Nineteen Ninety Six was a tough year for Major League Baseball, baseball fans, and Topps baseball cards. The season fell right in the middle of the 1994 strike that cancelled the World Series for the first time since 1904, and the 1998 resurgence with the McGwire & Sosa homerun race. At 440 total cards, Topps manufactured its smallest base set since 1957 (the first year of modern-sized baseball cards). Also, no Traded/Update set was manufactured for the first time since Topps began manufacturing Traded/Update sets every year in 1981.
Basically, the 1996 Topps baseball card set barely fills up the two 1" binders that I've inserted it into, but it's is also too thick to fit into a single 1" binder. To help remedy this dilemma, I started collecting the Mickey Mantle Commemorative Insert Set (missing only one). Yesterday, I added the 15-card Classic Confrontation insert set, which contains at least 10 current or near future Hall-of-Famers.