March 31, 2012

Pack Rippin': 2006 Topps

In this round of Pack Rippin' I decided to break open a cello pack of 2006 Topps.  This pack holds 22 cards...

What a disappointing pack.

I got 22 base cards.   No inserts, parallels, or rookies to bring a sparkle to my eye.  But there will still be a vote for a card to make it into the Community Choice Collection so I hand-picked the 4 cards from the pack with players who I believe put together a pretty good 2006 seasons.  First candidate is...

...Carlos Zambrano, who won 16 games in 2006 for a terrible Cubs squad that finished with the worst record in the National League.  Carlos struggled with control issues throughout the season issuing a league leading 115 walks.  Even though he gave up all those free passes and had to endure very poor run support, Zambrano still managed to strikeout 210 batters and post a respectable 3.41 ERA.  He finished 5th in the NL Cy Young voting and was chosen to his 2nd All-Star game.  Plus, he slugged 6 home runs in 2006, tying the Cubs record for pitchers and earning himself a Silver Slugger Award.

Next we have...

Matt Holliday, who emerged as a star for the Rockies in 2006.  Matt posted very good offensive numbers that season by batting .326 with 34 home runs, 114 RBI, and 119 runs scored.  For his accomplishments in 2006, Holliday was voted to his very first All-Star game and earned his first Silver Slugger award.

The third candidate is...

Travis Hafner, who enjoyed the best season of his injury-plagued career in 2006.  "Pronk", as he called, batted .308 with 42 homers and 117 RBI in 2006 while leading the league in slugging percentage and OPS.  Hafner also tied Don Mattingly for the Major League Record of most grand slams in a season with a total of 6.

And the final card up for vote is...

 Ryan Howard, who showed the sports world that he would not have to endure a sophomore slump.  After winning the National League's Rookie of the Year Award in 2005, Howard engineered one of the best seasons in Phillies' history in 2006.  He batted .316 while leading the league in homers (59) and RBI (149).  Howard's 59 homers are a Phillies' franchise record and the most ever hit in Major League history by a player in his second season.  Howard earned his first All-Star appearance and his first Silver Slugger award in 2006 but more importantly, Howard won the National League's Most Valuable Player Award.

So, which card will make it into the 
Community Choice Collection?
The choice is yours.

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