Joe Blanton Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
270 Gregor Blanco San Francisco Giants
271 Justin Ruggiano Miami Marlins
272 Carlos Villanueva Chicago Cubs
273 Mark DeRosa Toronto Blue Jays
274 Jonny Gomes Boston Red Sox
275 Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies
276 Alfonso Soriano New York Yankees
277 Mike Leake Cincinnati Reds
278 Tommy Medica San Diego Padres ROOKIE
279 Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians
280 Everth Cabrera San Diego Padres
281 Robbie Erlin San Diego Padres ROOKIE
282 Rex Brothers Colorado Rockies
283 Andrelton Simmons Atlanta Braves FUTURE STARS
284 Brandon Belt San Francisco Giants
285 Jonathan Lucroy Milwaukee Brewers
286 Josh Fields Houston Astros
287 Miguel Montero Arizona Diamondbacks
288 Julio Teheran Atlanta Braves FUTURE STARS
289 Matt Thornton Boston Red Sox
290 Chad Bettis Colorado Rockies ROOKIE
291 Brandon McCarthy Arizona Diamondbacks
292 Aaron Hill Arizona Diamondbacks
293 Mike Zunino Seattle Mariners FUTURE STARS
294 Adam Wainwright/Jordan Zimmermann/Clayton Kershaw LEAGUE LEADERS
295 Matt Tuiasosopo Detroit Tigers
296 Domonic Brown Philadelphia Phillies
297 Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers
298 Chris Getz Kansas City Royals
299 Max Scherzer/Bartolo Colon/Matt Moore LEAGUE LEADERS
300 Yu Darvish Texas Rangers
301 Shane Victorino Boston Red Sox
302 Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Brewers
303 Andres Torres San Francisco Giants
304 Juan Lagares New York Mets
305 Steve Cishek Miami Marlins
306 Garrett Richards Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
307 Jake Peavy Boston Red Sox
308 Alexei Ramirez Chicago White Sox
309 Drew Stubbs Cleveland Indians
310 Neftali Feliz Texas Rangers
311 Chris Young Oakland Athletics
312 Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies
313 Brad Peacock Houston Astros
314 Hanley Ramirez Los Angeles Dodgers
315 Jose Quintana Chicago White Sox
316 Mike Minor Atlanta Braves
317 Lonnie Chisenhall Cleveland Indians
318 Luis Valbuena Chicago Cubs
319 Ryan Goins Toronto Blue Jays ROOKIE
320 Hector Santiago Chicago White Sox
321 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees BASEBALL HIGHLIGHTS
322 Emilio Bonifacio Kansas City Royals
323 Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays
324 Elvis Andrus Texas Rangers
325 Trevor Plouffe Minnesota Twins
326 Khris Davis Milwaukee Brewers
327 Pablo Sandoval San Francisco Giants
328 James Loney Tampa Bay Rays
329 Matt Holliday St. Louis Cardinals
330 Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays
331 Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers

Quick notes:
  • Once again, in lieu of not having a number7 card, card #331 is in play for series 1, and just like last year, it's not a short print (unless there is a variation for Puig...and you know there will be).
  • Believe it or not, the only "variation" announced on the checklist was a "Walmart Photo Variation" card for Mike Trout...AND THAT WAS IT. Now, does this mean that there aren't going to be any other variations in series 1? As much as it would make a certain ex-blogger's dream come true, I doubt it. Nothing has been announced. Doesn't mean there won't be any. Stay tuned to your local eBay feed.
  • I know the theme for 2014 is "The Future is Now" and that there will be emphasis on the players Topps will be calling "Future Stars." There are 15 of them (all underlined for quick reference). Yasiel Puig (whose card Topps mocked up on a sell sheet with "Future Star" in foil) is not listed as one of them.

    From 1987 through 1991, when Topps last featured "Future Star" cards there were 25 players featured with the tag. There are 15 in Series 1 alone, and more to come in Series 2. Overkill??!
  • There are also 35 players(all in italics) making their MLB Rookie Card debut, all getting that fantastic MLB-sanctioned Rookie Card logo. Included among the 35 is Robbie Erlin, who made his MLB debut on April 30, and could have gotten a card in either last year's Series 2 or Update Series sets. Three other players made their debuts towards the end of July, while the other 31 players made their debuts after the August 1 cut-off for being eligible for Rookie Card recognition in 2014.
There are nine basic insert sets I'll be going after as well. Some are Hobby exclusive, some are Retail Exclusive, and one is a Hobby Shop promotion set. They are:

UPPER CLASS - Inserted 1:4 packs
UC-1 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
UC-2 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
UC-3 Yu Darvish Texas Rangers
UC-4 Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics
UC-5 Matt Harvey New York Mets
UC-6 Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves
UC-7 Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
UC-8 Sandy Koufax Brooklyn Dodgers
UC-9 Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates
UC-10 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
UC-11 David Freese St. Louis Cardinals
UC-12 Giancarlo Stanton Florida Marlins
UC-13 Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals
UC-14 Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants
UC-15 Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays
UC-16 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
UC-17 Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds
UC-18 Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
UC-19 Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies
UC-20 Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
UC-21 Hanley Ramirez Florida Marlins
UC-22 Matt Cain San Francisco Giants
UC-23 Prince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers
UC-24 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers
UC-25 Jered Weaver Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
UC-26 Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies
UC-27 Robinson Cano New York Yankees
UC-28 Brian McCann Atlanta Braves
UC-29 Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
UC-30 Matt Holliday Colorado Rockies
UC-31 David Wright New York Mets
UC-32 Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
UC-33 Randy Johnson Montreal Expos
UC-34 Gary Sheffield Milwaukee Brewers
UC-35 Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners
UC-36 Albert Belle Cleveland Indians
UC-37 Jim Abbott California Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
UC-38 Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves
UC-39 Greg Maddux Chicago Cubs
UC-40 Bo Jackson Kansas City Royals
UC-41 Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox
UC-42 Jim Rice Boston Red Sox
UC-43 Fred Lynn Boston Red Sox
UC-44 Gary Carter Montreal Expos
UC-45 Ryne Sandberg Chicago Cubs
UC-46 Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox
UC-47 Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore Orioles
UC-48 Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves
UC-49 Al Kaline Detroit Tigers
UC-50 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs

