Last week, John from California found a Nolan Ryan reprint in some packs of 2017 Topps Series 1 baseball cards that he’d opened, and he offered to send it my way.
Ryan is the only Met featured in a 10-card “Rediscover Topps” promo set. The fronts are reprints of classic Topps cards of some of the game’s biggest stars of the past and present, ranging from Jackie Robinson to Mike Trout. The backs talk about Topps’ traditional baseball cards available at retail and hobby shops, Topps Bunt digital baseball cards and Topps Now cards available for 24 hours only at Topps.com.
Earlier this week, Major League Baseball celebrated the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s Major League debut. The Mets showed off the Jackie Robinson Rotunda at the still-under-construction CitiField and held pre-game ceremonies.
They also had every player, coach and manager Willie Randolph wear number 42 on their jersey. All the Washington Nationals wore number 42 as well. (I assume that every other team did the same thing, but I only watched the Mets game.)
Paying tribute to Jackie Robinson is a nice idea, but I think Bud Selig and the powers that be have forgotten why the players wear uniform numbers. It’s so the the fans can tell who’s out there on the field.
Hopefully they can come up with a different idea before next April 15.