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Saturday, February 12, 2011

2011 Topps: Found It and Two 1990 Minor Leaguers

I finally found some 2011 Topps, at our local Target last night. I was out looking last weekend, stopped at a couple Targets and a Wal-Mart and didn't find any. Did spot a young kid getting a repack of cards with his dad. That was nice to see.

But my wife and I stopped back this Target Friday night. My mission was the cards, the 2011 Topps and a Valentine's card. I checked out before she did so she wouldn't see the card. Don't tell her about the Valentine's card. I want it to be a surprise.

So I picked up four packs. For the purposes of this blog, I'm always looking for CMC set members. And, as far as I've been able to tell, they're pretty much done playing. But there are a few managers out there. And a couple of players that could have made the CMC set, but were in the wrong teams.

I actually got two of those players, one of whom has a direct connection to the set besides playing in the minors in 1990. His brother is in the set.

That's them, minus Harmon Killebrew. Both Arthur Rhodes and Jim Thome were in the minors in 1990.

Thome was in his second professional season in 1990, taken in the 13th round of the 1989 draft. In 1990, he played between rookie league Burlington and high-A Kinston.

He also made it onto a ProCards card, he just wasn't included in the main CMC set. Thome made his major league debut in September 1991.

Rhodes was in his third professional season in 1990, taken in the second round of the 1988 draft. In 1990, Rhodes played at high-A Frederick and AA Hagerstown. Members of the Hagerstown Suns made the CMC set, but Rhodes did not.

Rhodes' brother, however, did make the set. Ricky Rhodes made the set as a member of the Greensboro Hornets. I covered Ricky Rhodes back in early March. I may take another look at that one sometime in the future.

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