THE FUTURE IS NOW - Inserted 1:4 packs
FN-1 Shelby Miller St. Louis Cardinals
FN-2 Shelby Miller St. Louis Cardinals
FN-3 Shelby Miller St. Louis Cardinals
FN-4 Jurickson Profar Texas Rangers
FN-5 Jurickson Profar Texas Rangers
FN-6 Jurickson Profar Texas Rangers
FN-7 Jean Segura Milwaukee Brewers
FN-8 Jean Segura Milwaukee Brewers
FN-9 Jean Segura Milwaukee Brewers
FN-10 Zack Wheeler New York Mets
FN-11 Zack Wheeler New York Mets
FN-12 Zack Wheeler New York Mets
FN-13 Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics
FN-14 Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics
FN-15 Hyun-Jin Ryu Los Angeles Dodgers
FN-16 Hyun-Jin Ryu Los Angeles Dodgers
FN-17 Wil Myers Tampa Bay Rays
FN-18 Wil Myers Tampa Bay Rays
FN-19 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
FN-20 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
FN-21 Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins
FN-22 Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins
FN-23 Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles
FN-24 Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles
FN-25 Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
FN-26 Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
FN-27 Yu Darvish Texas Rangers
FN-28 Yu Darvish Texas Rangers
FN-29 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
FN-30 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals

TOPPS ALL ROOKIE CUP TEAM - Inseted 1:18 packs
RCT-1 Tom Seaver New York Mets
RCT-2 Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants
RCT-3 Joe Morgan Houston Astros
RCT-4 Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals
RCT-5 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
RCT-6 Jim Rice Boston Red Sox
RCT-7 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
RCT-8 Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners
RCT-9 Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds
RCT-10 CC Sabathia Cleveland Indians

1989 TOPPS MINIS DIE CUTS - Inserted 1:18 packs
TM-1 Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
TM-2 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
TM-3 Fred Lynn Boston Red Sox
TM-4 Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres
TM-5 Tim Raines Montreal Expos
TM-6 Bo Jackson Kansas City Royals
TM-7 Sandy Koufax Los Angeles Dodgers
TM-8 Babe Ruth New York Yankees
TM-9 Nolan Ryan Texas Rangers
TM-10 Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics
TM-11 Fred McGriff Atlanta Braves
TM-12 Lee Smith St. Louis Cardinals
TM-13 Don Mattingly New York Yankees
TM-14 Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox
TM-15 Andre Dawson Chicago Cubs
TM-16 Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies
TM-17 Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves
TM-18 George Brett Kansas City Royals
TM-19 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees
TM-20 Yogi Berra New York Yankees
TM-21 Ted Williams Boston Red Sox
TM-22 Jimmie Foxx Boston Red Sox
TM-23 Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates
TM-24 Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals
TM-25 Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves
TM-26 Jim Rice Boston Red Sox
TM-27 Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore Orioles
TM-28 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
TM-29 Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
TM-30 Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
TM-31 Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles
TM-32 Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles
TM-33 Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
TM-34 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
TM-35 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs
TM-36 Randy Johnson Seattle Mariners
TM-37 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
TM-38 Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds
TM-39 Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds
TM-40 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
TM-41 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers
TM-42 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
TM-43 Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
TM-44 Matt Harvey New York Mets
TM-45 Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
TM-46 Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
TM-47 Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
TM-48 Yu Darvish Texas Rangers
TM-49 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
TM-50 Robinson Cano New York Yankees

50 YEARS OF THE DRAFT - Inserted 1:18 packs
50YD-1 Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
50YD-2 Gerrit Cole Pittsburgh Pirates
50YD-3 David Price Tampa Bay Rays
50YD-4 Don Mattingly New York Yankees
50YD-5 Adrian Gonzalez Florida Marlins
50YD-6 Josh Hamilton Tampa Bay Devil Rays
50YD-7 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
50YD-8 Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners
50YD-9 Darryl Strawberry New York Mets
50YD-10 Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds

BEFORE THEY WERE GREAT - Inseted 1:18 packs HOBBY and HOBBY JUMBO PACK EXCLUSIVE
BG-1 Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds
BG-2 George Brett Kansas City Royals
BG-3 Nomar Garciaparra Boston Red Sox
BG-4 Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals
BG-5 Tom Glavine Atlanta Braves
BG-6 Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners
BG-7 Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres
BG-8 Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics
BG-9 Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics
BG-10 Randy Johnson Seattle Mariners
BG-11 Sandy Koufax Brooklyn Dodgers
BG-12 Greg Maddux Chicago Cubs
BG-13 Pedro Martinez Los Angeles Dodgers
BG-14 Don Mattingly New York Yankees
BG-15 Willie Mays New York Giants
BG-16 Mike Mussina Baltimore Orioles
BG-17 Jim Rice Boston Red Sox
BG-18 Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore Orioles
BG-19 Nolan Ryan New York Mets
BG-20 Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies
BG-21 Steve Carlton St. Louis Cardinals
BG-22 Ted Williams Boston Red Sox
BG-23 Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia Athletics
BG-24 Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates
BG-25 Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers
BG-26 Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees
BG-27 Tom Seaver New York Mets
BG-28 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
BG-29 Miguel Cabrera Florida Marlins
BG-30 Joe Morgan Houston Astros

SUPER VETERANS - RETAIL (WALMART / TARGET) EXCLUSIVE ONLY
SV-1 Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
SV-2 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
SV-3 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
SV-4 Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers
SV-5 Torii Hunter Detroit Tigers
SV-6 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
SV-7 Carlos Beltran St. Louis Cardinals
SV-8 Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies
SV-9 Barry Zito San Francisco Giants
SV-10 Andy Pettitte New York Yankees
SV-11 Matt Holliday St. Louis Cardinals
SV-12 Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
SV-13 CC Sabathia New York Yankees
SV-14 Roy Halladay Philadelphia Phillies
SV-15 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees

