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1993 Topps Traded

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The 1993 Topps Traded set was released exclusively as a factory set in the Autumn of 1993. The 132-card set featured all the latest rookies, veteran players who had changed teams, and for the third and final year, that year's USA Baseball National Team.

The most notable rookie card is of Todd Helton -- who is depicted in his USA Baseball uniform.

Exclusion of Alex Rodriguez

In 1993, Alex Rodriguez was the widely considered America's best high school baseball player and was expected to be chosen first overall by the Seattle Mariners in the MLB Draft (which he was). That Spring, Rodriguez became the first high school player to tryout and be offered a spot on the USA National Team -- which was usually reserved for the nation's best collegiate amateurs. As part of USA Baseball's sponsorship agreement with Topps, if Rodriguez agreed to join the National Team, Topps would have the right to issue a Rodriguez trading card -- along with the rest of the U.S. National Team -- meaning, Rodriguez's first (and only) Major League true rookie card would have been included in that year's Topps Traded.

Under the advice of his agent Scott Boras (who wanted to negotiate a more lucrative trading card contract), Rodriguez declined USA Baseball's offer. Rodriguez then signed an exclusive deal with draft pick and Minor League card maker Classic. When Rodriguez made his Major League debut the following year, Donruss, Fleer, Pacific, Pinnacle Brands, and Upper Deck all were able to issue true rookie cards. Topps, which unlike their competitors, did not subscribe to the MLBPA's Group Licensing Agreement and signed players to individual contracts, did not issue their first Alex Rodriguez card until 1998.


Factory Set exclusive.



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  • 1T Barry Bonds
  • 2T Rich Renteria
  • 3T Aaron Sele
  • 4T Carlton Loewer USA RC
  • 5T Erik Pappas
  • 6T Greg McMichael RC
  • 7T Freddie Benavides
  • 8T Kirk Gibson
  • 9T Tony Fernandez
  • 10T Jay Gainer RC
  • 11T Orestes Destrade
  • 12T A.J. Hinch USA RC
  • 13T Bobby Munoz
  • 14T Tom Henke
  • 15T Rob Butler
  • 16T Gary Wayne
  • 17T David McCarty
  • 18T Walt Weiss
  • 19T Todd Helton USA RC
  • 20T Mark Whiten
  • 21T Ricky Gutierrez
  • 22T Dustin Hermanson USA RC
  • 23T Sherman Obando RC
  • 24T Mike Piazza
  • 25T Jeff Russell
  • 26T Jason Bere
  • 27T Jack Voigt RC
  • 28T Chris Bosio
  • 29T Phil Hiatt
  • 30T Matt Beaumont USA RC*
  • 31T Andres Galarraga
  • 32T Greg Swindell
  • 33T Vinny Castilla
  • 34T Pat Clougherty USA RC
  • 35T Greg Briley
  • 36T Dallas Green / Davey Johnson MGR
  • 37T Tyler Green
  • 38T Craig Paquette
  • 39T Danny Sheaffer RC
  • 40T Jim Converse RC
  • 41T Terry Harvey USA RC*
  • 42T Phil Plantier
  • 43T Doug Saunders RC
  • 44T Benito Santiago
  • 45T Dante Powell USA RC
  • 46T Jeff Parrett
  • 47T Wade Boggs
  • 48T Paul Molitor
  • 49T Turk Wendell
  • 50T David Wells
  • 51T Gary Sheffield
  • 52T Kevin Young
  • 53T Nelson Liriano
  • 54T Greg Maddux
  • 55T Derek Bell
  • 56T Matt Turner RC
  • 57T Charlie Nelson USA RC*
  • 58T Mike Hampton
  • 59T Troy O'Leary RC
  • 60T Benji Gil
  • 61T Mitch Lyden RC
  • 62T J.T. Snow
  • 63T Damon Buford
  • 64T Gene Harris
  • 65T Randy Myers
  • 66T Felix Jose
  • 67T Todd Dunn USA RC
  • 68T Jimmy Key
  • 69T Pedro Castellano
  • 70T Mark Merila USA RC
  • 71T Rich Rodriguez
  • 72T Matt Mieske
  • 73T Pete Incaviglia
  • 74T Carl Everett
  • 75T Jim Abbott
  • 76T Luis Aquino
  • 77T Rene Arocha
  • 78T Jon Shave
  • 79T Todd Walker USA RC
  • 80T Jack Armstrong
  • 81T Jeff Richardson RC
  • 82T Blas Minor
  • 83T Dave Winfield
  • 84T Paul O'Neill
  • 85T Steve Reich USA RC*
  • 86T Chris Hammond
  • 87T Hilly Hathaway RC
  • 88T Fred McGriff
  • 89T Dave Telgheder RC
  • 90T Richie Lewis RC
  • 91T Brent Gates
  • 92T Andre Dawson
  • 93T Andy Barkett USA RC
  • 94T Doug Drabek
  • 95T Joe Klink
  • 96T Willie Blair
  • 97T Danny Graves USA RC
  • 98T Pat Meares RC
  • 99T Mike Lansing RC
  • 100T Marcos Armas RC
  • 101T Darren Grass USA RC*
  • 102T Chris Jones
  • 103T Ken Ryan RC
  • 104T Ellis Burks
  • 105T Roberto Kelly
  • 106T Dave Magadan
  • 107T Paul Wilson USA RC
  • 108T Bob Natal
  • 109T Paul Wagner
  • 110T Jeromy Burnitz
  • 111T Monty Fariss
  • 112T Kevin Mitchell
  • 113T Scott Pose RC
  • 114T Dave Stewart
  • 115T Russ Johnson USA RC
  • 116T Armando Reynoso
  • 117T Geronimo Berroa
  • 118T Woody Williams RC
  • 119T Tim Bogar RC
  • 120T Bob Scafa USA RC*
  • 121T Henry Cotto
  • 122T Gregg Jefferies
  • 123T Norm Charlton
  • 124T Bret Wagner USA RC*
  • 125T David Cone
  • 126T Daryl Boston
  • 127T Tim Wallach
  • 128T Mike Martin USA RC*
  • 129T John Cummings RC
  • 130T Ryan Bowen
  • 131T John Powell USA RC
  • 132T Checklist 1-132 CL