Team Affinity Stage 4 thoughts?

SDS

Everyone keeps saying they think TA Stage 4 will be finest.....but seems to me that the final stage cards will all be super high level 98-99 cards, and generally, Finest is usually released as packs and would seem like SDS would be missing a chance too sell stuff by making TA4 Finest. What if TA4 is not Finest, and is a mix of Awards, SS and Future Stars from each franchise, and looked something like this....(trying to use players/cards already in the game....but not the super cards like Chipper, Albert, Griffey, Gehrig, Morgan, etc, who are likely still bosses or WS Rewards)...just speculating here......

Yankees- SS Goose Gossage
Blue Jays - Nate Pearson FS
Orioles - Adley Ruschman FS
Red Sox- Awards Mookie Betts
Rays - Wander Franco FS

Indians - Prime Francisco Lindor
White Sox - Michael Kopech FS
Twins - SS Bert Blyleven (Not sure if he's in game this year though)
Tigers - SS Miggy Cabrera
Royals - Prime Eric Hosmer

Angels - Prime Troy Percival
A's - Awards Dennis Eckersley
Mariners - SS Edgar Martinez
Astros - Awards Alex Bregman
Rangers - Sam Huff FS C

Marlins - JJ Bleday FS
Braves - Prime Freddie Freeman
Phillies - Awards Steve Bedrosian (1987)
Mets - Awards Jacob Degrom
Nats- Prime Trea Turner

Cubs - Ferguson Jenkins SS
Cardinals - Jim Edmonds Prime
Brewers - Prime Dan Plesac 1989
Reds - Awards Johnny Bench
Pirates - Prime Willie Stargell

Dodgers - Gavin Lux FS
Giants - SS Willie McCovey
Padres - CJ Abrams FS
Rockies - Awards Nolan Arenado
D'Backs - SS Paul Goldschmidt

Feel free to offer you suggestions on others : ) I hope though its something like this and not Finest......

SDS

I dunno. They have grouped each TA release thematically. I would be surprised to see TA4 be a catch-all with prime, awards, FS, legends, flashbacks, etc. I think it’ll probably be all one thing. Finest seems pretty logical to me.

SDS

Pirates - what about Roberto Clemente? Has SDS done that in the past? This is my first year in DD, so I have no idea.

SDS

That's a good thought and effort thinking through all those cards, so good work. I do agree though that I think there'll be some type of theme for it. Timing wise, playoffs will be right around the corner or just starting. I could see them doing the best PS card for each team. It could introduce a lot of new cards that have never been in the game. Not new players, just different versions of cards we've not seen. I say that, but doubt they'd do it either. I originally thought it would be the low end finest card for each team like they did last year, but if they do that it'd have to be after the season is over. Plus I wouldn't see giving 98-99 to everyone and then releasing more 99 Finest cards and if they didn't give 98-99's it'd be a step back from stage 3. This would be the biggest reason I could see it being a random mess of cards.

SDS

I feel like people would be mad if their team got a FS while other teams got franchise-type players such as Mookie betts. Whatever the stage 4 is going to be, I feel pretty confident saying it will be relatively the same type of card, not a mixture of FS, current players, and legends.

SDS

Typically, late June early July is when they stop debuting new Legends. Every once in a while you'll get a "this is the last new legend for this year" notice but not always.

Clemente's a pretty big get and I'd expect he'd be one they'd want to debut as part of a pre-launch marketing push, not just a random "Hey, here's another guy!" (Michael Young last year, Dennis Martinez this year being prime examples)

SDS

What would be VERY interesting, is IF they made it a Finest Card from previous seasons (like they did with the Monthly Awards this year). We already have Jose Ramirez from last year.....this way they could do a finest theme, and also current year finest separate....

SDS

I feel like it’s going to be current players with juiced cards. Players unlikely to get a Finest, like Javy Baez.

SDS

@Bob_Loblaw1984 said in Team Affinity Stage 4 thoughts?:

I feel like it’s going to be current players with juiced cards. Players unlikely to get a Finest, like Javy Baez.

Like Javy's Finest Card from last year....

SDS

@ebbets1957 said in Team Affinity Stage 4 thoughts?:

@Bob_Loblaw1984 said in Team Affinity Stage 4 thoughts?:

I feel like it’s going to be current players with juiced cards. Players unlikely to get a Finest, like Javy Baez.

Like Javy's Finest Card from last year....

He’s had a bad year.

SDS

I agree, that with HL packs coming to a close today, you would think Finest would be the next wave of packs here in a few weeks. It makes sense that they will need to continue marketing new packs moving into Fall.
I also agree that since TA 1=3 have all been sets, that stage 4 would be as well, and Finest make the most sense in that aspect, however many would be inferior to TA 3 cards.
If SDS wants to blow everyone's hair back, then they release the best of various sets for that team as mentioned, there's still enough available cards to do so and peppering in some FS series cards with teams who have weak MLB players and strong farm, would be a good idea. I hope SDS blows us away.

SDS

One other thing to keep in mind, is that there are still PLENTY of top prospects without Future Stars Cards......If they stick to a theme, and great 97-99 Cards for TA4, this could be a possibility too......

