With pitchers and catchers making their way to spring training camps, it is official that baseball season has arrived. One of the exciting rituals of spring training is the release of Topps’ classic baseball cards. Just as teams are formulating their rosters, fans of all ages can follow the newest acquisitions and hottest superstars with Topps’ 2016 Series 1 Baseball set.
For their flagship product, Topps chose 2015 National League MVP Bryce Harper to be featured prominently on the packs and boxes of 2016 Topps. At 23, Harper is quickly becoming one of the most popular faces in the sport and Topps has capitalized on his rising stardom.
Immediately impressive upon opening the box provided for this review is the design of the product. The vivid color schemes and photography jump off the cards, bringing alive the moments captured on cardboard. The attractive nature of this year’s debut Topps set is sure to be its calling card for collectors of all ages.
Those who purchase the product will be pleased with the players included in set, finding the likes of the top rookies in baseball such as Michael Conforto, Miguel Sano, Kyle Schwarber, and Corey Seager, as well as budding stars Kris Bryant, Mike Trout, and the aforementioned Harper. Noticeably absent however from the base set was the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year, Carlos Correa.
Continuing in its tradition of building excitement in each pack with a myriad of inserts, Topps fields a formidable lineup of cards to chase as one works their way through an entire box. More experienced collectors will find joy in the Berger’s Best series, which highlights one major card from every year of Topps’ baseball sets. Homage is paid to Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary with a set commemorating some of the greatest moments in Cubs’ baseball history.
For fans that enjoy celebrating baseball’s quirks, the “Pressed Into Service,” set is devoted to position players who pitched, and an array of celebrities and athletes are featured in the First Pitch set, including the likes of LeVar Burton, Jordan Spieth, Abby Wambach, and Bill Withers.
Each box advertises either an autographed or relic card. For the box that was provided for this review, the final pack in the box produced a Kyle Waldrop Scouting Report autograph.
Boasting a retail price of $60 for a box and a yield that was only 30 cards short of a complete set, Topps 2016 Series 1 Baseball is a great value for a wide range of interests and a fabulous compliment to the start of the baseball season.