1993 Topps Traded

17 12 2011

Topps again issued a 132-card “Traded” set in 1993 the same as previous years; cards were numbered separately from the base set with a “T” suffix as #1-132.  The set contains cards of rookies who didn’t have a card in the base set, players who signed with or were traded to new teams, new managers, and a Team USA subset. The design is the same as the base set.

For the 2nd year, the box design was more colorful box with some red white and blue stripes at the top.

There are four cards of Reds 1990 World Champion members.

  • 1992 All-Star Norm Charlton was traded to the Mariners for Kevin Mitchell in mid-November.
  • Paul O’Neill was traded to the Yankees for Roberto Kelly shortly after the World Series.  We sure got the short end of the stick there.
  • Jack Armstrong was selected of the Indians’ roster as the Marlins’ 20th pick in the expansion draft.
  • Randy Myers left San Diego as a free agent to sign with the Cubs.  He’d produce immediate results, winning the Rolaids Relief Award in 1993 and saving 53 saves – the 2nd most ever at the time (still 5th most).

There are 3 Hall of Famers in the set.

  • Andre Dawson signed as a free agent with the Red Sox.
  • After knocking in the series-clinching run for Toronto and finishing 5th in the MVP voting, Dave Winfield signed with his hometown Minnesota Twins as a free agent.
  • Wade Boggs had his worst season ever in 1992 – it was his first season under .300, and .259 was the lowest he ever hit.  Unfortunately for the Red Sox, they let him walk, and though he never quite got back to his 1980’s form, he was a big part of the Yankees renaissance over the next 5 years.
  • Paul Molitor left Milwaukee after 15 seasons to replace Winfield as the DH for the World Champion Blue Jays.  Molitor went on to have one of the 2 best seasons of his career – hitting .332, earning 2nd place in the MVP voting, and helping the Blue Jays to their 2nd straight title.

Topps featured 22 players from the Team USA roster in the Topps Traded set.  There wasn’t one big tournament in 1993 (like the Olympics in 1992 or the Pan Am Games in 1991) – but Team USA did field a college team in a number of different tournaments.  Todd Helton is overwhelmingly the biggest name in this group – and the biggest RC of this set.

There are also some other “rookie” players worth showing here – though the idea of these rookies starting becoming a little less relevant around the mid-90’s.  The Piazza was probably the biggest card in the set when released, and he had one of the great rookie seasons of all-time in 1993.  But his rookie card is in 1992 Bowman – and he even had a card as part of the 1993 Topps “4-player prospects” subset.  Carl Everett actually had rookie cards in 1991, and Sele was in the draft pick subset in 1992 Topps.

There are some bona fide stars who switched teams to get into this set.  Both NL award winners switched teams.  Barry Bonds is the first card in the set – and this is his first Topps card with the defending MVP in a Giants uniform.  Cy Young winner Greg Maddux was the other huge free agent in the 1992 offseason – he signed with the Braves.  Padre teammates Sheffield and McGriff were traded within 3 weeks of each other to the Marlins and Braves.  Dave Cone and Andres Galarraga were also big signings.  After Cone was one of the first “rental” pitchers to help a team to a World Series title with Toronto in 1992, he signed with his original team the Royals, where he’d win the 1994 Cy Young.  Galarraga was the first big free agent signed by either the expansion Rockies or the Marlins.

There were also some other bigger names – I forgot that Kirk Gibson went back to Detroit to finish his career.


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17 12 2011
JT

I think I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. I really appreciate you posting these scans, especially of former Reds in new uniforms. I collect Reds cards, and occasionally I get some cards of former Reds, but more often than not I never see these cards, especially from the Traded sets. Thanks. Keep up the great work.

17 12 2011
chuckneo

Sure – thanks for the kind words! It’s certainly fun to do – 87-94 was when I first collected, so it’s fun to see these cards again from that perspective. It will be even more interesting when I get to the later 90’s and years when I didn’t collect at all!

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