Two in a row! Believe me, I was very thankful to get this set off the want list the other day. Going through the cards last night made me realize that there were quite a few solid photos in this set, and picking out 15 cards was a bit difficult. In the end, the horizontal photos won a place 7 times in this top 10, including spots 1 through 6. Sometimes to get a great photo on the card, vertical just doesn't do it.
Here's the next installment of the set completion files, 2014 Topps Series 2. Enjoy!
#10: Card 343 Nate Freiman
The timing on the chest bump with Jed Lowrie was just a bit off, but at least I can give them an A for effort. If Bob Walk had his way, we wouldn't have seen a card for Nate in 2014.
Anyone else notice that Nate's last name breaks the I before E rule?
#9: Card 509 Brandon Phillips
#8: Card 594 Justin Maxwell
I had to hit the Trading Card Database just to make sure that this wasn't one of those short print pie in the face cards. Sure enough it wasn't, so I included it. The powder blue uniforms help the cause also.
#7: Card 538 Jon Jay
The timing on this jump with Matt Holliday was a lot better than the Nate Freiman card at #10, so it gets a better position on the countdown. It just fit nicely at the 7 spot because of Holliday's jersey number.
#6: Card 637 Freddy Galvis
#5: Card 598 Marco Estrada
Any time that a card features a player signing for kids, it'll find a way into one of my year end countdowns. I'm awaiting Estrada's first flagship card featuring him as a Blue Jay, which I hope will appear in series 2.
#4: Card 436 Eric Young Jr.
#3: Card 339 Cody Ross
#2: Card 357 Lorenzo Cain
#1: Card 587 Dee Gordon
Absolutely, positively fantastic!! The art of bunting featured prominently on a card doesn't happen often, and the concentration on Dee's face is evident. Add in the pink eye blacks along with the baseball absolutely frozen in the frame, and this is easily the best card of the 2014 set in my opinion.
Feel free to share your opinions in the comments section. Any other cards that I should have included? Something in my top 10 that shouldn't be there in your opinion? Let me know....
thanks for reading, Robert