i know that topps now has received mixed reviews since it was introduced at the beginning of the 2016 season. i thought it was a good idea, and went all in on the dodgers (minus the relics and autos) after finding lower cost (but still same day) options on the secondary market. in 2017, i decided to take a more cautious approach and only go for cards that represented something significant or appealed to me in a more focused way.
so far, i've purchased a couple of singles from two of the 'road to spring training' sets for my memorial patch collection, as well as three dodger cards. i was once again holding out hope that vin scully would get a card when the dodgers added him to their ring of honor, but topps either chose not to or was legally unable to produce that card. after seeing scully in a couple of late 2016 topps sets, i thought there was a good chance, but it was not to be.
topps did put out a card for the unveiling of jackie robinson's statue outside the top of the park at dodger stadium
the other two cards i've purchased were the cody bellinger mlb debut card and the back-to-back-to-back home run card featuring yasiel puig, bellinger, and justin turner. the latter arrived just fine, but the seller from whom i purchased the bellinger debut card has yet to come through or respond to my inquiries. that is the potential danger in not buying directly from topps, i recognize, but even if i wind up with my $5.88 back i am not sure i will bother to spend a little more to get the card from another source. and, while i considered buying the clayton kershaw 2000th strikeout card, i think i will let topps now pass me by for the time being.
speaking of topps, i was looking at the recently released series 2 schedule, and got excited when i saw the all-star game mvp insert set! sadly, topps did not include two-time all-star game mvp steve garvey. they did include other two-time winners gary carter, cal ripken, and mike trout (with trout getting cards for each of his wins). willie mays and the garv were left on the cutting room floor which is very disappointing.