Card I selected: #170 – Carlton Fisk
Back to a Hall of Famer for my pick in the 1991 set. This is one of the best photos in a set stocked full of great photos. It’s definitely my favorite action photo.
# of cards (including the Topps card): 6
The parallel sets in 1991 include:
- Desert Shield
- Cracker Jack
1991 Topps #170
1991 O-Pee-Chee #170
Like 1990, the Canadian version of the Topps set was no different on the front. And the set was again as large as the regular Topps set – 792 cards.
Here are the differences for this card:
- The copyright on the bottom of the back says O-Pee-Chee and notes the card was printed in Canada.
- Any wording on the back is in both English and French.
- The card is printed on white stock unlike the grey of the regular Topps card.
1991 Topps Tiffany #170
For the 8th and final year, Topps issued a Tiffany variation in factory set form, printed on white cardstock with glossy coating on the front. This set had the lowest print run in of any other year – less than 5,000. The 1991 Tiffany set came in a blue box.
1991 Topps Desert Shield #170
Topps printed special edition parallel cards of the 1991 Topps set for armed servicemen in the Persian Gulf. There is a gold foil Desert Shield logo in the upper right corner of the cards – they were issued in packs and are pretty scarce. Other than that, they are exactly the same as the regular set.
1991 Topps Micro #170
OK, this was just a bad idea, but starting in 1991 Topps produced a “micro” set for the first time. They’d go on to issue these for three years. This set was issued in factory form – the cards measure 1″ x 1-3/8″. Other than the fact they are ridiculously small, they are the same as the main set.
1991 Topps Cracker Jack #2
Topps backed a 72-card set to be inserted into boxes of Cracker Jack in 1991. The cards were based on the 1991 Topps set. The cards are a little bigger than the Micro set – but not much! They measure 1-1/4″ by 1 3/4″. Other than the size, the front is identical. The backs are orange and have a completely different set-up.
Any sets I didn’t get: Not really, though there are a ton of different minor back variations I’ve read about that have to do with how dark the red is, or how bold the 40th anniversary water stamp logo is on the back.
Other cards I would have liked to do: Wade Boggs or Roger Clemens.