According to the Trading Card Database (which I love to use and review when dealing with cards) there are at least 93 different Baseball Sets that were issued in 1991(listed at bottom)
This is the heart of the junk wax era and one of the reasons why many people are not interested in collecting these cards is that they are plentiful and cheap.
Up until recently I have been a Hockey only collector and used to dump off my non hockey cards on anyone I could. With my 2 most recent yardsale purchases I have acquired a lot of baseball. (A LOT!!) So I decided to start collecting it passively.
My rules for doing so are simple.
1) Only buy a lot of cards if there is at least 1 hockey card I actually need in the lot.
2) Sort out all the Baseball and other sport cards.
3) Collect Topps Base Sets and trade/get rid off the rest.
Collecting Topps only was a simple decision. They have the longest uninterrupted line of cards that could be collected. Plus they are the ones I remember growing up getting every once in a while mixed in with my OPC cards.
The most recent lot included a Factory set of 1991 Topps.
I know this is not much of an excitement value for others, but for me it would mark my first ever complete Baseball set. But it was not to be. On opening the box and sorting it out I noticed 2 things.
Baseball sets are huge compared to OPC hockey sets of the era.
There was one card missing.
#90 Danny Tartabull.
Now I have never bought a factory set before (or got one in a lot I have bought) so I’m not sure if this is a common problem, Once I bought a hand collated complete set of Hockey cards with one missing. And another time with one damaged and its why I don’t buy wrapped sets anymore and prefer to collect one or two at a time.
So my start of every Topps set is off to an inauspicious start. Danny Tartabull anyone?
List of sets issued in 1991 (not including food and regional issues plus many others I am sure)
|1991 Barry Colla New York Mets Postcards|
|1991 Baseball Cards Magazine ’66 Topps Replicas|
|1991 BBM Japan|
|1991 Classic Best|
|1991 Classic Best Cedar Rapids Reds|
|1991 Classic Best Charleston Wheelers|
|1991 Classic Best Princeton Reds|
|1991 Classic Draft Picks|
|1991 Classic Game|
|1991 Classic I|
|1991 Classic II|
|1991 Classic III|
|1991 Coca-Cola/Kroger Detroit Tigers|
|1991 Conlon Collection TSN|
|1991 Denny’s Holograms|
|1991 Fleer Update|
|1991 Front Row Draft Picks|
|1991 Jimmy Dean|
|1991 Kahn’s Cincinnati Reds|
|1991 Kahn’s New York Mets|
|1991 Kansas City Life Kansas City Royals|
|1991 Kellogg’s 3D|
|1991 Kenner Starting Lineup Cards|
|1991 King B Discs|
|1991 Line Drive|
|1991 Line Drive AA|
|1991 Line Drive AAA|
|1991 Line Drive Mantle|
|1991 Line Drive Mattingly|
|1991 Line Drive Sandberg|
|1991 MDA All-Stars|
|1991 Michigan State Police Detroit Tigers|
|1991 Mother’s Cookies Griffey’s|
|1991 Mother’s Cookies Houston Astros|
|1991 Mother’s Cookies Los Angeles Dodgers|
|1991 Mother’s Cookies Oakland Athletics|
|1991 Mother’s Cookies San Diego Padres|
|1991 Mother’s Cookies San Francisco Giants|
|1991 Mother’s Cookies Texas Rangers|
|1991 Nobody Beats the Wiz New York Mets|
|1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier|
|1991 Pacific Ryan Texas Express I|
|1991 Pacific Senior League|
|1991 Panini Canadian Stickers|
|1991 Panini Canadian Top 15|
|1991 Panini Stickers|
|1991 Petro Canada Montreal Expos Postcards|
|1991 Post Cereal|
|1991 Post Cereal Canadian|
|1991 ProCards Carolina League All-Stars|
|1991 ProCards Florida State League All-Stars|
|1991 ProCards Midwest League All-Stars|
|1991 ProCards South Atlantic League All-Stars|
|1991 ProCards Southern Oregon A’s Anniversary|
|1991 ProCards Triple A All-Stars|
|1991 Red Foley Stickers|
|1991 Score 100 Rising Stars|
|1991 Score 100 Superstars|
|1991 Score Rookie & Traded|
|1991 Score Rookies|
|1991 Sports Pro Billings Mustangs|
|1991 Stadium Club|
|1991 Star Frank Thomas|
|1991 Star The Future|
|1991 Swell Baseball Greats|
|1991 Team Issue Nashville Sounds|
|1991 Topps Archives 1953|
|1991 Topps Cracker Jack I|
|1991 Topps Cracker Jack II|
|1991 Topps Debut ’90|
|1991 Topps Magazine|
|1991 Topps Stand-Ups|
|1991 Topps Traded|
|1991 Topps Triple Headers Balls|
|1991 Toronto Blue Jays Fire Safety|
|1991 Toys’R’Us Rookies|
|1991 Ultra Update|
|1991 Upper Deck|
|1991 Upper Deck Comic Ball 2|
|1991 Upper Deck Final Edition|
|1991 Vine Line Chicago Cubs|
|1991-92 Conlon TSN Prototypes|