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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sports Card Sets Smorgasbord

If variety and/or sets are your thing... then this post is for you.  Last week, Woody over at Card Collectors World and Sports Card Forum sent me this huge box filled with cards:

There was sixteen pounds worth of cool items for my team collections as well as over fifteen different sports card sets.  Earlier today, I spent over three hours going through the box and scanning cards from a few of the sets.  

My original plan was to do a Saturday Night Five post, but I changed my mind at the last minute.  It's just too challenging to narrow things down to my favorite five.  Instead, I'm just gonna show off a variety of sets in no particular order...

Set #12005 Topps Update and Highlights

I was blown away when I saw this set sitting inside of the box.  Back in 2005, I wasn't collecting so I pretty much missed out on grabbing these rookie cards.

Set #21986 Donruss Highlights

This is such a cool set.  My goal is to do a Set Showcase post on this set at some point.

Set #31986 Topps Kay Bee Young Superstars of Baseball

Remember the thirty-three card box sets Topps produced back in the 80's?

Set #41990 Pro Set Collect-A-Books

I know I've mentioned it either on my blog or other bloggers' blogs... but my goal is to one day collect all of the Collect-A-Books from the different sports and display them in a binderWoody hooked me up with all thirty-six NFL books from the 1990 set.

Set #51988 Topps Glossy All-Stars

I'd love to one day collect the full run of Topps Glossy All-Stars that were distributed in rack packs from 1984 to 1991.  Each set contained twenty-two cards featuring the starters, managers, and honorary captains from each league.

Set #61990 Topps Glossy All-Stars

The 1988 and 1990 sets combined... make up 25% of the run.  Only six other sets to track down.

Set #71989 Topps Traded

Topps dropped the ball when they left out guys like Troy Aikman and Barry Sanders out of their 1989 football set.  Thankfully they ended up piling them into their Traded set.

Set #81991 Score Rookie and Traded

What color are these borders?  Purplish maroon?  Whatever color it is, I like it.

Set #91991 Upper Deck Final Edition

Another updated, final edition, rookies and traded type of set.  This one features three first ballot hall of famers.  Not too shabby.

Set #101991 Topps Toys R' US Rookies

Much like those Topps Glossy All-Stars... the goal is to one day own the entire run of Toys R' Us Rookies sets (1987 to 1991).  Unlike the Glossy All-Stars, Topps released these as part of thirty-three card box sets and changed up the border colors each year.  Black borders were used in the 1987 and 1991 sets.

Well that's all I have for you today.  Thank you Woody for this very generous box of cards!  By the time I'm finished sorting them, I'm guessing it will have provided at least six, seven, maybe even eight hours of entertainment.

As for the rest of you, let me know if you'd like to see a Set Showcase post on any of these sets.  And speaking of sets... is there anyone else trying to build the 2019 Topps Chrome baseball set?  Here's my current wantlist:

I have about 100 doubles available for trade, so email me your wantlist if you're interested in trading.

Happy Saturday and sayonara!


  1. I want that 89 Topps Traded. That Sanders rookie is one of his iconic ones other than Score.

  2. Lots of sets there that I love. I don't think I ever got the black Toys R Us sets and for some reason I missed out on all the Score Tradeds.

    Also I wrote a post about Collect A Books over at SABR if you want to geek out a little about patents. https://sabrbaseballcards.blog/2019/07/19/collect-a-books/

  3. That Kaybee Puckett card has to be one of the best photos of Kirby on cardboard!

  4. i put together the 2005 update set in real time and had forgotten or not noticed cutch and verlander being in the set.

    i do have some 2019 chrome cards that i will set aside for you - 42, 46, 55, 57, 103, 108, 157, 159, 186. i have a few dodgers, but if you've got any in your dupes i would be happy to take them off your hands.

  5. Cool stuff! I really like those rookie sets Toys 'R' Us put out for a few years there in the overproduction era. The black borders on the '91s are especially nifty.

  6. I still need about 2 dozen of the 05' Update set

  7. dennis - yeah... woody hooked it up with lots of cool stuff.

    sport card collectors - i've thought about picking up the set a few times over the years. guess i don't need to anymore.

    the lost collector - it's five days later and i'm still going through stuff. i love it

    nick vossbrink - i'll definitely check it out. thanks for the link

    matt - bat flip?

    gcrl - thanks. i actually messed up on my wantlist. i'll shoot you an email though, because i can use a few that you have

    nick - yeah... awesome design. i like the fact that they kept it the same for all five years.

    johnnys trading spot - i never opened any update. lmk if you need any from the 2005 topps regular set. i opened some packs a few months ago (not sure if they were series one or two though).

  8. Hi there! Nice stuff, please do tell me when you finally post something like this! webpage