Saturday, December 16, 2017

My Favorite Card of 2017

Topps Now #W-46 (March 18)
Adam Jones

Hey - we interrupt this normally 1988 Topps blog for a quick diversion.  P-Town Tom is graciously holding a little contest for bloggers to post their favorite card from 2017.  Follow the link if you'd like to play too!

I knew which card was my favorite as soon as he asked.  As an Orioles fan 2017 was pretty miserable, but back in March baseball fans were abuzz with the World Baseball Classic.  On March 18th Team U.S.A. were battling the Dominican Republic for a spot in the semifinals.  They had a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth when Manny Machado absolutely crushed a ball into the deepest part of the ballpark.  His Baltimore teammate Adam Jones, manning center field for the United States, streaked across the outfield and made a herculean running leap.  At full extension over the wall and in a sea of American flags, Jones robbed his teammate!  Two of my favorite O's, battling head to head!  Machado tipped his helmet, the fans went nuts.  U-S-A!  U-S-A!!!

I never bought a Topps Now card before, but as soon as I saw the email advertisement in my inbox the next morning I pulled the trigger.

I love this card.  It is the best of 2017.


  1. That is an awesome card! I have a small Adam Jones PC (maybe about 60 cards) and this is the best of them all. The image of Jones making the catch with the flags and different reactions of faces in background are perfect.

  2. Yeah - the guy in the black tshirt cracks me up.

  3. I love your description of the events that led up to Jones' catch. well done!