2006 Topps Updates & Highlights

What I pulled--

Inserts and Parallels:
Gold Parallel (#ed to 2006) - Sal Fasano, Tony Graffanino, Mark Hendrickson, Livan Hernandez, Cory Lidle In Memoriam,
Chase Utley All-Star, Barry Zito All-Star, Orioles Team Leaders, Postseason Highlights ALCS Game 4
1st Edition Parallel - Howie Kendrick
Chrome Rookie Box Topper - Matt Kemp
Rookie Debut - Brian Bannister, Boone Logan, Nick Markakis, Sean Marshall, Russell Martin, Lastings Milledge, Kendry
Morales, David Pauley, Scott Thorman

All-Star Stitches - Mariano Rivera black All-Star workout jersey

I am going to sound like a broken record. But Topps Update is as good as Series 1 and Series 2.
And that is pretty darn good.

This is going to be a short review, since I stated my strong approval for the other two sets. The
design is still gorgeous. The 330-card set is made up of 132 veterans and 48 rookies, plus
another 160 cards highlighting the 2006 season, including the postseason highlight cards (which
were clearly done at the last minute, since they don't have any foil on them.

The inserts and parallels are very basic. Gold parallels are plentiful and 1st Edition falls one per box. Each
box has a chrome rookie box topper, which is a nice touch and adds a little extra oomph in the box. The
Rookie Debut insert is basic, and the name says it all.

As for relics and autos, the autos are there but rare, while the relics fall one per box. This years design for
the All-Star Stitches cards is a bit loud, which isn't usually a problem with Topps, and to be honest, I'm a
little confused as to the shape of the cutout that reveals the relic. But this box really isn't about that.

Topps made a great decision with how they handled the Cory Lidle card (I pulled the Gold parallel, which
is pictured on this site's home page), and made the best of a very difficult and sensitive situation.

The grade is simple. Finish off your 2006 Master set by getting Updates and Highlights. It is a fun box to open.......................