TOP 25 ROOKIE CARD REPRINTS - Retail Exclusive? Hobby Exclusive? Who Knows??!
RCF-1 Willie Mays New York Giants
RCF-2 Ernie Banks Chicago Cubs
RCF-3 Sandy Koufax Brooklyn Dodgers
RCF-4 Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates
RCF-5 Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles
RCF-6 Frank Robinson Cincinnati Reds
RCF-7 Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals
RCF-8 Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants
RCF-9 Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics
RCF-10 Robin Yount Milwaukee Brewers
RCF-11 George Brett Kansas City Royals
RCF-12 Eddie Murray Baltimore Orioles
RCF-13 Ozzie Smith San Diego Padres
RCF-14 Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics
RCF-15 Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore Orioles
RCF-16 Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres
RCF-17 Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox
RCF-18 Don Mattingly New York Yankees
RCF-19 Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners
RCF-20 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
RCF-21 Miguel Cabrera Florida Marlins
RCF-22 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers
RCF-23 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
RCF-24 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
RCF-25 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals

SPRING FEVER BASE CARDS - Hobby Shop Promotion
SF-1 Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays
SF-2 Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
SF-3 Robinson Cano Seattle Mariners
SF-4 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
SF-5 Carlos Gonzalez Colorado Rockies
SF-6 Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles
SF-7 Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles
SF-8 Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers
SF-9 Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays
SF-10 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
SF-11 Hanley Ramirez Los Angeles Dodgers
SF-12 Prince Fielder Texas Rangers
SF-13 Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
SF-14 Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
SF-15 Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
SF-16 Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
SF-17 Billy Hamilton Cincinnati Reds
SF-18 Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins
SF-19 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees
SF-20 Jose Fernandez Miami Marlins
SF-21 Chris Sale Chicago White Sox
SF-22 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
SF-23 Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
SF-24 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers
SF-25 Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers
SF-26 Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
SF-27 Jose Reyes Toronto Blue Jays
SF-28 Justin Upton Atlanta Braves
SF-29 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
SF-30 Yoenis Cespedes Oakland Athletics
SF-31 Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals
SF-32 Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox
SF-33 Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers
SF-34 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
SF-35 Yu Darvish Texas Rangers
SF-36 Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
SF-37 Josh Hamilton Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
SF-38 Wil Myers Tampa Bay Rays
SF-39 Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
SF-40 Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves
SF-41 Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves
SF-42 Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
SF-43 CC Sabathia New York Yankees
SF-44 Edwin Encarnacion Toronto Blue Jays
SF-45 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
SF-46 Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians
SF-47 Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies
SF-48 Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals
SF-49 Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles Dodgers
SF-50 Derek Jeter New York Yankees

Quick notes:
  • At least the numbers for the insert sets us actual numbers instead of letters. I'm not saying it was hard, but to sort the cards in alphabetical order takes a bit longer.
  • Nine basic insert sets. The retail sets will be harder of course as not too many appear cards or sets of these appear on the Bay. And when they do, they're expensive as all get out.
  • Ten years ago, this guy would appear in EVERY insert set for other companies. In 2014, Alex Rodriguez's name appears twice, as a base card and on a relic card...AND THAT'S ALL!
There are 110 players that will have the "Power Players" logo as a parallel. There's a whole contest involved with them for 2014. I don't think I'll be participating in them. if you want to know who's on the list in series 1:

