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TOPPS ALL-STAR ROOKIE TROPHY CARDS

Out of all the subsets put out by Topps over the years, the All-Star Rookie Trophy Card set is my favorite.  Since 1959, Topps has selected players for their annual All-Star Rookie Team.  The team usually consists of a player from every position, along with 2 pitchers (one right hander and one left hander).  With each card set  the following year, Topps would put a trophy symbol on that players card.  However, in 1974 and again in 1979 thru 1986, the trophy cup was left off.  During those years, a list of All-Star Rookies were still selected by Topps.  There were also some other deletions in other years in which there was a selection made, but Topps did not make any indication on the card.  This made for a very interesting collection for me.  Not only getting the cards with the trophy, but also making my set more complete by finding those players cards with out the trophy.      Smile 

NOTABLE NAMES !

As of 2008, this sub set contains 52 rookie cards (none since 1989), 15 Hall Of Famers (with future ones coming up), and out of the 15 HOFers, 5 of those cards are their rookie cards.  Here are a few names :  1960 Willie McCovey, 1963 Pete Rose, 1969 Johnny Bench, and 1982 and 1983 Cal Ripken (his cards did not have the trophy on them, and so far is the only player who made the list twice).


2005 Topps Rookie Cup card set       Frown

I was not happy when this set came out (at first), because I felt it would take away from the sub set in the regular issued set.  I was glad they did not continue it.  However; it did provide cards of some players that did not have the trophy on their card originally.  (Ripken, Ozzie Smith, Molitor, Strawberry, etc).

Than they came out with the 50th Anniversary inserts in 2008.  

The only cards, out of the above sets that I put in my collection are the cards of players who originally did not have the trophy on it.  By no means are they considered, to me, as part of the original collected sub set.