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2003 Topps Gonzalo Lopez 302 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Cards like this are when Topps first started fucking up the flagship set. The flagship set should basically serve as a kind of history book to the past season, while also priming the pump for the upcoming system. It’s one thing for the occasional #1 Draft Pick subset to make its way into the set occasionally. This was far worse.

If you don’t remember Gonzalo Lopez, there’s really no reason you should. His short injury riddled career never saw him rise above high A baseball. Now, he had some power and his stock as a prospect was rising, but he was nowhere near the big leagues. There was no place for this card in flagship. Isn’t this why clown sets like Bowman exist?

Of course, where fucking up the base set is concerned, Topps was just getting started.

2003 Topps Lopez 302a

2003 Topps Lopez 302b