Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Who's Number 1??! You Decide!!!

We interrupt the lull on this humble little blog to mention that yesterday, Topps announced that collectors can get to choose who will be the subject of card number 1 in the 2016 Topps set.

Let me explain for those who missed the news.

According to the Topps Blog (bless you Sooz), Topps is giving collectors the opportunity to select the player who will grace the first card in the new set. Starting on Wednesday, September 23, fans can select players from an initial list of 34 players (representing all 30 teams) in a "first round" of voting. When this round of voting ends on October 4, 2015, the top five vote-getters will then be announced and then be put on a final ballot. The "winner" of this vote will then get the honor of card number one in the 2016 Topps set.

So who made the ballot for this first round of voting?
  • Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
  • Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
  • David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
  • Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
  • Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
  • Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds
  • Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
  • Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
  • Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
  • Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
  • Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
  • Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
  • Ichiro Suzuki, Miami Marlins
  • Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
  • Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
  • Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
  • Alex Rodriguez, New York  Yankees
  • Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
  • Stephen Vogt, Oakland Athletics
  • Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies
  • Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
  • Matt Kemp, San Diego Padres
  • Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

  • Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

  • Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
  • Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals

A few things come to mind looking at this initial ballot:
  • Ichiro? You mean he's going to be in the eponymous set again? After a four-year absence? Fantastic!!!
  • Mike Trout (2014), Alex Rodriguez (2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009), Bryce Harper (2013), and Ryan Braun (2011, 2012) have already been the subject of card number one.
  • Four teams get two representatives in this ballot: the Angels (Pujols/Trout), Marlins (Stanton/Suzuki), Mets (Cespedes/deGrom), Yankees (Rodriguez/Tanaka).
  • If you the reader (and I still have readers, right??!) still feel that none of these guys are worthy of card #1, there is an "Other" option where you can "write-in" your selection.
So for those collectors (and I know you're out there) who feel that Topps should engage their audience when it comes to their products, does this work for you? Who would you have wanted to see on this ballot? Someone on here that shouldn't have been? What do you think?

The first round of voting, again, ends on Sunday, October 4. Topps encourages social media (using the hashtag #ToppsVoteNo1 to stump for your player. I've made my vote (take a guess who I'm pulling for).

Let the fun begin.


JayBee Anama


    Brian said...

    Of the players listed, I think it's got to be Ichiro - it's probably going to be his last season (assuming he can make it to 3000 hits) and he's been missing from the flagship issue for several years as you mentioned...

    A-Rod would not have been my first choice to make the ballot, but I think he presents a similar (though debatable*) case.

    As a Twins fan, I love that Sano made the list, I think card #1 has been best used for either a sunset card of a great veteran legend, or as a card honoring one of the game's best young players.

    Zippy Zappy said...

    I want to get a movement going where we get one of the shittiest (pardon my potty mouth, er fingers) players in the MLB right now the first card.

    Like either Kyle Kendrick or Mike Zunino haha.

    Jeremya1um said...

    I second Zippy Zappy's idea although I would love to see DeGrom get it (he lives in the same town as I do in the offseason).

    JediJeff said...

    I bet if we get this going on Reddit, we can get someone like Nick Swisher on #1.

    Anonymous said...

    I think Yogi would be a fitting tribute to a legend as a write in candidate

    ToppsBawlyn87 said...

    Thanks for the letting us know.

    Zvon said...

    Id love to see a Yogi memorial card.