I was really excited about this package because I thought I was finishing off a bunch of projects. I was wrong.
In 1996 Topps immortalized the late great Mickey Mantle with card #7 in it's set. A tribute to his uniform number.
From 1997 - 2005 Topps didn't produce a card #7 as a tribute to The Mick. Then, starting in 2006 Topps issued card #7 with Mickey Mantle on it up until 2012. Starting again in 2013 and continuing through 2016, again there was no Topps #7 card. Earlier this month 2017 Topps was released and the collecting world was treated to card #7 again, but this time it was not of Mantle, but it was a card featuring another Yankee superstar in the making, Gary Sanchez.
The paragraph above is probably not new to most of you reading this. It wasn't new to me either. I had set aside the various 2006 - 2012 Topps card #7 that I came across but I was missing 2 cards; 2009 and 2011. I actually had the Topps Opening Day version of the 2011 card, but when I placed my most recent comc order I decided to "complete" the mini set and I ordered the 2009 and 2011 cards.
So here they are in chronological order; 2006 - 2012.
Which one is your favorite? For me, it's between the 2007 and 2009 cards.
I wanted to show the cards backs because again, they're all card #7. Aren't they great? And they completed a small little project; right?
I was doing a little research and I learned that in 2006 when Topps issued it's first card #7 since 1996 they produced a 10 card insert set called the Mickey Mantle Collection that featured a Mantle card in each Topps design 1996 - 2005.
Now I've got to get my hands on those 10 cards. I realized that I actually already have one of them (MM1997), so I guess I only need 9, but it's frustrating to think I was adding 2 cards and finishing off a project to learning that I need 9 additional cards to complete the project.
If you have any of the 2006 Topps Mickey Mantle Collection cards I need please let me know. Thanks!
MM1996 Mickey Mantle
MM1998 Mickey Mantle
MM1999 Mickey Mantle
MM2000 Mickey Mantle
MM2001 Mickey Mantle
MM2002 Mickey Mantle
MM2003 Mickey Mantle
MM2004 Mickey Mantle
MM2005 Mickey Mantle