1984 Topps parallels – Robin Yount

23 04 2016

1984 Topps

Card I selected:  #10 – Robin Yount

I swear it isn’t intentional, but out of the 5 years I’ve done so far, I’ve picked 5 straight Hall of Famers.  Carlton, Yaz, Eckersley, Carter and now Robin Yount.  This is a streak that will end in my next post, but I guess the greatness of the player impacts how good I view the card.

The number of “parallels” went way up in 1984.  O-Pee-Chee was the only one in the previous year; it’s back.  But there were 4 addition cards made in 1984, and Robin Yount was a good choice because he has all 6 cards (counting his Topps card).  Also, Yount has one of the best photos in the set – I picked this as the top card of the entire set.

# of cards (including the Topps card):  6

The parallel sets in 1984 include:

  • O-Pee-Chee
  • Tiffany
  • Nestle
  • “Encased” test
  • Super

Scans:

1984 Topps #10

1984 Topps Yount

1984 Topps Yount back

1984 O-Pee-Chee #10

1984 OPC Yount

1984 OPC Yount back

The Canadian version of the Topps set was, again, 396 cards; half the size of the Topps set.  This particular card was given the same number as Yount’s Topps card.  If the player got a OPC card but his Topps card was in the second half (#397-792) of the set, he’d have a different card number.

Here are the differences for this card:

  • The “O-Pee-Chee” logo on the front replaces the Topps logo in the top right.
  • On some of the cards (not this one), the card number is different.
  • The copyright on the bottom of the back says O-Pee-Chee and notes the card was printed in Canada.
  • The card is printed on white card stock and tends to be poorly cut as cards from the early 80’s were for OPC.
  • Any wording on the back is in both English and French.
  • It says O-Pee-Chee on the back instead of “Topps”.

1984 Topps Tiffany #10

1984 Topps Tiffany Yount

1984 Topps Tiffany Yount back

For the first time, Topps issued a Tiffany variation in factory set form.  The Tiffany set is a true full parallel – the cards are numbered exactly the same.  There are only 2 differences for the Tiffany cards – they’re glossy, and they were printed on white cardstock.  The cards were limited to 10,000 sets.

1984 Nestle #10

1984 Nestle Yount

1984 Nestle Yount back

Another true parallel, Topps issued a full set as an uncut sheet as a promotion with Nestle.  Many of the sheets were cut up to be sold as individual cards.  The only difference for these cards from the base set is that the Nestle logo replaces the Topps logo on the front and back.

1984 Topps Encased Test #NNO

1984 Topps Encased Yount

1984 Topps Encased Yount back

Topps issued 66 promo / sample cards as blank-backed versions of the cards in the set. Other than the blank back, this version is also distinguishable by the “encased” portrait photo in the lower left-hand corner.  The edge of the small portrait photo is cut off by the border, whereas for the regular set, the top of the player’s head/cap will overlap the border.

1984 Topps Super #29

1984 Topps Yount

1984 Topps Super Yount back

Topps also made 30 cards that were larger (4-7/8 x 6-7/8), with only the numbering differing from the base set.  Called Topps “Super”, these cards came in 1-card packs, 36 per box.

The “Rainbow”:

1984 Topps Yount rainbow

1984 Topps Yount

Any sets I didn’t get:  There’s no others that I know of.

Other cards I would have liked to do:

I really liked Buddy Bell’s card and actually own most of his variations.  He wasn’t in the super set, however.  Pete Rose would also be cool; you could get his 1984 Traded card with the Expos (which also has a Tiffany version) to put next to his regular Topps cards (with the Phillies).

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