Hello 2017 Topps Baseball

Topps recently released series one of their flagship product for 2017. This release celebrates the 30 year anniversary of 1987 Topps– One of my favorite Topps sets of all time.

Has it been 30 years already?

I was five years old when 1987 Topps came out. The memory of walking out of the card shop with a handful of wax packs in my hand is still fresh in my head– It’s a shame the packs still don’t have the 50 cent price tag…

Topps included a 1987 Design insert set this year, which comes on a thicker card stock with a glossy front and a foil stamped emblem.

A new design

Having always been partial to the classic white border design that Topps had used for so long, I still like this design. Although, I am struggling to differentiate a gold parallel and a base card. Maybe my eyes are not what they used to be, but a gold parallel is difficult to detect unless you are in the correct lighting.

The buybacks are back

Topps has been inserting stamped buybacks for a few years now. I know collectors loathe buybacks, but I love them. It gives me a reason to chase my late 1980’s and early 1990’s Minnesota Twins. When was the last time I chased a 1988 Topps Dan Gladden?

Check out what I was able to come up with in the break.


2017 will be the first time I will attempt to collect the full sets from all three Topps releases. As luck should have it, I was able to acquire the base remnants of a jumbo case break, so I have a great head start.

By BaseCardHero

Ryan is a baseball card dork and developer. He has been collecting cards since he was six starting with 1988 Score. Reigning from Minnesota, he is an avid Minnesota sports fan.