Allen & Ginter and Goodwin Champions are right up there with it, but I chose Topps206 for two reasons:
1) It's an all baseball set. I like the oddballs in my retro sets, but there's a purity to this set I find refreshing.
2) The short printed cards are variations that are technically outside the base set. This means that f I want to complete this set I could just go with the 1-300 base cards and call it a day. As someone with neither the time or the ca$h to be chasing a bunch of shorties, I appreciate this a lot.
So there it is, my set of the year even though I don't do award thingys on this blog. Let's open the last pack of '09 in its honor.
260 Andrew Miller
Andrew Miller either suffers from cripping social anxiety disorder or Topps is overusing the hell out of this pose. This is the 4th or 5th card where he's peeping over his glove.
64 Corey Hart
I tried so hard not to do this, really I did, but I can refrain no longer.
(why the hell can't I embed a crappy Corey Hart video? Seriously WTF YouTube?)
198 Brad Nelson RC
Brad's a big 'ol dude playing first for the Brewers. I think they have one of those already. This is Brad's rookie card, but he made his debut in '08. Since Brad is hopelessly blocked at first, he played in the OF last year in his September callup.
282 Ian Kinsler Piedmont mini
This card is why I collect cards. Just look at how cool this is. THE BALL'S IN THE GLOVE!
Also: this. Topps nailed this card.
Phil Hughes Auto Redemption
Have you ever seen a miscut redemption card before? Wild and wacky schtuff. Is it just me or are there a bunch of redemptions in this set?
262 Tommy Hanson RC
This card makes me grin like an idiot.
Mantle Checklist 5 of 7
Ending the year on a Mick. I'm tempted to check this checklist just out of principle.
There it is, so long crappy 2009 and hello awesome 2010! Happy happy everbody!