Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Topps Cards That Should Have Been: The 2005 All Star Game

 The first year where Topps printed cards of the year's All Star Game during that calendar year was 2005, in Topps Updates and Highlights. Unfortunately, they only did cards of the starting lineups, and neglected to print any of the reserve members and bench players. Topps would rectify this starting in 2006, and would begin to be extensive in their ASG coverage as the years went on.

But we're left with 2005, a fragmented portrait of an ASG that once was. So, as the first of this project since the 2020 Final Edition set, I figured I'd rectify the missing pieces, and present the 2005 All Stars that never made it to Topps Update.

Moises Alou, San Francisco Giants: 1-1, 2B, BB

Garrett Anderson, Los Angeles Angels: 0-2, K

Danys Baez, Tampa Bay Rays: Did not play

Jason Bay, Pittsburgh Pirates: Did not play

Miguel Cabrera, Florida Marlins: 0-2, RBI 

Luis Castillo, Florida Marlins: 1-3, Single.

Matt Clement, Boston Red Sox: 1 IP, 0 hits, 1 BB, 1 K.

Bartolo Colon, Los Angeles Angels: 1 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs

Chad Cordero, Washington Nationals: 0.1 IP, 1 K, 0 runs.

Justin Duchscherer, Oakland Athletics: Did not play

Morgan Ensberg, Houston Astros: 0-2, K

Jon Garland, Chicago White Sox: 1 IP, 2 BB, 0 runs, 0 hits

Luis Gonzalez, Arizona Diamondbacks: 1-1, RBI double. 

Livan Hernandez, Washington Nationals: 1 IP, 2 hits, 2 ER, 1 BB.

Shea Hillenbrand, Toronto Blue Jays: 1 inning defensive substitution, no at-bats.

Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox: 0-1, K

Carlos Lee, Milwaukee Brewers: 0-3, K, RBI

Brad Lidge, Houston Astros: 1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 3 K.

Paul Lo Duca, Florida Marlins: 0-2

Felipe Lopez, Cincinnati Reds: 1-1, Single

Melvin Mora, Baltimore Orioles: 0-1, K

Joe Nathan, Minnesota Twins: 1 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER

Roy Oswalt, Houston Astros: 1 IP, 2 hits, 2 ER, BB, K

Jake Peavy, San Diego Padres: 0.2 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, K

Scott Podsednik, Chicago White Sox: 1 inning defensive substitution, did not bat

Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees: 0.1 IP, 1 K, Save

Kenny Rogers, Texas Rangers: 1 IP, 3 hits, 2 ER, K

Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies: 1-1, single

B.J. Ryan, Baltimore Orioles: 0.2 IP, 1 hit, 1 ER.

Johan Santana, Minnesota Twins: 1 IP, 1 hit, 0 runs, BB

Gary Sheffield, New York Yankees: 0-1

John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves: 1 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, HR, Loss

Alfonso Soriano, Texas Rangers: 0-1, 1 run as a pinch-runner

Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners: 1-2, single, RBI

Mike Sweeney, Kansas City Royals: 0-1, K

Billy Wagner, Philadelphia Phillies: Did not play

Bob Wickman, Cleveland Indians: 1 BF, BB, 1 ER

Dontrelle Willis, Florida Marlins: 1 IP, 2 hits, 2 ER, BB

Michael Young, Texas Rangers: 1-1, 2B

That should be everybody except for Jason Varitek, who I already did one of in his solo Topps Cards That Should Have Been post a while back. Hope this was amusing for some of you.


  1. Super cool. As one who is very into ASG play and history, this was really neat to see.

  2. On the one hand, it would be good to have extra cards of guys like Miggy, Mariano, and Bartolo.

    On the other, a few of these guys really make you question whether the name "All-Star" is even accurate anymore.

    1. a lot of these guys, like Duchscherer, Baez and Ensberg, are great obscure All Stars to stump people with

  3. Great cards. Hillenbrand and Bay are my favorites. Nice looking non-standard photos.

  4. I didn't realize they didn't have the bench players. You'd think Ichiro and Rivera would have gotten cards.