I am going to skip posting any base cards, so many have been posted that I don't think there is anything more to show. I will say that I don't love the design but I am okay with it. I do see the touch of Bowman and do believe the borders make the colored parallels look great. My Jumbo box produced a complete base set and a nice stack of duplicates that I will try to disperse through trades.
I thought I would share the inserts that I pulled.
Now for the parallels...
A surprise to me was the inclusion of some vintage buy back cards, I pulled 2 in my Jumbo:
Now for the "hits"...
The Jumbo Box didn't pay off and it rarely does. I could have picked up a complete set and all these inserts/hits for probably 50-60% of what I paid for the box ($100) however I will continue to pick up a Jumbo of each series. It is my tradition and I have so much fun opening the packs and organizing the set 3 times/year.
With regards to my collecting goals and want list, I am going after all the insert sets yet again. Assuming my cards on order come in as expected, here is my want list:
Upper Class - 2, 8, 9, 26, 32, 34, 37, 45, 48, 50
The Future Is Now - 15, 19, 25
1989 Minis - 1-4, 6-9, 11-13, 15-21, 23-27, 29-37, 39-41, 43-50
Before They Were Great - 1, 3-7, 9, 12, 14-16, 18-20, 22, 24, 25, 27-29
I will keep this updated on my Set Want List tab. Shoot me a note or comment if you have some to trade. Whether it is a PWE or large stack, I am open to trade.
I will be going after quite a few Giants as well. I already have the 10 card base set and all the inserts from my participation in a case break. I want to go after all the Gold and Red Foil parallels, even though the Red don't look great, and at least one of each of the other colors if possible. If I can find them at a reasonable price or a decent chunk in trades I will go after the Red Target and Blue Walmarts as well. I already have a Camo from a trade I will share soon. The Clear look interesting though they are only numbered to 10. I haven't seen a Yellow in hand but they intrigue me. I am not sure how rare they are but would like to track down as many of them as I can.
I do want to pick up all 5 Power Player Giants cards. I would like to get at least of the 3 versions of rookie reprints of Mays and Buster and all 3 McCoveys if possible. I also want both McCovey Rookie Cup commemorative cards and would like a Buster cup and Buster Manupatch as well. One of the Mays Class rings would be cool. The other Mays relics and autos will be out of my range but I should be able to pick up the other Trajectory relics (Belt, Posey and Sandoval) and maybe the Trajectory Auto of Matt Cain. The Upper Class autos are limited to 50 and feature Posey, Bumgarner and Cain - probably not gonna happen. I might be able to score the relics of the 3. The Auto/Relics of Bumgarner and Cain are completely out of reach. I definitely will get the Zito Super Veteran but the relic, while cool, will probably be out of reach - it is numbered out of 25 and only 1 has popped up so far on eBay. I won't go hard after the Sparkle parallels (can't believe they brought those back - ugh!) or the Silk cards. The Silk are pretty cool but always sell for more than I want to pay.
Well there you have my goals for Series 1, I would like to get all this complete before Series 2 comes out. Last year is proof that if I don't get it done early, it won't get done.
Happy Collecting and welcome 2014 Topps!