However, in 1974 and again in 1979 thru 1986, the trophy cup was left off. During those years, a list of All-Star Rookies were still selected by Topps. There were also some other deletions in other years in which there was a selection made, but Topps did not make any indication on the card. This made for a very interesting collection for me. Not only getting the cards with the trophy, but also making my set more complete by getting those players cards with out the trophy.
NOTABLE NAMES !
As of 2012, this sub set contains 53 rookie cards (one since 1989), 16 Hall Of Famers (with future ones coming up), and out of those, 5 are their rookie cards.
Here are a few names : 1960 Willie McCovey, 1963 Pete Rose, 1969 Johnny Bench, and 1982 and 1983 Cal Ripken (his cards did not have the trophy on them, and so far is the only player who made the list twice).
2005 Topps Rookie Cup card set
I was not happy when this set came out (at first), because I felt it would take away from the sub set in the regular issued set. I was glad they did not continue it. However; it did provide cards of some players that did not have the trophy on their card originally. (Ripken, Ozzie Smith, Molitor, Strawberry, etc).
Than came the 50th Anniversary inserts in 2008.
The only cards, out of the above sets that I put in my collection are the cards of players who originally did not have the trophy on it. By no means are they considered, to me, as part of the original collected sub set.
Than, in 2010 and 2012, Topps made a few short prints of the trophy cards. UGH !! (still looking to get the 2010 Omir Santos without breaking the bank)
Topps has started to include the trophy in their Heritage Set as well. (I do collect those)
They also had them on some in the Lineage Set , Opening Day, and Team sets. I only collect certain ones from those.
I have all the cards that have come out with the trophy on them since 1960. Still missing a few from the 80's that did not have the trophy on it. I will be putting those on my want list soon.
I would like to thank Baseball Reference for helping provide the complete list of players for each year.
It made it helpful on finding those cards without the trophy on them.
Thanks for reading and
KEEP ON COLLECTING !!