Now, there are some who might say that, because I purchased this lot this morning before I exhanged money with my local for the card you are about to see, that the cards in the lot above are technically the first cards of '14, but 1. they're not in my hands yet and 2. I had the following card on hold for me while it was still 2013, so plans were in motion! Regardless of where you stand on this non-existent controversy, you've all waited long enough. Here it is, folks...the first card of 2014!
My first Paul O'Neill auto, on-card, numbered, and from a set whose packs cost $300 a pop. Paid about what going rate for the card + shipping is on eBay (which is well under what a blaster costs), and didn't have to deal with eBay. Beautiful card, froze me in my tracks when I saw it about a week ago. Paul is also (I think, could be more, though) my 6th Baseball Trifecta (David Cone, David Wells, Dontrelle Willis, Darryl Strawberry, Gary Sheffield and now Paul O'Neill) and 8th Trifecta overall (I've also got Ndamukong Suh in f00'ball and Kyle Okposo in hockey).
So, there it is! If you've gotten a first card of 2014 by now, what is it?