Like last week, the Week 6 cards were issued right around the All-Star break and went with an All-Star theme. This time, it was two-time All-Star Game MVPs. Good news, with only one current player in the group, there isn't much room for player duplication. Mediocre news, that one current player is a duplicate.
Good news, the Orioles and the Expos are first timers to the Throwback Thursday set. Bad news, two-time All-Star Game MVPs has only happened five times, which means Topps charged the same $19.99 per set with one less card.
Weeks 1, 4, & 6 feature a horizontal layout. The 1975 Topps MVP design was an interesting choice but with two cards having horizontal and vertical mini cards on them, its kind of "meh" to me. Look at Topps trying to make me not like horizontal cards.
|#31 Willie Mays|
|#32 Mike Trout|
|#33 Cal Ripken|
|#34 Gary Carter|
|#35 Steve Garvey|
I like the theme although I wish they kept going with the 6 card sets-within-a-set. Now the set will be numbered weird. And it appears others felt that way too as this was (and still is through Week 9) the set with the lowest print run to date at just 570 sets.
Maybe because there wasn't a Cub this week (or the next three) but my enthusiasm for these is dying off.
As mentioned, the Orioles and Expos join the list of teams used with 14 still unused. The Dodgers get their 7th, while the Angels and Giants both get their 2nd. Trout s the 6th player to get a 2nd card in the set joining Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, Jake Arrieta and Noah Syndergaard.