2006 Topps Baseball Cards
The 2006 Topps Baseball Card Set features 659 standard size cards. The set was originally to be issued at the more common 660 card set count, but Topps was forced to pull card #297 Alex Gordon very early in production due to new requirements put in place by the MLBPA regarding qualifications for releasing rookie cards. Estimates are less than 500 of the cards were released (known as Gordon's FULL rookie card) and perhaps up to 5000 cards made it into packs as a CUT OUT variation. The cut out card has Gordon's image completely cut out of the picture leaving just a surrounding cardboard frame. Card #297 is very scarce and the set is considered complete without it.
Subsets for the 2006 Topps Baseball Card Set includes Manager Cards, Team Cards, Future Stars, Gold Glove Winners, League Leaders, MVPs, Rookies of The Year and Combo Cards.
The key rookie cards for this set include #641 Justin Verlander, #355 Jonathan Papelbon, #617 Ryan Zimmerman, and #639 Prince Fielder. Veteran stars such as Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, and Vladimir Guerrero are also included among many others stars.
The 2006 Topps Baseball Card Set was released in two 330 card series with cards #1-330 released in February and cards #331-660 released later in the year.
By Dean Hanley