2017 Topps Now World Baseball Classic Ins and Outs

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W-46 Adam Jones

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Now World Baseball Classic is a natural extension of the print-on-demand line. And while much of the format and delivery is the same as other sets under the Topps Now brand, there are a couple of new spins as well.

As standard with most Topps Now sets, individual cards are available for 24 hours through the Topps website. Only those ordered during that time frame are printed.

New cards are released within hours of a game’s completion. For the first cards in 2017 Topps Now World Baseball Classic, which covered Israel’s dramatic upset of Korea, that meant they were available on the same day. The fact that the game was played in Seoul may have helped, but Topps Now cards are usually out the following day.

1 Scott Burcham

Cards featuring players from Spanish-speaking countries will have two versions, English and Spanish. This is the first time a Topps Now set has cards done in two languages. Each is a separate card, so they’re sort of like parallels.

Once the World Baseball Classic field shrunk to four, team sets were issued, each with ten cards. Like 2016 Topps Now Postseason Baseball, additional cards will be added free the further teams progress through the tournament.

Topps has produced WBC cards since 2008 in a variety of forms including inserts, box sets and even the high-end standalone 2013 Topps Tribute World Baseball Classic release. Some of these sets have included the first baseball cards released in North America for international standouts who later became MLB stars. Yu Darvish and Yoenis Cespedes are two of the biggest names to have early cards in WBC sets.

2017 Topps Now World Baseball Classic Checklist

Here’s the 2017 Topps Now World Baseball Classic checklist. New cards and print runs will be added throughout the tournament. If you missed a card, click on the links to see what’s available on eBay.

