Im not going to sit here and say that anything in this release is more important than the first autographs from Derek Jeter since UD's last few baseball products back in 2009-2010. Considering that the baseball world was literally put on hold while Jeter retired last year, it was disappointing that he didnt have autograph cards when he was the topic of discussion for the entire nation.
Dynasty is literally one of my favorite products that Topps makes, and its not even close. The last two years of Dynasty were so incredible looking that watching group breaks became a second job just to see all the crazy hits come out. Now that Jeter was going to be involved, a lot of collectors really started to go nuts in tracking down cases and boxes to get a shot at what they believed would be the best product of the year.
Here are some of the cards that are garnering quite the buzz so far:
Although I agree that it is still loaded from a card quality perspective, I am not a fan of the design, photos or look of the set at all this year. The closely cropped posed photos and bland design without ornate elements is really a detriment to the set, and I am shocked that Topps decided to go this direction. Although I like that they are taking card stock cues from Definitive Collection football, I dont think the design created as dynamic a look as it did in its football use.
As for the man himself, saying prices are insane right now is a bit of an understatement. Jeter is generating exactly the kind of attention that I would guess Topps was expecting from a set like this, and it will make your year if you can hit a nice one. Although there will be more of his cards on the way, this could end up being one of the best Jeter cards to own, solely because the game used relics are so big.
Im quite disappointed with the final result here, but I know I will be in the minority. I could have just wrote Jeter Jeter Jeter over and over again for this article, and it would be a perfect representation of what everyone is thinking. Sadly no one is going to give a shit about the design, and thats just the way it is.