Starting Lineup Figures Are Back in Four Sports as Stadium Giveaways — Updated List



By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

They have a long way to go before catching bobbleheads, but the number of Starting Lineup figures being used as stadium and arena giveaways continues to grow.

The figures made their official comeback last fall when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers handed out an exclusive Jameis Winston SLU to fans at their October 30 game. Since then, both basketball and hockey have had a few of their own SLU giveaways with more on tap.

The 2017 MLB season will also see Starting Lineup figures return in the form of promotional items.

Following the Winston SLU, the San Jose Sharks were the next team to hand one of the figures out. They gave out a Joe Pavelski pieces on November 25. Unlike Winston, it came packaged with a card. Further adding to its retro feel is the fact that the card looks an awful lot like 1993 Score Baseball.

The New York Islanders followed suit with a John Tavares SLU promotion on January 11.

The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters are giving Ryan Craig Starting Lineups to 3,500 young fans at their February 10 game.

In basketball, the Charlotte Hornets are big on the retro figures. Not only did they give a Nicolas Batum piece away at their December 23 game, but they have others planned for later in the season for Kemba Walker (February 11) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (March 11).

On January 18, the Houston Rockets honored Ralph Sampson with a figure. A total of 3,000 were given away at the game.

Currently, six SLU figures are planned for the 2017 baseball season from MLB. Sometimes promos are announced late or change, so it’s possible there could be more. On top of that, at least one minor league team has a figure as well. The Brooklyn Cyclones have an Edgardo Alfonzo Starting Lineup.

Here’s a list at the Starting Lineup 2.0 figures released since the brand was brought back as well as those scheduled for the future.

Starting Lineup Stadium Giveaways


Chris Archer

Chris Archer Starting Lineup 2017 Tampa Bay Rays SGA

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Giveaway Date: April 22, 2017
Production Run: 15,000
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David Wright

David Wright Startling Lineup Figure 2017 SGA


Team: New York Mets
Giveaway Date: May 20, 2017
Production Run: 15,000
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Manny Machado

Manny Machado Startling Lineup Figure 2017 SGA

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Giveaway Date: June 3, 2017
Production Run: not announced, available to all in attendance
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Marcus Semien

Marcus Semien Startling Lineup Figure 2017 SGA

Team: Oakland Athletics
Giveaway Date: June 18, 2017
Production Run: 15,000
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Edgardo Alfonzo

Edgardo Alfonzo Startling Lineup Figure Brooklyn Cyclones 2017 SGA

Team: Brooklyn Cyclones (MiLB)
Giveaway Date: July 7, 2017
Production Run: 5,000


Adrian Beltre

Team: Texas Rangers
Giveaway Date: August 19, 2017
Production Run: 15,000


Bryce Harper

Team: Washington Nationals
Giveaway Date: August 29, 2017
Production Run: 25,000



Nicolas Batum

Nicolas Batum Starting Lineup 2016-17 Charlotte Hornets SGA

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Giveaway Date: December 23, 2016
Production Run: not announced
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Ralph Sampson

Ralph Sampson Starting Lineup 2016-17 Houston SGA

Team: Houston Rockets
Giveaway Date: January 18, 2017
Production Run: 3,000
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Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker Starting Lineup 2016-17 Houston SGA

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Giveaway Date: February 11, 2017
Production Run: not announced
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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Starting Lineup 2016-17 Houston SGA

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Giveaway Date: March 11, 2017
Production Run: not announced
Buy on eBay



Jameis Wintson

Jameis Winston Starting Lineup 2016 Tampa Bay SGA

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Giveaway Date: October 30, 3017
Production Run: 50,000
Buy on eBay



Joe Pavelski

Joe Pavelski Starting Lineup 2016-17 San Jose Sharks SGA

Team: San Jose Sharks
Giveaway Date: November 25, 2016
Production Run: not announced
Buy on eBay


John Tavares

John Tavares Starting Lineup 2016-17 New York Islanders SGA

Team: New York Islanders
Giveaway Date: January 11, 2017
Production Run: 10,000
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Ryan Craig

Ryan Craig Starting Lineup 2016-17 San Jose Sharks SGA

Team: Cleveland Monsters (AHL)
Giveaway Date: February 10, 2017
Production Run: 3,500 (given to kids)
Buy on eBay


We hope to update and expand this list as more Starting Lineup 2.0 figures are announced and released. If you know of any, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. John M 2 February, 2017 at 20:06

    Rays announced SGA schedule with a Chris Archer figure on April 22. Pic was too small to include.

  2. SLU Penguins Fan 11 June, 2017 at 22:30

    This is great news. I hope they come back permanently as well, and I hope the Pittsburgh Penguins do a promo figure!

  3. Aaron 28 March, 2019 at 11:15

    Why hasn’t a company picked up this product yet? Does anyone have any idea how crazy people would go over a Tom Brady SLU? Or a Patrick Mahomes?? Saquon Barkley? The list goes on. I am a SLU collector and the craze for these has hone up significantly over the past couple years. As has the value. A new run of these, even for 1 or 2 years, would be one heck of a moneymaker for the right company. Just dont change them up, keep it simple. Figure and card. No flashy designs, no “Mcfarlane” type detail. Collectors want a figure under $10 they can put into their collection and watch the value grow. McFarlane figures are cool, but they are too big, too detailed, too expensive, and too hard to find. The brand Mogo has it right. They make basic figures and limit them to 10,000 pieces per figure. And they are only 12.99 at any local Target. Easy to find BUT they go quick. Thats exactly what collectors want.
    I wish Kenner would come back. They knew how to do it.

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