Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Future is Now

Adding an interesting twist to what has become a hobby norm (variation cards), Topps has included short printed variations of alumni of the annual Futures Game in its 2014 Series Two product. And while all the variation cards feature the silver-foiled "Future Stars" logo, not every player sporting the  logo in the regular base set is included in the short prints.

The two Braves from the set are recent additions to my collection: Jason Heyward and Julio Teheran.



Heyward appeared in the 2009 Futures Game at Busch Stadium during All-Star week and went 1-2 with a single. At nineteen years old, he was the fourth youngest member of Team USA.



One year later, nineteen year-old Julio Teheran showcased his fastball, change-up and breaking ball during a scoreless inning of relief. Julio also pitched (starting for the World team) in the 2011 game, allowing a lead-off homer to Jason Kipnis before retiring the next three hitters on only 12 pitches, including a strikeout of Bryce Harper.

As I've stated before (multiple times)- I enjoy the variation cards. Does Topps include too many of them in its sets? Of course. But I will take them over a colored parallel any day.

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