Card I selected: #653 – Kevin Mitchell
This is the first of these parallel posts where I’ve picked a really great action shot. Last year’s card (Mike Schmidt) was a very good card that featured an action shot. But it was all about the guy in the photo. While Mitchell did win an MVP, he’s by no means an all-time great. But this play at the plate is an all-time great photograph on a Topps baseball card.
Topps Super was discontinued after 1986, so I’ve only got 3 cards in this mini set.
# of cards (including the Topps card): 3
The parallel sets in 1987 include:
1987 Topps #653
1987 O-Pee-Chee #307
The Canadian version was again half the size of the Topps set. Since Mitchell was in the second half of the set, his OPC card has a different number from his Topps card.
Here are the differences for this card:
- The “O-Pee-Chee” logo on the front replaces the Topps logo in the bottom left. The name tag is a lighter color on the O-Pee-Chee card.
- On some of the cards (including 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.
- Any wording on the back is in both English and French.
- It says O-Pee-Chee on the back instead of “Topps”.
1987 Topps Tiffany #653
For the 4th time, Topps issued a Tiffany variation in factory set form, printed on white cardstock with glossy coating on the front. The 1987 Tiffany set had 6 times the production run as the previous 2 years – “limited” to 30,000 sets.
Any sets I didn’t get: There’s no others that I know of.
Other cards I would have liked to do:
This was an easy choice. But I would have picked the Nolan Ryan if not for this card.