DC Sports Day

Nats’ Harper Among 2017 Topps #1 Card Nominees


Nationals fans now have the opportunity to help make one of their favorite players the face of baseball — or at least the face of Topps baseball cards, for 2017.

Bryce Harper is one of 16 players nominated by the card company to be its iconic #1 card in Series One in 2017. Voting on the Topps Blog (click here to vote) began this week and continues through Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 11:59 p.m. Fans will be able to either “retweet” or “like” a tweet assigned to each of the sixteen nominees which will count as a vote. Thousands of online votes poured in last year, with Mike Trout the eventual Card No. 1 winner.

Previous players to achieve this prestigious honor in consecutive years include 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).

Harper slashed .243/.373/.441 with 24 home runs in his age 23 season in 2016, after a breakout 2015 MVP season in which he went .330/.460/.649 with 42 dingers. He is a four-time All-Star and has 121 career home runs for the Nationals.

The list of 2017 Topps Baseball Card No. 1 nominees:

Adrian Beltre
Mookie Betts
Kris Bryant
Miguel Cabrera
Carlos Correa
Josh Donaldson
Bryce Harper
Clayton Kershaw
Francisco Lindor
Manny Machado
Yadier Molina
David Ortiz
Buster Posey
Gary Sanchez
Corey Seager
Mike Trout