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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.

  • Aaron Ledesma: Power-challenged infielder never appeared in Topps despite getting in almost 200 games with the 1998-99 Devil Rays.

  • 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 200 times for the Giants/Orioles 2015-19, but never made a Topps set. He's still active as of 2020.

  • 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.

  • Ricky Stone: Righty reliever made 143 appearances for the 2002-03 Astros but didn't make 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.

  • Caleb Thielbar: Lefty made 109 appearances for 2013-15 Twins but didn't make any Topps sets.

  • 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  •   Tom Seaver  •   Bob Sebra  •   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) 

HRD = Home Run Derby   AS = All-Star

 

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 Meadows, 2001 Topps

  • Michael Tucker, 2001 Topps  ​ 

  • Brian Burres, 2007 Topps and Topps Update

  • Edgar Gonzalez, 2007 Topps and Topps Update  ​ 

  • Ubaldo Jimenez, 2007 Topps and Topps Update  ​ 

  • Bengie Molina, 2007 Topps   ​ 

  • Elizardo Ramirez, 2007 Topps    

  • Gary Sheffield, 2007 Topps    

  • Carlos Silva, 2007 Topps and Topps Update  

  • Willy Aybar, 2008 Topps and Topps Update  

  • Rod Barajas, 2008 Topps and Topps Update 

  • Darin Erstad, 2008 Topps and Topps Update 

  • Mike Cameron, 2009 Topps 

  • Stephen Drew, 2009 Topps 

  • Nick Hundley, 2009 Topps

  • Gaby Sanchez, 2009 Topps and Topps Update

  • 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 and Topps Update  ​ 

  • Chris Carter, 2013 Topps and Topps Update   

  • Daniel Nava, 2013 Topps and Topps Update

  • Dayan Viciedo, 2013 Topps and Topps Update  

  • 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 and Topps Update      

  • Vance Worley, 2015 Topps and Topps Update  

  • Pedro Alvarez, 2016 Topps and Topps Update  

  • Keon Broxton, 2016 Topps and Topps Update  

  • Chris Coghlan, 2016 Topps and Topps Update   

  • Sam Dyson, 2016 Topps and Topps Update 

  • Tyler Flowers, 2016 Topps and Topps Update    

  • Daniel Hudson, 2016 Topps and Topps Update 

  • Jon Niese, 2016 Topps and Topps Update 

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

  • Jose Pirela, 2018 Topps and Topps Update 

  • Jason Vargas, 2018 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 2018-19 Shohei Ohtani, who received separate cards with hitting and pitching stats

* 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 two commons in different uniforms in same set include...

  • Butch Henry (Astros/Rockies), 1993 Topps

  • Charlie Hayes (Yankees/Rockies), 1993 Topps

  • Eric Young (Dodgers/Rockies), 1993 Topps

  • Quinton McCracken (Rockies/Devil Rays), 1998 Topps

  • Jay Bell (Royals/Diamondbacks), 1998 Topps

  • Devon White (Marlins/Diamondbacks), 1998 Topps

  • Matt Williams (Indians/Diamondbacks), 1998 Topps

  • Roger Clemens (Blue Jays/Yankees), 1999 Topps

  • Jose Canseco (Yankees/Angels), 2001 Topps

  • R.A. Dickey (Mets/Blue Jays), 2013 Topps

  • more to come...​

Players (Major league) shown with team they never played regular season for include...

  • Jose Canseco (Angels), 2001 Topps

  • Jose Canseco (Expos), 2002 Topps

  • Pat Rapp (Pirates), 2002 Topps

  • Tony Womack (Red Sox), 2004 Topps

  • Roberto Alomar (Devil Rays), 2005 Topps

  • Manny Ramirez (Athletics), 2012 Topps

  • Tommy Hanson (Rangers), 2014 Topps

  • more to come...

 

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

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

  • 1992 Topps Roger Clemens (1990 ERA not bold/italicized*)

  • 1997-2000 Topps Juan Guzman (1996 ERA not bold/italicized*)

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

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

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

  • 2001 Topps Pat Rapp (1995 L italicized instead of 1996*)

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

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

  • 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)

  • 2003 Topps #26 David Ortiz (shown at 1B; listed as DH)

  • 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...