Tuesday, September 29, 2015

2005 Topps A-Rod Spokesman insert set #ARI1-ARI4

I stumbled across this insert set a couple of weeks ago and had to jump on it.  "Cards that Never Were"-type reprints are some of my favorite non-mainstream cards.  Lets try to forget the fact that A-Rod himself is still recovering from the "Most Hated Man in Baseball" award for a moment.  A couple of years ago before A-Rod was forced to take a year off from the sport, I'm sure many people wondered why Topps waited until 1998 to produce A-Rod's rookie card.

He was the #1 Draft Pick in 1993 and should've made the Topps Traded set if not the 1994 set for sure.  Since he began playing in the majors by June 1994, he should have had a 1995, 1996, and 1997 card as well.  Actually, A-Rod does have a card for 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997.  These cards are nearly perfect replications of what his cards might have looked like each year.  To me, these cards are part of those sets and will be inserted into my set binders accordingly.  The numbering for these 4 cards is #ARI1-ARI4 and the copyright year of 2005 is also included on the back in fine print.

Once again, I wish Topps would go back and reprint a few more "Cards that Never Were" for other players like Mariano Rivera for 1996, 1995, and either a 1990 Traded or 1991 base card.


  1. The reason Topps didn't have an A Rod card until '98 was because when he was with team USA in '92, Topps made everyone on the team sign a contract with them, and Alex refused for some reason. They didn't sign him to a contract until 1998.

    I totally agree with you about Topps making cards that never were. I make customs of them for my 2 blogs, but I really wish Topps would make Archives a 'cards that never were' set. There are so many players and cards they could make and I have some great ideas for inserts. Maybe someday I'll pitch the idea to Topps. But for now, I am trying to make them myself (and I put the Riveras you mentioned on my list of cards to make, as well as a '93 Topps Traded Team USA Alex Rodriguez). If you have any other cards you can think of that Topps missed, let me know.

    1. I noticed that the 2006 Topps set was missing a Gold Glove Award Winner card for an A.L. Catcher.