Tuesday, June 17, 2014

2014 Topps Baseball Series 2 blaster

Sport:  Baseball
Product:  2014 Topps Series 2
Break Date:  June 13, 2014
Hit Breakdown:  One Manufactured Relic
Summary:  Topps Baseball Series 2 came out with a bang this year, as the set was chock-full of short prints and variations that had collectors abuzz.

So, as my wife finished our shopping to send my oldest off to summer camp, I had her check the card aisle at Target for S2 blasters, and she picked me up one.

The blasters come with a manufactured relic, just like series one, and hitting Ken Griffey Jr. was pretty nice. 

The short prints get tougher and tougher to pick out. Series 1 had photo variations and the sparkle variations, but Series 2 took it a step further with the Sabermetric variations - the card fronts are identical, but the stats on the back are different.

So, I checked out each card back...and low and behold, there was a Hunter Pence Sabermetric in there!

Each Target pack has two retail-specific red bordered cards as well, so the blaster was pretty packed with inserts and parallels. Across the board, it was a good break and served to tide me over until I picked up a jumbo box to try to complete the set.

Grade for the product:  B
Grade for the break:  A-

Commemorative Topps All-Star Rookie Team Patch:  Ken Griffey, Jr.
Sabermetric Short Print:  Hunter Pence
Gold /2014:  Dan Haren
Red Hot Foil:  Russell Martin
Power Players:  Glen Perkins
1989 Die Cut Mini:  Starlin Castro
Saberstars:  Robinson Cano
Breakout Moments:  Buster Posey, Luis Gonzalez
The Future Is Now:  Michael Wacha, Sonny Gray, Jarrod Parker
Target Red Parallel:  Chris Davis, Addison Reed, CC Lee (RC), Joey Terdoslavich, Anthony Rendon, Prince Fielder, Gaby Sanchez, Mark Teixeira, Alejandro De Aza, Nolan Reimold, JJ Putz, Tyler Chatwood, Carlos Santana, Ike Davis Vinnie Pestano, Wilin Rosario, Drew Smyly, Matt Cain, Chris Paramalee, Jeff Locke

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