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Players to appear in at least 100 MLB games since 1987 and never appear on a Topps Base or Traded/Update Card include...

  • Armando Almanza: He was a regular member of the Marlins' bullpen from 2000-03, pitching at least 50 games each year. Never featured.

  • Jason Berken: Pitcher got in 105 games with the 2009-11 Orioles, including 24 starts in '09, but nobody produced a card of the guy.

  • Joe Beimel: LONGTIME middle reliever for the Pirates, Dodgers and others 2001-14; made 50+ appearances nine times (and 83 once) but somehow never made it in a Topps set. He DID receive a 2008 Topps Dodgers Factory Team card...making his other exclusions more puzzling. Does also have two Topps Total cards.

 

  • Pedro Borbon, Jr.: A frequently-used lefty reliever (272 appearances between 1999-2002 for the Dodgers, Jays and 'Stros) who also pitched 84 games over the 1995-96 seasons with Atlanta. Featured in Stadium Club and Total, but never in Topps Base/Traded. Maybe if he'd eaten a hat like his father...

  • Chris Brock: Probably never reaches the majors in the pre-expansion era, but extracted 148 major league games mostly with the Giants and Phillies 1997-2002 out of limited ability. To our knowledge, never received a Topps card of any brand at all.

  • Doug Creek: Lefty reliever made over 250 appearances for Giants and Devil Rays 1996-2002, but only appeared in Total.

 

  • Valerio De Los Santos: Off-and-on reliever for the early 00's Brewers; famous for beaning Adam Greenberg in his first MLB at-bat. Thrice topped 50 appearances 2000-03 but was only ever included in Total. 

  • Brandon Fahey: Infielder played 189 games over three seasons with 2006-08 Orioles, including 91 as a rookie. Did make it into 2006 Topps Chrome but never a Base/Update set.

  • Kevin Gryboski: Workhorse middleman for 2002-04 Braves averaging 63 appearances per year. Received a combo Topps Total card once but never included in a Base/Update set.

 

  • Pep Harris: Pitched 121 times for the 1996-98 Angels; only major release to feature him was 1998 Stadium Club.

  • Danny Herrera: Diminutive lefty screwballer for the 2008-2010 Reds got in 113 games, including 70 in 2009.

  • Brian Lesher: 6'5" outfielder appeared in 108 games 1996-2002, mostly with Oakland. Only Topps was a Total card.

 

  • Wilton Lopez: Reliever averaged 70 appearances for Astros/Rockies from 2010-13, but only appeared in Topps Heritage.

  • Josh Osich: Though not always well, Osich pitched 148 times for the Giants 2015-17, but never made a Topps set. He's still active as of 2019.

  • Rafael Perez: Made 338 appearances for the 2006-12 Indians, but only ever appeared in a Heritage set.

  • Rich Robertson: Full-time starter for 1996-97 Twins (though not a good one); led AL in BB and SHO in '96. No Topps cards.

  • Fernando Rodriguez: From 2011-16, made 215 appearances for Astros and A's but never made his way into a Topps set.

  • Chris Spurling: RP appeared in 66 games for '03 Tigers and 56 more in '05. Ignored by Topps.

  • Blake Stein: Swingman for the 1999-02 Royals; tallied 117 career games with KC and Oakland but couldn't crack any Topps sets.

  • Mitch Stetter: LOOGY made 132 appearances for 2007-11 Brewers, including 71 in 2009. No Topps cards. 

  • Dale Thayer: Slinging reliever for Padres in over 240 contests from 2012-15, but no representation from Topps.
     

  • Anthony Varvaro: Made 166 RA mostly for Braves 2010-15, including consecutive 60+ seasons, but no Topps cards.

  • Nick Vincent: Reliever has racked up over 370 career games since 2012, including four seasons with 60+, but passed over by Topps.

  • Pete Walker: Righty swingman made 120+ appearances for Blue Jays 2002-06. Appeared in Total and Bowman sets but not Topps.

  • more to come...

Now Deceased

 

  Major league players appearing in Topps 1987-present who have since passed away include...

  • Nick Adenhart  •  Joaquin Andujar  •  Darrel Akerfelds  •  John Barfield  •  Don Baylor  •  Rod Beck  •  Juan Bell  •  Dave Bergman  •   Greg Booker  •   Chris Brown  •  Bill Buckner  •  Ivan Calderon  •  Ken Caminiti  •  Jose Capellan  •  Andujar Cedeno  •  Carmelo Castillo  •  Frank Castillo  •  Jose Castillo  •  John Cerutti  •  Bryan Clutterbuck  •  Brian Cooper  •  Tim Crews  •  Mike Darr  •  Darren Daulton  •  Bo Diaz  •  Chris Duncan  •  Vaughn Eshelman  •  Jose Fernandez  •  Tony Fernandez  • ​ Mike Flanagan  •  Bob Forsch  •  Ryan Freel  •  Todd Frohwirth  

