Are These Some of the Coolest and Most Overlooked Baseball Cards of 2014?

Are These Some of the Coolest and Most Overlooked Baseball Cards of 2014?

When you're busting packs of flagship Topps Baseball, you're probably not thinking of landing a massive hit. It's a low-end product that's about every but the hits. Sure, boxes in recent years promise one but most of the time it's a very small and very plain swatch. For the most part, 2014 Topps Series 2 Baseball is the same. But the Trajectory Jumbo Relics, which aren't ridiculously tough, offer swatches normally reserved for high-end brands like Museum Collection, Tier One and Five Star.

Shop for 2014 Topps SeriesĀ  Trajectory Jumbo Relics on eBay.

Trajectory Jumbo Relics are an expansion of sorts for the basic Trajectory inserts that were in 2014 Topps Series 1. The name carried over to Series 2, but only as autographs and relics. Jumbo Relics are numbered to 99, which is very high for premium gamers in a flagship Topps set.

At that type of print run, it would be safe to expect plain, single-color swatches. And while those do exist (along with bat slices), about half of them come with a more compelling swatch like a seam stripe or even an instantly recognizable patch piece.

So the checklist stinks, right? It's not all old-time Hall of Famers, but there are some solid names in the 2014 Topps Trajectory Jumbo Relics set. They include Mark McGwire, Felix Hernandez and Mike Trout. Quality swatches are normally paired up by the player. For example, a lot of the Billy Hamilton and Pedro Alvarez have awesome patches while Ken Griffey has a big white swatch.

One would think that the combination of patches galore and flagship Topps would result in massive prices. That's not the case here. There are some exceptions, but most, not matter how big or distinct the patch, are going for under $50 on eBay.

The following gallery features some of the highlights of what's surfaced so far. Not all of the jumbo relics in this set are this spectacular but there are more of them than you might think.

2014 Topps Series 2 Trajectory Jumbo Relics Highlight Gallery

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2014 Topps Series 2 MATT HOLLIDAY Trajectory Jumbo Jersey Patch #'d 95 99 !
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2014 Topps Trajectory Jumbo Relics MIKE MINOR Jersey Patch #62 99 (49200)
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2014 Topps Series 2 Jumbo Relic 82 99 Felix Hernandez Trajectory #TJR-FH
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2014 Topps Trajectory Jumbo Relics #TJR-TGW Tony Gwynn #44 99
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C.J. Wilson Trajectory Jumbo Patch Relic 37 99 2014 Topps Series 2 Jersey stripe
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2014 Topps #TJR-CW C..J Wilson Jumbo Jersey Trajectory 99 3 Colors
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2014 Topps Trajectory Jumbo Relics #TJR-TG Tom Glavine 04 99 Atlanta Braves HOF
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2014 Topps Series 2 Billy Hamilton Trajectory Jumbo Patch Relic #d 32 99 Reds +
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2014 Topps Trajectory #TJR-DF David Freese Angels Jumbo Patch Relic 71 99
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2014 Adam Wainwright Topps Trajectory Jumbo Relic Jersey Patch Cardinal 41 99
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Tony Gwynn 78 99 Game-Used Jumbo Trajectory Bat Relic 2014 Topps 2 Padres MINT
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2014 Topps Ryan Zimmerman Trajectory Jumbo Patch 63 99 Nationals RARE PULL
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2014 Topps Series 2 Tom Glavine Trajectory JUMBO Relic 99 GORGEOUS 3-CLR Patch!
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2014 Topps Trajectory Jumbo Relics #TJRML Mike Leake NM MINT Serial # 32 99
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Devin Mesoraco 2014 Topps Series 2 Trajectory Jumbo Relic S N 55 99
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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

User Comments

  1. Why would Topps use what is clearly a piece of a Phillies uniform while showing a young Steve Carlton as a Cardinal? Add this to the list of reasons why Topps is pointless. Wainwright and Miller representing Cardinals already. Not a Phillie in this subset. Very little Phillies love to be found from Topps in general.

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