While recent Major League Baseball All-Star games have been an opportunity for fans to say goodbye to future Hall of Famers such as Chipper Jones, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and (this year) David Ortiz, last month’s mid-summer classic left me feeling good about the future of the game. The reason? All the young talent on Petco Field that night.
Each league featured either a reigning MVP or former MVP who are under the age of 25. Those two (Bryce Harper and Mike Trout) were appearing in their forth and fifth All-Star games, respectively. But they weren’t the only young talent on display. In all, there were 34 first-time All-Stars and an amazing 27 players who are 26 years-old or younger.
This talent on the diamond is good for both the game and the hobby and has me excited about a new era of baseball cards.
After years of little in the way of odd-ball and food-issue cards, we’re beginning to see Topps try to bring in new collectors through promotions such as the Marketside Pizza promotion at Walmart and through their partnership with New Era Caps. This latest venture resulted in a nine – card offering at over 800 participating LIDS, Locker Room by LIDS and LIDS Clubhouse stores.
2016 Topps/New Era Checklist:
- Bryce Harper
- Jacob deGrom
- Andrew McCutchen
- Joc Pederson
- Buster Posey
- Kyle Schwarber
- Marcus Stroman
- Dellin Betances
- Josh Donaldson
Beginning June 3rd, and while supplies last, a four-card pack of the Topps/New Era product will be available with each New Era cap purchase.
In addition to these limited-edition cards, Topps and New Era will also be including player-worn relic cards featuring swatches of MLB Authentic Collection 59Fifty caps and autographed versions as well. The regular swatch cards, randomly inserted into packs, will be numbered to 99 each, while the signed copies will be limited to 1/1. The six players with signed copies are: Harper, Posey, deGrom, Pederson, Schwarber and Stroman.
Set Completed: Yes