Ronald Acuña Jr. will be this year's Topps No. 1 baseball card, completing his ascent to stardom
As the 2018 season drew to a close, teams jockeyed for spots in the postseason, players made their final cases for end-of-year awards and -- most importantly -- Topps opened fan voting to select which player would have the honor of being the No. 1 baseball card in their 2019 set.
Nineteen players were on the ballot, including recent winners (Aaron Judge, Kris Bryant and Mike Trout), established superstars (Mookie Betts and Bryce Harper) and rising stars (Juan Soto, Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuña Jr.). After leading the Braves to an NL East title and winning the NL Rookie of the Year Award, Acuña emerged victorious.
Based on the performances of players who have been Topps No. 1 in the past, Acuña should be in store for a smashing encore to his impressive rookie season. Like Trout (2014, 2016), this may not be the last time Acuña is Topps' No.1 card.