Thursday, November 18, 2010

Did the Preliminary Checklist for 2011 Topps Heritage Inadvertently Leak the 2010 Topps All-Star Rookie Team???

Not that I have ever collected Topps Heritage, having the latest version of Adobe Acrobat just installed on my computer made me curious as to who was on the preliminary checklist. And what I found blew me away.

The preliminary checklist for 2011 Topps Heritage includes the name of the player, team name, and what kind of card it is of the player (veteran, rookie, combo card, league leaders). But then there were eleven listed as rookie cup. Now unlike the preliminary checklist of 2011 Topps Series 1, where the names were still TBD, there were players' names listed next to the words Rookie Cup. And there were 11 of these cards. Who were they???

  • #25 Starlin Castro, ss, Cubs
  • #35 Stephen Strasburg, rhp, Nationals
  • #91 Gaby Sanchez, 1b, Marlins
  • #218 Buster Posey, c, Giants
  • #283 Danny Valencia, 3b, Twins
  • #288 Mike Stanton, of, Marlins
  • #320 Jason Heyward, of, Braves
  • #335 Austin Jackson, of, Tigers
  • #353 Neil Walker, 2b, Pirates
  • #372 Jamie Garcia, lhp, Cardinals
  • #454 Jose Tabata, of, Pirates
That's eleven players, with all four infielders, four outfielders, the catcher, and 1 right-handed and 1 left-handed pitcher. An entire team...+1.

I'm glad I cut off the contest on the first of November. And I'm not sure when exactly the preliminary checklist first appeared on Magazine-Exchange's website. And I know that the checklist is "always subject to change." So the question now is...

Are these eleven players on the 2010 Topps All-Star Rookie Team? Stay tuned.


JayBee Anama


John Bateman said...

That looks like that is the team. Tabata and Jackson must have tied for the 3rd outfield slot. How did I miss Valencia at 3rd base - he was under the radar. It is odd that the are a couple TBD on a few veterans cards

Justin McLeod said...

I have a bone to pick. Strasburg pitched in twelve games. Neftali Feliz had 42 SAVES, and was named AL ROY. Feliz had over three times as many saves as Strasburg did games played! And it's not like Strasburg won all of his games, either. He was 5-3! What was Neftali Feliz, a closer's, record? 4-3.

Just for clarity:
S. Strasburg: 12 games played, 5-3 record, 2.97 ERA
N. Feliz: 70 games played, 4-3 record, 42 saves, 2.42 ERA. And he led the Rangers to the WS.