Saturday, May 10, 2014

2014 MLB Chipz

Since we were at our local Wally World shopping for a couple of birthday cards, I naturally meandered into the card aisle. There wasn't much to look at, other than closeout sales of 2013 Topps baseball.

I did, however, happen to catch a glimpse of the 2014 MLB Chipz display. Surely you remember them from last year - four MLB chips, a team sticker and a game board. There is one noted variation in this year's version of the clay poker chips - new color chipz. At $1.98 each, I ended up picking up a couple of packs just to pique my curiosity.

Once again, the chips are white, painted with red seams to resemble a baseball. On the front, is a player picture, with his position and an over-sized team logo. The background is color-based on the team's colors, i.e., a red background for the Reds, blue for the Rangers or Blue Jays, etc. The backs have the players' name, team name and the Topps, MLB and MLBPA logos, as well as the manufacturing info.

What's new, is this year's offering includes those colored parallels - red (1:2), blue (1:3) and black (1:4). The silver (1:10) chipz return, as do the gold (1:36), magnetic (1:4) glow-in-the-dark (1:2), relic chipz (with lower odds, formerly 1:1,047, now 1:845), and instant winner (with slightly better odds, formerly 1:5,236, now 1:4244). They've replaced the autographed chipz this year with mascot chipz (1:4).
You can also continue to play their flipping game (you can actually flip the chipz) with the enclosed game sheet.

In the first pack, I found a red Dustin Pedroia, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Robinson Cano and Carlos Gonzalez.
In the second, was a red Madison Bumgarner, Hanley Ramirez, Yadier Molina and Jason Castro.
As I stated before, I won't collect these, but I can see picking up a pack here and then just to scratch that pack-breaking itch on occasion.

1 comment:

  1. This is a cool novelty issue. I'm sure twenty years from now, I'll pick up a set after it's long been forgotten.