Well...we do now.
You see, someone on FB posted their complaint about the card backs. Especially because (you're not going to believe this), he said that the stats on the back, which for a very long time showed complete statistics for the players, sometimes even more than 15 years worth of statistics, was no longer on the back of the cards.
"I bought 2 packs of 2017 topps baseball series 1 at my local target and when I open the first pack on the back of the cards there wasn't the traditional full career stats on the back of the players card! Why didn't topps do this? could someone let me know about this?"
After many on FB doubted his claim, he showed pictures:
|Photo from J. DeLand on Facebook|
Okay, so let's look at the details:
The cross-diagonal line design element continues on the back. There is a card number, the series (1, 2, or Update) that has appeared in the last three base sets. Team logo. A bio.
Oh, and look. You can follow the Coco Crisp on Twitter and Instagram as both social media profiles are included.
There's the stat box. Five years of lines. The usual stat headers are listed. But at the bottom?
MLB Totals (15 Years)
While the guy was kind of right by saying that not all of his totals are listed on there. There is a totals line.
So this is the first time since 1971, Topps is not going to display a player's full career statistics. Could this be a one-year thing? Will Topps continue the social media links in future sets? I guess in this day and age it makes sense. But at the cost of less stat lines?
What do you think? If you'd like (and are still reading this blog...or waiting to see if I'm still relevant), feel free to leave comments and let me know what you think.
I can't wait to see what these look like up close.