Wednesday, May 4, 2016

2006 Topps Pre-Production #PP1: Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners, OF

     Ichiro Suzuki had just completed 5 seasons in the majors to start 2006, although already 32 years of age.  He would again be selected to the All-Star team and win another Gold Glove award, both for the sixth consecutive time.  Suzuki led all of the majors with 224 Hits--a category that he would rank top two in for 10 straight years.  His 9 Triples and 45 Stolen Bases were also good enough to rank 3rd in the league that year.   

     The 2006 Topps Pre-Production release contained only 3 cards (I.Suzuki, A.Rodriguez, A.Pujols), and contained nearly identical photographs as the Topps base set.  During the 1990's, the Pre-Production sets often contained 9 cards with variation poses.  Regardless, I continue to integrate the Pre-Production cards with my base sets along with the Traded/Update sets as shown below.  Actually, the Pre-Production cards appear to be less "touched-up" than the base cards, which have always appeared to look dark to me in the 2006 set.  As always, the card backs for the Pre-Production vary a little from the base cards.  It's hard to believe that it's been over 10 years since the release of the 2006 Topps set.  

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