For the second straight year I bought a factory set of 2015 Topps, and for the second straight year I’m going to give my thoughts on the set well after everybody else has moved on. (If you’re interested, here’s last year’s post which was also in October and also after everyone had moved on).
I’ll start off with the single greatest thing I love about this set: Very little foil. It’s so nice to flip through binders and not have to tilt my head to get the light to reflect properly so that I can read silver foil lettering on a white background.
Second, like most everybody else, I really appreciate the design. It looks really nice in a binder, and is definitely something different from the fine people at Topps.
Other things I like are the very large card numbers, the “SERIES ONE” and “SERIES TWO” notations above the card numbers, and the fact that pretty much every card features a photo where you can actually see what the player looks like …almost no player cards feature a shot like this:
That being said… The set does suffer from a lot of samey same photos.
Samey samey same.
I mainly bring that up because when I was picking out the top 10 cards from this set, it was kind of hard because there aren’t many standout cards. Nothing that I instantly said “Oh, man, I love this card”, nothing iconic like last year’s Coco Crisp
…But still, a lot of very good cards.
Before we get to the Top 10, I’m going to share two “Honorable mention” cards.
I liked the action aspect of this card, but you can only tell it’s Moustakas by the back of his jersey.
This is a good shot of Mike Trout, but there’s a better Trout card in the Top 10 and I didn’t want to have overly high Trout levels in my Top 10. Besides, this is his MVP card, rather than his base card.
My Top 10, in the order they happened to upload into this post…
This isn’t an all-time classic, but just the fact that it was a photo of someone who was not swinging a bat or pitching a baseball made it stand out in this set.
This one might be my personal favorite of the set, just because of Hunter Pence’s “Bill The Cat” expression. Oop! Ack!
Jackie Bradley Jr. nicely fills out this horizontal beauty.
A decent action shot.
The Troutmeister kickin’ up some dust as he slides.
This card is an above-average action shot which got a boost from the Curtis Granderson cameo (I also featured this card a week ago as one of the cards that differs between Opening Day and flagship Topps).
I wonder how many Pirates fans sigh longingly when they see a picture of Cutch with his long dreads. Apparently Mets fans are going to have a similar experience next year, as Jacob deGrom has said that he’ll cut off his hair after the World Series.
Nothing to say, just a card I like.
Nice action shot…
This one really isn’t very different than the samey same shots I mocked above, but I like the sunglasses and Upton’s expression.
So which 2015 Topps cards are your favorites?