There is also the addition of the WAR stat to the back. It replaces strikeouts for batters and complete games for pitchers. I don't have a problem with this, but I bet sabermetric guys will. The WAR that is talked about mostly on the forums is the one from Fangraphs while the one listed on the card is from Baseball Reference. The numbers between the two sites are very different and is the major reason that I don't take the stat that seriously.
got six in his box. I have complained a LOT about just about everything that "modern Topps" has done, but giving Todd Helton and Mariano Rivera final cards matching their uniform number (#17 and #42 respectively) is a tradition that I could really get behind. I don't want to see this happening for everyone, but for special retirements I love it. If only Roy Halladay had retired earlier as he could have been included as well.
Yahoo. The funny part is the entire team vociferously telling Morales to be careful in his celebration. As you may remember, Morales is the guy that broke his leg celebrating a grand slam a few years ago. I found it to be morbidly funny. Although I honestly can't stand the card because Morales is not the focus of the photo, Felix Hernandez is.
And now let's play America's favorite new game show, Who Did it Better?
In this game I will be comparing a handful of cards from 2014 Topps to my handiwork in 2013 Quarry Unlimited. Let's find out...WHO. DID. IT. BETTER!!!!
Wait...what's that...oh there are more than just these three...oh okay. Let's finish the game then.
So our game ends in a tie. I was actually hoping to get a card or two that used the same photo to break the tie, but I didn't get either card of the two cards that I learned about from Dimebox Nick and none of the rest of my pack matched up.
The middle is the continuation of the line which includes the diamond parallels in 2011, the gold sparkle in 2012, which I refer to as the Urine Cascade cards, and the emerald and sapphire parallels in 2013. According to Beckett, this year's version is called "Red Foil." Really? That sucks. At least call it ruby or garnet. I think I am going to call these "Blood Rain" cards and I actually don't intend that to be an insulting moniker.
Next is the Power Players partial parallel. Only 110 of the cards in the set have this parallel which is an online code hopefully more like 2010's Million Card Giveaway than 2012's awful fake coin thing that doesn't deserve to have its name remembered. The card itself is kind of interesting because it is the only parallel which doesn't use foil on the player's name. I wish Topps would just get rid of the foil at least for one year.
And now for my bitterness to shine through. I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE the 1989 minis. They would have been
I really didn't want to end with such hate, because for the most part I really enjoy this set, but that's the best way the story flowed.
Thanx for reading.