PP-1 Bryce Harper Washington Nationals
PP-2 Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies
PP-3 Wade Miley Arizona Diamondbacks
PP-4 Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies
PP-5 Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
PP-6 Nick Swisher Cleveland Indians
PP-7 Aaron Hill Arizona Diamondbacks
PP-8 Alex Rios Texas Rangers
PP-9 Ernesto Frieri Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
PP-10 Ben Revere Philadelphia Phillies
PP-11 Chris Tillman Baltimore Orioles
PP-12 Clay Buchholz Boston Red Sox
PP-13 Charlie Blackmon Colorado Rockies
PP-14 Garrett Jones Pittsburgh Pirates
PP-15 Garrett Richards Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
PP-16 Lonnie Chisenhall Cleveland Indians
PP-17 Kolten Wong St. Louis Cardinals Rookie
PP-18 Chris Perez Cleveland Indians
PP-19 Matt Adams St. Louis Cardinals
PP-20 Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves
PP-21 Doug Fister Detroit Tigers
PP-22 Jose Quintana Chicago White Sox
PP-23 Mike Minor Atlanta Braves
PP-24 Matt Holliday St. Louis Cardinals
PP-25 Lance Lynn St. Louis Cardinals
PP-26 Jon Lester Boston Red Sox
PP-27 Onelki Garcia Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie
PP-28 Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins
PP-29 Kevin Pillar Toronto Blue Jays Rookie
PP-30 Chad Bettis Colorado Rockies Rookie
PP-31 Joe Blanton Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
PP-32 Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians
PP-33 Ian Desmond Washington Nationals
PP-34 Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals
PP-35 David Freese St. Louis Cardinals
PP-36 Martin Perez Texas Rangers
PP-37 Chris Iannetta Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
PP-38 Sean Burnett Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
PP-39 Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles Dodgers
PP-40 Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles
PP-41 Matt Lindstrom Chicago White Sox
PP-42 Matt Thornton Boston Red Sox
PP-43 Trevor Cahill Arizona Diamondbacks
PP-44 Junior Lake Chicago Cubs
PP-45 Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds
PP-46 Wei-Yin Chen Baltimore Orioles
PP-47 Carlos Villanueva Chicago Cubs
PP-48 Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers
PP-49 C.J. Wilson Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
PP-50 Chris Owings Arizona Diamondbacks Rookie
PP-51 Shin-Soo Choo Cincinnati Reds
PP-52 Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
PP-53 Yonder Alonso San Diego Padres
PP-54 Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies
PP-55 Jason Grilli Pittsburgh Pirates
PP-56 Zack Greinke Los Angeles Dodgers
PP-57 Justin Upton Atlanta Braves
PP-58 Chris Sale Chicago White Sox
PP-59 Yu Darvish Texas Rangers
PP-60 Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Brewers
PP-61 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
PP-62 Pablo Sandoval San Francisco Giants
PP-63 Matt Davidson Arizona Diamondbacks Rookie
PP-64 Jordan Zimmermann Washington Nationals
PP-65 Ethan Martin Philadelphia Phillies Rookie
PP-66 Brandon McCarthy Arizona Diamondbacks
PP-67 Cliff Pennington Arizona Diamondbacks
PP-68 Torii Hunter Detroit Tigers
PP-69 Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
PP-70 Mark Trumbo Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
PP-71 Mike Zunino Seattle Mariners
PP-72 Michael Brantley Cleveland Indians
PP-73 Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
PP-74 Erik Johnson Chicago White Sox Rookie
PP-75 Marcell Ozuna Miami Marlins
PP-76 Mike Leake Cincinnati Reds
PP-77 Derek Jeter New York Yankees
PP-78 Jake Peavy Boston Red Sox
PP-79 Shane Victorino Boston Red Sox
PP-80 Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds
PP-81 Miguel Montero Arizona Diamondbacks
PP-82 Julio Teheran Atlanta Braves
PP-83 Wilmer Flores New York Mets Rookie
PP-84 Alexei Ramirez Chicago White Sox
PP-85 Melky Cabrera Toronto Blue Jays
PP-86 Jhonny Peralta Detroit Tigers
PP-87 Dayan Viciedo Chicago White Sox
PP-88 Hiroki Kuroda New York Yankees
PP-89 Brandon Belt San Francisco Giants
PP-90 Brandon Crawford San Francisco Giants
PP-91 Hector Santiago Chicago White Sox
PP-92 Elvis Andrus Texas Rangers
PP-93 Jeff Samardzija Chicago Cubs
PP-94 Kyle Lohse Milwaukee Brewers
PP-95 James Shields Kansas City Royals
PP-96 Darwin Barney Chicago Cubs
PP-97 Nate McLouth Baltimore Orioles
PP-98 Tyler Skaggs Arizona Diamondbacks
PP-99 Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds
PP-100 Hanley Ramirez Los Angeles Dodgers
PP-101 Brian McCann Atlanta Braves
PP-102 Jurickson Profar Texas Rangers
PP-103 Jose Altuve Houston Astros
PP-104 Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
PP-105 Carlos Ruiz Philadelphia Phillies
PP-106 Edwin Encarnacion Toronto Blue Jays
PP-107 Sergio Romo San Francisco Giants
PP-108 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
PP-109 James Paxton Seattle Mariners Rookie
PP-110 Chris Nelson Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

So there you have it, a quick cheat sheet of cards we'll all be getting our hands on in less than six days (I hope).

Let the hunt begin!!!

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014 Topps Series 2 Sell Sheets Have Been Live...for Quite Some Time Now!!!

With one week to go before 2014 Topps Series 1 becomes live (you're counting down the days...I know you are...), why not post this now since it's been a couple of months since they were first announced.

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.
In seven days, Series 1 will be upon us.

Are you ready???

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Sell Sheets are Now Live!!!

If Topps continues it's recent consistency when it comes to its products, the second set that I will be looking forward to getting, just after 2014 Topps Series 1, will be Gypsy Queen.

Now I know you're probably asking, why don't you collect Heritage. I never really got into Heritage, not because I don't appreciate the company's past designs, but I don't know, it just didn't get my attention back in 2001 when the Golden Anniversary Set was all the rage. My mind was more focused on getting the 50 card Through the Years set, so even though Heritage was a hot seller, it was never really on my "must have" radar.

With that said, I like the Gypsy Queen product. Especially the style used for the photos. It's not textured (or painted akin to Turkey Red) but it has a unique quality all its own. And after three years, it has established its own identity. So I was happy to find out that the GQ brand will return in 2014. And just today, I found the sell sheets:









It is another 350 cards set, with 300 base and 50 short-printed cards. There are also SP variation cards (that I don't really collect, but don't mind ever pulling). The font used for the Gypsy Queen header is bolder and more modern looking than its counterpart from four years ago. The design is bold and I love the details on the corners.

While many collectors flock to the relic and auto cards (many of which are on card), I like the basic inserts. The themes are simple, and the cards themselves complement the base set with their own unique designs. There will be five different insert sets in the 2014 edition, including:

  • Dealing Aces (20 cards), the set featuring the best starting pitchers in the game,
  • Collisions at the Plate (10 cards), featuring catchers defending the plate against some of the game's best in an effort to keep them from touching home,
  • Glove Stories (10 cards), showing off 10 players who can play defense with grace and agility,
  • Debut All-Stars (15 cards), featuring All-Star players at their first All-Star Game appearance, and
  • N174 Gypsy Queen (15 cards), featuring legendary players in the old N174 design.
Both the Debut All-Stars and N174 GQ cards are new to the basic insert series. There will be the usual run of parallel cards galore, in many shades of the rainbow. 

So get ready retro-collectors. With the product coming in at the beginning of the season, you only have six months to prepare for the arrival of one of the better mid-level sets in the Hobby today.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

Friday, August 16, 2013

Your 2014 Topps Theme and Insert Lineup

For a number of years now, Topps has incorporated a "theme" when it comes to their flagship product. It is something that unifies a majority of the insert sets and gives fans something to think about when collecting that year's version of the cards. As the 2013 Topps set focused on "The Chase," the 2014 Topps set focuses on the sudden influx of young players that are making a lot of noise as the constant changing of the guard continues. The theme for 2014 is simply, "The Future is Now!!!"

