Friday, August 8, 2014

1990 Topps All-Star Collector's Edition insert set #1-60

     Generally listed in most price guides as the "Topps Glossy Send-In" set, these All-Star Collector's Edition sets were released for eight consecutive years between 1983-1990.  Although I 'm referring to these cards as insert sets, they were actually redemption sets that could be redeemed in groups of 10 cards by sending in a number of redemption cards by mail (in addition to a shipping fee).  The redemption cards were found in Topps wax packs during the years that these All-Star Collector's Edition cards were available.   

The All-Star Collector's Edition sets contained 40 cards each between 1983-1985, and then 60 cards each between 1986-1990.  These sets are not to be confused with the 22-card Topps All-Star Game Commemorative insert sets (or Topps Glossy All-Star insert sets) found in rack packs between 1984-1991.

Of the 60 cards in this set, 36 of the player names really stand out to me: Ryne Sandberg, Nolan Ryan, Dave Stewart, Barry Larkin, Darryl Strawberry, Steve Sax, Gary Sheffield, Don Mattingly, Bret Saberhagen, Robin Yount, Ozzie Smith, Ken Griffey Jr., Wade Boggs, Dwight Gooden, Eric Davis, Ruben Sierra, Roberto Alomar, Jose Canseco, Joe Carter, Mike Scioscia, Julio Franco, Tim Raines, Rickey Henderson, Bob Geren, Andre Dawson, Mark McGwire, Bo Jackson, Carlton Fisk, Kirby Puckett, Cal Ripken, Will Clark, Dennis Eckersley, Craig Biggio, Fred McGriff, Tony Gwynn, and Omar Vizquel.

My 1990 Topps baseball card set is now stacked with 792 base cards, 152 debut cards, 132 traded cards, 60 send-in inserts, 22 all-star inserts, and 33 rookie inserts for a grand total of 1,191 cards.

I think that I read somewhere that these sets were manufactured at 1% of the production rate of the base cards.  The card backs on these sets don't identify much information, which is probably why I didn't pay much attention to them growing up.  Now, looking through my set binders, I'm glad that I have them.  If you're serious about collecting the greatly under-appreciated Topps sets released between the late-'80s and early-'90s, you might want to think about picking up the Glossy insert sets to go along with it.  These sets still come at a low cost, and many of these players are now entering the Hall-of-Fame. 

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