2013 Topps update HTA jumbo – parallels

30 10 2013

The last few posts were the base cards, today I do the parallels.  You get 1 Emerald Foil parallel per pack out of the HTA jumbo box – so I got 10 of those cards.  Here’s 9 of them.

2013 Topps Update box emerald

Topps has done a similar type of parallel 3 years in a row now.  Diamond (silver), then Gold, now Emerald (green).  They also had blue this year with the Silver Slate mail-ins.  In 2014 Topps is going with Red Foil.  We’ll see how those look.

As they have for a number of years (someone who has been back collecting longer than me probably knows the exact number), Topps has gone with a gold parallel.    Got a Puig here – can’t complain about that!  Also, this card of Zoilo Almonte for some reason made me think of former Little League World Series pitcher with the same surname.

2013 Topps Update box gold

I don’t particularly like the Gold parallel concept, and all the colored parallels Topps has been using (Red Target parallels, Blue Wal-Mart parallels, etc.).  It’s not so much that I don’t like the cards, but I think it’s leading to a base-card trend that I don’t like.  Dime Box had a good post on this recently.  Basically, Topps has only considered a white border in recent years.  I think some of their more interesting years are when the flagship set has a different color border – like 1962, 1987, 1975.

  • White border – 46 years (counting 2014)
  • Colored border – 14 years (1962, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1987, 1990, 1998-2003, 2007)
  • Mixed border <white with some interruption> – 4 years 1953-1954 1963, 1986

That’s 10 of the last 11 years, however it’s not just that.  Some of the white border designs have noticeable internal borders that make it seem like a colored border.  Think 1972 or 1959.  But that wouldn’t go as well with a myriad of colored borders fit for parallels.  I hope Topps bucks this trend a bit in the future.

I did pull some numbered parallels – you have the option of camouflage (/99), pink (/50) or black (/63), and even the silk cards.  I got a black card of Adam Jones’ All-Star card that looks pretty nice.

2013 Topps Update black Adam Jones


I also got a pink card of Steve Delabar.  Delabar is notable – he pitched an immaculate inning this year against the A’s.  That’s 3 strikeouts on nine pitches.  His victims were Adam Rosales, Coco Crisp and Chris Young.

2013 Topps Update pink Steve Delabar


Stay tuned tomorrow for the other inserts I pulled.




One response

30 10 2013

If there are any Dodgers there you’re not interested in keeping, let me know. Haven’t done much with Update, but I think I can roust up some wants.

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