1990 Topps & Traded parallels – Joe Carter

29 04 2016

1990 Topps

Card I selected:  #580 – Joe Carter, #20T – Joe Carter

It’s a 2nd straight non-HOF-er, but, like Eric Davis, Joe Carter was a helluva player in his day.  More notably to this subset of my Lifetime Topps project – I’m including the Topps Traded sets for this one.  The reason is – there are 2 parallels in 1990 Topps that are unique to Topps Traded.

# of cards (including the Topps & Traded card):  7

The parallel sets for 1990 Topps include:

  • O-Pee-Chee
  • Tiffany

The parallel sets for 1990 Topps Traded include:

  • Gray Back
  • Traded Tiffany
  • Topps Traded Mylar Test


1990 Topps #580

1990 Topps Joe Carter

1990 Topps Joe Carter back

1990 O-Pee-Chee #580

1990 O-Pee-Chee Joe Carter

1990 O-Pee-Chee Joe Carter back

The Canadian version changed up a bit in 1990.  And by changed – I mean the OPC set was now actually much closer to the Topps set.  It was now 792 cards and a full parallel (instead of half) of the Topps set.  The Topps logo now adorned the front of the card and the corner of the back (below the number) instead of an O-Pee-Chee logo.

Here are the remaining differences for this card:

  • The card stock is slightly lighter material, though it doesn’t seem as pronounced of a difference as it did in previous years.
  • 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.

1990 Topps Tiffany #580

1990 Topps Joe Carter

1990 Topps Tiffany Joe Carter back

For the 7th year, Topps issued a Tiffany variation in factory set form, printed on white cardstock with glossy coating on the front.  The 1990 Tiffany set came in a red box and had a production of 15,000 sets.

1990 Topps Traded #20T

1990 Topps Traded Joe Carter

1990 Topps Traded Tiffany Joe Carter back

1990 Topps Traded gray back #20T

1990 Topps Traded Joe Carter

1990 Topps Traded Joe Carter back

In addition to the factory set form that the Traded set had always been issued, Topps released wax packs for Traded in 1990.  This was a new thing that only held for the 1990 set.  Unlike the factory sets, the cards in the wax packs were printed on the same gray cardstock as the base set.

1990 Topps Traded Tiffany #20T

1990 Topps Traded Joe Carter

1990 Topps Traded Tiffany Joe Carter back

There was a Tiffany version as well, with 15,000 sets produced just like the regular Topps set.  The Tiffany set had a glossy finish on the front and was printed on white cardstock just like the regular factory set of 1990 Topps Traded.

1990 Topps Traded Mylar Test

1990 Topps Mylar Test Joe Carter

1990 Topps Mylar Test Joe Carter back

Topps produced 6 experimental Mylar stickers of cards from the Traded set.  These cards were early test runs of the finest / chrome technology.  And they cost a pretty penny these days.

The “Rainbow”:

1988 Topps Joe Carter rainbow

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

Other cards I would have liked to do:  If I wanted to include the Mylar test set – it limits the number of guys I could include to 6.  Nolan Ryan and Keith Hernandez were 2 other guys I would have considered.




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