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Thursday, February 23, 2006

More 2006 Topps info..

The set is a little weird. At least if you look at it through the lense of recent Topps base set issues.

First, the set is smaller. 330 cards. Previous Topps issues from the last few years have been in the 365-366 range.

Typically Series 1 has all the team managers. Series 2 has all the team cards. This year it's mixed. There are some team cards and some manager cards. Series two will have the reverse.

There is no card 297. It was supposed to be Alex Gordon. As I understand it, Alex hasn't played in an MLB game, so under the 'new' rules he wasn't allowed to be featured in the set. Small problem though.. They made a few cards... And shades of Lavar Arrington are seen in cards like this. I don't completely understand how that happens. If they can take the time to pull the card and cut out the center why not just pull the card completely.. In any event.. If you pull it, cash in.

Which brings up the real oddity. The rookie section. With baseball's new rules on rookie cards this set has a lot of cards with (RC) tags that already have rookie cards in the past. Beckett has the rookie tag on them.. MLBPA says they are rookies.. but I'll be honest. I feel a little guilty including it in my listings.
Brian Bullington is listed as a rookie.. He's had cards in sets for 3 years. Jeff Mathis, Chris Denorfia, Darrel Rasner.. Pretty much all of them have quite a few major MLBPA authorized rookie cards.
Only time will tell how collectors view these so called rookies.

Here's the full card list 2006 Topps


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