Eric Thames’ surprising start prompts look back at key cardboard

A new season’s new emerging names are doing just that.

Your MLB home run leader right now is Eric Thames of the Milwaukee Brewers, who has smacked seven longballs so far. The latest came as part of a 3-for-4 day Monday against the Cubs in Wrigley Field.

The 30-year-old entered this season with 21 homers in his previous three big-league seasons — his last being in 2012 with the Mariners. He hit 12 of those homers as a rookie with the Blue Jays in 2011 but struggled with a career average that’s up to .259 with his .405 start this year. How far off the radar was he? Thames spent the last three years playing in Korea’s KBO League — where he hit 124 homers in 390 games.

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Gallery: 2017 MLB spring training & batting practice caps from New Era

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A new baseball season is nearly here with the first spring training games set to air later this month and that’s when we’ll see the newest players on their new teams.

And many of them will be wearing new uniforms — well, at least new caps.

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Edwin Encarnacion’s big moment sparks new Topps Now cardboard

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The Blue Jays’ big win yesterday means big cardboard from Topps Now today.

Edwin Encarnacion‘s extra-innings homer is the key for today’s newest baseball cards available for only 24 hours via Topps’ online card program. He’ll be signing cards for the moment and there is a Relic also available from the American League Wildcard win.

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Buzz Poll: Who do you see winning the World Series?

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MLB’s postseason begins tonight … and we simply want to know who you think wins it all.

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Don’t flip out … Jose Bautista’s 2016 Topps baseball card is hot (for now)

BatsDon’t flip out, but there’s a pretty hot base card in 2016 Topps baseball cards because of a great (and controversial) moment and some mainstream media coverage.

It’s Jose Bautista‘s card No. 96 in the set and it’s sold on eBay pretty well.

How well? How about $20 well and that one’s not alone. There are also bulk lots that are getting attention because it’s a memorable moment captured on cardboard. Rarer parallels of the card also are commanding good cash.

The card was shown at the close of MLB Network’s Hot Stove morning show and that means it will probably pop up elsewhere, too. Will it continue to be expensive? Of course not — but the appeal, especially with Blue Jays fans, probably won’t diminish.

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Topps readies 2015 World Series baseball card sets for champions

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The 2015 World Series lineup isn’t set yet, but the details of the world champions’ commemorative baseball card set from Topps are here.

Whether it’s the New York Mets against the Kansas City Royals or the Toronto Blue Jays, the champs set will include 40 World Series-branded baseball cards with 15 highlights from the team’s postseason run. Atop that, there will be cards for 25 key players on the team as well as cards for the Championship Series and World Series MVPs from the team.

Each case of these will include 16 sets.

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