I know I’m late to the party, but I just got my 2017 Topps Series 1 Mets team set in the mail this week.
Player selection is pretty good, considering Topps has to save some recognizable names for Series 2 in a few months. I haven’t double-checked the 40-man roster lately, but I think everyone pictured is still part of the Mets’ organization. (I’m puzzled by the decision to include Matt Reynolds over printing a T.J. Rivera rookie card, but I can easily overlook it since it’s the biggest head-scratcher.)
Photography ranges from good to mediocre. I love seeing the 1986 throwback uniforms, and it’s nice that they caught special Mike Piazza commemorative cap on Seth Lugo‘s card. But I’m not crazy about the shots on every card – Matt Harvey and Travis d’Arnaud fare particularly poorly, I think.
(Feb. 13 Update: Martin Johns pointed out that Lucas Duda‘s baseball card actually features a photo of Eric Campbell, so he did worse than the guys who got boring and/or awkward photos, but were actually pictured on their own cards.)
One new addition can be found on the back of the baseball cards: players who are active on Twitter and/or Instagram have their accounts listed. That’s pretty neat.
Now that they’ve been out for a little while, what do you think about this year’s first Topps baseball cards? Do you have a favorite from the set?