Wednesday, June 20, 2018

When Does the Future Become the Present?

Series Two includes an insert set called "Future Stars."  One should assume that the players are rookies and prospects.

But with Topps, never assume.

The Future Stars set includes four Cubs:

Javier Baez has been in the majors since 2014 and has played in 434 games

Addison Russell has been in the majors since 2015 and has played in 466 games.

Kyle Schwarber has been in the majors since 2015 and has played in 261 games.

Can we all agree that they are either stars by now or won't ever be one?  The future is past.

One Cub would more accurately fit the bill of a future star:


  1. When the colorful "Future Stars" banner debuted in 1987, it was always assigned to guys who were still considered rookies. When they revived the phrase a few years ago, Topps dropped that requirement. I am not a fan of the way it is currently being used.

    JT, The Writer's Journey

  2. I completely agree with you and JT. I like the way it was done before.
    I'm surprised Bryce Harper didn't get the treatment of Future Star. He is only 25 years old, which is the same age as Baez and Schwarber.

  3. At least Topps acknowledges Kris Bryant can no longer be considered a Future Star...though I'm surprised they didn't jump at the chance to print yet another Bryant card.

  4. Wow that's ridiculous. There ought to be a maximum number of games or seasons played - no one who debuted before 2016 should count as a 'future' star.

  5. 466 games & Future Stars? Prime example of cardfoolery.

  6. Yeah, more Topps stupidity. It is a nice shot of Schwarber though.