Card I selected: #431 – Tony Gwynn
A 5th straight Hall of Famer for the 1995 set. This is the fewest cards in this little project – just 2, tied with 1983. After a three-year run, Topps Gold was retired in 1995, and it was replaced with Cyberstats. Topps Spanish was gone after just 1 year.
I don’t particularly love this Tony Gwynn card – he has much more interesting photos in some other sets – but I chose this because of the parallel. Cyberstats has “what if” projections for the strike-shortened 1994 season, and there’s no better player for that than Gwynn, who was at .393 when the players walked out.
# of cards (including the Topps card): 2
The parallel sets in 1995 include:
1995 Topps #431
1995 Topps Cyberstats #228
Topps only had a partial parallel of 396 (out of 660) cards set in 1995. Since it’s only a partial, the cards are numbered differently. Only the regular players had the parallel – no subsets. Called Cyberstats, the parallel set used spectra light technology, where the background is darkened in a shadowed / metallic finish. As you can tell, the back is very different. Since the ’94 season had ended in a strike, Topps ran a computer simulation of all the games that were canceled. In the simulation, Gwynn did not quite get to .400, coming in at .391.
Any sets I didn’t get: That’s it. There was a National Packtime promotion that had 3 Topps cards in it, but I consider those promos (not parallels) and got them as part of my master set.
Other cards I would have liked to do: Barry Bonds would have been cool since he tied Roger Maris’ home run record in the simulation. Aside from that, Roberto Alomar had his 3rd straight phenomenal photo and Darren Daulton and Mike Devereaux had really cool shots as well.