Series 1 will contain Strata cards.
Topps decided to spill their guts on 2014 Topps Series 2 Baseball. We haven’t even had the opportunity to process Series 1 yet which comes out January 29, but Series 2 looks to be more interesting. I usually never pay that much attention to their flagship brand. To be honest, it never really interests me and has too many base cards. Although I can’t complain too much since 2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball contained the Harry Kalas One-Of-One Cut Signature that I own. Just out of pure curiosity, I decided to take a look at what Series 2 has in store for collectors. For the most part, its the same old same old – autographs, memorabilia, parallels, and commemorative relics. Before blacking out of boredom, I hit on Strata inserts.
Last year Topps wowed football fans with their Strata Clear Cut autographed memorabilia cards. In fact, I would say that they were some of the most well designed cards of the year. 2013 Strata Football is slowly working its way out onto the secondary market, and I’m sure it will be another hit. By the looks of it, baseball fans will get a taste of Strata within Series 2. As of right now, it doesn’t look like it will be a standalone product of its own like football. Collectors busting boxes of 2014 Topps Series 2 Baseball won’t be finding these Strata inserts easily. These will be hobby only with a mixture of living and deceased players. It sounds like the living players will be limited to 25 copies while the deceased players will be 1/1 cut signatures. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a shadowbox style card accompanied with a cut signature.
Why do collectors enjoy these cards so much? Because they’re designed extremely well. They contain a jumbo piece of memorabilia without sacrificing the player’s image. Combine that with a swooping piece of clear plastic over the front signed by the player and you have one hell of a card. Most jumbo relic cards don’t look anywhere near this good.
It takes a lot for me to get excited about something within this great hobby of ours. We tend to see the same stuff presented to us under new names all the time. Innovation mixed with great card design has just gone right out the window for some manufacturers. Rarely do we see something new that makes us stop and look. Let’s hope for a few Phillies in these Strata inserts.
2014 Topps Series 2 Baseball is due out in June.