In an attempt to put together Topps baseball sets from the past few years, I have been purchasing some older Topps baseball boxes as they go on sale. The update series is usually the cheapest, so I decided to start with the 2014 Topps Update Series release.
2014 Topps Update Series
Topps Update series has a focus on the All-Star game. While some people absolutely hate the All-Star theme, I enjoy it. The 2014 All-Star game was held at Target field in Minneapolis, Minnesota– the home of my Minnesota Twins. Since I live in the Chicago suburbs, I was never able to attend any of the All-Star festivities.
A whole jumbo box!
I purchased a box of 2014 Topps Update Jumbo since the price is very reasonable at the moment. Instead of describing all the details of 2014 Topps Update series, I will just reference baseballcardpedia as they have already done a great job.
However, I will tell you what I got…
Topps enjoys putting a lot of inserts in their products. Some feel a little bland and some look pretty good. The Power Players catch my eye for some reason. Maybe it’s the rainbow card stock?
Another insert set is The Future is Now; Showcasing up coming players.
How about some Fond Farewells? I don’t remember McGuire’s last season being a big deal. Was the steroid controversy a thing at the time? I honestly do not remember.
Finally, World Series Heroes. Unfortunately, they skipped my Minnesota Twins with their 1987 and 1991 World Series Championships. Thanks.
Don’t forget some buybacks. I love buybacks… but only of my Minnesota Twins. No Twins here.
The Red Hot Foil parallels look good, but the scans do not do them justice.
Now what is a Topps flagship without gold parallels?
The money cards
Jumbo boxes promise two relics and an autograph. I have learned to stop buying a box for the “hits“. First, the odds are always against you. Second, I discovered I have more fun building a set and trading the cards I get.
The autograph was Steven Souza and the All-Star relic was Chase Utley. The third relic was not a relic, but a World Series Champions Manufactured Rings Roger Maris! This thing is nice and heavy. I am not a Yankee fan, but I won’t complain.
I am well on my way to completing the Update Series set. Everything is up for trade except Minnesota Twins.