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Not Bad for $0.35…Ripken and Chipper Short-Prints? Excellent!!!

on February 8th, 2015 by James B. Anama

One of my goals this year is to try and clear out the extra cards that are sitting in boxes in my basement. They don’t count as part of my actual collection, and I am not counting them as part of the Card Census I’m working on to manage my collection.

And while I still have yet to find any 2015 Topps cards (I will make a trip to a Target near church…), I did finally open the 35 packs of 2013 Topps Update Series that I bought at the Dollar Tree.

Now these cards consist of 5 base cards. No inserts, no relics, no autographs. Just five cards. And with my luck, I wasn’t expecting much in terms of quality hits. I mean, after all, I already have all 330 cards of the base set. What could I possibly get out of these packs?

Turns out…something.

As you may know, Topps inserted a lot…really…a lot of short-printed variation cards in the Update Series. Many of them were of the All-Star Game variety, featuring star players from All-Star Games past. Some were even super-short printed.

Now, I am not sure if I mentioned that in previous pack purchases that I did get a short print:



2013 Topps Update Series Mariano Rivera #US313b

Tonight, after opening 35 packs of 2013 Topps Update cards, I now have in my hands:

2013 Topps Update Series Chipper Jones #US53b

2013 Topps Update Series Cal Ripken Jr. #US216b

Neither are of the super-short print variety, nor is the Rivera from before, but they are SP’s nonetheless.
I am looking to sell these babies as I have decided not to collect them. Although they are short-prints, and they are of retired All-Stars, to me, these are not even akin to the 2009-2012 short printed cards of the CMG players from 2009 through the Hall of Fame 5 from 2012 Topps Series 2.

So here is my call to sell. I’ll start with this blog post, and then Twitter and Facebook to see if I can gauge some interest. I’m thinking at least $7.50-$10.00 per card would be a good starting point. If after a couple of days, I get no decent responses from either site, I’ll throw them on the Bay.

Wish me luck.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

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I’m Sorry, The Jeter Card Sold for HOW MUCH??!

on February 5th, 2015 by James B. Anama

Still upset that my local big box store did not have any 2015 Topps Series 1 packs out, I drowned my sorrows at the Dollar Tree to find that, even though I thought it ended, the store was still selling certain packs for a penny.So I got myself 35 5-car…

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2015 Topps Series 1 is Live…and I Missed It??!

on February 4th, 2015 by James B. Anama

Kidding. But I wish I was able to participate in the festivities!!!I know 2015 Topps S1 is live. I’ve seen videos (from Keith Olbermann to Topps case breaks). I’ve seen Facebook posts of people breaking open packs, blasters, boxes, cases, etc. and show…

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RIP Ernie Banks 1931-2015

on January 23rd, 2015 by James B. Anama

Just saw the news tonight. Ernie Banks passed away today at the age of 83 years old (he would have turned 84 at the end of January).No, I never saw him play. I don’t own an actual card of his during his playing days (from 1953-1971). But for as long as…

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The 2015 Topps Series 1 Checklist is Now Live!

on January 20th, 2015 by James B. Anama

As they promised last week, Topps has released the 2015 Topps Baseball Series 1 Checklist.Before we get to the guts of the list, they also posted one more picture:These are the rainbow foil parallels. Now I don’t collect parallels, and some took to the…

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A Long Overdue Update to the Sports Card Blogroll.

on January 19th, 2015 by James B. Anama

It’s been too long since I last did this, and I feel really bad for letting things get this bad at the Sports Card Blogroll. But it’s about time I clean it up and remove the blogs that haven’t been posting for the last six months or more (I think I saw…

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I’ve Lost Count of How Many Cards I Own!!! Time for a Card Census!!!

on January 18th, 2015 by James B. Anama

I am a very proud Topps Baseball Card Collector. (If you’ve heard me spew out the resumé, bear with me please).

