NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino on Thursday announced proposed rules changes for the 2017 season (via ProFootballTalk). The most surprising new rule would be that all penalties, including ones that were unreviewable in the past, could be challenged.
MLB Network host cards: Pretty self-explanatory. Now in a partnership with MLB Network, Topps has produced cards of various MLB Network personalities, analysts and hosts, include former players Harold Reynolds and John Smoltz, current studio hosts Greg Amsinger and Lauren Shehadi, and more.
Topps is expanding its First Pitch lineup, which features action shots of celebrity first pitches at ballgames. The celebrities featured include WIlliam Shatner, Joan Jett and Lou Ferrigno. (Sorry, 50 Cent.)
Topps has also reintroduced the Material Relic cards, which include pieces from specific player uniforms. A card is previewed below.
This year’s No. 1 card is Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, who was selected by the fans in just the second year of the Vote for No. 1 Card contest. Last year, Angels outfielder Mike Trout took home the No. 1 card honors.
In a business that’s as straight forward as baseball cards, Topps has done an excellent job of producing fresh looks to keep fans, collectors and others interested in the hobby.
Below are previews from Series 1 of the 2017 catalog.