2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Jim Rice
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 Jim Rice:
While he played in 24 games for the Red Sox in 1974, the 1975 baseball season is commonly known as the rookie year of Jim Rice.
And he played very well: 174 hits in 144 games, .309 batting average, .350 on-base percentage, 29 doubles, 22 home runs, 92 runs scored, and 102 RBI.
Rice finished in 2nd place for the Rookie of the Year voting in 1975, and he also received enough votes to capture 3rd place for the league’s MVP Award.