i recently introduced my mini collection focusing on my favorite cards from each year that i've been a collector. the basic gist is that i wanted to create a space for the cards that i most appreciated having in my collection in the year that they were released. these were cards that i acquired in the year that they were issued, and that i considered to be my favorites at the time. i have disallowed (most) cards that are already in other mini collections in order to avoid having a mini collection consisting of more steve garvey, double plays, and dodger stadium cards.
in 2006 i was having fun following the dodgers. jim tracy was out, and the kids were coming up. i was excited about russell martin, andre ethier, james loney, and matt kemp - each of whom debuted that season. i was even excited about seeing uber prospect joel guzman get the call to the majors, and he did in june of that year. mostly, i was excited about seeing nomar in dodger blue, but we'll get to that in a bit.
favorite non-dodger card: upper deck mark grudzielanek
favorite dodger card: topps update & highlights nomar garciaparra
while i appreciated topps' efforts to photoshop nomar in to a dodger uniform in the opening day and factory team set releases, i really wanted an honest to goodness nomar dodger card to add to my topps flagship/update team sets that i had been curating in real time since 1978. when update was released, i was happy to see this card, although i was a bit confused as to why there wasn't just a normal card for garciaparra. this turned out to be his last topps card which disappointed me given that he was a favorite of mine.
up next - 2015. stay tuned!