I own every base and traded Topps baseball card from 1976 through 2014 Topps Update Series. I also own many assorted sets, including:

  • 1983-1990 Topps All-Star Glossy Send-in Sets
  • 1984-1991 Topps All-Star Glossy Sets
  • 1984-1991 Topps All-Star Glossy Rookie Sets
  • 1984-1986 Topps Super
  • 1986-1990 Topps Mini Leaders
  • 1988-1990 Topps Big
  • 1990-1992 Topps Major League Debut
  • 1995 Topps D3
  • 1997 Topps Screenplays
  • 2001 Topps Archives
  • 2002 Topps Archives: The Best Years
  • 2003 Topps Shoebox Collection
  • 2003-2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites
  • 2001-2002 Topps 206 (Series 1-3)
  • 2002-2003 Topps 205 (Series 1-2)
  • 2003 Topps Cracker Jack
  • 2004 Topps Cracker Jack
  • 2005 Topps Hot Button
  • 2005 Topps Rookie Cup
  • 2005-2006 Topps Turkey Red
  • 2006-2014 Topps Allen & Ginter’s
  • 2006-2014 Topps Retail Team Sets (all 30 sets from 2006, 32 since 2011)
  • 2007 Topps Turkey Red
  • 2009-2010 Topps 206
  • 2010 Topps National Chicle
  • 2010-2014 Topps Pro Debut
  • 2011-2014 Topps Gypsy Queen
  • 2012-2013 Topps Archives

I also am the proud owner of many complete insert sets that were included with Topps eponymous baseball card sets. Now, inserts have been around forever, but they really began to take prominence after the strike in 1994. I have most, if not all, of the insert sets from 1996 through 2014, and those I do not have complete cards of, I am or will be working on soon, like the

  • 2014 Topps All-Star Access
  • 2014 Topps Future Stars that Never Were
  • 2010 Blue Backs
  • 2003 Topps Nolan Ryan No Hitter Record Breakers
  • 2005 Topps Barry Bonds MVP
  • 2010-2011 Topps Legends Short-prints
  • see the want lists on the right-hand side for more

Now I have a problem.

I used to have a spreadsheet that kept track of the number of cards I have in my collection.

I have now lost that spreadsheet. I don’t know why, I don’t know how, but all I know is that it is lost, and I can’t find it.

So there is only one thing left to do:  Start the count from scratch.

Which actually may be a good thing. Why?

Because since I started the new job, I have not really spent time in the basement where my collection is. Now forget the fact that I didn’t really put much time into the blog in 2014 because of the new gig, but my collection seemed to have been ignored.

Not anymore.

I am re-setting the official count of my collection to ZERO, and am going to spend 2015 not only increasing my ever growing collection, but I’m going to take a count of the number of cards I have and, more specifically, WHAT cards I actually have.

Now, this total won’t count the cards that are in boxes that I would like to use to trade, sell, give away, etc. This is for the cards that I consider a part of my collection.

I’ll probably go down the line, album by album and take a headcount. And on the way, we’ll know for sure exactly what I have in my collection. I don’t plan on taking all year to do this, hopefully a couple of months (when I have some free time). I’ll post updated numbers on the blog.

So let’s set the number of cards at zero…

And let’s get to work.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

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Black and Gold, Black and Gold

on January 15th, 2015 by James B. Anama

I am reminded about one of the songs my daughter and her dance troupe performed to at either a competition or a recital a few years ago. It’s a song by some guy named Sam Sparro called Black and Gold.It’s one of those songs that as a parent I have to t…

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Let the Countdown Commence!!!

on January 13th, 2015 by James B. Anama

According to Topps’ Facebook page (and probably on Twitter, I haven’t checked), 2015 Topps Series 1 goes live on February 4. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2015!!!And to whet the appetites of the curious (and to show that they’re not kidding around…feast you…

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This Blog Is Still Relevant…And I Have Proof!!!

on January 8th, 2015 by James B. Anama

On the twitterverse today (you can still follow me @bdj610), former Beckett employee, current Topps employee, and Sports Card Blogroll Hall of Famer Sooz (@yanxchick, you might want to follow her as well) wrote:Once again, it’s nothing new. Chris, when…

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Responding to an Anonymous Commenter: "Eponymous"

on January 7th, 2015 by James B. Anama

I’ve used the word “eponymous” for years on this humble, little blog, when it comes to talking about Topps’ regular baseball card sets. Because there really is no “brand” name for the baseball cards I collect, is there?

