While I'm here, though, I might as well continue the Should Have Been November series, and do the 2006 Rockies that Topps dared not touch. The big one, Troy Tulowitzki, I can sort of understand, as he came up in late August, and would still qualify as a rookie in 2007. Tulo's 2006 numbers weren't much to note, as he hit .240 with 23 hits and 6 RBIs in 25 games. Thankfully, his better contact numbers would come eventually.
Jose Mesa did technically have a Rockies card in 2006 Topps, but it was a card that pasted a Rockies logo over a Pirates card. No real flagship card actually showed the veteran receiver in Denver, so I made one. Huzzah. Mesa's usual solid setup work carried over excellently to the Rockies, delivering the last truly great season of his decades-long career. In 76 games, Mesa had a 3.86 ERA with 39 Ks and a 1.3 WAR. Not bad for a 40-year-old. Mesa would split 2007 between Detroit and his old stomping grounds in Philly, the latter of which would help him end his career in October.
Tomorrow, we go to 2007 for some dispatches from the Royals team.