Iconic D-backs card: Upton in '06

April 8th, 2021

As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Topps baseball cards, we've asked fans (as well as our staff) to submit their all-time favorite baseball cards, and we've broken them down by team. We'll be revealing submissions regularly throughout the season, ranging from the famous to the weird, and everything in between.

To begin the series we'll be looking at one iconic card from each team.

Iconic D-backs card: Justin Upton, 2006 Bowman Chrome Refractor

Upton was one of the most hyped prospects after the D-backs drafted him first overall in the 2005 MLB Draft. He ascended through Arizona's farm system quickly, and by '06 he was already knocking on the door to the Majors. Though he wouldn't make his Major League debut until the next year, this 2006 Bowman Chrome Refractor is a gem -- the design is sleek and uncomplicated, and the pose is Upton doing what he does best, hit and hit for power.

Upton has had a great career. He's a four-time All-Star and has 308 career home runs. He's currently with the Angels, but over his 15-year career he's also played for the Braves, Padres and Tigers in addition to the D-backs.

Upton's raw power is prodigious, and the 2006 Chrome Refractor definitely captures power in its design. Another great feature for any fan is that some of these beauties -- including the one here -- came autographed.

While Upton's career is still in full swing, there's nothing quite like a rookie card, and especially an autographed one. In this case, we go back in time to when Upton was one of the most exciting prospects in the game.