This year’s Topps flagship set has been out for a couple of weeks now, and I finally got my Mets team set delivered this weekend. This is the first time Topps hasn’t used borders in the main set, and I don’t really miss them.
I’m less of a fan of the “smoke” effect and other digital “enhancements” to the the photos, but there’s got to be somebody out there who likes the style decision. At least Topps started out with a strong selection of photos.
Player selection was also pretty good – 11 of 13 individual cards depict players who are still Mets. Michael Cuddyer‘s retirement was a surprise decision, and Jon Niese was traded over the winter.
Of the 14 Mets cards, I think David Wright‘s is my favorite.
Topps released checklist information for this year’s Spring Fever promotion today. It’s a way to help participating retailers move more Series One baseball cards – if you spend $20 between February 10th and February 21st, you’ll get a redemption card for a free five-card pack of Spring Fever cards, which can be redeemed between February 22 and February 29.
This will be the first time players like Zack Greinke, David Price and Todd Frazier are pictured with their new teams.
After playing in only 38 games last season as he learned to deal with spinal stenosis, David Wright is looking at spring training as a “test period.”
“Mentally you prepare yourself to play as much as possible,” Wright told Bergen Record writer Matt Ehalt. “With my back, last year down the stretch it helped me getting the occasional off day, but you can’t really answer that question until I start back up and see how these workouts have gone, how my body feels. You can work out as much as you want during the off-season, [but] when you get your cleats on and get back on the field, that’s a different type of workout and grind on your body.
I was hoping for a different outcome to the World Series, but I’m not really going through baseball withdrawal yet. (That usually happens shortly after Christmas.)
But long before January, I hope to have the baseball cards that are now sitting on my desk squared away, so I’m going to show you this David Wright card now.
For the last few years, Topps has done a promotion with select hobby shops that lets customers get free “Spring Fever” baseball cards if they purchase a certain amount of Series 1 baseball cards. With no hobby shops in my area and little inclination to buy a bunch of packs, I end up resorting to eBay if there are any Mets included in the set. David Wright’s card cost me a dollar (including shipping.)