I mean, there are products out there like Topps Allen & Ginter’s, Topps Gypsy Queen, Topps Triple Threads, Topps Archives, and so forth, and so on.

But what do you call Topps regular baseball card set? Is it Topps Baseball? Do you call it Topps Baseball Series 1? Like I’m hoping many of you do, I just call them Topps cards. I could be more specific, but I think to almost 99% of the non-card-collecting world, when I say Topps, baseball cards are most likely the image people have. And many times, when referring to the most basic of card sets, the cards that many of us collect, I write “the eponymous Topps set”

So here comes a comment I received the other day from this post…again from an anonymous poster:

Maybe use ‘flagship’ or ‘base’ instead of ‘eponymous’ since ‘eponymous’ doesn’t really mean unnamed. Examples of eponyms include ‘Rosanne’ TV show, named after Rosanne Barr, or the first Van Halen album, named after the band Van Halen.

Now I’m confused. “Eponymous doesn’t really mean unnamed?” I didn’t think I was un-naming the cards, I thought I was giving it an adjective to describe the kinds of cards I’m talking about here.

So I looked it up.

Ep·onym (n) ˈe-pə-ˌnim: one for whom or which something is or is believed to be named
Epon·y·mous (adj) i-ˈpä-nə-məs, e-: of, relating to, or being the person or thing for whom or which something is named : of, relating to, or being an eponym

Example: “Cool Britannia,” which goes back to Ben and Jerry’s eponymous ice cream in Spring 1996, met its sell-by-date within weeks …

It would probably be correct if I said Topps’ eponymous baseball cards in this case. But is it grammatically correct to say “eponymous Topps set?”

I know I’m not a professional writer, and many of my English teachers will tell you that I’m not really that great a wordsmith. But have I really been using the word “eponymous” incorrectly all these years? Can somebody tell me?

If I have indeed been using the word in the wrong context, I apologize for my slight. But I’ve used the word too much on here. Now I have the urge to go back to the 167 posts I have written on this blog that has the word “eponymous” entered at least once.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

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My Wallet Card for 2015 #WalletCard @breakdowncards

on January 7th, 2015 by James B. Anama

On January 2, defgav, the guy who runs the Baseball Card Breakdown blog brought up a, well, not so necessarily new concept for collectors to do in 2015, but it’s something that has gotten many of the Hobby Blogging Community together on their sites and on Twitter (I’m at @bdj610 if you want to follow) abuzz.

The concept: Wallet Cards.

This isn’t something new. Bob Costas has been known for carrying a Mickey Mantle card in his wallet wherever he goes. By now, unless he’s replaced it over the years (and I’ve heard people have been giving him copies of that card) it has to be damaged to smithereens.

For the life of me, I can’t remember for the life of me who did this, but somebody took a stack of cards, and carried them with him in his pocket for a full year, and then compared what they looked like at the beginning of the experiment to the end (the results weren’t pretty).

UPDATE: Thank you to J. Meeks, the guy who runs My Cardboard Habit. It looks like Mark Aubrey, the guy who ran Mark’s Ephemera (he’s on a break right now…) was the one who pondered,

What if I took 20 sports cards and treated them like I might have when I was in elementary school for the summer?

The results are here. Viewer’s discretion is advised (if looking at this stuff will make you wince).

Now, this is what the guy at BCB proposed:

“The idea is to pick a junk dupe of a card you like (but are willing to “sacrifice”) and carry it around in your wallet for a full year, occasionally taking pictures of it on your travels or wherever, and share them on your blog. Sort of like the Cards in Odd Places feature I’ve done a couple times.

“It should be a card that makes you smile every time you see it, since you’ll probably be seeing a lot of it. If size/weight is a concern, consider choosing a mini.”

Now when I worked for my previous employers, I was given a badge and a lanyard with one of those electronic key things to hang around my neck. Now, because the badge would always twirl, I thought it would be a good idea to put a baseball card behind my badge. Just for fun. I learned that I couldn’t fit a regular 2½ by 3½ card in the plastic pocket that held the badge and key, so I picked a mini card from Allen & Ginter’s…specifically:

Okay, imagine the mini version of this card in a mini card penny sleeve and top-loader, and you get the idea.

