Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Topps Allen & Ginter's 7 Year Club

2006 Allen & Ginter Chase Utley

A few weeks ago Topps Released the 7th edition of the Allen & Ginter product.  This coupled with the upcoming retirement of Chipper Jones and the recent move of Ichiro Suzuki got me thinking about the players that have been featured in Allen & Ginter.

The set is good size but at 350 cards it is not nearly as big as Flagship or Heritage.  Therefore most stars get included, but not all of them.  350 cards would average out to less than 12 players per team.  In addition slots are lost to non-baseball celebs, subjects, and retired players so the number of cards per team averages closer to 10.

Ichiro and Chipper are among the players that have appeared in all seven Allen & Ginter releases.  And up unitl this point they have always appeared for the same team.  If Ichiro sticks around to play in 2013, he very possibly could appear in that set as a Yankee or with another organization. 

I did a little resarch and found that there were 48 players that appared in every set from 2006-2012.  Of those 26 made all 7 appearances representing a single team.  The Cover Card for this post features Chase Utley who is among those 26 players to make 7 A&G appearances all for one club.   

48 Players to appear in every year of Topps Allen & Ginter's 2006-2012: 

1Adam Dunn25Johan Santana
2Adrian Beltre26Jonthan Papelbon
3Albert Pujols27Jose Reyes
4Alex RodriguezYankees28Josh BeckettRed Sox
5Alfonso Soriano29Justin MorneauTwins
6Aramis Ramirez30Justin VerlanderTigers
7Brian McCannBraves31Lance Berkman
8CC Sabathia32Mariano RiveraYankees
9Carl Crawford33Mark Teixeira
10Carlos Beltran34Matt CainGiants
11Carlos Lee35Michael YoungRangers
12Carlos Zambrano36Miguel Cabrera
13Chase UtleyPhillies37Nick MarkakisOrioles
14Chipper JonesBraves38Nick Swisher
15David WrightMets39Paul KonerkoWhite Sox
16Ervin SantanaAngels 40Prince Fielder
17Felix HernandezMariners41Rickie WeeksBrewers
18Grady SizemoreIndians42Robinson CanoYankees
19Hanley RamirezMarlins43Roy Halladay
20Ian KinslerRangers44Ryan HowardPhillies
21IchiroMariners45Ryan ZimmermanNationals
22Jason Bay46Todd HeltonRockies
23Jimmy RollinsPhillies47Torii Hunter
24Joe MauerTwins48Victor Martinez

Some of the 7 timers on 1 team 2006 style:  

2006 Allen & Ginter's Joe Mauer
2006 Allen & Ginter's Brian McCann

A couple of catchers.  Both of which should stick in A&G for a while.     

2006 Allen & Ginter Justin Verlander
2006 Allen & Ginter Paul Konerko

AL Central featured here.  Konerko had a couple of seasons outside Chicago, but they were all pre-A&G.  A-Rod and Josh Beckett both fell into the same category - multiple clubs, but were with teams other than their current one prior to the initial A&G release.

Several players missed the 7 by one year.  For whatever Reason Derek Jeter and David Ortiz were not included in 2010 A&G.  I don't recall all of the 6 timers, but Jim Thome was one of them.  I think Huston Street was also in there.   

Sources:    Baseball-Card-Pedia


Spankee said...

I made a sporcle quiz for the first 6 years recently. I have the new spreadsheet just like youve shown, I just need to update the quiz.


Nathan said...

Was surprised to see Grady Sizemore for some reason

deal said...

Spankee, I hope my math agrees with yours. Let me know if I missed or added anyone.

Nathan - The list makes for an odd collection of players. If your a star for a tm that doesn't have a lot of them your going to get sent out every year (Sizemore, Markakis, Fielder pre-trade etc)

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