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Let The Battle Rage On: 1983 Topps Super Veterans VS 2014 Topps Super Veterans. Who Will Win???

Let The Battle Rage On:  1983 Topps Super Veterans VS 2014 Topps Super Veterans.  Who Will Win???

As a kid collecting baseball cards, I used the 1983 Topps Super Veterans subset as a tool to learn about the ‘older’ players in the game.  The set was large and it featured images from the beginning of each player’s career and then images that were current (1982-83).

When I got back into collecting in 2008, this same subset was the first one I went after.  I had built it 20+ years prior, but I wanted to re-live my youth by doing it again.  So, I did.  And it re-kindled my enjoyment for vintage baseball cards and the players that helped shape the history of the game.

Upon completion of that subset, and learning that Topps had begun recycling older designs in their modern releases, I kept my fingers crossed that ‘Super Veterans’ would eventually be re-done.

And when 2014 Topps, Series 1 hit the shelves, a 15-card subset of ‘Super Veterans’ was included.  I was ecstatic.  And I quickly made this a target for my collection.  And after a few days of shopping around, I scored the complete 15-card set and began showing it off on this blog as I did with the 1983 set back in 2009.

So, here they are.  First the 1983 version:

SUP VET 83 A SUP VET 83 B SUP VET 83 C SUP VET 83 D SUP VET 83 E

And now, the 2014 set:

SUP VET 2014 A SUP VET 2014 B SUP VET 2014 C SUP VET 2014 D SUP VET 2014 E

And now for my review and comparison.

  • The edge goes to ’83 as it relates to size – 35 to 15
  • The edge goes to ’14 as it relates to % of future Hall of Fame inclusions:  14/35 players versus a likely 7/15 ( I did not count Peter Rose, though I want to)
  • There is a tie in regards to how the images of yore are shown – Sepia tones in both ’83 and ’14
  • The edge goes to ’83 as it relates to ‘Star Power’

Overall, I of course like both sets. I wish that the 2014 version included more players on the checklist or at least was continued into the Series 2 release.  I don’t find that the 2014 version has the same star power that the set from ’83 offers even though it features Jeter, Rivera, and Cabrera – I just don’t think that Topps truly dug in deep enough to really get behind this set.  It feels like it was put together as a way to add Pettitte and Rivera cards into yet another subset.  If they had truly shown us the longest tenured players in the majors, we would have had a more apples-to-apples comparison.  The set is called ‘Super Veterans’ for a reason; it is not called ‘Best Older Players In The Game’.  At the very least, and to be more consistent with the original subset, this one should have included Jason Giambi, Ichiro, Paul Konerko, Raul Ibanez, LaTroy Hawkins, and Bartolo Colon.  If Topps had taken this step, it would definitely be more true to what ‘Super Veterans’ offered in 1983.

Still, no complaints from my side.  I’m thrilled to have both sets in my collection.  I’m just thirsty for more!

My 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘Super Veterans’ Subset Is Complete!!!

My 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘Super Veterans’ Subset Is Complete!!!

Oh Yeah!!!  I am very, very excited to announce that I have completed another subset at ’30-YOC’.  And this time, it is a subset that means the world to me – Topps’ Super Veterans.

The original ‘Super Vets’ subset was part of the 1983 Topps set.  It has long been my favorite subset of all-time.  I built that set when I got back into the hobby five years ago, and I was extremely excited to see that Topps brought it back for their 2014 release.

Here is the completed 2014 version of ‘Super Veterans’:
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I love it!!

And while there may be some questionable entries into the set as well as some notable omissions, I am very happy with the final product.  Yes, I had my fingers crossed that the set would expand into the Series 2 and Update sets but that does not look like it will be the case.

So, I will sit back and be proud of another subset completed.  A subset that I have been a fan of since 1983!

My 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘All Rookie Cup Team’ Set Is DONE!!!

My 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘All Rookie Cup Team’ Set Is DONE!!!

It’s been a while since I was able to boast that I have knocked out another modern subset, but that is exactly what I am able to do now.

I have finally pieced together, and completed, the ‘All Rookie Cup Team’ subset from this year’s Topps Series 1 release.

The set is 10 cards deep and features an All-Star line-up that includes all positions and two pitchers.

Here is the full set:

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The colors of this set are superb, and Topps gave us a pretty decent mix of action imagery (though I would have liked to have seen better images of Pujols & Rice).

As I, and many readers, have pointed out already in the set – The cards are missing a key Topps element, the Rookie Cup Trophy.  Over the decades, we have grown to expect these little trophies on our baseball cards, and I think that it would have been appropriate here to have them on the cards as well.

Personally, I think that this set grades out as a B, but if the trophies were part of the card’s design, we could be looking at a A, for sure!

The only other issue is the mix of players taken – but that is certainly subjective.  Would I take Jim Rice , Mike Trout, or CC Sabathia on my team?  Maybe not, but I won’t argue against them either.

Another subset in the books for ’30-YOC’!!!

I’m Going After (2) 2014 Topps Series 1 Subsets: Super Veterans & All-Rookie Cup Team

I’m Going After (2) 2014 Topps Series 1 Subsets:  Super Veterans & All-Rookie Cup Team

After having the time needed to fully examine the 2014 Topps Series 1 release and checklist, I have opted to collect two subsets that are part of the issue.

As a guy who loves the subset, it should be no surprise to the readers of my blog that this is my chosen route.

For this round, I am going to go after the ‘Super Veterans’ and ‘All-Rookie Cup Team’ subsets.  Each features a sharp, classic look and highlights some of the great legends of the sport – both modern and vintage.

2014 Topps Super Veterans

If you know the history of my blog, you know that the 1983 Topps Super Veterans subset is one of my favorites of all-time.  I have been begging Topps to issue a modern version of the set, and they obliged with a 15-card set in 2014 Topps Series 1.  Hopefully, it is expanded into Series 2 and Update.

Super Veteran Jeter

2014 Topps All-Rookie Cup Team

And the ‘Rookie Cup’ has long been a Topps staple, and ’30-YOC’ favorite.  This 10-card set features one player at each defensive position and has some incredible names in the checklist.  The design is neat and clean, and from what I can see, the colors of the cards pops nicely!!

All-Rookie Cup Team

Who’s ready to join me on these collecting quests?  I promise that it will be fun!!

Let’s Go!!!