After one year or so of that, I had this card behind my badge until they closed the place:

Now, while both cards were protected from being folded, wear, or Dinged Corners (I miss Patricia and Lucy), the holder did collect a lot of dust, crumbs (I worked for a food company), and other foreign objects. The cards did get hit and if one were to look closely at the cards themselves (not the pictures above), you could see tiny divots where the some of these things stuck. Eww.

So back to the point. What card can I put in my wallet for an entire year, and then occasionally take a picture of it to share on this humble, little blog?

It is supposed to make me smile when I see it (because supposedly, I’d be seeing it a lot). Should I use an older card from the junk wax era? Should it be a more modern card with the new card stock? Decisions, decisions.

If I could, I’d try and find that Sparky Anderson card from 1988 Topps that’s so worn out it looks like it was placed in a wallet for decades.

Sorry Sparky. (Note that this is not the actual card…the real card is buried…I think, in a box in the basement).

Should it be a mini card like the Lincoln or the Philippines flag? I don’t know, unless I have the top loader, I’d rather not.

Should I even use, gasp, a card from another company?

I know that the card I’m going to stick in my wallet will have to be of a Cub. But which one? Should I go with “childhood” (Sandberg, Grace, Dawson), or “adult” (Lee, Ramirez, Wood), or current (Castro, Rizzo)?

I got it. Let me find it.

Perfect.

While I didn’t find the card of the player I wanted, I did find a good one here.

I’ll have the “Hawk” hang out in my wallet in 2015. The 1992 Topps Andre Dawson #460 card will do just fine. This is the actual card.

So what I’ll do is at least once a month, I will take a scan of the card, and compare it to the image above and see how it survives being carried around in my wallet. Hey, it looks nice. Now. At the end of the year? We’ll see.

Count me in for the Wallet Card game in 2015.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

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Hallbound…2015!!!

on January 6th, 2015 by James B. Anama

The votes are in…Randy Johnson 534 (97.3%);Pedro Martinez 500 (91.1%);John Smoltz 455 (82.9%);Craig Biggio 454 (82.7%);Mike Piazza 384 (69.9%);Jeff Bagwell 306 (55.7%);Tim Raines 302 (55.0%);Curt Schilling 215 (39.2%);Roger Clemens 206 (37.5%);Barry …

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This is It! The Hall of Fame Announcement is Today.

on January 6th, 2015 by James B. Anama

When the announcement is made today at 01:00 PM CST on Tuesday, January 6, 2014, to let the world know who has been inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame, I will be at work. But I’ll still have the MLB Network on to watch the results live.Wit…

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RIP Stuart Scott 1965-2015

on January 4th, 2015 by James B. Anama

It was just before 10:00 CST this morning, and I was sitting at the social hall of our church when I first saw the news that Stuart Scott, who appeared on many of ESPN’s shows, from SportsCenter to the NFL and NBA pre-game festivities, passed away. He …

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You Know That Penny Per Pack Thing I Talked About at the Dollar Tree???

on January 3rd, 2015 by James B. Anama

It’s over.If you recall, my Christmas present from my son was a five-card pack of 2013 Topps Series 1 that he bought for a penny. I’ve given him some ribbing since that he could have made an effort to buy more…especially since he was budgeted a dolla…

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2015 Is Here…2015 Topps Series 1 Comes Soon…

on January 1st, 2015 by James B. Anama

The year 2015 is now ten hours young in Chicago. Last night, my family and I were at a New Year’s Eve party hosted by the family of one of my daughter’s long-time friends. They’re really nice people, and the food was rather good. It wasn’t a sit-d…

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My Christmas Gifts…So Far

on December 25th, 2014 by James B. Anama

At my age, I really don’t ask for much when it comes to Christmas gifts (if at all…nobody asks). Anything will do for me now. In the last few years, however, I’ve had to re-think that philosophy.A couple of years ago, I received a Magic 8-Ball for Ch…

