1993 Topps ’90 Reds Cards

12 12 2011

After peaking at 23 out of 25 possible 1990 World Series members in the 1990 and 1991 Topps sets (with 1 subset each), 1992 followed up with a still very significant 22 players (also plus 1 subset). Billy Bates, Ron Oester and Rick Mahler were not in the ’92 set, as they were all out of baseball by then.  A few more joined them on the sidelines for the 1993 Topps set.  Luis Quinones was out of baseball after playing only 2 games for the Twins in 1992.  Glenn Braggs had also had his last card in any set.  He played his last MLB game for the Reds in 1992, though he would go on to play 4 more seasons in Japan for the Yokohama BayStars.

Some more casualties were due to Topps increasing focus on prospecting in the base set.  Though the number of cards went up by 32, there were at least that many cards featuring players from the new Rockies and Marlins franchises, there was a new 28-card subset of youngsters called “Coming Attractions” in addition to the subsets already around the year before: 28-card Draft Picks subset, managers, and Prospects.

What did this mean?  A few less “solid contributors”.  Danny Jackson was one of these casualties – though he pitched over 200 innings 1992, he was excluded from the set.  Topps was the only base set to leave him out – Score, Fleer, Donruss and Upper Deck all had cards of Jackson in 1993.  I’m pretty sure he’ll be back – he still had an All-Star campaign and a World Series start in his future.  Jeff Reed made a little more sense – he just played 15 games in 1992 – though he did have a Fleer card, and he would stay in MLB until the 2000 season.  All told, we’re down to 18 players in 1993 – still a very significant number.

A ton of guys were no longer in Reds uniforms – but still in the set.  Lou Piniella is next to another future HOF manager, Joe Torre – but now he’s pictured as a Mariner.  Billy Hatcher and Herm Winningham had moved on to the Red Sox outfield, Eric Davis and Randy Myers were traded to the West coast, Jack Armstrong and Scott Scudder were both sent to Cleveland, and Mariano Duncan signed with Philadelphia.

There was again only one subset card, and yet again – it was again an All-Star card of Barry Larkin.

1992 – Lou Piniella, Jose Rijo, Tom Browning, Randy Myers, Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble, Jack Armstrong, Scott Scudder, Joe Oliver, Hal Morris, Mariano Duncan, Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo, Billy Hatcher, Eric Davis, Paul O’Neill, Todd Benzinger, Herm Winningham, Barry Larkin (AS)

I’m only missing the Browning, Armstrong and Sabo after opening my two boxes.




2 responses

26 06 2012
lynn hodgson

we have a card of Hal Morris 1993 topps with blank back. Value please

26 06 2012

Whatever you can get someone to pay you for it 🙂

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