MLBPA confirms 53 RC logo eligible rookies for initial 2013 baseball card sets

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The first baseball card set of 2013 is just 16 days away — and that means when 2013 Topps arrives there will be a new crop of Rookie Cards.

To be precise, there are 53 players who made their MLB debuts last season who are eligible for the Rookie Card logo beginning with 2013 Topps on Jan. 30. Will all of them be in the set when it arrives? That remains to be seen on a final checklist from Topps, but the MLB Players Association did provide Beckett Media the list of logo-eligible players.

Among them are Philadelphia’s Darin Ruf, who hit 20 homers in a month as a minor-leaguer before getting the call, along with Baltimore’s Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy as well as promising Arizona pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

See the full list … after the jump.

2013 Rookie Card-eligible Players
Player — Team, Debut Date
Brummett, Tyson – PHI, Oct. 3, 2012
Ortega, Rafael – COL, Sept. 30, 2012
Taylor, Andrew – LAA, Sept. 27, 2012
Hoes, L.J. – BAL, Sept. 25, 2012
Odorizzi, Jake – KC, Sept. 23, 2012
Bundy, Dylan – BAL, Sept. 23, 2012
Mesa, Melky – NYY, Sept. 22, 2012
Font, Wilmer – TEX, Sept. 18, 2012
Solis, Ali – SD, Sept. 16, 2012
Herrmann, Chris – MIN, Sept. 16, 2012
Ruf, Darin – PHI,  Sept. 14, 2012
Morris, Bryan – PIT, Sept. 14, 2012
Scahill, Rob – COL, Sept. 11, 2012
Rodriguez, Steven – LAD, Sept. 9, 2012
Cingrani, Tony – CIN, Sept. 9, 2012
Triunfel, Carlos – SEA, Sept. 7, 2012
Graham, Tyler – ARI, Sept. 7, 2012
Villarreal, Pedro – CIN, Sept. 5, 2012
Miller, Shelby – STL, Sept. 5, 2012
Koehler, Tom – MIA, Sept. 5, 2012
Gregorius, Didi – CIN, Sept. 5, 2012
Ramos, A.J. – MIA, Sept. 4, 2012
Jimenez, Luis Antonio – SEA, Sept. 4, 2012
Garcia, Christian – WAS, Sept. 4, 2012
Familia, Jeurys – NYM, Sept. 4, 2012
Chapman, Jaye – CHC, Sept. 4, 2012
Phipps, Denis – CIN, Sept. 3, 2012
Machi, Jean – SF, Sept. 3, 2012
Rodriguez, Henry – CIN, Sept. 2, 2012
Profar, Jurickson – TEX, Sept. 2, 2012
Neal, Thomas – CLE, Sept. 2, 2012
Maronde, Nick – LAA, Sept. 2, 2012
Perez, Eury – WAS, Sept. 1, 2012
Lough, David – KC, Sept. 1, 2012
Holt, Brock – PIT, Sept. 1, 2012
Heath, Deunte – CHW, Sept. 1, 2012
Garcia, Avisail – DET, Aug.  31, 2012
Lerud, Steven – PHI, Aug.  30, 2012
Cloyd, Tyler – PHI, Aug.  29, 2012
Kelly, Casey – SD, Aug.  27, 2012
Peguero, Francisco – SF, Aug.  25, 2012
McHugh, Collin – NYM, Aug.  23, 2012
Aumont, Phillippe – PHI, Aug.  23, 2012
Skaggs, Tyler – ARI, Aug.  22, 2012
Werner, Andrew – SD, Aug.  22, 2012
Rusin, Chris – CHC, Aug.  21, 2012
McPherson, Kyle – PIT, Aug.  20, 2012
Wilson, Justin – PIT, Aug.  20, 2012
Redmond, Todd – CIN, Aug.  18, 2012
Brantly, Rob – MIA, Aug.  14, 2012
Layne, Tom – SDP, Aug.  14, 2012
Machado, Manny – BAL, Aug.  9, 2012
Olt, Mike – TEX, Aug.  2, 2012

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.




Awesome stuff. Thanks for sharing. Will Topps release a full Series 1 checklist prior to the product being released or do they not do that?

Posted January 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

What about David Phelps for the Yankees? He doesn’t have a Topps rookie card and he was up with the Yanks for most of the year last year.

Posted January 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

What is the criteria for being on this list? J.J. Hoover , Mike Costanzo and Kris Negron made their major league debuts for the Reds last season and are still considered rookies yet they didn’t appear on any cards last year and are not on this list. I am sure other teams have similar players that didn’t make either list.

Posted January 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

And how many of them have had cards in a Bowman Prospects insert set? Today’s “RC Logo” construct is just about as meaningful is the “XRC” construct in the ’80s.

Posted January 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

If players were called up before the dates here, they were/are eligible for RCs. This list is basically those that were late-season call-ups confirmed to be RC logo-eligible.

Other guys who end up with their first cards will likely be tagged as RCs in Beckett system but I can’t day 100 percent they’d have logos. (Some have been hit and miss in past.)

Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

Jason: Topps generally releases its final checklist right around the time of release.

Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

hey chris what about matt harvey of the mets he still a rookie?

Posted January 14, 2013 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

Hmmm . . . no one from the Braves this year?

Posted January 15, 2013 at 4:39 am | Permalink
dean a beckstein

Cannot wait for those Avisail Garcia rookie cards!!!!!

Posted January 15, 2013 at 8:05 am | Permalink

I think Manny Machado will be the hobby golden boy this coming season.

Posted January 15, 2013 at 10:30 am | Permalink

I really wish MLB/MLBPA/Topps would adopt the NHL way of handling rookie cards where the player doesn’t get a MLB licensed card until they actually make their MLB debut. Topps puts out 3 series of their base set and the 3rd might actually be worth purchasing if it were packed with actual MLB rookie cards.

Topps has a MiLB license, that should theoretically satiate the prospectors. Maybe one draft pick card with the player pictured in his amateur uniform for the first round picks in Bowman but that should be it until they make the bigs. I’m sick of guys having hundreds of clumsily photoshopped MLB licensed cards before they ever or if they even ever make their MLB debut.

Posted January 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink
Nathan Boyle

Matt Harvey was in 2012 Topps Update kevinmitro

Posted January 16, 2013 at 10:25 am | Permalink

Matt Harvey has a RC logo in 2012 update but not in any other product (I.e. topps chrome, bowman chrome, bowman draft). Does that mean that Matt Harvey will only have the one RC. I believe Dominic Brown had the RC logo in a few 2010 and 2011 products. I’m curious how that works.

Posted January 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

It’s likely to be his only Rookie Card then.

They may use logos on his 2013s, but if that’s a legit RC by definition then it will be the only one tagged as an RC.

Posted January 24, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Permalink
Mo P

Hector Sanchez of the giants now has a 2013 series 2 card that does not say RC. Interesting bc he doesn’t have any other card from topps or bowman.

Posted June 23, 2013 at 1:01 am | Permalink

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