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It’s Christmas Time Again…Fa La La La La

on December 24th, 2014 by James B. Anama

‘Twas the day before Christmas, and I shut down my work computer, I look around the house and notice that it’s been a bit of a subdued celebration. It wasn’t long ago that the kids wanted toys and games under the tree. This year, “just give us gift car…

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Hey, Did I Mention That the Sell Sheets for 2015 Topps Series 2 Were Live? I Didn’t?

on December 18th, 2014 by James B. Anama

So it’s been a busy month, well it’s been a busy year for me. The Hobby and this humble, little blog took a bit of a backseat as other things took priority. But apparently in the madness of it all, Topps released images of the sell sheet…

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RIP Sy Berger 1923-2014

on December 14th, 2014 by James B. Anama

Sy Berger, the Father of the Modern Baseball CardJust saw the news today that Sy Berger passed away.He started with the Topps Company long before they created baseball cards. It was he who was tasked by the Shorin brothers to develop the company’s firs…

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Responding to an Anonymous Commenter: "The Need to Scale Back."

on December 12th, 2014 by James B. Anama

Okay, so I haven’t posted since Thanksgiving. And there has been so much happening in MLB that is going to rock the Hobby in 2015 with the Winter Meetings over.But when I was clearing out some emails the other day, I caught this one that really made me…

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What I AM Thankful For in 2014.

on November 27th, 2014 by James B. Anama

This is going to be the fifth Thanksgiving post I’ve written on this humble, little blog, something that I started back in 2008. I may have skipped a couple of years, but it’s something I look forward to writing (when it’s not about baseball, or baseba…

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2014 Topps All-Star Rookie Team Contest Winners!!!

on November 26th, 2014 by James B. Anama

Now that the 2014 Topps All-Star Rookie Team has been announced, I have spent the good part of the morning going over all the e-mails I received, seeing who outguessed me in the All-Star Rookie Team contest.Even with the unanimous picks of Jose Ab…

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Introducing the 2014 Topps All-Star Rookie Team!!!

on November 15th, 2014 by James B. Anama

The MLB managers have spoken, and today, Topps has announced the players named to the 55th All-Star Rookie Team!!! (If the player’s name is in bold, it means I predicted that they would make the team earlier this month).1B: Jose Abreu, CWS (145 G, 0.31…

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Introducing Your 2014 MLB Most Valuable Players – West Coast Winners

on November 14th, 2014 by James B. Anama

In recent years, Topps has reserved six cards within Series 1 for the AL and NL award winners that are being announced this week. Once again, however, this year’s preliminary checklist doesn’t specify what numbers are being held for the them. But yest…

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Introducing Your 2014 MLB Cy Young Award Winners – Unanimous in the NL, No Longer Anonymous in the AL

on November 13th, 2014 by James B. Anama

In recent years, Topps has reserved six cards within Series 1 for the AL and NL award winners that are being announced this week. Once again, however, this year’s preliminary checklist doesn’t specify what numbers are being held for the them. But yest…

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To The Men and Women Who Serve in the United States Armed Forces 11-11-14

on November 11th, 2014 by James B. Anama

This was written four years ago, but the sentiments remain the same.November 11, 1919: President Wilson proclaims the first Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in …

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Introducing Your 2014 MLB Rookies of the Year – Little to No Doubt Who Was Going to Win

on November 11th, 2014 by James B. Anama

In recent years, Topps has reserved six cards within Series 1 for the AL and NL award winners that are being announced this week. Once again, however, this year’s preliminary checklist doesn’t specify what numbers are being held for the them.  But…

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Who Will Be Named to Topps 2014 All-Star Rookie Team?

on November 7th, 2014 by James B. Anama

The contest deadline has past and I am no longer taking any entries for the big All-Star Rookie Team contest. I thank everyone who took time to participate. There were a lot of interesting choices amongst the field of participants, so I am wishing myse…

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As Today is November 2, 2014

on November 2nd, 2014 by James B. Anama

November 2 is traditionally All Souls Day. It is the day where we celebrate the lives of family and friends who have passed away. Many will go to cemeteries and pray, some may even picnic on the grounds. It is not really a day of mourning, but a day of…

