2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Willie McCovey
Topps’ All-Rookie Team means a lot of different things to a lot of different collectors. But, one thing is for certain – If your card is tagged with the All-Rookie Team logo, you did something during your first season in the big leagues to make yourself stand out from the rest.
And for that reason alone, I can totally support a set of cards that picks ‘The Best Of The Best’ from these teams.
In 2014, Topps issued a subset in their Series 1 release that took one player at each position, naming them to the ‘Topps All Rookie Cup Team’.
Representing the catcher is Willie McCovey:
Willie McCovey’s major league debut in 1959 was fantastic. His numbers in 54 games played was enough to draw the attention of major league baseball as he was awarded with the Rookie Of The Year Award.
His numbers in 1959: .354 batting average, .429 on-base percentage, 68 hits in 192 at-bats, 9 doubles, 5 triples, 13 home runs, 32 runs scored, 38 RBI, and just 35 strikeouts.
Not bad for a 21-year old kid.