Thursday 10 September 2015

2015 Topps

Before beginning on this year's Topps football set I'm going to briefly talk some baseball.

Let's Go Mets!

One of the highlights of my summer was a stop in Binghamton to see the AA Mets play. Specifically, I wanted to see prospect Michael Conforto. On Friday, June 5, Conforto hit a walk-off double to help the B-Mets defeat the Reading Fightin Phils 8-7. (Hopefully the B-Mets can come back to beat Reading in their current playoff series.)

It was great to get that chance to see Conforto play. I'm enjoying his play so far in the majors, and having a lot of fun watching this year's Mets play. What a satisfying sweep of the Nationals!

Now, on to this year's Topps.

I don't yet have all of this year's Browns from the base set, but know that it is just a matter of time. All of the parallels, on the other hand, are another matter. I'll try to pick up what I can. I want them for my collection, but realize that I'm not going to find all of them. With the advent of parallels I know that I will always have cards to look for.

This year's Topps base cards are an interesting mix. I love the photos, and find that the borders frame the cards well. Here are this year's Browns:

The back-up QB who has a way bigger profile than the starter:

 Three RBs:
Just traded to Tennessee 

Expected to be the starter 

The rookie hope

Three WRs:
Great first season with the team last year 

Hmmm, new uniform, and I don't remember playing Arizona 

Unfortunately this rookie didn't make the team

One OL:
All-Pro and future HoF player
Two DL:

Rookie pass rush

Rookie, first round pick
One DB:
Pro Bowl corner
It is unfortunate that other key players do not have cards, the starting QB Josh McCown, the Pro Bowl S Tashaun Gipson, any LB. Oh well, I'll love these cards since that is what they've given me.
I'll talk about and post insert cards later but I have one other comment to make regarding this Topps set.
I understand how companies Photoshop cards to place people in their new uniforms (see the Bowe card earlier), but sometimes they might want to pay a bit more attention to the background.
Jordan Cameron signed with the Miami Dolphins during the off-season. Topps placed Cameron in his new uniform:

Look behind him. There is Brian Hoyer in his white Browns uniform. Both teams can't be wearing their whites in the same game. Couldn't they find a different photo to avoid this?

To close today, I would like to wish a happy birthday to the following former Browns:

Happy 64th Birthday!
The big 50 today!

Here we go, Brownies, here we go! Woof! Woof!

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