Ever wonder why some players have little gold trophies on their Topps baseball cards?
It's because Topps sponsors the Major League Rookie All-Star Team, as it has since 1959. Players named to the team at the end of each season get the trophies on their base cards the following year to commemorate the honor.
Pictured here is Evan Longoria's 2009 Topps card sporting one of those trophies, because the company announced today that the Rays third baseman made the team. The full lineup follows:
1B Joey Votto, Cincinnati (151 games, 24 HR, 84 RBI, .297)
2B Alexei Ramirez, Chicago (A.L.) (136, 21, 77, .290)
3B Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay (122, 27, 85, .272)
SS Mike Aviles, Kansas City (102, 10, 51, .325)
OF Jay Bruce, Cincinnati (108, 21, 52, .254)
OF Denard Span, Minnesota (93, 6, 47, .294)
OF David Murphy, Texas (108, 15, 74, .275)
C Geovany Soto, Chicago (N.L.) (141, 23, 86, .285)
RHP Brad Ziegler, Oakland (59.2 IP, 3-0, 1.06, 30 K, 22 BB)
LHP John Lannan, Washington (182 IP, 9-15, 3.91, 117 K, 72 BB)
If you get inspired to chase down rookie cards of the players on the team, it's important to keep in mind that prior to 2006, baseball players could appear on official rookie cards before they made their big league debuts. So while the 2008 sets are the places to look for popular newcomers like Longoria and Ramirez, others like Span were first captured on cardboard all the way back in 2002.
Image courtesy of and copyright Topps.