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Topps All-Star Rookie Team
The Topps All-Star Rookie Team is a selection of players whom have a gold trophy printed on their Topps baseball card for that year. The first team was chosen in 1960 featuring rookies from the 1959 season. The team usually consists of eight position players (four infielders, three outfielders, one catcher) and two pitchers (one left-hander and one right-hander), although in some cases, Topps has seen it fit to name someone to the team as a designated hitter or as a relief pitcher. Certain positions can also be skipped if Topps considers that there were no worthy candidates that year.
The first team featured a special card design that included a trophy symbol of a batter on a top hat and the phrase, "Selected by the youth of America." For the second set (1961) the cards had a trophy symbol that included the phrase "Topps 1961 All-Star Rookie" on cards that followed the same design as the rest of the regular issue. This practice continued until 1973, when the symbol was changed to a gold cup bearing the words "Topps All-Star Rookie." Topps left the symbol off the 1974 cards but the gold cups reappeared in 1975 and stayed through 1978. From 1979 to 1986 the symbol was once again left off the cards. In 1987, the gold cup symbol was brought back and it has remained to today.
In 2000, a special 10-card insert set of Topps All-Star Rookies was included in packs of the regular issue. Topps combined a list of All-Star names and holographic foil design to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Topps All-Star Rookie team. On the front these cards featured a current player that had been named to a team in his respective rookie season. The backs of each card contained a list of players from 1959 through 1999 that had been named to the team at the position played by the player on the front of the card.
The team was comprised of the following:
|SS||Cal Ripken, Jr.||1981, 1982|
|Ken Griffey, Jr.||1989|