I find it odd that Andrew McCutchen (PHI-3) was included in the 2022 Phillies team set. In November 2021, the Phillies turned down Cutch's team option for the 2022 season allowing Cutch to enter free agency. On the same day, Odubel Herrera and Ronald Torreyes were also taken off the Phillies 40 man roster.
Oddly enough the Mets team set features Max Scherzer and Starling Marte who signed just before the lockout on December 1st.
There were some other players included on the Phillies Topps team set that didn't make much sense. Ian Kennedy (PHI-10) and Ronald Torreyes (PHI-15) were also included in the Phillies packaged team sets available at the ballpark and regional releases. Both were free agents following the 2021 season. Kennedy signed with the Diamondbacks. He is pitching well for the Diamondbacks so far this season appearing in 24 innings with 22 strikeouts and a 3.65 ERA in relief. Torreyes resigned with the Phillies on a minor league contract. He has since been released by the organization.
Below is a screenshot from a team set available online showcasing the checklist for both the Phillies and Mets.
Do you collect these team sets of your favorite teams?
If so do you open the set or leave it sealed?
I have a few of the Pirates team sets that are still sealed because Cutch was the cover of the team set.
Why do you think that guys who were not on the 40 man roster in November were included for the Phillies team set, but guys who signed on December 1st were included on the Mets team set?