That card below is not my choice for card of the 2016 year.
It’s relevant to the discussion, however.
The card above was a “Thank You” card that was sent over the holidays to anybody who bought a Topps Now card in its debut season of 2016. I appreciate the card. It features the Cubs winning the World Series, the 2 most notable retiring players, and Ichiro who passed a number of milestones in 2017.
Topps Now was a big deal. I know some people probably don’t like it. You could lament that it is the opposite of set collection. You could say it’s too expensive at $10 a card. You could say, even thought it’s a good concept, it goes over the boundary of “too much” (I think the total was somewhere around 3 cards per day).
But this is where cards are going, and it’s cool as hell. Something happens today. Tomorrow I can order a card that features that event. If I go to a Cubs game and Addison Russell hits a game winning home run? Odds are I can get the card tomorrow. Season Highlights or Record Breakers were always my favorite cards in the Topps sets of my youth – this is those cards on steroids!
Merge that with the biggest baseball story in recent memory. The Cubs won the World Series. I long ago gave up the battle for Reds’ supremacy in my household – so I broke down and got a 5-pack of this card:
One for me, a few for my kids. To me, this is the perfect card that merges a great (but long-overdue) innovation from Topps with the biggest story of the baseball century. Bryant to Rizzo – something Cubs fans will remember for the next 108 years.
This joins other past winners on this blog:
2015: Topps Update All-Star Stitches – Todd Frazier
2014: Stadium Club – David Ortiz
2013: Topps Heritage Real One Autograph – Stan Musial
2012: Gypsy Queen Autograph – Ken Griffey, Jr.
2011: Topps – Jay Bruce