Many of the players I grew up watching are seeing their careers begin to ride off into the sunset. The future has never been brighter with the ones that are taking the places of long established veterans. Change is a constant. It will always be there. The players change, the teams even change. We may never again see a player whose sole career was with one team ever again. But as the Jeters, Riveras, Heltons, Joneses, and Konerkos start their ride into the sunset and future immortality, Topps, along with everyone involved with baseball, are looking to the Trouts, Harpers, McCutchens, Puigs, and Strasburgs to pick up the slack and become the veterans and legends that will keep the game exciting.

Along with the future, Topps will be looking back at 50 years of future promises, hopes, and legends. Specifically, the MLB Draft. It will be 50 seasons since Rick Monday became the first player ever selected in the 1965 Free Agent Draft. One of the insert sets being issued by Topps in 2014 will focus on key players selected in the draft (and there will be many) in their 10-card, 50 Years of the Draft set.

Topps will also have insert cards featuring players "Before They Were Great," which according to the Number One Source in the Hobby is a 30-card insert set featuring active and retired players depicted both as a fresh-faced rookie, and what they looked like after a long successful career. This set will be a Hobby-only set, with a gold parallel limited to 99 cards. (Auto/Relic card shown below).


Another insert set will honor Topps' newest edition of their All-Time Topps All-Star Rookie Team. The ASRT program will be going on its 55th year (the program began in 1959) and the 2013 team will be the 55th such team named as All-Star Rookies. There are 18 players who were named to the team that have gone on to become Hall of Famers and Topps will once again select an All-Time Team (the third such endeavor since 2000...er the 2001 Topps set albeit that team consisted of still active players). Thus far, based on the images from the article, three of the players on this team will include Johnny Bench as the catcher, Cal Ripken Jr. at shortstop, and Ken Griffey, Jr. as one of the three outfielders.


Concluding the rookies of the past part of the theme, there will also be a set of "framed rookie reprints" (Hobby only) and buybacks of the Topps 50 greatest rookie cards (as selected by Topps). Should be interesting as to who will be included in this set.

Now that the past has been covered, Topps will also have cards featuring the young players of the present and future.

First is the 30-card set called "The Future is Now" featuring ten players (each gets three cards) and their achievements thus far in their young careers. (Auto card shown below).


The next is Upper Class, a 50-card set featuring the best rookie classes in baseball's history.


The Hobby Shop Promotion Spring Fever set will return in 2014, and The Pennant Chase (wait...Chase??!) will feature all 30 teams. If the team you find wins the pennant, then you win a prize. It's that simple.

And finally, what will probably be my favorite insert set to collect in 2014, is this year's mini card set. In recent years, Topps has included retro cards as inserts from Turkey Red and Kimball's Champions, to mini versions of their 1987, 1972, and 1971 Topps designs. In 2014, there will be a bit of a twist. Not only will there be mini cards, but they will be die-cut as well, taking out the white border. What year's design will get the retro die-cut treatment? None other than my favorite design of All-Time...

The 1989 Topps design.


Woot!!!

There will be autographs, relic cards, auto/relic cards for all of the above insert sets with the exception of the 50 Years of the Draft, but I don't collect them, so I'm not looking for them. Still, based on the images that have been released, plus the sell sheet from The Wax Fantastic (how in the heck did you find the sell sheet images for 2014 Topps when none of my usual sources has even put them online?) it looks like 2014 will be another great year for collectors of the eponymous product.

Now if we could just get the 2013 year out of the way...really...both Chi-town teams are just packing it in and it's been a long season...

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

So the 2013 Topps Series 2 Checklist is Out and Final (or so they say)

While I was laid out thanks to allergies (that's my story, and I'm sticking to it), it turns out that 2013 Topps Series 2 Baseball went live. Figures I'd miss it while droning in and out of consciousness.

So for the benefit of those who somehow think that this blog is the pulse of the Hobby (and why not??!) here are the cards that I will be making sure to add to my ever growing collection...with the goal of getting these cards before the All-Star Break!!!

