Topps Porcelain cards

28 01 2012

During the mid 1990’s, R&N China issued a bunch of “reprint” or “parallel” versions of various Topps cards.  Some of the porcelain cards created were reprints – for example, they did a full run of all 26 of Nolan Ryan’s cards.

They did a 12-card “Dream Team” set of 1950’s cards of various Hall of Famers – from Satchel Paige to Casey Stengel to Whitey Ford.  This set isn’t connected to my Lifetime Topps project in any way – but here’s a photo I found from a lot on eBay:

A set of old Topps Mickey Mantle cards was created at some point, as well.  This was a full run of 23 of his cards from 1952-1969 – it was numbered /2401 (the number of games he played).  I think this includes Bowman cards.  I’ve also seen what looks like a similar set for Roberto Clemente (#/3,000) and Willie Mays (#/660) cards while looking around eBay.  And I’ve seen quite a few Ripken cards (82, 82 Traded, 83, 92, 95 Traded) – so they may have done a full set of his cards as well.

Some of the reprints would fall into years that I collected – obviously 15 of the full run of Ryan cards would be included.  They also did what I think is a 6-card set of Ryan – containing his 1990 base card, his 1989 Topps traded card, and the 4 subset cards from 1990 honoring his 5,000th strikeout.  This set was numbered /10,000.

I’ve also seen a set that must have been around 1994 called “Tomorrow’s Hall of Famers” – here’s a picture below.  It’s probably around 1994 or 1995, since it has Piazza but also has Winfield and Ozzie.

They also definitely did porcelain versions of the 1998 Topps “Hall Bound” insert set.

There’s also a Babe Ruth set that has the 10 Ruth cards from the 1962 Topps set and 4 cards from the 1933 Goudey set

In addition to the ones noted above, here are some of the other “reprints” of cards from 1992 and before that I’ve found on a quick scan of eBay (at least of those since 1980):

  • 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson
  • 1983 Topps Wade Boggs
  • 1983 Topps Ryne Sandberg
  • 1984 Topps Darryl Strawberry
  • 1985 Topps Eric Davis
  • 1985 Topps Mark McGwire OLY
  • 1985 Topps Traded Vince Coleman
  • 1986 Topps Traded Will Clark
  • 1986 Topps Traded Jose Canseco
  • 1986 Topps Traded Bo Jackson
  • 1987 Topps Kevin McReynolds
  • 1987 Topps Mark McGwire
  • 1987 Topps Andy Van Slyke
  • 1987 Topps Traded Greg Maddux
  • 1988 Topps Chris Sabo
  • 1990 Topps Sammy Sosa
  • 1991 Topps Frank Thomas
  • 1991 Topps Dave Justice
  • 1991 Topps Cecil Fielder

They also did quite a few of “parallel” versions of current cards in the mid-90’s.  I’ve read some things that claim that a full reproduction was done of the 1993, 1994 and 1995 sets, but read other things saying that a full parallel being done is very unlikely.  Looking around on eBay seems to support the latter – though it may be they were all produced but only distributed if ordered.  So stars would have more cards in circulation.  There are certainly quite a few porcelain reproduction cards from the 1993 set.  Here’s what I’ve seen from 1993 and on – that would fall in the category of “parallel” as opposed to reprints.  This is just after a quick scan of eBay – obviously there are many more.

  • 1993 Topps Ken Griffey Jr.
  • 1993 Topps Mark Lemke
  • 1993 Topps Joe Carter
  • 1993 Topps Jeff Conine
  • 1993 Topps Lenny Dykstra
  • 1993 Topps Paul Molitor
  • 1993 Topps Joe Oliver
  • 1993 Topps Steve Reed
  • 1993 Topps Sandy Alomar
  • 1993 Topps Jim Tatum
  • 1993 Topps Paul Assenmacher
  • 1993 Topps Charlie Hayes
  • 1993 Topps Jay Howell
  • 1993 Topps Tommy Greene
  • 1993 Topps All-Stars – Larkin / Fryman
  • 1993 Topps Traded Mike Piazza
  • 1994 Topps Ken Griffey Jr.
  • 1994 Topps Frank Thomas
  • 1995 Topps Ken Griffey Jr.
  • 1995 Topps Frank Thomas
  • 1995 Topps Greg Maddux
  • 1995 Topps Tim Salmon
  • 1995 Topps Eddie Murray
  • 1995 Topps Babe Ruth Commemorative
  • 1995 Topps Brett Butler
  • 1995 Topps Tony Pena
  • 1996 Topps Frank Thomas
  • 1996 Topps Rickey Henderson
  • 1996 Topps Omar Vizquel
  • 1996 Topps Orel Hershiser
  • 1996 Topps Albert Belle
  • 1996 Topps Raul Mondesi
  • 1996 Topps Greg Maddux (Star Power)
  • 1997 Topps Ken Griffey Jr.
  • 1997 Topps Greg Maddux
  • 1997 Topps Andruw Jones

I found some good info on this from two related posts – good reads if you find this interesting:

Clyde’s Stale Cards

Collecting the Cubs

If anyone has anything to add about these – I’d certainly love to hear!  I’ve updated some of my older posts to point this out.




10 responses

28 01 2012

I know Topps did a ’93 of Piazza as well. Not sure if there are any others, but I’ve seen that card a few times on ebay. Haven’t gotten my paws on it yet though haha

28 01 2012

Good to know – that’s got to be topps traded if its 93

18 06 2015

I have a 94 set of the 23 Mantle porcelain set. I too am very curious. I have never seen another full set of 23 with the same # out of 2401. I have # 307 a game against the A’s. It was a game he hit 1 of 10 grand slams. I think it’s amazing. I would love to know more I’ve had these for over 20 years now and still never found another.

19 06 2015

Hi Dave – thanks for checking out the blog! I don’t know anything about them other than what I put on the blog – which was just done via some internet searches. They seem like cool collectibles, particularly if you’re a Mantle fan.

18 06 2015

please contact me.

18 06 2015

I to have a set of Mantle porcelain cards #307/2401 I’ve had them for over 20 years please let me know if you have any more info.

15 11 2015
Bob Forsyth

I also have a set of the 23 Cards. But I am missing the certification from the set, set # 848

1 01 2016
State of the Blog – 2016 | Lifetime Topps project

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20 10 2018
Gerry Eastwood

I found a Nolan Ryan/Jerry Kidman rookie card. But what I can’t figure out is instead of numbered, it has “AP” in black marker. Any ideas?

23 10 2018

Not sure on my end. I think the porcelain cards usually were hand numbered, in marker of some type, but I don’t know about the AP.

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