I have been counting down predominately using serial numbers or card numbers.
Today would be the 17th day before Opening Day. I am certainly excited for that.
I am more excited to announce that in 23 days I am heading west for the Pirates home opener vs the Reds.
Here is a 1/1 card from 2010 Triple Threads highlighting 6 players that Topps thought would be Perennial All-Stars in the National League.
The players depicted on the card is a who's who of upcoming outfielders patrolling the National League at the time.
Justin Upton has been a 4x All-Star (2009, 2011, 2015, and 2017).
Ryan Braun leads the group with 6 All-Star appearances, but some of those numbers may be tainted as we later learned. From 2008-2012 he was an All-Star. He also represented the Brewers in 2015.
Hunter Pence had a comeback season last year and made his 4th All-Star appearance joining his resume for the 2009, 2011, and 2014 seasons.
Matt Kemp (who,was robbed of the 2011 MVP) was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012 and had a resurgent year in 2018 giving him 3 total All-Star Games.
Cutch represented the Pirates in 2011-2015 making 5 All-Star games and finishing in the top 5 for MVP in 2012 through 2015. He won a player of month award in June 2017 and had better numbers than Josh Harrison at the time of the All-Star Game, but Cubs manager who was representing the National League liked Josh Harrison's versatility for the exhibition game more.
Jason Heyward had an incredible rookie season in 2010. He hasn't made an All-Star game since.