Topps is once again asking fans and collectors to decide which player should be card No. 1 in its 2017 Series One set.
The company has opened online voting from now through October 19 on its website or via Twitter. Participants can either “retweet” or “like” a tweet assigned to each of the 16 nominees which will count as a vote. Thousands of online votes poured in last year, with Mike Trout the eventual Card No. 1 winner.
“The first card is something of great importance to Topps Baseball each and every year.” said David Leiner, VP & General Manager of North American Sports and Entertainment for Topps. “We feel it is a great opportunity to include collectors and fans in creating the product by deciding who is most worthy of the number one card spot.”
This year, Trout will be vying to win the public vote once again and if he wins will join an elite list of players who have been featured as Card No. 1 in consecutive years including Ted Williams (1957-58), Hank Aaron (1973-76), Nolan Ryan (1990-92), Alex Rodriguez (2005-06 & 2008-09), and most recently Ryan Braun (2011-12).
The 2017 ballot includes familiar names from last year and some newcomers. Along with Trout, players in the final five voting from 2016 are on the list including Buster Posey, 2015 NL Rookie of the Year winner Kris Bryant, and 2015 AL & NL MVP’s Josh Donaldson and Bryce Harper.
New players on the balot include 2016 NL & AL Rookie of the Year candidates Corey Seager and Gary Sanchez, and 2016 AL MVP hopeful Mookie Betts.
List of 2017 Topps Baseball Card No. 1 nominees: