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Yasiel Puig, front and back
Base Set Parallels
Ryan Braun SP Sparkle
We covered this with our 2015 Topps Series One Baseball complete visual checklist. Here is the location of the sparkle on this card.
This card almost got put with my other base cards because I didn't spot the sparkle right away. I discovered it by check the backs of the cards for the code number.Sparkle codes this year end in 903.
Miguel Cabrera, front and back
Nolan Ryan, front and back
Overall LookThis year feel like some bold moves were made and I like it. Card pattering and integration with excellent photo selection make this a winner. The backs of the cards look great too. Standout inserts for me are the Highlight of the Year, Gallery of Greats, and First Pitch inserts.. The gold parallels look really good this year, choosing to go more with border gold than an overall wash. Rainbow foil also works well. Short of the Postseason and World Series autograph only cards, which look a little backwards engineered to allow space for relics leaving a lot of white real estate for the sticker autos when they are alone, the hit cards look great too.
Quality and Variety of PlayersThere is a great mix here between the legends of the game on the insert cards and the expansion of the current players on the base set.
Do the hits hold up?A chance at autographs from Trout, Puig, Rivera, Piazza, Aaron, Koufax, Ripken Jr., Griffey Jr., Mays, Cabrera, and others, there are plenty of great hits to be pulled out of packs. Collectors can land some amazing hits so yes, they definitely hold up.
Will you want to collect them all?A complete base set, yes. All the inserts too? Sure. This is a really good year for Topps flagship.
4 1/2 out of 5