* note Spanish cards

W-1 Scott Burcham, Team Israel – Go-Ahead Single in 10th Pushes Israel to 2-1 Win (March 6) – 333
W-2 Josh Zeid, Team Israel – Three Scoreless IP Seals 10th-Inning Win for Israel (March 6) – 325
W-3 Team Israel – 1st World Baseball Classic Tournament W in Team History (March 6) – 366
W-4 Team Israel – 15-7 Win Over Chinese-Tapei Improves Record to 2-0 (March 7) – 344
W-5 Jurickson Profar, Team Netherlands – Two-Run HR in 1st Fuels Win Over South Korea (March 7) – 161
W-6 Nobuhiro Matsuda, Team Japan – 3-Run HR & 4-for-5 Game Powers Win Over Cuba (March 7) – 239
W-7 Team Cuba – Four Pitchers Combine for One-Hit Victory (March 7) – 224
W-7S El Equipo Cuba* – Cuatro Lanzadores Combinaron Para Una Victoria Blanqueada De Un Solo Hit (March 7) – 197
W-8 Didi Gregorius, Team Netherlands – 3 Doubles & 3 RBI Help Netherlands Advance (March 8) – 176
W-9 Sho Nakata, Team Japan – Solo HR Puts Japan Up for Good En Route to 4-1 Win (March 8) – 239
W-10 Team Israel – Win Improves Record to 3-0 and Wins Pool A (March 8) – 295
W-11 Jamese Beresford, Team Australia – Grand Slam Caps Off 11-0 Win by Mercy Rule (March 9) – 181
W-12 Tae Kyun Kim, Team South Korea – 10th Inning HR Caps Off 11-8 Win Over Chinese Tapei (March 9) – 230
W-13 Team Israel – Players Pose with Team Mascot “The Mensch” After Win (March 8) – 485
W-14 Seiji Kobayashi/Sho Nakata, Team Japan – Japan Wins Pool B Thanks to Pair of Two-Run HRs (March 9) – 223
W-15 Jose Bautista, Team Dominican Republic – 4 RBI Pace 9-2 Win Over Team Canada (March 10) – 211
W-15S Jose Bautista*, El Equipo Republica Dominicana – 4 Carreras Impulsadas, Victoria 9-2 Sobre El Equipo Canada (March 10) – 203
W-16 Team Italy – Five-Run 9th Inning Caps Off Comeback Win (March 10) – 144
W-17 Alfredo Despaigne, Team Cuba – Grand Slam Helps Cuba Advance to Next Round (March 10) – 124
W-17S Alfredo Despaigne*, El Equipo Cuba – Grand Slam A Cuba Avanzar ALa Siguiente Ronda (March 10) – 126
W-18 Adam Jones, Team USA – Walk-Off Single Gives Team USA Win in First Game (March 10) – 271
W-19 Team Puerto Rico – Rivera’s Walk-Off Caps Puerto Rico’s 6-Run 7th Inning (March 10) – 177
W-20 Martin Prado, Team Venezuela – First 5-Hit Game in Tournament History Fuels Win (March 11) – 157
W-21 Donovan Solano, Team Colombia – 2-Hit, 2-RBI Game Helps Colombia Win (March 11) – 156
W-22 Team Dominican Republic – 5-Run Deficit Erased with Barrage of Late-Inning Runs (March 11) – 161
W-23 Nelson Cruz, Team Dominican Republic – Go-Ahead, 3-Run Homer Highlights a Comeback Win (March 11) – 169
W-24 Team Israel – Win Over Cuba Extends Undefeated Record to 4-0 (March 11) – 234
W-25 Sho Nakata, Team Japan – 2-Run Single in the 11th Extends Japan’s Record to 4-0 (March 12) – 187
W-26 Team Dominican Republic – Bautista and Castillo Cut Down Game-Winning Run in 9th (March 12) – 149
W-27 Team Dominican Republic – 7-Run 11th Inning Caps Off 1st Place Finish in Pool C (March 12) – 138
W-28 Carlos Correa, Team Puerto Rico – 3-Run HR Leads Puerto Rico to 1st Place Finish in Pool D (March 12) – 216
W-29 Team USA – 8-0 Win Advances Team USA to Next Stage of Tournament (March 12) – 234
W-30 Buster Posey, Team USA – HR and 3 RBI Lead to 8-0 Over Team Canada (March 12) – 287
W-31 Esteban Quiroz/Brandon Laird, Team Mexico – Pair of 3-Run HRs Force Tiebreak Scenario in Pool D (March 12) – 143
W-32 Didi Gregorius, Team Netherlands – 5-RBI Game Fuels 12-2 Win by Mercy Rule (March 13) – 128
W-33 Miguel Cabrera, Team Venezuela – Game-Tying HR in 9th Aids Comeback Win in Tiebreaker (March 13) – 157
W-34 Team Venezuela – 9th-Inning Comeback Win in Tiebreaker Game to Advance (March 13) – 121
W-35 Tetsudo Yamada, Team Japan – 2-HR Performance Fuels 8-5 Win for Team Japan (March 14) – 396
W-36 Yadier Molina, Team Puerto Rico – HR and 2 RBI Powers 3-1 Win for Team Puerto Rico (March 14) – 280
W-37 Javier Baez, Team Puerto Rico – No-Look Tag Helps Puerto Rico Cruise to 3-1 Win (March 14) – 451
W-38 Wladimir Balentien, Team Netherlands – 2-HR Game Helps Team Netherlands Advance with 14-1 Win (March 14) – 166
W-39 Team Japan – 6-0 Start to Tournament Sets New All-Time Record (March 15) – 271
W-40 Adam Jones, Team USA – Game-Tying HR in 8th Helps Team USA to Comeback Victory (March 15) – 240
W-41 Eric Hosmer, Team USA – Go-Ahead HR in 8th Powers Team USA to Comeback Win (March 15) – 292
W-42 Manny Machado, Team Dominican Republic – Incredible Defensive Plays Contribute to Shutout Win (March 16) – 224
W-43 Gregory Polanco/Nelson Cruz, Team Dominican Republic – Pair of Solo Home Runs Power Team Dominican Republic to 3-0 Win (March 16) – 179
W-44 Team Puerto Rico – 6-5 Win Over Team USA Clinches Semifinal Berth (March 17) – 221
W-45 Giancarlo Stanton, Team USA – 2-Run HR Puts USA Up for Good En Route to 6-3 Win (March 18)
W-46 Adam Jones, Team USA – HR-Robbing Catch Off Orioles Teammate Preserves Win (March 18)
W-47 Team USA – Win Over Team Dominican Republic Earns Semifinal Round Berth (March 18)


2017 Topps Now World Baseball Classic Team Sets

Sold separately for the teams reaching the WBC semi-finals, each set starts with ten cards. Additional cards are added for winning the semi-finals and the finals.

Team Japan

1 Tetsudo Yamada
2 Sho Nakata
3 Seiji Kobayashi
4 Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh
5 Hayato Sakamoto
6 Nobuhiro Matsuda
7 Shogo Akiyama
8 Ryosuke Kikuchi
9 Nori Aoki
10 Shintaro Fujinami

Team Netherlands

1 Xander Bogaerts
2 Jurickson Profar
3 Didi Gregorius
4 Andrelton Simmons
5 Wladimir Balentien
6 Jonathan Schoop
7 Yurendell de Caster
8 Randolph Oduber
9 Dashenko Ricardo
10 Jair Jurrjens

Team Puerto Rico

1 Carlos Correa
2 Francisco Lindor
3 Javier Baez
4 Carlos Beltran
5 Yadier Molina
6 Angel Pagan
7 Eddie Rosario
8 T.J. Rivera
9 Reymond Fuentes
10 Seth Lugo

Team USA

1 Adam Jones
2 Giancarlo Stanton
3 Christian Yelich
4 Nolan Arenado
5 Buster Posey
6 Ian Kinsler
7 Alex Bregman
8 Eric Hosmer
9 Brandon Crawford
10 Chris Archer

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