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Betances, Kemp Win 1st Ever HBC Final Man Roster Spots

on November 1st, 2014 by James B. Anama

After I posted my End-of-the-Year All-Star Teams last month, I gave whatever readers I have left the opportunity to vote one of the players I had to leave off onto the teams. Called the “HBC (Hobby Blogging Community’s) Final Man,” I picked five player…

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And Just Like That…The Season is Over!!!

on October 29th, 2014 by James B. Anama

Your 2014 World Series MVP, Madison Bumgarner!!!For two teams that were not supposed to be here when the World Series started, it proved to be one great series. Two shutouts, three blowouts, and two 3-2 games later, the San Francisco Giants win their t…

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Contest Involving 2014 Topps All-Star Rookie Team!!!

on October 19th, 2014 by James B. Anama

It is time once again start the one contest that I hold on this humble, little blog every year. It is a contest of a very high magnitude (for me anyway).Last night, my annual post on “Meeting the Possible Candidates for the 2014 Topps All-Star Rookie T…

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Meet the Possible Contenders for the 2014 Topps All-Star Rookie Team

on October 18th, 2014 by James B. Anama

Okay, the season is more than two weeks over, and the World Series will begin next Tuesday (if you had the Royals and Giants in your World Series pool, you were right…AND YOU’RE LYING!!!). What better time than now to discuss the Top Rookies of 2014?

Why?

Because these are the guys that are going to be strong contenders for the 2014 Topps All-Star Rookie Team, that’s why.

Anyway, perusing the MLB website, they have added a set of statistics in a section called the Top Rookie Tracker. This section features just a handful of the players MLB believes are contenders for either League’s Rookie of the Year. And believe it or not, the players on the list they have provided stats for well represent each of the positions Topps uses for their Rookie All-Star team (1b, 2b, 3b, ss, three outfield, c, rhp, lhp, and relief pitcher…ahem…will explain this in a minute). So below is a list of potential nominees that the 30 MLB managers will see when they cast their votes for the 2014 Topps All-Star Rookie Team. The stats are as of the end of the 2014 regular season:

First Basemen:
Jose Abreu, CWS (145 G, 0.317, 36 HR, 107 RBI, 0.964 OPS, 3 SB)
Eric Campbell, NYM (85 G, 0.263, 3 HR, 16 RBI, 0.68 OPS, 3 SB)
C. J. Cron, LAA (79 G, 0.256, 11 HR, 37 RBI, 0.739 OPS, 0 SB)
Tommy Medica, SD (102 G, 0.233, 9 HR, 27 RBI, 0.694 OPS, 6 SB)
Jon Singleton, HOU (95 G, 0.168, 13 HR, 44 RBI, 0.62 OPS, 2 SB)
Kennys Vargas, MIN (53 G, 0.274, 9 HR, 38 RBI, 0.772 OPS, 0 SB)

Second Basemen:
Tommy La Stella, ATL (93 G, 0.251, 1 HR, 31 RBI, 0.644 OPS, 2 SB)
Kristopher Negron, CIN (49 G, 0.271, 6 HR, 17 RBI, 0.81 OPS, 5 SB)
Rougned Odor, TEX (114 G, 0.259, 9 HR, 48 RBI, 0.698 OPS, 4 SB)
Joe Panik, SF (73 G, 0.305, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 0.711 OPS, 0 SB)
Jonathan Schoop, BAL (137 G, 0.209, 16 HR, 45 RBI, 0.598 OPS, 2 SB)
Kolten Wong, STL (113 G, 0.249, 12 HR, 42 RBI, 0.68 OPS, 20 SB)

Third Basemen:
Nick Castellanos, DET (148 G, 0.259, 11 HR, 66 RBI, 0.7 OPS, 2 SB)
Brock Holt, BOS (106 G, 0.281, 4 HR, 29 RBI, 0.711 OPS, 12 SB)
Mike Olt, CHC (89 G, 0.160, 12 HR, 33 RBI, 0.604 OPS, 0 SB)
Marcus Semien, CWS (64 G, 0.234, 6 HR, 28 RBI, 0.673 OPS, 3 SB)
Yangervis Solarte, SD (131 G, 0.260, 10 HR, 48 RBI, 0.705 OPS, 0 SB)

