2013 Topps Series 2

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  1. Taliasen

    Taliasen Collecting Rickey Henderson and Sean Casey. Moderator

    2013 Topps Series 2

    Per box items:
    36 packs per box
    10 cards per pack
    1 autograph or relic per box

    The standard sized base set cards feature a full color action shot of the player. Bordered in white, the card fronts have the player name and team logo at the bottom. The card fronts are trimmed with the team's primary color. The card backs are photo-less and are horizontal in design. The backs include moderate biographical information, a 'career chase' statistic, complete career statistics, and brief career highlights or a player quote. The backs are also trimmed with the team's primary color.

    What I Pulled:
    349 unique cards, no duplicates. Packs with thicker cards had fewer total cards in them.
    291 base set cards, 291/330, 88% of the base set
    50 inserts and parallels including 3 die cut cards and 5 gold cards #/2013
    1 relic card

    Base card front and back:[​IMG]

    Inserts and parallels:
    (not all scanned)
    The Elite: Bench and Kofax
    9 Chasing History
    6 Making Their Mark
    5 Chasing it Down
    6 green parallels
    5 gold parallels #/2013
    1 black parallel #/62 Swisher
    4 World Baseball classic cards
    9 1972 minis
    3 Cut to the Chase: Fielder, Sale, A-Rod

    The Hit:
    Stan Musial MVP Coin


    I really like the design of this year's Topps cards. Series 2 cards are identical to Series 1 in design. The very simple clean design is very appealing. I think that the photography from Topps has really improved over the past couple of years. Topps again uses occasional horizontal card fronts when the shot dictates. Topps has issued several short prints cards of players. These alternate variations show the player making a great catch, with sunglasses or signing autographs. The Topps base set is again loaded with inserts and parallel sets. I would have liked to see a few less inserts to get that many more base set cards. That being said though it will not be difficult to complete the base set and some of the inserts look pretty cool! Buy a box and trade your Tigers, Rickey Henderson and WBC China cards to me!

    The Bottom Line:
    I give 2013 Topps Series 2 a buy rating. It will be very easy to complete a base set with a box, a few extra packs or some light trading. There are lots of inserts and parallels to chase.

    The Final Score:
    Final Ratings (Out of 10):
    Base set collect-ability: 8/10
    Big-hit Hunter: 8/10
    Prospector Hunter: 10/10
    Value: 8/10
    Overall Quality: 10/10

    Overall: 44/50 (88% = B)

    As always I am offering base and insert cards to members here for a SASE.

    Thanks to Topps for making this review possible!
  2. ranbethscards

    ranbethscards Insane Moderator... waiting for NASCAR Products Moderator

    another great review and box break!
  3. IQless1

    IQless1 Active Member

    I like the number of inserts in this one, and the apparent ease in distinguishing them from the base set. Sometimes manufacturers don't make it easy on me to know what the heck I pulled...as with the 97/98 Jordan I have, as I still haven't confirmed exactly what it is I pulled lol

    I appreciate the consistency that Topps has in their design, even though I'm not a huge fan of the overall look, but the new borders...the sweeping aspects of them, as they are carried into the parallels and autos, is a plus for me.

    The Musial is an interesting twist.
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