2017 Topps Baseball Rookie Cards Include Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman



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.

2017 Topps Baseball Base 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 Baseball Base Josh Bell RC

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.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Kerry Orton 11 January, 2017 at 18:09

    I am looking forward to the Chrome version of this later in the fall. I made the mistake of buying 2016 Topps last February and did not leave enough in my money sock for the chrome!

  2. CJ 11 January, 2017 at 21:05

    “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.”

    Why even mention any of this? The Bowman cards spoken about here are MLB licensed pre-rookie cards. Just as good are the other pre-rookies that aren’t MLB licensed, like Elite. In any case, they’re pre-rookies and not rookies.

    • Ryan Cracknell 11 January, 2017 at 21:24

      I mentioned it because whenever Rookie Cards are mentioned now, Bowman and other prospect cards are usually brought up. People treat Rookies and prospects differently now, which is fine. But that distinction is made to hopefully offer a little clarity.

  3. CJ 11 January, 2017 at 21:29

    I understand, it’s just much easier to think of prospect cards as being “pre-rookie cards” as they don’t share the same properties as rookie cards.

    A number of other sites make this distinction, which makes sense!

  4. James Cusanelli 19 January, 2017 at 14:36

    Good afternoon, I am a collector of “RC” of Venezuelan baseball players, because there are players that debuted in the majors of the 2016 players like, William Cuevas with Boston, Edubray Ramos with Philadelphia, Omar Narvaez with the White Sox, Jose Rondon with San Diego, Vicente Campos with Arizona, Juan Graterol with Anaheim, Yohander Mendez with Texas, Jose Martinez with Cardinals, German Marquez with Colorado, Renato Nunez with Oakland, Carlos Asuaje with San Diego, Juniel Querecuto with Tampa Bay, Jose Torres with San Diego, Among others, it seems to me that they deserve their recognition of entering the select list of Rookie Card as the other players, must be fair for all, or do not have enough employees photographers to do a complete job ???

  5. David McNeal 25 March, 2017 at 16:04

    I try to collect one card for each player that has played in the majors. Last year over 200 players made their debut. I am disappointed that Topps only included 30 of those in series one. I wish they could produce other sets like the 2006 and 2007 Topps 52. I think that Casey Fien, Nick Vincent, Mike Tonkin, Xavier Cedeno, Dan Otero etc. deserve to be on a card.

  6. Eric 30 March, 2019 at 11:15

    I have a buddy who has Topps 2017 series 1 and 2 the complete set unopened. He seems to think he can sell them like that for a profit. I tried explaining that not every box contains the same inserts exc… I suggested he open them and pull out the RC’s and inserts but he’s thinks once opened they decrease in value. Anyone have any suggestions I can give him to help ease his mind. Or am I completely wrong??

    • Ryan Cracknell 1 April, 2019 at 17:42

      @Eric – It sounds like what your friend has is a factory set. In that instance, everything is pretty much the same. Some of the versions have different exclusives.

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