So this is one of those where I started doing the post a long time ago thinking I had completed the set. Then I went to do the post, and, boom. I don’t have
Another completed insert set – this one is probably the first card set where Topps specifically paid tribute to the historical Topps All-Star Rookie teams.
Info about the set:
Set description: This set has the shiny backgrounds like so many 2000 Topps inserts do. But this is one of the cooler sets in the product – Topps picked the best active All-Rookie players, one at each position just like they pick each year. The back has a list of every Topps ASR team member from each position.
Set composition: 10 cards, 1:36 odds (2000 Topps series 2)
Hall of Famers: 3. Cal Ripken, Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza
How I put the set together:
- 1 card from my 2000 series 2 hobby box
- 5 cards from COMC
- 3 cards from Sportlots
- 1 card from a card show
Thoughts on the set: One of the better inserts is my favorite insert set from 2000 Topps. I like the design, and its cool that the back has the history of the award at the selected player’s position.
Card that completed my set: #RT5 – Manny Ramirez
Got this from a purchase in August on COMC
Best card (my opinion): #RT9 – Dwight Gooden
Doc Gooden in an Astros uniform. I can’t say I remember that – apparently he pitched one game for them in 2000. I think this (and the parallels) were his only card with the Astros.
The only one in the set.
Here’s a scan of the whole set.
Any other tidbits: Ripken is the only player to make the ASR team twice. It’s a really tough thing to do – because you have to be rookie eligible and in theory you can only do that once. Ripken made the team in 1981 when he hardly played, but there just wasn’t much as far as rookie shortstops. Then he made it in 1982 when he was the AL Rookie of the Year.