With the 2015 Major League Baseball season completed and the Kansas City Royals earning the title of World Series Champs, fans may feel a bit melancholy with the thought of the next three months without baseball. Fortunately for those longing for some more postseason excitement, Topps is keeping things fresh with their 2015 Update Series.
The design features attractive borders that compliment the high quality action shots on each card. The eye catching appeal of the set is certain to capture a wide variety of fans to the product. Furthermore, with the inclusion of the rookie cards of Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, Joey Gallo, Steven Matz, and Noah Snydergaard, Topps has made sure that they have covered the major impact prospects of the 2015 season.
Another highlight of the base set is the cards that commemorate the significant rookie debuts of the 2015 season that have the date of their debut on the front and the highlights of that game on the back. These cards give collectors another chance to acquire a card their favorite rookie, as well as cement the happenings of their debuts.
With the late release of the 2015 Update Series, Topps managed to catch some of the major moves that happened near the trade deadline, including Yoenis Cespedes with the New York Mets, David Price with the Toronto Blue Jays, and Johnny Cueto as a member of the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. As it is unlikely that any of the aforementioned players will remain as a member of the team that they finished the season with, Topps possibly captured the only baseball card featuring these players in their late season uniforms.
While the strength of this release lies in its base set, there are just too many parallels and insert sets to follow. In the box that was provided for this review, there were six different insert sets, three additional parallel sets, stamped buybacks, and a relic insert card. With almost every pack in the box featuring an insert or a parallel, these cards no longer feel special and make one question their relevance to the product. Topps might be better served in further limiting their insert sets in the future in a quality over quantity type approach.
For fans who are looking to follow all of the moves of the 2015 season and truly complete their year’s set of Topps baseball card, this Update series is a must have. It is the perfect way for the fan and collector to finish off what was an exciting and memorable baseball season.