Sunday, May 28, 2017

2017 Topps National League Standouts

Topps has been putting out 17-card team sets for a while now. It is usually mix of a couple of guys shown in Series One of their flagship set and a preview of some guys that will show up in Series Two.

In addition, they also put out sets for the National League and American League. They used to be "All-Stars" but a couple of years back, they changed it to "Standouts" from each league. I'm too lazy to look at when exactly it happened but I do remember the 2015 NL set had Javier Baez in it, who has yet to be an All-Star.

I was in Target the other day and came across the 2017 edition of the National League set. The checklist on the back showed 4 Cubs among the 17 cards so I threw one in my basket.

Interestingly enough, the card on the front of the package was Kris Bryant.

And I say interesting because here is his card from the flagship:

Just a slight difference there and one that Wrigley Wax would probably be happy with based on this post. Bryant's card in the 17-card Cubs team set is vertical as well. 

The other trio of Cubs are not surprising picks with Anthony Rizzo, Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester. All of these look like the base cards.

The Nationals had three Standouts of their own in Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy.

The Mets snagged two spots with Yoesnis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard.

As did the Dodgers with obvious choices Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager.

I guess there's room at first base with Rizzo for Atlanta's Freddie Freeman and Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt.

Perennial All-Star behind the plate, The Cardinals' Yadier Molina is represented.

Power hitters aren't left out as Colorado's Nolan Arenado and Miami's Giancarlo Stanton make the team.

And much to the chagrin of horizontal haters, there is one in the set with San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner. 

Missing this year is the NL logo as depicted on last year's Arrieta card below. That helped differentiate it from the base card at quick glance is, in my opinion, an unfortunate omission.

And for good measure, here is a back. Looks the same to me aside from the numbering.

If anybody wants the non-Cubs cards, let me know.

1 comment:

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