I wouldn’t be surprised if most of you have never opened a pack of Topps Total, so that’s why I figured I’d bust one here.
Let’s see which players are still active 11 years later.
Ugh. The first card is a Yankee.
On the plus side, it’s 40-year-old Kevin Brown who’d have a 6.50 in his final season.
Vernon Wells. I do not miss those 2004-2011 “Black Jays” uniforms. Bleah.
What they’re wearing now is what they should always wear, it *is* the Blue Jays, like it or not.
Paul Wilson, wearing the uniform the Reds threw back to the other day.
I hadn’t really thought about it before opening this pack, but the little “name bar” at the bottom is very similar to what’s used in 2016 Topps.
Oohh, it’s J.J. Hardy! With his original team, the Brewers. The Brewers need to ditch these unis… Go with the “Ball In Glove MB” logo if you want to, but these have got to go.
There’s our first still-active player in this pack.
Here’s the silver parallel for this pack, it’s “The Mayor”, Sean Casey.
I always felt that the photos in Topps Total should’ve been cropped a little tighter.
Rookie card for Dana Eveland and Travis Hinton.
Eveland is also active, having pitched for the Rays. As a personal favor to him, I won’t mention any of his 2016 stats.
2005 was the final year for Travis Hinton; not only did he not make it beyond high-A, he also spent 2005 in the White Sox organization, not with the Brewers.
Another rookie card! Yay!
Ryan Sweeney was a highly-regarded prospect at the time, and he did have some success in the Majors, mostly with Oakland. He’s been out of the game since 2014, so I guess he’s retired. Brian Miller is another guy who peaked in A-ball… Well… within Affiliated ball, anyway. In 2006 he played for the Atlantic League’s Road Warriors team. For those who aren’t familiar with this team, they existed because the Nashau Pride folded, leaving the league with just 7 teams. To balance the schedule, the league created an 8th team, the Road Warriors which – as you might have guessed – played every game on the road. In 2006, that team finished 33.5 games behind the division winning Bridgeport Bluefish (and, sadly enough, tied with the Newark Bears for last place). In 2007, the team finished a mere 29 games behind.. In 2008, the Atlantic League expanded to Waldorf, MD and with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs added to the lineup, the Road Warriors were put out of their misery.
Here’s the back of J.J. Hardy’s card, complete with the game that they added as an attempt to garner more interest in these cards.
It didn’t work, because 2005 was the last year for Topps Total Baseball… But Total did continue another two years for Football.