Maybe it's the usual Series 2 spike, but I'm pleasantly surprised by the increase in quality, mostly in terms of the photography but just the effort in general, in this year's S2. So, while I was at Target, I honestly couldn't resist another helping of the stuff, this time in hanger box form.
Here we go:
357- Kelvin Herrera. Thanks to the lack of Ned Yost on the AL ASG managerial squad, I'm thinking he might not end up on the ASG team this year.
597- Kenta Maeda. Sophomore slump alert.
511- Devin Mesoraco. Has there been any player in the last decade who's been more consistently injury-prone than Devin Mesoraco?
612- ODUBEL HERRERA. He's all Philadelphia has!
627- Zach Putnam
411- Maikel Franco, ANOTHER Philadelphia hero...this one a ton more strikeout-prone.
607- Tyler Thornburg, the other piece of the Travis Shaw deal who still hasn't done anything this season.
486- Aroldis Chapman IN A YANKEE JERSEY. Yes, the image may have been a holdover from 2016, but I'm just happy to see the guy back in a Yankees uniform.
531- Nick Markakis
7 Sideways Dupes
451- Jharel Cotton RC. Not a great record this year, but he's still got promised.
662- JA Happ. This card is a friendly reminder that Topps needs to go back to full stats on the back next year.
524- James Loney on the Rangers...which never tangibly happened.
463- Jeff Samardzija. He's striking everybody out, but he's not winning any games.
408- Michael Conforto. Most Improved.
551- Matt Duffy, who still hasn't done anything this year.
465- CC Sabathia, still one of the best arms in the Bronx.
688- Mike Clevinger. I never would have thought that this guy would have the best pitching record of the defending champion Indians rotation.
416- Neil Walker
699- ICHIRO. Regardless of his 2017 stats, he's still one of the best.
563- Marwin Gonzalez
494- Tom Murphy
634- Danny Duffy, suddenly the ace in Kansas City.
623- Melvin Upton Jr. I forget what he's doing now.
374- Jim Johnson
407- Eduardo Escobar. Got his autograph. Wish he was having a better season.
502- Willson Contreras
544- LUIS SEVERINO. Glad to see this guy's FINALLY having a beautiful season.
656- Todd Frazier. His strikeouts are coming back to haunt him this year.
592- Kendall Graveman, who might have to be the ace in Oakland after Sonny Gray leaves.
487- Jose Ramirez, who's been phenomenal this year.
515- Nick Castellanos
513- Tony Kemp
495- ADAM JONES. Still one of the Orioles heroes.
690- Andres Blanco
667- Alex Cobb
4 more sideways dupes.
Legends insert of Willie McCovey. This is a weak insert set.
440- Eduardo Rodriguez GOLD #D TO 2017
'87 Topps insert of OZZIE SMITH. That's at least a nice one.
Memorable Moment of Babe Ruth...yeah, this one's not that much better than Legends.
Milestones insert of Miguel Cabrera.
An MLB NET card of PETER GAMMONS. Wow. Big mojo.
ALL-TIME ALL STARS of Pedro Martinez
All-Time All Stars of Brooks Robinson
HRD of 2008's victor Justin Morneau
HRD of 1987's victor ANDRE DAWSON
415- Pat Valaika
642- Renato Nunez
397- Stephen Cardullo
443- Dee Gordon
638- Luis Valbuena, meticulously photoshopped into an Angels uniform
491- Ryan Vogelsong. The guy's been DFA'd already after a disastrous Spring Training
381- Hunter Renfroe RC. Having a slightly less awesome 2016.
438- Robbie Ray and his tons of strikeouts
671- Joe Ross
577- Chris Tillman
691- Richard Bleier
439- Salvador Perez, best catcher in the AL
589- Ian Desmond, finally getting to good stuff in Colorado
673- Joe Panik
686- Luis Sardinas
488- Jake Odorizzi
Well, that was a nice enough hanger box, giving a ton of star base cards I didn't have yet.