2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – CC Sabathia
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 left-handed pitcher is CC Sabathia:
Sabathia had a fantastic rookie campaign. For the Indians, he started 33 games and complied a record of 17-5. He pitched 180 innings in 2001 en route to an ERA of 4.39 and a strikeout per nine innings average of 8.5.
Sabathia finished in 2nd place for the AL Rookie Of The Year Award to Ichiro Suzuki.