A former Salmon River athlete who moved on to set the NCAA Division I career scoring mark and now plays professional lacrosse is featured on a 2017 Topps trading card.
Lyle Thompson, who made the Times All-North first team in lacrosse as a freshman at Salmon River High School, appears on card No. 250 in Topps’ Allen and Ginter set, a 350-card set that was released on July 19 and is available at retail stores like Target and Walmart.
The card features Thompson in his uniform for the Georgia Swarm, the National Lacrosse League team for which he plays. The Swarm won the NLL championship in June and Thompson was named the league’s most valuable player.
The back of the card recognizes his record-setting career at the University of Albany, where he set the NCAA mark for career points (400) and assists (125). It also mentions his two straight Tewaaraton awards. The award honors the NCAA lacrosse player of the year. Thompson won the honor in 2014 with his brother Miles, also a former Salmon River athlete. Thompson repeated the honor in 2015.
He attended Salmon River in eighth and ninth grade before moving and attending LaFayette High School near Syracuse for his sophomore and junior years. He transferred to Salmon River for his senior season in 2010-11.
Thompson, an attackman known for his flashy, spectacular style on the field, won NLL rookie of the year honors in 2016 with Georgia Swarm. He is now playing for the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse. MLL’s season runs from April to August. Drafted by the MLL’s Florida Launch in 2015, Thompson was traded, along with his brother Jeremy, to Chesapeake in March.
Topps’ Allen and Ginter brand is one of its most popular lines of annual products. The set, launched in 2006, pays tribute to the landmark 1887 cigarette card set, a 50-card issue that included baseball players, but also boxers, wrestlers, rowers and wild west figures like Wild Bill Cody and Annie Oakley. Considered the first full-color card set, Allen and Ginter, a tobacco company, billed itself as featuring “The World’s Champions.”
The modern set mimics the 19th century set in style and also features baseball players and other sports figures, as well as actors, inventors and even tourist spots, such as the Grand Canyon and the Empire State Building.