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 Trajectory Jumbo Relic TJR-RZ Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals
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2014 topps trajectory JUMBO LETTER PATCH mariners FELIX HERNANDEZ 36 99 sp rare
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2014 Yadiar Molina Trajectory Jumbo Jersey card 05 25! Cardinals GU update
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2014 Topps Update #TJR-SC SHIN-SOO CHOO "Trajectory Jumbo Relic" Jersey #11 25
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2014 Topps Update CC Sabathia Trajectory Jumbo Jersey 03 25
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SHANE VICTORINO 2014 Topps Update Trajectory Jumbo 2-Color Patch SP 23 25
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2014 Topps Update # TJR-JP Jorge Posada Trajectory Jumbo Relic #'d 25
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2014 Topps 2 David Wright JUMBO Game-Used Jersey PATCH 3 Color #d 99 Trajectory
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2014 TOPPS UPDATE Trajectory Jumbo Patch Relic DEREK JETER Yankees 22 25 SP SSP!
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2014 Topps Will Middlebrooks Trajectory JUMBO jersey relic 3 COL PATCH sp #'d 99
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2014 Topps Billy Hamilton Trajectory JUMBO jersey relic sp ssp CASE HIT #'d 99
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2014 Topps Ryan Zimmerman Trajectory JUMBO jersey relic 3 COL PATCH sp ssp #d 99
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2014 Topps Series 2 Tom Glavine Trajectory JUMBO Relic 99 GORGEOUS 3-CLR Patch!
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2014 Topps Update C C Sabathia Jumbo Trajectory Relic #2 25
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2014 Topps Trajectory Jumbo Relics #TJR-AC Alex Cobb GU Rays 71 99 ONLY 99 MADE
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2014 Topps Jean Segura Trajectory GU JUMBO JERSEY 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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