Ranking The Top Rookie Baseball Card Classes From Topps For The Last 31 Years; 20-11

2003 Topps Robinson CanoYesterday I started looking at the top rookie classes for the last 31 years from Topps Baseball Cards and ranked 31-21.  Today we move on down the list, looking at the classes ranked 20-11.  Before we get to that however, here’s a little more background…

To start off, I am only going to use Topps and not any of its offshoot brands like Bowman or Finest.  I’ll use the standard series cards and include traded/update sets as well.  The term rookie card had only been defined in the last decade so things may not always be apples to apples.  From 2006 on, a Rookie Card can only be established once a player has played in a Major League game.  This makes update sets incredibly important as they catch the late call-ups in their sets.

Additionally, Topps backed off rookie cards for a while it seemed by allowing Bowman (their rookie card brand since 1989) to get the first cards of players like Mariano Rivera, or other manufactures may steal the Rookie Card title altogether like Fleer did with David Ortiz.  You’ll also notice duplication of some rookie cards in the ‘80’s since the players cards that came out in traded sets were considered XRC (extended rookie cards) since the cards were only sold in set form and away from the standard sets.

I’ll look at Hall of Famers, potential Hall of Famers, impact players, overall potential, etc. and remember…the PED era has nothing to do with anything in my opinion.  Here we go…

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Posted on December 17, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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