2014 Stadium Club was too expensive. Topps, in general, is too expensive.
There. I got that out of the way.
Yet when it comes to base cards, we can always wait a few months and take advantage of disappointed case breakers and prey upon junk, worthless, common cards. The nerve Topps has putting base cards to fill up these packs and waste time getting to these ultra mojo hits. The nerve, indeed.
For a couple weeks I perused ebay, waiting for a reasonably priced (read: offensively cheap) Blue Jays team set.
$3.49 later, I was rewarded. Sort of.
You see, the cards look great. Every thing that made Stadium Club great: great photos, nice color, a good sheen and no borders.
Except Topps decided to put all their energy into the mojo, and in turn printed these cards on fortune cookie paper.
So it goes.
I'll start with Robert Allen Dickey, the knuckleballer. Dickey is a cool dude, but I'll be supremely disappointed if he starts Opening Day again in 2015. He's league average now. But well above replacement in terms of style with that baller Canada Day jersey and high socks. I'm pretty sure he got smoked that day, too.
Rule #45 of card blogging" always show the backs. Someone out there cares. Edwin is a good player for this chore - if nothing else you can appreciate those numbers that so few non-Blue Jays folks see day in day out. The backs look good, too, but you'd better be careful you don't stick your finger tips through the cheap card stock.
Any post on this page is incomplete without my boy Marcus Stroman, who should be the Blue Jays ace. In a way he already is, but we don't need to place that label on him already. This is a pretty generic pose, though, and a weak effort from Topps. That said, I'll still be chasing his autograph in this set - pretty much the only Blue Jays insert to be found.
Gone, but never forgotten. I'll miss Brett, but Josh D. is an overwhelmingly better baseball player. This is a great shot - one I'd like to cal a pitcher shot - as its zoomed in close enough to give you the feeling of being on the mound while Brett makes a routine throw across the diamond which inevitably sails into the sets behind first base.
Quite possibly the greatest Blue Jays card of all time. At least 2014. Jose Reyes. DIRT. I love dirt. I miss dirt. I miss Jose. I miss baseball.
But it's just...it's not the best baseball card of 2014. It may be number two, but number one is so far ahead.
So far ahead, so far away. There was never a competition.
Dad jeans and all.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the background.
The faintest glimpse of a smile.
The very heart and soul of every one of the Blue Jays faithful. In one baseball card.
A Blue Jay for one last day. One last pitch.
Thank you for everything, Roy.