Today's set is Topps' 2006 Rookie of the Week promotion. According to BaseballCardPedia (always a wonderful source for more info about sets), "This 25-card set was distributed exclusively through Topps Home Team Advantage dealer network. A new card was available each week, and to acquire that week's card collectors had to purchase a pack of Topps cards from their local HTA dealer. Each card is a reprint of the player's Topps rookie card, but with a different photo then the original."
The same set/different picture is something Topps had started doing more of around that time, especially with the contemporary Fan Favorites set, which are far superior to the more recent Archives product that focuses on just a couple designs. The monopolists did a pretty nice job of player selection overall, with its 24 different players (more on that shortly) comprising mostly retired HOFers along with a few modern stars. As you'll see, nobody in this set will raise any eyebrows in 20 years.
Here's a look at the 25-card set:
The first group starts with Topps Baseball Tebow, Mickey Mantle, naturally, and then another eight Yankees right aft--oh wait, he's the only Yankee in this group of nine! Wow, that's actually kind of nice. I think Topps did well to jump all over the different decades instead of making these a lot more predictable and going chronologically. The alternate photos are pretty good too. I do have to laugh at the pair of assholes Bonds and Clemens going back-to-back, though.
This is still a fun set to look at once in a while, though, and I'm curious to hear some opinions from those of you interested in enough to comment, so have at it!