As usual, I'm a week behind everyone with a new release. I've shunned purchasing packs/blasters for a while, so I'm at the mercy of JustCommons to ship me my Redsy goodness.
As far as the set, it appears 2012 Bowman and 2013 Topps had a baby, and that baby is 2014 Topps. It's ok. The foil is a lot shinier than anyone's scans are implying, so that was a nice surprise. I'm a bit upset at the lack of horizontal-ness in the Reds set, after some pretty great horizontal cards last year. Perhaps Series 2 will rebound. The only one in Series 1 is Billy Hamilton, which I did not pick up. Not in the mood to spend a buck fiddy on a flagship base card. I'm sure I'll find it in a quarter box soon enough.
And it must be noted, as we all know, Topps put WAR on the back with the 'traditional' stats. As a math person, I wholly approve. So big kudos, here.
Let's check em out.
Arroyo: Gone. Choo: Gone. Thanks for reminding me, Topps. On a brighter note, this is the first Jack Hannahan Reds card.
Pitcher at the plate with Mike Leake. I know many of you enjoy this. I do not.
Two Leader cards found Jay Bruce gracing their visages: RBI and HR. The first one is the 2013 Topps base photo. Both of them are less than flattering.
Had to snag a couple Golds, just because. Now I have two Hannys.
And a couple Red Foils. Three Hannys ah-ah-ah. These are closer to pink than red in most light.
Overall? 2013 > 2012 > 2014 > 2011. How's that for cutting analysis?
I'm looking forward to digging through boxes at shows to find some parallels. Because I'm a sucker.