If on July 1 you told Mets fans that they would be talking MVP candidate, Yoenis Cespedes would have been far from the conversation. However as the Magic Number turned to six, the whisperings of the Mets outfield star and free-agent-to-be are still around, although his most recent slump probably as silenced much of the talk. He can still be tops with the fans though.
On Wednesday Topps announced that for the first time ever the collectible card giant will let the fans participate in the voting for the player who will take the Number One card in 2016. Like All-Star, the popularity will probably reign supreme amongst the digital savvy fans, but there is the former Tiger on the ballot, along with Jacob deGrom and the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka and, amazingly, Alex Rodriguez. The ballot, available at Topps.com and on their Facebook page, also has a write-in spot for players missed, although with the wide scope of names it seems like talent and popularity will reign supreme.
The voting for the first round will conclude on October 4, giving fans 10 days to vote and pare down the official list to just five players. The Final Five Vote will take place from October 5-11, and the winner will be announced on October 12 on the Topps Blog.
“Being featured on Card No. 1 in the Topps Baseball flagship has been an honor Topps has been able to bestow on baseball players for over 60 years,” said Clay Luraschi, Topps’ Vice President of Product Development in a release. “We have featured stars such as Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Bryce Harper and Derek Jeter. It’s a coveted spot and we wanted our collectors to be involved in that decision.”
Cynical Mets fans will probably wonder where their star will actually be when that card is unveiled next spring. Most hope for Flushing, but could he wander across the City? For now, they just hope he and the team are number one in a few weeks.