2016 Topps Archives – 1991 Topps

13 06 2016

1991 did a little better than 1979 as far as retired guys in the same set.  There were 3 guys from the wrong team.

2016 Topps Archives wrong team 91

Chipper has a Draft Pick card in 1991.  Now both cards say “Braves”, but honestly, this card is an affront to his rookie card.  And Dawson was well past his Expo days by 1990/1991.

Gary Carter was the other wrong team guy.  Carter has a 1991 Topps card with the Giants, and with the Dodgers (Traded), but he’s shown here with the Expos.  He did go back to the Expos, after an 8 year hiatus, in 1992.  I don’t have his card yet so no picture to show.

There’s one guy with a “Card That Never Was”, though it’s a bit iffy.  Goose Gossage played for the Yankees in 1989, went over to Japan for one year in 1990, then came back to America with the Rangers in 1991.  He played 4 more years.  Obviously the correct team for a 1991 card would be to put him on the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, but this is pretty good if you’re being reasonable.

2016 Topps Archives Gossage 91

There are 3 players with either cards in the original 1991 set.  Two are all-time greats, the other is a 400-save guy who may deserve a little more love!

First is the all-time strikeout king, Nolan Ryan.  This card could totally be from the 1991 set, and it might be a better option.

2016 Topps Archives Nolan Ryan 91

1991 Topps ryan rickey

The next is the all-time Iron Man.

And finally, John Franco who I still remember as a Red – but was definitely with the Mets (and an All-Star at that) by this point.

Nomar Garciaparra is the “almost” guy worth mentioning here.  He is in the 1992 Traded set for his Team USA card.  This gets him into a design 1 year earlier.




2 responses

30 05 2017
Shawn Baier

The 1991 style Topps retro — In all of these Archives shout-outs, the eras have always not lined up, so it’s really not a factor that Dawson is on the wrong team. This would be like saying a few years back when they did the mini’s, that the Hanley Ramirez (while a Marlin) in a 1987 style mini was not with the Marlins in 1987, well… because Marlins did not exist, it’s just a style.

31 05 2017

Obviously Topps doesn’t care much, and obviously when they have current players from 2016 the main idea of their set isn’t to line players up with eras from that design.

I think you’re missing the point here, however. The whole idea of doing these posts was to show the instances when the cards do completely line up (player played that year, for that team). Or when they partially line-up (player played that year, but for a different team than depicted). No more, no less.

I think it’s pretty cool when it does. Even better to me is when you roll across the rare “card that never was” – guy didn’t have a card but now they’ve put him with the era-accurate team.

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