By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor
Not only does 2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball give collectors the sport’s first cards but it also offers the first Rookie Cards of some of last year’s late-debuting standouts. The list of 2017 Topps Baseball Rookie Cards includes a couple of high-profile draft picks and an international star who was traded in the offseason.
Headlining the 2017 Topps Series 1 Rookie Cards is Dansby Swanson, the first pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. He made his debut with the Atlanta Braves in August, 2016. He’s joined by 2015’s second pick, Alex Bregman.
Yoan Moncada is also among the thirty Rookie Cards in Series 1. While he’s pictured with the Boston Red Sox here, he’ll also be on the 2017 Topps Update Series checklist as a member of the Chicago White Sox. The Cuban star was a key piece in the offseason blockbuster trade that saw Chris Sale head to Boston. Moncada will likely have his first White Sox cards much earlier than Update, though.
Other rookies of note in 2017 Topps Series 1 include Jose De Leon, Andrew Benintendi, Alex Reyes and David Dahl.
Of course, in today’s hobby Rookie Cards aren’t always a player’s first or even best cards. Most usually make their debuts in Bowman products, including the popular Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs. That said, under traditional definitions, these are inserts.
Players are only eligible to be in MLB base sets once they’ve made the majors.
2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball releases on February 1.
2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball Rookie Cards
Orlando Arcia, Milwaukee Brewers
Tyler Austin, New York Yankees
Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
Matt Carasiti, Colorado Rockies
David Dahl, Colorado Rockies
Jose De Leon, Los Angeles Dodgers
Carson Fulmer, Chicago White Sox
Tyler Glasnow, Pittsburgh Pirates
Brian Goodwin, Washington Nationals
Robert Gsellman, New York Mets
Yulieski Gurriel, Houston Astros
Ryon Healy, Oakland Athletics
Teoscar Hernandez, Houston Astros
Jeff Hoffman, Colorado Rockies
JaCoby Jones, Detroit Tigers
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
Reynaldo Lopez, Washington Nationals
Seth Lugo, New York Mets
Yoan Moncada, Boston Red Sox
Joe Musgrove, Houston Astros
Chad Pinder, Oakland Athletics
Alex Reyes, St. Louis Cardinals
Braden Shipley, Arizona Diamondbacks
Matt Strahm, Kansas City Royals
Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves
Jake Thompson, Philadelphia Phillies
Luke Weaver, St. Louis Cardinals
Gabriel Ynoa, New York Mets
Topps has several more Rookie Card images posted on their blog.
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