Saturday, June 25, 2011

2006 Topps Alen & Ginter N43 "The World's Champions"

 Set size: 15 cards

Front Design: A copy of that year's Allen & Ginter mini card design appears on top of background art including leaves, flags, and old-time baseball players relaxing on the grass.

Back Design: The set title and card subject appears at the top beneath the card number, and the entire set checklist commands the majority of the remaining space. The bottom quarter of the card back is filled with logos and legalese.

Parallels and Similars: The Rodriguez and Bonds cards have an autographed parallel (10 copies), while the Pujols and Gibson have 50-copy relic parallels. The N43 set is a minor redesign of the original N43 cards issued in 1888, and is fairly true to the original design and layout.

Distribution: One card was issued in every other hobby box of 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter.

Thoughts: The original set was more varied, including pole vaulters, hammer throwers, club swingers, and pedestrians. Because the originals didn't include a lot of text (just the subject, player, and team), they look more elegant. However, even in its redesigned release here the cards are attractive.

Additional Links: See the Old Cardboard website for additional information on the original N43 set.

Additional Images:
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