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Topps Honors 2016 Hank Aaron Award Nominees

Topps' Throwback Thursday cards have, typically, thrown back to entire sets or subsets but for their week 20 series, they're throwing back to one specific card to honor the 2016 Hank Aaron award nominees.

The first card of the 1974 Topps baseball set paid tribute to Hank Aaron who was set to beat Babe Ruth's long standing home run record early in the 1974 season (he finished 1973 one run shy of matching the record). Aaron was also the subject of cards #2-6 of that set with each of those cards highlighting four different years of his career to that point.

This week's Throwback Thursday set takes the design of card #1 and places six of the 2016 Hank Aaron award nominees in his place. The checklist for these cards is

30 players in all, one from each team, are nominated for their skills in the batting box and a winner from each league will be announced during the 2016 World Series. This is the 17th year for the Hank Aaron award which was launched in 1999 for the 25th anniversary of his record breaking feat.

Although there are 24 other nominees for the 2016 Hank Aaron award, Topps chose six players who are regular inclusions in the Throwback checklist. Bryant appears on four cards, Seager on five, Trout on four, Ortiz on seven, and Altuve on three. This is only Arenado's first card in the series and, adding this week, this particular grouping of players now appears on 29 of the 113 cards.

As with all Throwback Thursday sets, these cards are available exclusively on Topps' website and for only one week (Thursday to Thursday). Their limited release typically means that between 500-750 sets are printed (the exclusion being the inaugural set which sold over 1,600 copies).

2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Set 13 1957 Football Roberto Clemente
2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Set 13 1957 Football Roberto Clemente
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2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Set 19 1961 Design Altuve Arenado Votto
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2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Set 12 Corey Seager RC Mookie Betts
2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Set 12 Corey Seager RC Mookie Betts
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2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Set 6 1975 Design Mike Trout Willie Mays
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2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Set 17 1972 Corey Seager Gary Sanchez RC
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2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Set 15 Mod Squad Design Cubs Dodgers Mets
2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Set 15 Mod Squad Design Cubs Dodgers Mets
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2016 Topps Throwback Thursday TBT 153 Kyle Schwarber 83 ESB Style PR 332
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2016 Topps Throwback Thursday TBT 4 Kris Bryant 1955 Bowman Style SP
2016 Topps Throwback Thursday TBT 4 Kris Bryant 1955 Bowman Style SP
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2016 Topps Throwback Thursday RK1 TBT Rocky 40th 172 Rocky Balboa PSA 10
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