Yankees- Jasson Dominguez FS
Blue Jays - Nate Pearson FS
Orioles - Adley Ruschman FS
Red Sox- Jeter Downs FS
Rays - Wander Franco FS

Indians - Tyler Freeman FS
White Sox - Michael Kopech FS
Twins - Trevor Larnach OF
Tigers - Spencer Torkelson FS
Royals - Bobby Witt Jr FS

Angels - Jordyn Adams FS
A's - A.J. Puk FS
Mariners - Jarred Kelenic FS
Astros - Cristian Javier FS
Rangers - Sam Huff FS C

Marlins - JJ Bleday FS
Braves - Drew Waters FS
Phillies - Bryson Stott FS
Mets - Brett Baty FS
Nats- Jackson Rutledge FS

Cubs - Brailyn Marquez FS
Cardinals - Matthew Liberatore FS
Brewers - Garrett Mitchell FS
Reds - Hunter Greene or Jonathan India FS
Pirates - Oneil Cruz FS

Dodgers - Gavin Lux FS
Giants - Marco Luciano FS
Padres - CJ Abrams FS
Rockies - Brendan Rogers FS
D'Backs - Kristian Robinson FS

SDS

@arvcpa said in Team Affinity Stage 4 thoughts?:

Pirates - what about Roberto Clemente? Has SDS done that in the past? This is my first year in DD, so I have no idea.

I don’t think they own the rights for Clemente, unfortunately. Would love to see him in the game.

SDS

It should be a Prime/Sig/Awards of a current player. Finest will come later, Rockies should get a Daniel Bard or Kyle Freeland.

SDS

I think a Prime Wade Davis Royals card would be awesome.

SDS

@BaseballWithBat5 said in Team Affinity Stage 4 thoughts?:

I think a Prime Wade Davis Royals card would be awesome.

Wade Davis would be a great one over even Hosmer....I agree

SDS

@ebbets1957 said in Team Affinity Stage 4 thoughts?:

Everyone keeps saying they think TA Stage 4 will be finest.....but seems to me that the final stage cards will all be super high level 98-99 cards, and generally, Finest is usually released as packs and would seem like SDS would be missing a chance too sell stuff by making TA4 Finest. What if TA4 is not Finest, and is a mix of Awards, SS and Future Stars from each franchise, and looked something like this....(trying to use players/cards already in the game....but not the super cards like Chipper, Albert, Griffey, Gehrig, Morgan, etc, who are likely still bosses or WS Rewards)...just speculating here......

Yankees- SS Goose Gossage
Blue Jays - Nate Pearson FS
Orioles - Adley Ruschman FS
Red Sox- Awards Mookie Betts
Rays - Wander Franco FS

Indians - Prime Francisco Lindor
White Sox - Michael Kopech FS
Twins - SS Bert Blyleven (Not sure if he's in game this year though)
Tigers - SS Miggy Cabrera
Royals - Prime Eric Hosmer

Angels - Prime Troy Percival
A's - Awards Dennis Eckersley
Mariners - SS Edgar Martinez
Astros - Awards Alex Bregman
Rangers - Sam Huff FS C

Marlins - JJ Bleday FS
Braves - Prime Freddie Freeman
Phillies - Awards Steve Bedrosian (1987)
Mets - Awards Jacob Degrom
Nats- Prime Trea Turner

Cubs - Ferguson Jenkins SS
Cardinals - Jim Edmonds Prime
Brewers - Prime Dan Plesac 1989
Reds - Awards Johnny Bench
Pirates - Prime Willie Stargell

Dodgers - Gavin Lux FS
Giants - SS Willie McCovey
Padres - CJ Abrams FS
Rockies - Awards Nolan Arenado
D'Backs - SS Paul Goldschmidt

Feel free to offer you suggestions on others : ) I hope though its something like this and not Finest......

Even in his prime, Hosmer wasn't a 98-99. I originally thought 4th was going to be Brett. Since Brett was 3, I am going with a 96-99 Bobby Witt Jr. I think 4th will be future fotf.

SDS

Do you think that they tier it like stage 1? Have those FS cards from one of the lists above about halfway, and then the final TA award at the end? That would be amazing and get a lot of cards into the game.

SDS

Some one mentioned Post Season Cards. What if they had a Post Season Hero Theme for 98-99 Cards. Could look something like this??? I could not figure out a White Sox player though.....

Yankees- Reggie Jackson 1977 PS
Blue Jays - Joe Carter 1993 PS
Orioles - Eddie Murray 1983 PS
Red Sox- David Price 2018 PS
Rays - Yandy Diaz 2019 PS

Indians - Andrew Miller 2016 PS
White Sox -
Twins - Jack Morris 1990 WS
Tigers - Miggy Cabrera 2012 PS
Royals - Wade Davis 2015 PS

Angels - Troy Percival PS 2002
A's - Rollie Fingers 1974 PS
Mariners - John Olerud, 2000 PS
Astros - Justin Verlander 2017 PS
Rangers - Ian Kinsler 2011 PS

Marlins - Juan Pierre 2003 WS
Braves - Tom Glavine 1995 PS
Phillies - Cole Hamels 2008 WS
Mets -Daniel Murphy 2015 Post Season
Nats- Stephen Strasburg 2019 WS

Cubs - Ben Zobrist 2016 WS
Cardinals - Bob Gibson 1968 WS
Brewers - Ryan Braun 2011 ALDS
Reds - Johnny Bench 1975 WS
Pirates - Willie Stargell 1979 WS

Dodgers - Kenley Jansen 2017 PS
Giants - Hunter Pence 2014 PS
Padres - Steve Garvey 1984 PS (he was in game a few years ago)
Rockies -Carlos Gonzalez 2009 NLDS PS
D'Backs - Steve Finley 2001 WS

SDS

Honestly make them awards cards... Plenty of legends and current players who could be on every team.

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