My wife Jenna was kind enough to stop at Target on her way home from work this evening, and when I arrived home there was an assortment of 2017 Topps packs to be opened. In what seems as if it's possibly the longest offseason in the history of the world, opening a fresh pack of the new year's baseball cards is pure joy.
|2017 Topps #142|
Full career statistics are gone from the backs of the cards. That doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would and I really like the full-bleed, team color-coded design on the backs. Each player also has his Twitter or Instagram user name featured on the backs or if the player doesn't yet participate in social media there's a generic #TOPPSBASEBALL that appears.
Hector Neris was The First Phillie this year. He was in the first pack I opened, and because of his lack of social media accounts he gets the #TOPPSBASEBALL treatment on the back of his card. Doug's First (non-official) Phillie card was Howie Kendrick (with the Dodgers) and Ben also pulled a Neris card as his First Phillie.
I could complain more about the collation (lots of doubles) or the non-essential inserts, but I won't. I have new baseball cards to sort tonight and all is right with the world for a little while.
Past First Phillies