Friday, March 21, 2014

2014 Topps Opening Day Baseball - The Dodger Base Cards

Once again, Topps has decided to put out their Opening Day set, and I can barely muster up a fist bump to celebrate it.  As I've written in the past, this is probably the most unnecessary card set Topps will put out all year.  The only good thing about it is that it is usually cheaper to purchase than its companion flagship Series I Baseball card set put out just a few weeks ago. 

The Topps Opening Day set uses the exact same design as the Series 1 counterpart and the exact same photos from the base set.  The main difference between the two is the inclusion of a 2014 Opening Day logo on the front of the cards.  Furthermore, there are always a handful Dodger players inserted into this set that did not make it into the Series 1 flagship set, so we get an early peek at what their cards will look like when the Series 2 version comes out.  For instance, we get a first look at base cards of Clayton Kershaw, Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp in a Dodger uniform (see the 2014 Topps Series I Dodger base cards here). 

There are only 8 Dodgers' players represented in this 220 card set.  See them all below.  I'll a have the Dodgers' inserts to show in a future posting.

Base Set

#45 Carl Crawford                              #50 Clayton Kershaw

#135 Zack Greinke                             #182 Adrian Gonzalez

#193 Matt Kemp                            #208 Hanley Ramirez

#213 Hyun-Jin Ryu                                #219 Yasiel Puig

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