We start with the big takeaway. I've documented on here, once or twice, the struggle of having the last three years of Nomar Garciaparra's career blacked out by Topps' lack of a contract for him. I've made cards of him from 2008 and 2009, and now I'm finally doing a 2007 Topps one. It's an important one, because in 2007 I was just getting into the hobby, and had a knowledge solely based off of 2003 and 2004 era MLB stars, and wanted to make sure they were all still around. And I found 2007 Topps issues of people like Chipper Jones, Randy Johnson, Frank Thomas, etc, and I wasn't finding any of Nomar, yet was reassured that he was still playing. I only found out about the contract thing later.
So, here's Nomar's 2007 Topps card. It commemorates a statistically down year, where he'd hit .283 and 59 RBIs over 121 games, but struggle mightily in WAR and on defense, leading to a diminished role in the 2008 team. Still, it happened, and now the Topps card is out there.
Tomorrow we go back to 2006 to talk about a few Giants who really should have been documented by Topps.