My wife Jenna finally found packs of 2019 Topps at the third Target she visited on Thursday afternoon. I open way less packs of baseball cards these days, given that it's easiest for me to head to eBay to buy the Phillies team sets or inserts I want. Still, I don't think I'll ever abandon the tradition of finding and opening those first packs of Topps' flagship set every year.
The first Phillie was found within the first pack I opened, a few cards from the top. Ranger Suarez gets the honors this year, although I was slightly surprised to see him appear given he only pitched in 4 games last season for the Phillies.
My immediate impression of 2019 Topps is that I like the design a lot more than I have in recent years. The one-sided and team colored borders are reminiscent of the 1982 Topps design, and the modern gradient found on the right side of the cards isn't too intrusive. I would have preferred the player's first name to be on top of the last name, but that quirky feature is slowly growing on me. The backs are clean and easy to read with the standard Topps write-up and some statistics. It's odd that Suarez's card contains his minor league totals from 2018, and not his Major League totals.
Ballpark cards are included within Topps flagship this year, and I liked that the Phillies card features their new primary logo for 2019 (quietly announced a few months back) and their logo from 1992 to 2018 on the scoreboard in the top left corner. Quality control issues continue to persist at Topps however, as the team's starting catcher on the back of this card is listed as "Jesus" Alfaro.
Past First Phillies