Every time baseball fans open a pack of cards, they search for the rookie cards.
Historically, these have been the most popular cards during a player’s career – and none are more exciting than their Topps rookie card. Topps has been creating an annual release of baseball cards since 1952 (with 1951 meant for playing a game) and have made rookie cards for so many amazing players including Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Eddie Mathews, Nolan Ryan, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, Ken Griffey Jr., Reggie Jackson, Dave Winfield, Derek Jeter, Mike Trout, Kris Bryant and so many more.
This year’s installment of Topps Baseball Series 1 has an impressive group of youngsters who get their rookie cards starting with 2017 Topps Baseball Series 1, which comes out on Feb. 1. The group of 30 players getting rookie cards in the first release of 2017 feature recent first-round draft picks, international stars and future stand outs.
Some of the bigger rookie cards in the set include Dansby Swanson (2015 No. 1 Draft Pick), Yoan Moncada (Cuban star), Alex Bregman (2015 No. 2 Draft Pick), Aaron Judge (2013 first-round pick), Andrew Benintendi (2015 first-round pick), and David Dahl (2012 first-round pick).
Of course, that doesn’t mean you can sleep on the other rookies. You just never know when a youngster is going to break out and become a huge star.
Players who were traded in the offseason (see: Moncada) are featured on a card with their original team. Rookie cards with their new teams will be in 2017 Topps Update Series Baseball, which comes out in October.
Here’s the full list of rookie cards in 2017 Topps Baseball Series 1:
• 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