How many “RC” rookie cards does one guy need?

Vladimir Guerrero Jr Rookie Card Overload

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made his debut for the Toronto Blue Jays on April 26, 2019, less than two months ago. So far, he has at least twenty different cards designated with the “RC” logo (not including autographs and parallels). In less than two months. Eight of those are in the Topps NOW series. Three are Topps NOW Moment of the Week cards (and there have only been nine NOW MOW cards total so far this year). Three are Topps #TBT releases. Another two in the On Demand brand. So far, I’m counting only one each in Series 2, Total, and The Living Set. And then I got tired of counting. I probably missed a few.

  • Topps NOW = 8
  • Topps NOW MOW = 3
  • Topps #TBT = 3
  • Topps On Demand = 2
  • Topps Series 2 = 1
  • Topps Finest = 1
  • Topps Total = 1
  • Topps The Living Set = 1


Which one is his “real” “RC”? Am I the only one who thinks this who “RC” system is foolish? I do not believe Topps NOW, #TBT, The Living Set, etc. should be branded with the “RC” logo. That designation should be reserved for a player’s base card, whether that appears in Series 1, 2, or Update.

What confuses this old man even more is the different rules for Bowman releases. Ol’ Junior started appearing in Bowman products—wearing Toronto Blue Jays gear and identified as a Toronto Blue Jays player—way back in 2016. Back in the old days, the first time a player appeared in a major set, that was considered the player’s rookie card. Nowadays, Bowman doesn’t count; only Topps, and only after a fella appears in a big league game.

I’m so confused.

I’m glad I don’t chase rookie cards just because they are rookie cards. I’m glad I don’t collect Toronto Blue Jays or sons of major leaguers or Vladdy the Second. I’m too old to keep up with these shenanigans.

Now get off my lawn.

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on June 11, 2019, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Amen! I was looking at the Beckett list of the 2019 MLB draft. Some of those guys have 200 cards and 90% of them are autographs. And they haven’t played a professional game yet! It’s ludicrous.

    • Many of those guys will never make it to the big league level. The only cards they should have at this point are homemade Little League cards.

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