2003 Topps Traded & Rookies Baseball marked the third straight year the set combined both the Topps and Topps Chrome brands. The rookie-heavy checklist includes Robinson Cano, Hanley Ramirez and Brian McCann.
2003 Baseball Cards
Not every year can be a collecting haven and 2003 is a perfect example. There were several solid rookie players from 2003 baseball cards, but none that have proven to be elite. Also, for the second time in seven seasons, the small-market Florida Marlins prevailed as MLB Champions, beating the New York Yankees. Popular rookie players include Robinson Cano, Hideki Matsui, Ryan Howard, Hanley Ramirez, and Kevin Youkilis.
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2003 Topps Baseball cards are instantly recognizable for their blue borders. The rookie crop isn’t fantastic, with Kevin Youkilis leading the way. However, there are lots of inserts and a growing sense of nostalgia.
Combining Bowman and Bowman Chrome into one release, 2003 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects is highlighted by rookie cards of Robinson Cano, Ryan Howard and a Nick Markakis autograph. Inserts include a variety of Refractors and additional autographs.
Although not quite the blockbuster as the two previous years, 2003 Bowman Chrome Baseball is still another strong option for rookie card collectors. Key cards include autographs of Hanley Ramirez, Brian McCann and Kevin Youkilis.