248 Mariano Rivera
Topps did the 'retro fuzz' treatment on all the images in this set. On a lot of them it looks pretty awful, but this card is frickin' gorgeous. I'd love to see the mini version in person.
Here's the back design for these cards. There weren't no stats on the back in 1909 so quit yer bellyaching. Note the fake old timey staining printed on the back.
127 Javier Valentin
Javier never played a single inning for the Nationals. This is a complete waste of a card.
60 Daniel Murphy
Daniel looks a bit green on this card. After a year with the Mets, I don't blame him.
278 David Freese RC
I'm glad that the Jr. is on this card. I think there should be a federal law requiring that all new Tony Gwynn cards should have to specify the Jr. The punishment for not doing so: DEATH BY PAPERCUT.
191 Paul Konerko Piedmont Mini
160 Thurman Munson Bronze/Copper/Whatever thick parallel
I was sort of bummed to hear that there was a bullcrap parallel in this set, but it looks pretty nice. The border is basically the same color as the name and the Topps206 logo on the normal card. This is going straight into the set, I no longer pay attention to contrived parallels anymore. I've even incorporated minis into my 1975 Topps set, which I'm pretty sure is considered blasphemy in several mainstream religious sects.
7 Rocco Baldelli
Rocco's never going to be the second coming of Joe Dimaggio, is he?
58 Brian Roberts
Here's another example of a retroized card that came out right. Very nice.
Mickey Mantle Checklist 5 of 7
If Topps insists on making Mantle cards ubiquitous, it's nice they are finally putting him to work.
I like how they put the team name of each player on the checklist. #262 - Tommy Hanson! Hopefully it's not a shortprint of variation or all gimmicked up.