The number of guys from the 1990 World Series team was down to just 2 for the 2004 Topps set. That’s a decrease of 1. The 1 player who was gone after having a card in the 2003 set was Jose Rijo.
- Rijo came back after 5 years off to pitch two seasons for the Reds as a reliever. He is one of two players to play after having received Hall of Fame votes (Minnie Minoso).
Lou Piniella and Barry Larkin were both back in the Topps set – this would be Larkin’s last Topps card, while Piniella basically had cards through the 2009 season for his time with the cubs and Devil Rays.
2004 – Barry Larkin, Lou Piniella
They had 3 parallel cards as well – Topps Gold, Topps Black and 1st Edition.
Larkin also was featured in the 2004 Hit Parade insert set, as he was 7th on the active hit list at that point.
Piniella was also featured in the Series Seats Relic set, for his days with the Yankees.
Finally, Paul O’Neill was also featured with the Evil Empire in a World Series set – you could find him in the Series Stitches relic set – though his “stitches” was a bat piece.