Shortstops:
Javier Baez, CHC (52 G, 0.169, 9 HR, 20 RBI, 0.551 OPS, 5 SB)
Xander Bogaerts, BOS (144 G, 0.240, 12 HR, 46 RBI, 0.66 OPS, 2 SB)
Wilmer Flores, NYM (78 G, 0.251, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 0.664 OPS, 1 SB)
Chris Owings, ARI (91 G, 0.261, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 0.706 OPS, 8 SB)
Danny Santana, MIN (101 G, 0.319, 7 HR, 40 RBI, 0.824 OPS, 20 SB)
Eugenio Suarez, DET (85 G, 0.242, 4 HR, 23 RBI, 0.652 OPS, 3 SB)
Chris Taylor, SEA (47 G, 0.287, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 0.692 OPS, 5 SB)

Outfielders:
Jackie Bradley, Jr., BOS (127 G, 0.198, 1 HR, 30 RBI, 0.531 OPS, 8 SB)
Michael Choice, TEX (86 G, 0.182, 9 HR, 36 RBI, 0.57 OPS, 1 SB)
Billy Hamilton, CIN (152 G, 0.250, 6 HR, 48 RBI, 0.648 OPS, 56 SB)
Ender Inciarte, ARI (118 G, 0.278, 4 HR, 27 RBI, 0.677 OPS, 19 SB)
James Jones, SEA (108 G, 0.250, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 0.589 OPS, 27 SB)
Kevin Kiermaier, TB (108 G, 0.263, 10 HR, 35 RBI, 0.765 OPS, 5 SB)
Jake Marisnick, HOU (65 G, 0.249, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 0.607 OPS, 11 SB)
David Peralta, ARI (88 G, 0.286, 8 HR, 36 RBI, 0.77 OPS, 6 SB)
Gregory Polanco, PIT (89 G, 0.235, 7 HR, 33 RBI, 0.65 OPS, 14 SB)
Jorge Soler, CHC (24 G, 0.292, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 0.903 OPS, 1 SB)
George Springer, HOU (78 G, 0.231, 20 HR, 51 RBI, 0.804 OPS, 5 SB)
Oscar Taveras, STL (80 G, 0.239, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 0.59 OPS, 0 SB)

Catchers:
Travis d’Arnaud, NYM (108 G, 0.242, 13 HR, 41 RBI, 0.718 OPS, 1 SB)
Josmil Pinto, MIN (57 G, 0.219, 7 HR, 18 RBI, 0.705 OPS, 0 SB)

Right-Handed Starting Pitchers:
Chase Anderson, ARI (21 GS, 9-7, 4.01 ERA, 105 SO, 1.373 WHIP)
Trevor Bauer, CLE (26 GS, 5-8, 4.18 ERA, 143 SO, 1.379 WHIP)
David Buchanan, PHI (20 GS, 6-8, 3.75 ERA, 71 SO, 1.292 WHIP)
Jacob deGrom, NYM (22 GS, 9-6, 2.69 ERA, 144 SO, 1.140 WHIP)
Kevin Gausman, BAL (20 GS, 7-7, 3.57 ERA, 88 SO, 1.315 WHIP)
Collin McHugh, HOU (25 GS, 11-9, 2.73 ERA, 157 SO, 1.022 WHIP)
Jake Odorizzi, TB (31 GS, 11-13, 4.13 ERA, 174 SO, 1.280 WHIP)
Matt Shoemaker, LAA (20 GS, 16-4, 3.04 ERA, 124 SO, 1.074 WHIP)
Marcus Stroman, TOR (20 GS, 11-6, 3.65 ERA, 111 SO, 1.171 WHIP)
Masahiro Tanaka, NYY (20 GS, 13-5, 2.77 ERA, 141 SO, 1.056 WHIP)
Yordano Ventura, KC (30 GS, 14-10, 3.20 ERA, 159 SO, 1.295 WHIP)

