One of the things I like about baseball cards is comparing the various design elements and how they work together on a card. Let's look at the design elements on 2014 Topps. All in all, I have only a few complaints. It's one of the cleaner designs in recent years which appeals to me.
Bowman-like element - I'm not sure I like this. I've liked it well enough on Bowman, but is it a good idea to incorporate design elements from other sets into the flagship set? Also, putting the team name here seems superfluous since there is a team logo.
Silver wave - I like this. I might like it more if it wasn't in silver foil, say in the corresponding team color. The photo has a green border for the A's. What if the wave was yellow?
Silver foil on white - I've long complained about silver foil on black.
Close-cropped photos - A lot of the cards I've gotten have very tight cropping, even the action shots. It makes for some interesting cards.
Team color as highlight - a pretty common practice but used sparingly here. The color is subtle rather than overwhelming.
Logo - Nice logo placement.
All white background - unusual for Topps to have so little color on the back.
Tiny position indicator - they made up for an easy to read team name by using smaller font on the player position, and then putting it in a weird place on the card.
Design element from the front - Common on recent Topps designs. More understated than past years. Generally understated is good.
Clear card number - always a good thing.
Fully licensed - of course. You have to see both logos.
Horizontal orientation - The last vertically oriented card back was 2000 Topps. Another change long overdue.
No photo - third year in a row with no photo of any sort on the back. Topps has included photos on 8 years since 2000. That's 8 of the 15 years, so not so uncommon to not have a photo. Personally I prefer a photo on the back.
Complete career stats - always a hallmark of the Topps flagship set. But are stats even necessary anymore? At one time, baseball cards were probably the best place to get stats but with the Internet, all kinds of stats are easily available. It would be a radical change for Topps. For that matter, you can find lots of photos of your favorite players on-line, so are baseball cards even necessary? I'm not prepared to go that far.