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:
|1||Adam Dunn||25||Johan Santana|
|2||Adrian Beltre||26||Jonthan Papelbon|
|3||Albert Pujols||27||Jose Reyes|
|4||Alex Rodriguez||Yankees||28||Josh Beckett||Red Sox|
|5||Alfonso Soriano||29||Justin Morneau||Twins|
|6||Aramis Ramirez||30||Justin Verlander||Tigers|
|7||Brian McCann||Braves||31||Lance Berkman|
|8||CC Sabathia||32||Mariano Rivera||Yankees|
|9||Carl Crawford||33||Mark Teixeira|
|10||Carlos Beltran||34||Matt Cain||Giants|
|11||Carlos Lee||35||Michael Young||Rangers|
|12||Carlos Zambrano||36||Miguel Cabrera|
|13||Chase Utley||Phillies||37||Nick Markakis||Orioles|
|14||Chipper Jones||Braves||38||Nick Swisher|
|15||David Wright||Mets||39||Paul Konerko||White Sox|
|16||Ervin Santana||Angels||40||Prince Fielder|
|17||Felix Hernandez||Mariners||41||Rickie Weeks||Brewers|
|18||Grady Sizemore||Indians||42||Robinson Cano||Yankees|
|19||Hanley Ramirez||Marlins||43||Roy Halladay|
|20||Ian Kinsler||Rangers||44||Ryan Howard||Phillies|
|22||Jason Bay||46||Todd Helton||Rockies|
|23||Jimmy Rollins||Phillies||47||Torii Hunter|
|24||Joe Mauer||Twins||48||Victor 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.