Left-Handed Starting Pitchers:
Roenis Elias, SEA (29 GS, 10-12, 3.85 ERA, 143 SO, 1.314 WHIP)
Tyler Matzek, COL (19 GS, 6-11, 4.05 ERA, 91 SO, 1.394 WHIP)

Right-Handed Relief Pitchers:
Dellin Betances, NYY (70 G, 5-0, 1.40 ERA, 135 SO, 0.778 WHIP, 1 SV)
Jeurys Familia, NYM (76 G, 2-5, 2.21 ERA, 73 SO, 1.177 WHIP, 5 SV)
Ken Giles, PHI (44 G, 3-1, 1.18 ERA, 64 SO, 0.788 WHIP, 1 SV)
David Hale, ATL (45 G, 4-5, 3.30 ERA, 44 SO, 1.466 WHIP, 0 SV)
Tommy Kahnle, COL (54 G, 2-1, 4.19 ERA, 63 SO, 1.194 WHIP, 0 SV)
Carlos Martinez, STL (57 G, 2-4, 4.03 ERA, 84 SO, 1.41 WHIP, 1 SV)
Jake Petricka, CWS (67 G, 1-6, 2.96 ERA, 55 SO, 1.370 WHIP, 14 SV)
Donn Roach, SD (16 G, 1-0, 4.75 ERA, 17 SO, 1.681 WHIP, 0 SV)
Daniel Webb, CWS (57 G, 6-5, 3.99 ERA, 58 SO, 1.493 WHIP, 0 SV)

If you’re wondering why I separated the starting pitchers from the relief pitchers, and then if they are right handed or left handed, allow me to explain (conspiracy theory time folks…get something to drink, this may take a while).

As you all know, Topps instituted what I am calling the “Stephen Strasburg” rule in 2010. Somehow, Strasburg was added to the ASRT even though he only pitched in 12 games. Now, Strasburg is a right-handed pitcher. But so is Neftali Feliz, at the time, the star closer for the Rangers, and a player many people believed should have been named onto the team as the RHP. In past years, it didn’t matter if a pitcher was a starter or a reliever, only ONE RHP or ONE LHP was chosen for the team (of course there were exceptions…tie votes came into play).

So what does Topps do? For the 2010 Topps All-Star Rookie Team, they added a relief pitcher spot. This ensured not only Feliz’ spot on the team, but gave Topps justification to include their poster boy Strasburg.

Then in 2011, instead of continuing the trend of having three pitchers (a RHP, a LHP, and a RP), Topps went back to the two-pitcher format, but instead of it being a RHP and LHP as in years past, the 2011 Topps All-Star Rookie Team included just one Starting Pitcher and one Relief pitcher. In 2012, Topps went back to a “three-person pitching staff” which included a Starting RHP, a starting LHP, and one reliever. This was done again in 2013.

Back to the point. As in past years, this blog has done a contest where the object is to outguess me in choosing the Rookie Teams. The Grand Prize, if a contestant correctly guessed all the members of said team, was a complete 150 card set of 2005 Topps Rookie Cup (appropriate, no?). Anyway, while few have come close, none have won the grand prize. Those who did guess more players correctly than I did would win a pack of that year’s Updates and Highlights/Update Series.

Well, we’re doing it again.

So take a look at the list above, send me an e-mail (bdj610@hotmail.com) with your picks by November 2, 2014. You can pick the following (11 players total):

  • One player each for 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, C,
  • Three players for OF,
  • One Starting RHP, Starting LHP, Relief RHP.

After November 2, I will make my selections and then we will all wait together until the formal announcements have been made. If you out guess me, let’s say I guess seven of the 10 or 11 spots correctly, and you guess eight or more, then you automatically win a Hobby pack of 2013 Topps Update Series. If you guess all the players correctly (if there are ten or eleven, who knows), then you will be entered into a drawing to win the 2005 Topps Rookie Card base set (Beckett Value $20.00 – $40.00). It’s that easy. This year, the field is wide open in certain positions (second base, shortstop, outfield, pitcher), so anything goes.

So here’s to hopefully many entries by November 2. Good luck.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

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