BASE

332 Cole Hamels
333 Santiago Casilla
334 Derek Norris
335 Chris Herrmann RC
336 Hank Conger
337 Chris Iannetta
338 Mike Trout AL ROY
339 Nick Swisher
340 Franklin Gutierrez
341 Lonnie Chisenhall
342 Matt Dominguez
343 Alex Avila
344 Kris Medlen
345 Jenrry Mejia
346 Aaron Hicks RC
347 Brett Anderson
348 Jonny Gomes
349 Ernesto Frieri
350 Albert Pujols
351 Asdrubal Cabrera
352 Tommy Hanson
353 Bud Norris
354 Casey Janssen
355 Carlos Marmol
356 Greg Dobbs
357 Juan Francisco
358 Henderson Alvarez
359 CC Sabathia RECORD CHASERS
360 Khristopher Davis RC
361 Erik Kratz
362 Yoenis Cespedes
363 Sergio Santos
364 Carlos Pena
365 Mike Baxter
366 Ervin Santana
367 Carlos Ruiz
368 Chris Young
369 Bryce Harper NL ROY
370 A.J. Griffin
371 Jeremy Affeldt
372 Jeff Locke
373 Derek Jeter RECORD CHASERS
374 Miguel Cabrera AL MVP
375 Wilin Rosario
376 Juan Pierre RECORD CHASERS
377 J.D. Martinez
378 Joe Kelly
379 Madison Bumgarner
380 Juan Nicasio
381 Wily Peralta
382 Jackie Bradley Jr. RC
383 Matt Harrison
384 Jake McGee
385 Brandon Belt
386 Brandon Phillips
387 Jean Segura
388 Justin Turner
389 Phil Hughes
390 James McDonald
391 Travis Wood
392 Tom Koehler RC
393 Andres Torres
394 Ubaldo Jimenez
395 Alexei Ramirez
396 Aroldis Chapman
397 Mike Aviles
398 Mike Fiers
399 Shane Victorino
400 David Wright
401 Ryan Dempster
402 Tom Wilhelmsen
403 Hisashi Iwakuma
404 Ryan Madson
405 Hector Sanchez
406 Brandon McCarthy
407 Juan Pierre
408 Coco Crisp
409 Logan Morrison
410 Roy Halladay
411 Jesus Guzman
412 Everth Cabrera
413 Brett Gardner
414 Mark Buehrle
415 Leonys Martin
416 Jordan Lyles
417 Logan Forsythe
418 Evan Gattis RC
419 Matt Moore
420 Rick Porcello
421 Jordy Mercer RC
422 Alfredo Marte RC
423 Miguel Gonzalez
424 Steven Lerud RC
425 Josh Donaldson
426 Vinnie Pestano
427 Chris Nelson
428 Kyle McPherson RC
429 David Price
430 Josh Harrison
431 Blake Beavan
432 Jose Iglesias
433 Andrew Werner RC
434 Wei-Yin Chen
435 Brandon Maurer RC
436 Elvis Andrus
437 Dayan Viciedo
438 Yasmani Grandal
439 Marco Estrada
440 Ian Kinsler
441 Jose Bautista
442 Mike Leake
443 Lou Marson
444 Jordan Walden
445 Joe Thatcher
446 Chris Parmelee
447 Jacob Turner
448 Tim Hudson RECORD CHASERS
449 Michael Cuddyer
450 Jay Bruce
451 Pedro Florimon
452 Raul Ibanez
453 Troy Tulowitzki
454 Paul Goldschmidt
455 Buster Posey NL MVP
456 Pablo Sandoval
457 Nate Schierholtz
458 Jake Peavy
459 Jesus Montero
460 Ryan Doumit
461 Drew Pomeranz
462 Eduardo Nunez
463 Jason Hammel
464 Luis Jimenez RC
465 Placido Polanco
466 Jerome Williams
467 Brian Duensing
468 Anthony Gose
469 Adam Warren RC
470 Jeff Francoeur
471 Trevor Cahill
472 John Mayberry
473 Josh Johnson
474 Brian Omogrosso RC
475 Garrett Jones
476 John Buck
477 Paul Maholm
478 Gavin Floyd
479 Kelly Johnson
480 Lance Berkman
481 Justin Wilson RC
482 Emilio Bonifacio
483 Jordany Valdespin
484 Johan Santana
485 Ruben Tejada
486 Jason Kubel
487 Hanley Ramirez
488 Ryan Wheeler RC
489 Erick Aybar
490 Cody Ross
491 Clayton Richard
492 Jose Molina
493 Johnny Giavotella
494 Alberto Callaspo
495 Joaquin Benoit
496 Scott Sizemore
497 Brett Myers
498 Martin Prado
499 Billy Butler
500 Stephen Strasburg
501 Tommy Milone
502 Patrick Corbin
503 Clay Buchholz
504 Michael Bourn
505 Ross Detwiler
506 Andy Pettitte
507 Lance Lynn
508 Felix Doubront
509 Brennan Boesch
510 Nate McLouth
511 Rob Brantly RC
512 Justin Smoak
513 Zach McAllister
514 Jonathan Papelbon
515 Brian Roberts
516 Omar Infante
517 Pedro Alvarez
518 Nolan Reimold
519 Zack Greinke
520 Peter Bourjos
521 Evan Scribner RC
522 Dallas Keuchel
523 Wandy Rodriguez
524 Wade LeBlanc
525 J.P. Arencibia
526 Tyler Flowers
527 Carlos Beltran
528 Darin Mastroianni
529 Collin McHugh RC
530 Wade Miley
531 Craig Gentry
532 Todd Helton
533 J.J. Hardy
534 Alberto Cabrera RC
535 Philip Humber
536 Mike Trout AL DEFENSIVE POY
537 Neil Walker
538 Brett Wallace
539 Phil Coke
540 Michael Bourn NL DEFENSIVE POY
541 Jon Lester
542 Jeff Niemann
543 Donovan Solano
544 Tyler Chatwood
545 Alex Presley
546 Carlos Quentin
547 Glen Perkins
548 John Lackey
549 Huston Street
550 Matt Joyce
551 Welington Castillo
552 Francisco Cervelli
553 Josh Rutledge
554 R.A. Dickey
555 Joel Hanrahan
556 Nick Hundley
557 Adam Lind
558 David Murphy
559 Travis Snider
560 Yunel Escobar
561 Josh Vitters
562 Jason Marquis
563 Nate Eovaldi
564 Francisco Peguero RC
565 Torii Hunter
566 C.J. Wilson
567 Alfonso Soriano RECORD CHASERS
568 Steve Lombardozzi
569 Ryan Ludwick
570 Devin Mesoraco
571 Melky Cabrera
572 Lorenzo Cain
573 Ian Stewart
574 Corey Hart
575 Justin Morneau
576 Julio Teheran
577 Matt Harvey
578 Brett Jackson
579 Adam LaRoche
580 Jordan Danks
581 Andrelton Simmons
582 Seth Smith
583 Alejandro De Aza
584 Alfonso Soriano
585 Homer Bailey
586 Jose Quintana
587 Matt Cain
588 Jordan Zimmermann
589 Jose Fernandez RC
590 Liam Hendriks
591 Derek Holland
592 Nick Markakis
593 James Loney
594 Carl Crawford
595 David Ortiz
596 Brian Dozier
597 Marco Scutaro
598 Fernando Martinez
599 Carlos Carrasco
600 Mariano Rivera
601 Brandon Moss
602 Anibal Sanchez
603 Chris Perez
604 Rafael Betancourt
605 Aramis Ramirez
606 Mark Trumbo
607 Chris Carter
608 Ricky Nolasco
609 Scott Baker
610 Brandon Beachy
611 Drew Storen
612 Robinson Cano
613 Jhoulys Chacin
614 B.J. Upton
615 Mark Ellis
616 Grant Balfour
617 Fernando Rodney
618 Koji Uehara
619 Carlos Gomez
620 Hector Santiago
621 Steve Cishek
622 Alcides Escobar
623 Alexi Ogando
624 Justin Ruggiano
625 Domonic Brown
626 Gio Gonzalez
627 David Price AL CY YOUNG
628 Martin Maldonado RC
629 Trevor Plouffe
630 Andy Dirks
631 Chris Carpenter
632 R.A. Dickey NL CY YOUNG
633 Victor Martinez
634 Drew Smyly
635 Jedd Gyorko RC
636 Cole De Vries RC
637 Ben Revere
638 Andrew Cashner
639 Josh Hamilton
640 Jason Castro
641 Bruce Chen
642 Austin Jackson
643 Matt Garza
644 Ryan Lavarnway
645 Luis Cruz
646 Phillippe Aumont RC
647 Adam Dunn
648 Dan Straily
649 Ryan Hanigan
650 Nelson Cruz
651 Gregor Blanco
652 Jonathan Lucroy
653 Chase Headley
654 Brandon Barnes RC
655 Salvador Perez
656 Scott Diamond
657 Jorge De La Rosa
658 David Freese
659 Mike Napoli
660 Miguel Cabrera
661 Hyun-Jin Ryu RC

