If I haven't already gotten sick of Series 1 from all the blog posts before I can find a jumbo pack, I've made it a point to buy one for my own enjoyment each year. This year, I did just that and actually got two jumbos. Here's the first, and my thoughts on 2017 Series 1.
Overall, the 2017 base set is a take-it-or-leave-it set. I didn't like the fog in 2016, and I don't like it this year. One small thing that I wish Topps would change would be a distinct design, or at least something a little more unique, for subset cards. League Leaders, team cards, and checklists don't stand out when quickly skimming through the cards. 1989 Topps, for example, used the same team name design, with the scripted team name in team colors, but used a foggy border and a little less design on the front. All-Star cards (whatever happened to the Topps All-Star Team?) again used the same script design, but with a different layout and solid-color backgrounds.
I'm a little more intrigued by the insert offerings than in the past. I could get the 1987 set, I will get the First Pitch set, 5-Tool might be mine at the right price. I saw MLB Network cards on Cardboard Connection, and if they're affordable that makes a good oddball set to get. Topps Salute is another large set that I might buy if it's cheap. Why did Topps do so many large insert sets this year? There's something like 660 cards for a non-hit master set. 1987, 5-Tool, and Salute combine for 250 cards. I'll be waiting for a good deal later in the year.