I bought this box back when it came out, but finally now got around to opening it! 2016 Topps Update. I haven’t opened a new box in a long while, so this was fun. This is the first of 2 posts about the base cards. I’m always intrigued by what Topps is going to include for the subsets in Update.
I’ll start off with the one they always do (at least of late). This represents all-stars from the 2016 game in San Diego. A bunch of interesting cards here. Ortiz played in his last game and was a sort-of guest of honor. Hosmer won the game MVP award. Kershaw just looks funny in Padre colors. And Fernandez is notable for an unfortunate reason – it was weird to pull his card.
The other cards all seemed like really cool photos.
Another subset they have this year is the Rookie Debut. This has been a “sneaky” way to get another card of younger stars that Topps can slap a “RC” logo on. Interesting they put Schwarber on here despite the fact his debut was in 2015.
I think this is new, at least from what I remember – but some guys who are more from the prospect list is a Rookie Combos subset.
There’s also a regular “Combos” subset as well. I always enjoy the corny names in any given year that Topps does this. However, I wish they differentiated the design from the base set for these.
Last but not least, here’s the highlight subset. This showcases the somewhat-controversial professional hit record, tying the single game strikeout record, a no-hitter. And of course. Bartolo Colon hitting a dinger!