By my count, that's 29 Rookie Cards with the official MLB Rookie Card Logo (compared to 32 in series 1). You have eight cards honoring each league's MVP, Rookie of the Year, and Cy Young winners, as well as each league's Defensive Player of the Year (Mike Trout and Michael Bourn). Nice touch Topps, although shouldn't these honors have been saved for Series 1? It's a bit too late to include these in Series 2 in my opinion, especially since both R. A. Dickey and Michael Bourn aren't even in the NL anymore. Five Record Chasers (Sabathia, Jeter, Pierre, Hudson, and Soriano) make up the checklist cards. And note that there will be a card #661 again (of Korean sensation Hyun-Jin Ryu). The good news is that it's not going to be a SP (although as you will see below, there will be a SP variation). Now if Topps wanted to mess with certain people, they would have found a way to include rookie phenom Yasiel Puig as #662, but I digress.

Again, there are 25 short-printed variations of the base cards, many of which are numbered as if they're from Series 1. Makes little sense once again, but I'm not in the room when they make the decisions. The SP's, which this time follows no set "chasing" theme, include:

1 Bryce Harper
6 Ryan Howard
10 Adam Jones
11 Yu Darvish
11 Yu Darvish
22 Clayton Kershaw
26 Chase Utley
27 Mike Trout
27 Mike Trout
28 Prince Fielder
34 Felix Hernandez
55 Tim Lincecum
78 Dylan Bundy
110 Justin Upton
122 Andrew McCutchen
127 Giancarlo Stanton
228 Adrian Gonzalez
242 Matt Kemp
316 Josh Reddick
331 Jose Reyes
362 Yoenis Cespedes
456 Pablo Sandoval
595 David Ortiz
660 Miguel Cabrera
661 Hyun-Jin Ryu

So five of these cards look like they'd be SP's in series 2, but the rest? Series 1, and now there are two variations for certain guys (like Harper) and two more variations (for a guy like Trout). This is why I'm so glad I'm a set collector, and not a player collector. I'm not going to lose sleep over trying to get these cards. Although, if I manage to get one by sheer luck...

Parallels come in the usual color schemes: Emerald Foil - 1:6 packs, Blue (WalMart), Purple (Toys R' Us), Red (Target), Emerald Blue (Hobby Shop Promo Packs, this is a new one), Gold #/2013, Desert Camo Foil #/99, Black #/62 (Hobby/HTA), Pink #/50, Silver Slate #/10 (Hobby Shop Promo Packs, a continuation from the pack redemption from Series 1), Platinum 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1 (Hobby/HTA).

On to the inserts. Now every insert set will also come in autograph, relic, or a combination of the two forms. Here are the basic insert sets that should be included in Master Set auctions on the Bay:

CHASING HISTORY

CH-51 Jason Kipnis
CH-52 Gary Sheffield
CH-53 Jered Weaver
CH-54 Anthony Rizzo
CH-55 Ken Griffey Jr.
CH-56 Matt Holliday
CH-57 Cal Ripken Jr.
CH-58 Rickey Henderson
CH-59 Fred Lynn
CH-60 Derek Jeter
CH-61 David Price
CH-62 Willie McCovey
CH-63 Jordan Zimmermann
CH-64 Mike Trout
CH-65 Gary Carter
CH-66 Adrian Gonzalez
CH-67 Stephen Strasburg
CH-68 John Smoltz
CH-69 Sandy Koufax
CH-70 Miguel Cabrera
CH-71 Buster Posey
CH-72 Carlos Gonzalez
CH-73 Robinson Cano
CH-74 Stan Musial
CH-75 Dustin Pedroia
CH-76 Tony Gwynn
CH-77 Roberto Clemente
CH-78 Mark Trumbo
CH-79 Hank Aaron
CH-80 Yu Darvish
CH-81 Cliff Lee
CH-82 Felix Hernandez
CH-83 Willie Mays
CH-84 Mariano Rivera
CH-85 Tim Lincecum
CH-86 Roy Halladay
CH-87 Lance Lynn
CH-88 Justin Verlander
CH-89 Darryl Strawberry
CH-90 Prince Fielder
CH-91 Joey Votto
CH-92 Mike Schmidt
CH-93 Manny Machado
CH-94 Ty Cobb
CH-95 Matt Cain
CH-96 Dylan Bundy
CH-97 Troy Tulowitzki
CH-98 Carl Crawford
CH-99 David Wright
CH-100 Phil Niekro

Remember, there are parallels to this set, depending on what pack you buy (retail wise anyway).