  • Damaso Garcia  • ​ Geremi Gonzalez  •  Miguel A. Gonzalez  •  Tony Gwynn  •  Roy Halladay  •   Greg Halman  •   Brad Halsey  •  Darryl Hamilton  •  Tommy Hanson  •  Dave Henderson  •  Kevin Hickey  •   John Hope   •  Steve Howe  •  Ken Howell  •  Riccardo Ingram  •  Ron Jones  •  Joe Kennedy  •  Darryl Kile  •  Wayne Krenchicki  •  Tim Layana  •  Cory Lidle  •  Jose Lima  •  Andy Marte   • ​  Carlos Martinez  •  Jeff McKnight  •  Luis Mercedes  •  Justin Miller  •  Eddie Milner  •  Steve Olin  •  Jose Oliva  •  Larry Owen  • ​ Pascual Perez  

 

 

  • Tony Phillips  •  Gus Polidor  •  Brian Powell  •  Ross Powell  •  Kirby Puckett  •  Ruben Quevedo  •  Dan Quisenberry  •  John Rheinecker  •  Jeroime Robertson  •  Jeff Robinson  •  Scott Sanderson  •   Mike Sharperson  •  Eric Show  •  Tyler Skaggs  •  Doug Slaten  •  Dave Smith  •  Dernell Stenson   • ​ Sammy Stewart  •  Russ Swan  •  Oscar Taveras  •  Matt Turner  •  Jose Uribe  •  Luis Valbuena  •  Yordano Ventura  • ​ Dan Walters  •  Claudell Washington  •  Daniel Webb  •  Bob Welch  •  Alan Wiggins  • ​ Frank Williams  •  Anthony Young  •  Walter Young 

 

Quirks (all listings are since 1987 Topps) 

 

Players with two commons in same uniform in same set (or one in both base and Update) include...*

  • Michael Tucker, 1998 Topps   ​ 

  • Mike Lansing, 2000 Topps   ​ 

  • Mike Lowell, 2000 Topps   ​ 

  • Brian Burres, 2007 Topps  ​ 

  • Edgar Gonzalez, 2007 Topps and Topps Update  ​ 

  • Ubaldo Jimenez, 2007 Topps   ​ 

  • Bengie Molina, 2007 Topps   ​ 

  • Elizardo Ramirez, 2007 Topps    

  • Gary Sheffield, 2007 Topps    

  • Carlos Silva, 2007 Topps   

  • Willy Aybar, 2008 Topps    

  • Rod Barajas, 2008 Topps   

  • Mike Cameron, 2009 Topps

  • Stephen Drew, 2009 Topps 

  • Nick Hundley, 2009 Topps

  • Gaby Sanchez, 2009 Topps

  • Jason Hammel, 2011 Topps

 

  • Wade Davis, 2012 Topps    

  • Matt Downs, 2012 Topps and Topps Update    

  • Chris Heisey, 2012 Topps and Topps Update    

  • Matt Adams, 2013 Topps Update   

  • Rafael Betancourt, 2013 Topps   ​ 

  • Chris Carter, 2013 Topps    

  • Daniel Nava, 2013 Topps  

  • Jackie Bradley Jr., 2014 Topps and Topps Update    

  • Santiago Casilla, 2014 Topps and Topps Update  

  • Matt Shoemaker, 2014 Topps and Topps Update    

  • Ryan Wheeler, 2014 Topps and Topps Update

  • R.J. Alvarez, 2015 Topps    

  • Mike Foltynewicz, 2015 Topps    

  • Vance Worley, 2015 Topps   

  • Pedro Alvarez, 2016 Topps   

  • Keon Broxton, 2016 Topps   

  • Chris Coghlan, 2016 Topps    

  • Sam Dyson, 2016 Topps  

  • Tyler Flowers, 2016 Topps    

  • Daniel Hudson, 2016 Topps  

  • Jon Niese, 2016 Topps and Topps Update 

  • Steve Pearce, 2016 Topps and Topps Update (2)

  • Jose Pirela, 2018 Topps and Topps Update 

  • Shohei Ohtani, 2018 Topps and Topps Update​

  • Jason Vargas, 2018 Topps and Topps Update    

  • Shohei Ohtani, 2019 Topps and Topps Update   

  • Jeurys Familia, 2019 Topps and Topps Update

  • Zack Greinke, 2019 Topps    

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 2019 Topps and Topps Update

  • Ian Kinsler, 2019 Topps and Topps Update

  • Lance Lynn, 2019 Topps and Topps Update

  • more to come...

 

* list excludes 2011-12 Topps All-Star Rookies who received base cards with and without trophy

* list excludes 2018 Topps Ronald Acuna Jr. and Gleyber Torres, both of whom received variant cards in the base set along with their standard Update cards.

 

Players with a league-leading stat missing bold/italics, or the wrong stat bold/italicized include...(* = later corrected) 

  • 1997-2003 Topps Roger Clemens (1996 K not bold/italicized*) 

  • 1997-2002 Topps Kenny Lofton (1996 AB not bold/italicized*)

  • 2003-2008 Topps Kenny Lofton (1996 G incorrectly bold/italicized along with corrected 1996 AB) 
     

  • 1998-2003 Topps Andres Galarraga (1997 RBI not bold/italicized) 

  • 1989 Topps Tony Gwynn (1988 AVG not bold/italicized*) 

  • 2004 Topps Roy Halladay (2003 W not bold/italicized*) 

  • 2002 Topps Pat Rapp (1996 L italicized instead of 1995) 

  • more to come...

