Gregory Polanco, front and back
Ernie Banks, Nick Castellanos, Frank Thomas
George Springer Spirals Patttern
Alex Guerrero Grid Pattern
Fred McGriff Black & White Image parallel #/15
Shelby Miller Base Autograph (no numbering)
Overall LookThis is definitely a case of beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I happen to like acetate cards and the concept of using them for everything from base cards to hits is appealing. Unlike some of the cards of the 90s that had grids and lines all over the place, these cards tend to leave the player photo alone, at least for the most part.I’m not a big fan of the reuse of the same player photo on the back. The back stats are tiny and don’t invite spending much time looking at them. But overall the cards look good and much better in person. Photos don’t really capture the true look and since most of the card are is clear, seeing the scans with the white background doesn't tell the whole story.
Quality and Variety of the PlayersMake no mistake, this checklist is deep. Most autographs are not numbered so its hard to determine if the distribution and ratio of big name hits is as good as the depth of the checklist.
Do The Hits SatisfyFor the most part yes. While acetate is a great looking medium for design, its not so friendly to the pen at times. Things that detract from an autograph for serious collectors such as streaking, smearing, different pen pressure is amplified many times over by the acetate. Our auto, as far as those concerns, was one of the better autos we've seen.
Will you keep coming back for more?It starts with how you feel about the design and then gets a small boost by the players that signed for High Tek. This is a product that most collectors will vacillate on. Those that are adventurous and decide to pursue a master set will wind up with a pretty cool item on their hands.
4 out of 5
2014 Topps High Tek Baseball is unique and has a lot to offer but might not be everyone’s cup of tea.