Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Three Dodgers Make Topps 2016 MLB All-Star Rookie Team - Get 2016 Topps Now Cards

As part of a tradition that has existed for numerous decades Topps has named their 2016 MLB All-Star Rookie Team, and it includes three Dodgers' players -- Corey Seager, Julio Urias and Kenta Maeda.  No doubt this is a testament to a flourishing minor league system.  Per a Topps release:
The Topps All-Star Rookie Team began in 1959. The winners also receive a gold “cup” on their official Topps baseball card in the 2017 set, which has been a tradition for many years.
The Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team – nicknamed the Topps Rookie Cup – is awarded to one player for each position, a right-hander starter, a left-handed starter, and a relief pitcher.
Additionally, Topps has issued an eleven-card 2016 Topps Now Baseball card set for fans to purchase.  Go here to check it out and order.  Below is a checklist:
  • Catcher: Gary Sanchez (Card Number: OS-18)
  • First Baseman: Tommy Joseph (Card Number: OS-19)
  • Second Baseman: Ryan Schimpf (Card Number: OS-20)
  • Third Baseman: Alex Bregman (Card Number: OS-21)
  • Shortstop: Corey Seager (Card Number: OS-22)
  • Outfielder: Trea Turner (Card Number: OS-23)
  • Outfielder: Nomar Mazara (Card Number: OS-24)
  • Outfielder: Tyler Naquin (Card Number: OS-25)
  • Left-Handed Pitcher: Julio Urias (Card Number: OS-26)
  • Right-Handed Pitcher: Michael Fulmer (Card Number: OS-27) (This is likely suppose to be Kent Maeda)
  • Relief Pitcher: Seung-Hwan Oh (Card Number: OS-28)
Strangely, if you were to go to the Topps website it includes pics of all eleven cards; including Kenta Maeda.  As you can see above, though, he is not actually indicated in the above list on that site.  Instead, they name Detroit Tigers rookie hurler and recent AL "Rookie of the Year" Award winner Michael Fuller as the "Right-Handed Pitcher". 

I suspect the Topps website erred in including Michael Fulmer on the list since a Topps release (link here) states that Maeda is their actual choice.
As a special treat, Topps appears to have included an early peek at Corey Seager's 2017 Topps Baseball card with the Topps Rookie Cup.  Check it out below.

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