CUT TO THE CHASE

CTC-1 Mike Trout
CTC-24 Buster Posey
CTC-26 Albert Belle
CTC-27 Ralph Kiner
CTC-28 Al Kaline
CTC-29 Tom Seaver
CTC-30 Rickey Henderson
CTC-31 Matt Holliday
CTC-32 Harmon Killebrew
CTC-33 Jered Weaver
CTC-34 Ernie Banks
CTC-35 Chris Sale
CTC-36 Joe Morgan
CTC-37 Albert Pujols
CTC-38 Prince Fielder
CTC-39 Yoenis Cespedes
CTC-40 Cal Ripken Jr.
CTC-41 Stephen Strasburg
CTC-42 R.A. Dickey
CTC-43 Miguel Cabrera
CTC-44 Manny Machado
CTC-45 Bryce Harper
CTC-46 Duke Snider
CTC-47 Alex Rodriguez
CTC-48 Sandy Koufax

So the set winds up being a 48-card set instead of a 50-card one. Card #'s 1 and 7 are added to this one, which probably makes up for the earlier loss of the Ichiro and Mickey Mantle estates (you know that those HAD to be the original players in the checklist...speculation of course).

CHASE IT DOWN (a new insert set for Series 2)

CD-1 Mike Trout
CD-2 Pablo Sandoval
CD-3 Ryan Zimmerman
CD-4 Jason Heyward
CD-5 Adam Jones
CD-6 Mike Moustakas
CD-7 Bryce Harper
CD-8 Chase Headley
CD-9 Josh Reddick
CD-10 Jon Jay
CD-11 Alex Gordon
CD-12 Carlos Gonzalez
CD-13 Manny Machado
CD-14 Cameron Maybin
CD-15 Giancarlo Stanton

1972 TOPPS MINIS

TM-51 Ken Griffey Jr.
TM-52 David Freese
TM-53 Gio Gonzalez
TM-54 Roy Halladay
TM-55 Miguel Cabrera
TM-56 David Wright
TM-57 Albert Pujols
TM-58 James Shields
TM-59 Shelby Miller
TM-60 Yoenis Cespedes
TM-61 Brooks Robinson
TM-62 Paul O'Neill
TM-63 Yogi Berra
TM-64 David Price
TM-65 Manny Machado
TM-66 Troy Tulowitzki
TM-67 Tim Lincecum
TM-68 Matt Cain
TM-69 Robin Yount
TM-70 Justin Upton
TM-71 Reggie Jackson
TM-72 Brandon Phillips
TM-73 Dylan Bundy
TM-74 Johan Santana
TM-75 Willie Stargell
TM-76 Jose Altuve
TM-77 Fred Lynn
TM-78 R.A. Dickey
TM-79 Josh Hamilton
TM-80 Johnny Bench
TM-81 Eric Davis
TM-82 Gary Sheffield
TM-83 Don Mattingly
TM-84 Ryan Howard
TM-85 Matt Williams
TM-86 George Brett
TM-87 Jurickson Profar
TM-88 Jose Bautista
TM-89 Will Middlebrooks
TM-90 Joe Morgan
TM-91 Stephen Strasburg
TM-92 Cole Hamels
TM-93 Robinson Cano
TM-94 David Ortiz
TM-95 B.J. Upton
TM-96 Jason Heyward
TM-97 Josh Johnson
TM-98 Ernie Banks
TM-99 Ozzie Smith
TM-100 Eddie Mathews

The 1972 Mini set concludes with Series 2 as we just found out that 1971 mini cards will be included in the Update Series program.

MAKING THEIR MARK (Another insert set making it's debut in Series 2)

MM-1 Yoenis Cespedes
MM-2 Mike Trout
MM-3 Andrelton Simmons
MM-4 Jason Kipnis
MM-5 Jeremy Hellickson
MM-6 Ike Davis
MM-7 Mike Olt
MM-8 Kris Medlen
MM-9 Tyler Skaggs
MM-10 Wilin Rosario
MM-11 Trevor Bauer
MM-12 Zack Cozart
MM-13 Matt Moore
MM-14 Lance Lynn
MM-15 Salvador Perez
MM-16 Will Middlebrooks
MM-17 Anthony Rizzo
MM-18 Wade Miley
MM-19 Bryce Harper
MM-20 Dylan Bundy
MM-21 Jurickson Profar
MM-22 Yu Darvish
MM-23 Todd Frazier
MM-24 Manny Machado
MM-25 Stephen Strasburg

THE ELITE (replaces THE GREATS...also a HTA exclusive insert set)

TE-1 Miguel Cabrera
TE-2 Ryan Braun
TE-3 Josh Hamilton
TE-4 Tom Seaver
TE-5 Sandy Koufax
TE-6 Nolan Ryan
TE-7 Reggie Jackson
TE-8 Rickey Henderson
TE-9 Johnny Bench
TE-10 Ernie Banks
TE-11 Ozzie Smith
TE-12 Bob Gibson
TE-13 Joe Morgan
TE-14 Buster Posey
TE-15 Willie Mays
TE-16 Mike Schmidt
TE-17 Babe Ruth
TE-18 Ted Williams
TE-19 Jackie Robinson
TE-20 Lou Gehrig

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC STARS (featuring players who participated in the WBC earlier this year, won by the Dominican Republic)

WBC-1 Jose Reyes
WBC-2 Anthony Rizzo
WBC-3 Joey Votto
WBC-4 Robinson Cano
WBC-5 Hanley Ramirez
WBC-6 Giancarlo Stanton
WBC-7 Adrian Gonzalez
WBC-8 Justin Morneau
WBC-9 Carlos Beltran
WBC-10 Miguel Cabrera
WBC-11 Pablo Sandoval
WBC-12 Carlos Gonzalez
WBC-13 Joe Mauer
WBC-14 David Wright
WBC-15 Ryan Braun

Seven insert sets to go with a 330 card regular set. It may look like a lot to go after, but it isn't so bad, especially if you rely on case breakers to do the work for you.

That's it for now. Time for the meds to kick in.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama