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Topps has finally wrapped up its big base product insert set with the announcement of the last three cards in the 2008 Baseball Series 2 Red Hot Rookie Redemption series. # 18 is Texas Rangers' catcher Taylor Teagarden, rs, # 19 is Washington Nationals' pitcher Collin Balester and # 20 is Lou Montanez, Outfielder, Orioles.
Each Topps Series 2 Hobby Box includes one Red Hot Rookie Redemption, which can be redeemed online. The cards are printed on Topps Chrome Refractor Technology.
The set is fairly easy to complete. A check of eBay showed nearly 100 Red Hot Rookie cards for sale, with most unautographed cards selling for less than $10.
The cards found in packs and redeemed online will be shipped to collectors first week of November.
2008 Topps Baseball Set: Red Hot Rookies
# 1 Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds / Autographed
# 2 Justin Masterson, Boston Red Sox
# 3 John Bowker, San Francisco Giants
# 4 Kosuke Fukudome, Chicago Cubs
# 5 Mike Aviles, Kansas City Royals
# 6 Chris Davis, Texas Rangers
# 7 Chris Volsatd, Florida Marlins
# 8 Jeff Samardzija, Chicago Cubs
# 9 Brad Ziegler, Oakland A’s
# 10 Gio Gonzalez, Oakland A’s
# 11 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
# 12 Daniel Murphy, New York Mets
# 13 Chris Dickerson, Cincinnati Reds
# 14 Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
# 15 Nick Evans, New York Mets
# 16 Clayton Richard, Chicago White Sox
# 17 Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
# 18 Taylor Teagraden, Texas Rangers
# 19 Collin Balester, Washington Nationals
# 20 Lou Montanez, Baltimore Orioles