1991 Topps

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Notes: Distributed in one series (#1-792)


  1   Nolan Ryan   Texas Rangers
  2   George Brett RB   Kansas City Royals
  3   Carlton Fisk RB   Chicago White Sox
  4   Kevin Maas RB   New York Yankees
  5a   Cal Ripken RB, VAR
VAR: E* F* on copyright line
  Baltimore Orioles
  5b   Cal Ripken RB, VAR
VAR: F* on copyright line
  Baltimore Orioles
  6   Nolan Ryan RB   Texas Rangers
  7   Ryne Sandberg RB   Chicago Cubs
  8   Bobby Thigpen RB   Chicago White Sox
  9a   Darrin Fletcher VAR
VAR: No code next to copyright
  Philadelphia Phillies


  • All cards feature a "Topps 40 Years of Baseball" logo to commemorate Topps' 40th year of baseball releases.
  • Due to the special nature of this anniversary set and because the errors were caught early enough in the press run, Topps decided to correct a number of the cards.
  • Among the cards won in the 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes:

    1952 complete set by David Mayberry, Comanche, IA
    1952 Andy Pafko by John Grupp, East Meadow, NY
    1952 Bill Dickey by Barry Black, Johnson City, TN
    1953 Jackie Robinson by Wayne Curtis, Fremont, CA
    1955 Willie Mays by Ben Phillip, Minneapolis, MN
    1957 Mickey Mantle by Robbie Alter, Prosser, WA
    1958 Mickey Mantle by Tracy Whitehead, Senora, TX
    1968 Ryan/Koosman by Mark Mix, Saint Cloud, MN
    1969 Reggie Jackson by Edward Thimons, Natrona Heights, PA
  • The winning certificate for the 1952 Mickey Mantle card was found by a 35-year old truck driver named Mark Leffler from Shelbyville, Indiana. He purchased the pack at a K-Mart in Shelbyville.
  • Final year that bubblegum was inserted into Topps wax packs. Wrapper material changed from wax paper to cellophane plastic by the end of the year.
  • The last regular-issue Topps set to include one Glossy All-Star insert card in every rack pack after 8 consecutive years.
  • The last regular-issue Topps set to include one Glossy Rookie insert card in every jumbo pack after 5 consecutive years.
  • The last regular-issue Topps set to include wax box cards after 6 consecutive years.
  • The copyright lines of the Glossy All-Stars and Glossy Rookies inserts do not have any asterisk variations in this year's release. Both were only printed with two asterisks (**).

User Comments

May 15, 2021 - 11:51AM

I hope they fired the printer.

Feb 13, 2021 - 12:25PM

Question for anybody...concerning the Cal Ripken #150...I have an error card. On the back side instead of the “40 Years of Baseball” symbol it shows as a all-star card back. Everything else is correct (stat wise). Just wasn’t sure if anybody has seen anything like it.

Aug 10, 2019 - 8:48PM

I put this together from boxes in 1991. I have all the so called "rarer" dark backs. I have none of these in the lighter version. So I am not sure as to what is so "rare" about them


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