The last design from the Topps quartet of cards in 2013 Archives is 5 years later – the 1990 Topps set.
The set features a player photo surrounded by a colorful border. Dotted designs cover most of that border, with two corners remaining a solid color. The player name appears in a rhombus at the bottom right hand corner. The team name is written in block letters in the top left, with the Topps logo in one of the right-hand corners. For the 4th straight year and the 6th time overall, Topps did not present the player’s position on the face of the card. The back features yellow-green cardstock with the card number in the upper left corner next to the player name, position, biographical information and Topps logo. Statistics from each season and career totals are presented. When there was room at the bottom, Topps included a player-specific write-up and/or a “Monthly Scoreboard” feature, which listed player statistics by month.
There are 3 players in the 1990 design who were in MLB that year.
2 of them had cards in the 1990 set, but Goose Gossage is of the “Cards that never were” variety. Gossage came back to the Yankees in the second half of the 1989 season but was out of baseball for a bit in early 1990. He eventually signed with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks in the Nippon Professional League in Japan.
Gossage only has one card in 1990 – from Donruss. I’ve shown it to the right. The Archives card on the left looks like it’s from 1982 or 1983 when he was at the end of his first stint with the Yankees. It’s tough to tell for sure, however – Gossage didn’t look that much older in 1990 than he did in the mid-80’s. The reason I think the Archives card is from an earlier time – he’s got the full handlebar mustache, but on the 1990 Donruss card he has more of a regular mustache.
It looks like it’s the correct year (or close), too. Definitely a later portion of his time with the Yankees – not the early 80’s.
This may have been right round when “the Boss” was paying known mafia members to dig up information on Winfield, whom Steinbrenner had dubbed “Mr. May”.
Though Gwynn was still in pretty good shape in 1990 (I think he started putting on weight in the early 1990’s), the dead giveaway is the RAK on his sleeve. The Padres wore this in honor of their deceased former owner, Ray Kroc, who passed away before the 1984 season. They wore the initials in 1984, 1985 and 1986.