Update: Kris Bryant is card No. 1 in the 2017 Topps set as revealed on the show. He was chosen via a collector vote.
“It’s a huge honor to be chosen as Card No. 1 since it has depicted so many legends before me,” Bryant said in a prepared release. “It’s very humbling and nice to know it came from the fans.”
“Kris Bryant is an outstanding player with an infectious personality,” said David Leiner, Topps’ GM & VP of North American Sports & Entertainment. “He’s done so much in his career and has created fans throughout baseball regardless of team loyalties. He’s the perfect pick.”
Want a first look at the MLB Network baseball cards to be found a week from today in packs of 2017 Topps Series 1?
Watch the Network on Thursday and it should happen — and we’re betting card No. 1 will be unveiled, too.
Although we can see the John Smoltz autograph here, the cardboard news — whatever it is — will come on Network’s Hot Stove morning show tomorrow between 9-11 a.m. Eastern.
This 10-card release begins an overall set that will continue in Topps Series 2 and Topps Update later this year and this series will include Lauren Shehadi (first card), Kevin Millar, Mike Lowell, Greg Amsinger (first card), Ryan Dempster, Sean Casey, Harold Reynolds, Dan Plesac and Smoltz as well as an MLB Tonight card.
A number of that crew’s members already have cards as players (click to view a Buzz archives piece) — but there will be several debuts in the forthcoming releases. Meanwhile, a number of them haven’t had many autographs — and all nine found in Series 1 will have signed cards.
We’ll add a gallery here tomorrow once/if they are formally unveiled. Want to see more on 2017 Topps? Click here.
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