Since I finally own all the cards in the set, I can honestly give my opinion as to what my top 5 are.
Remember, it's not the top 5, these are the 5 cards that I like the best. The one thing that I did notice while leafing through the 330 cards is that there is a lot of generic pitching and batting photos. I finally managed to whittle down the 330 to 12, and then from those 12 I chose my 5 favorites.
Best of the rest? Danny Espinosa (card 97), Didi Gregorius (296) and A.J. Pierzynski (12). Those cards were good, but for me, my top 5 was just a bit better.
5. David DeJesus (card # 209)
4. Matt Holliday (card # 207)
Nothing like a great photo featuring a hard nosed play at the plate. Even better?? Check out where the tag was made. No wonder Holliday was grimacing. You don't see that on a card very often.
3. Daniel Descalso (card # 190)
Now, you may be saying "what about the Daniel Murphy card?" I did have the Murphy in my top 12, but for some reason, I prefer the head on shot of Descalso flying through the air more than the side view shot of Murphy. The look on Descalso's face as well is one of determination, a great shot all around. The striped socks don't hurt either...
2. Jon Jay (card # 224)
With 3 cards in the top 5 showing outfielders committing a heinous crime, I'm sure you can guess that I'm slightly partial to those kinds of photos. For me, there's 3 things that stand out on this card. One, Jay is airborne. Two, the photo of Tony LaRussa on the wall is a great secondary image on the card. Three, the look on the face of the fan with the Washington Nationals jersey. I wonder if the baseball in that guys hand was the one that Jay was going after....
1. Josh Reddick (card # 316)
Begin the disagreements....
Thanks for reading, Robert