2002 Topps All-Star Rookie subset

23 05 2015

Topps All-Star Rookies

  • RHP – Roy Oswalt
  • LHP – C.C. Sabathia
  • C – Shawn Wooten
  • 1B – Craig Wilson
  • 2B – Alfonso Soriano
  • 3B – Albert Pujols
  • SS – Jimmy Rollins
  • OF – Adam Dunn, Ichiro Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Shinjo

After a few mediocre years, the 2001 Topps All-Star Rookie Team (featured on 2002 Topps) was a heck of a class.  In fact, as far as Topps All-Star Rookie classes go, it has to be the best of all time.  I haven’t researched it, but 6 of the 10 players were guys that are going to get some Hall of Fame votes.  There are two first-ballot HOF-ers in that group.  Albert Pujols would be considered the 2nd or 3rd best 1st baseman in the history of the game if he retired today.  Ichiro has a great chance at becoming the all-time professional hits leader.  CC Sabathia is a 200-game winner and a former Cy Young.  Alfonso Soriano was a 40-40 guy with 2,000 hits, 400 homers, and 1,100+ RBI and runs.  Adam Dunn just retired with 462 homers.  Jimmy Rollins won an MVP and is the Phillies all-time hits leader.   And Roy Oswalt won over 160 games with 5 top-5 finishes in the Cy Young race.

A.J. Pierzynski probably deserved the catchers spot over Wooten – that would have made this class even more impressive from a career-worthy aspect.  I don’t have the Soriano or Wooten card yet – didn’t get them from my box.

2002 Topps ASR team

2002 Topps ASR Shawn Wooten

2002 Topps ASR Alfonso Soriano

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