 

Cards with identifiable fans include...

  • 1987 Topps #497 Dale Mohorcic

  • 1987 Topps Traded #19 Steve Carlton

  • 1995 Topps #573 Scott Leius

  • 2004 Topps #293 Tony LaRussa

  • 2005 Topps #24 Mark Bellhorn
     

  • 2005 Topps #512 Bernie Williams

  • 2007 Topps #120 Jason Giambi

  • 2007 Topps #34 Paul Konerko

  • 2007 Topps #243 Joe Torre
     

  • 2010 Topps #400 Alex Rodriguez 

  • 2010 Topps #46 Chad Tracy

  • 2010 Topps #295 Kevin Youkilis 

  • 2010 Topps #408 Tigers Franchise History

  • 2011 Topps #89 Placido Polanco
     

  • 2011 Topps #155 Checklist 

  • 2012 Topps #425 Jeff Baker 

  • 2012 Topps Update #215 Brian Bogusevic

  • 2012 Topps Update #121 Johnny Damon

  • 2012 Topps #107 Luke Scott
     

  • 2012 Topps #72 Carlos Beltran HRD

  • 2013 Topps #224 Jon Jay

  • 2013 Topps #330 Ryan Raburn 

  • 2014 Topps #250 Miguel Cabrera

  • 2014 Topps #509 Brandon Phillips
     

  • 2014 Topps #651 Denard Span 

  • 2014 Topps #301 Shane Victorino

  • 2015 Topps Update #283 Kris Bryant

  • 2015 Topps #604 Jordan Schafer

  • 2015 Topps #460 Giants Team
     

  • 2017 Topps #72 Cubs Team

  • 2017 Topps #174 Phillies Team

  • 2017 Topps #576 Russell Martin

  • 2018 Topps #119 Angels Team

  • 2018 Topps #243 James McCann
     

  • 2018 Topps #11U Adam Engel 

  • more to come...

 

 

Players shown playing defensive position other than the one listed include...​

  • 1992 Topps #349 Steve Lyons (shown in OF; listed as 3B-2B)

  • 1999 Topps #31 Ryan Jackson (shown at 1B; listed as OF)

  • 1999 Topps #5 Jim Leyritz (shown at 1B; listed as C)

  • 1999 Topps #293 Ryan Minor (shown at 1B; listed as 3B)

  • 2000 Topps #412 Tony Womack (shown at 2B; listed as OF)

  • 2001 Topps #588 Chris Richard (shown at 1B; listed as OF)

  • 2004 Topps #478 Jack Cust (shown at 1B; listed as DH)

  • 2006 Topps #574  Darin Erstad (shown at 1B; listed as OF)

  • 2007 Topps #585 Willie Bloomquist (shown at 2B or SS; listed as 3B)

  • 2007 Topps #123 Chone Figgins (shown at 3B; listed as OF)

  • 2007 Topps #4 Nick Swisher (shown at 1B; listed as OF)

  • 2007 Topps #2 Nick Swisher (shown at 1B; listed as OF)

  • 2007 Topps #245  Chad Tracy (shown at 3B; erroneously listed as P)

  • 2008 Topps #409 Jason Giambi (shown at 1B; listed as DH)

  • 2008 Topps Update #104 Omar Infante (shown in OF, listed as 2B)

  • 2009 Topps #587 Adam Dunn (shown at 1B; listed as OF)

  • 2009 Topps #559 Esteban German (shown in OF; listed as 2B)

  • 2009 Topps Update #282 Victor Martinez (shown at 1B; listed as C)

  • 2010 Topps Update #48 Geoff Blum (shown at 3B; listed as 1B)

  • 2010 Topps #68 Brandon Inge (shown at 3B; listed as P on front)

  • 2010 Topps #566 Maicer Izturis (shown in OF, listed as 2B)

  • 2010 Topps #313 Jason Kubel (shown on defense; listed as DH)

  • 2011 Topps Update #137 Willie Bloomquist (shown in IF; listed as OF)

  • 2011 Topps Update #255 Allen Craig (shown at 3B; listed as OF)

  • 2011 Topps Update #2 Ty Wigginton (shown at 1B; listed as 3B)

  • 2012 Topps #454 Michael Cuddyer (shown at 3B; listed as OF)

  • 2012 Topps #488 Nick Swisher (shown at 1B; listed as OF)

  • 2015 Topps #474 Alexi Amarista (shown in OF; listed as SS)

  • 2015 Topps #102 Gordon Beckham (shown at 3B; listed as 2B)

  • 2017 Topps Update #151 Yandy Diaz (shown in OF; listed as 3B)

  • 2017 Topps #458 Hernan Perez (shown in OF; listed as 3B)

  • 2018 Topps #481 Ronald Torreyes (shown in OF; listed as 2B-3B)

  • 2019 Topps #485 Wil Myers (shown at 3B; listed as OF)

  • more to come...