1989 Topps


  • This marked the first time Topps included cards of the previous year's draft picks in their set.
  • Cards were released in the following configurations:

    Wax: 36 packs per box, 15 cards plus one stick of gum per pack. (MSRP: $0.45) 20 boxes per case.

    Cello: 24 packs per box, 29 cards per pack. (MSRP: $0.79)

    Rack: 24 packs per box, 43 cards per pack. Three boxes per case.

    Jumbos: 100 cards per pack.

    Blisters: 100 cards per pack, exclusive to K-Mart.

    500-card vending boxes. 24 vending boxes per case.

    Factory sets

    Tiffany factory sets (15,000 sets)
  • Box Bottoms: These "cards" were featured four to a box on the bottom of each wax box. There were four different panels for a total of 16 cards. The set is lettered A-P rather than sequentially-numbered. When individually cut out, each card measures 2.5" X 3.5".
  • Glossy Send-Ins: This 60-card set was available by mailing in the special offer cards found in 1989 Topps wax packs. With enough special offer cards, and a nominal shipping & handling fee, collectors could choose one of six different "series" of Glossies, with two cards per series (cards ending in 9 and 0) featuring a "young star." The design of the set is identical to previous year's Glossies, except for a thin, red, border.
  • Glossy All-Stars: This 22-card set is exclusive to rack packs. The design of the set is identical to previous years Glossy All-Stars. The checklist consists of the starting line-ups for the 1988 All-Star Game, both managers, and both team's honorary captains.
  • Glossy Rookies: This 22-card set was available exclusively as an insert in 100-card "supermarket jumbo" packs. The design of the cards slightly resemble the Glossy All-Star set.
  • Batting Leaders: This set depicts the 22 active Major Leaguer's with the highest lifetime batting averages going into the 1989 season. The cards were distributed one per 100-card blister pack available only at K-Mart stores. Many of the photos would by recycled for the 1990 insert of the same name.
  • Final Topps base card of Pete Rose.
  • Card #11 Final Topps card of Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter before retiring.
  • Card #415 features the last Topps card of Hall of Famer Rich "Goose" Gossage.


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