Card I selected: #180 – George Brett
A 4th straight Hall of Famer was my pick for the 1994 set. This was Brett’s last Topps card, and it’s probably the best card in the set. Fortunately or unfortunately depending on your point of view, there were a lot fewer parallels now. The Micro cards were thankfully gone, and the inaugural team sets were gone. The only new set was the one-time Topps Spanish set.
# of cards (including the Topps card): 3
The parallel sets in 1994 include:
1994 Topps #180
1994 Topps Gold #180
Topps Gold was back for the 3rd time in 1994, though this would be the last time in this format where the only difference was gold foil stamping of the name and the Topps logo. These came 1 per pack again, the same as 1993. The back of the card was exactly the same as the regular Topps card.
1994 Topps Spanish #180
Topps produced a special factory sets of bilingual cards as a test in markets with larger Hispanic populations. There were about 5,000 of these sets produced. The front of the cards are the same, but any writing on the back was in both English and Spanish.
Any sets I didn’t get: None that I know of.
Other cards I would have liked to do: I used Roberto Alomar for 1993, but he really could have been the selection here as well – he’s turning a double play on his brother Sandy in the 1994 card. Nolan Ryan’s last card is also in this set, and there’s a Hank Aaron card that’s pretty cool. Jose Rijo and Kenny Lofton had really cool cards as well. Since there are only 2 parallels and they’re both full parallels – I kind of had my pick here.