Thanks to my long-time collecting buddy Paul who writes the awesome paul's random baseball stuff blog, I discovered that the 2014 Topps Series 1 checklist was posted on Beckett's website. I had searched for it earlier this week but wasn't able to track it down. So nice work Paul!
In the interest of myself and most of my Orioles-centric readers, here are the Orioles included in the base set.
24 Manny Machado Future Stars
29 Chris Davis League Leaders (w/ Cabrera & Encarnacion)
47 Chris Davis Baseball Highlights
61 Nick Markakis
83 Jonathan Schoop Rookie
138 Wei-Yin Chen
141 Chris Tillman
153 Chris Davis & Adam Jones League Leaders (w/Cabrera)
158 Nate McLouth
190 Kevin Gausman Future Stars
And that's it.
While I will say that it's pretty cool that Chris Davis has gone from a guy who wasn't even included in the 2011 Topps set, and who had a single Orioles card picturing him through most of 2012 to a player who has three cards in the Series 1 base set, there isn't much to get excited about beyond that.
There are no players being featured on their first Orioles card, which is something that I always look forward to (I know a big reason for this is the team's relative lack of offseason signings), but I still was hoping for someone to make the cut. Possibly Ryan Flaherty, or maybe Jemile Weeks, or Ryan Webb? Who knows? Looking at the roster there honestly weren't many candidates.
While I will certainly want to pick up a number of the Chris Davis base cards and inserts for Kalina, I'm personally not all that excited about the list.
What are your thoughts?
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