Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 1991 Topps Baseball
The 2021 baseball card season is here! Not just with last week’s Topps Series 1 release, but also here on Cheap Wax Wednesday. I will feature baseball products from now until the end of the baseball postseason this fall.
This year, Topps is celebrating their 70th anniversary in baseball cards, with special logos on each base card. This reminds me of a previous release, 1991 Topps, which celebrated Topps’ 40th year producing baseball cards.
Let’s go back 30 years (feeling old?) and take a look at 1991 Topps Baseball!
Nobody was thinking about it back in 1991, but this release has become one of the iconic releases of the ’90s. All you really need to worry about here is the base set, as glossy All-Star and Rookie inserts were only found in rack packs and jumbo packs.
The base set consists of 792 cards. Those base cards feature team color double borders. Appreciate that for a second. The set also features some great photography choices. Let’s take a look!
1991 Topps Baseball Box Break
Cards per pack: 15
Packs per box: 32
Price paid: $12
Pack 1 highlight:
Frank Viola, Gary Carter & Ken Griffey Jr. AS
Dante Bichette, Vince Coleman & Bo Jackson
Jeff Reardon & Dante Bichette
Willie McGee, Lenny Dykstra, Benito Santiago (one of the better shots from this set), Mark Grace & Darryl Strawberry AS
Cal Ripken, Bobby Bonilla, Greg Maddux & Carlton Fisk AS
A pair of Mets; David Cone & John Franco AS
Curt Schilling, 1983 AL ROY Ron Kittle & Jamie Moyer
Terry Pendleton, Bruce Hurst & Joe Girardi. This Girardi shot always confused me. Batting helmet, batting gloves and a catcher’s mitt just don’t go together.
All dupes; Cal Ripken, John Franco AS & Carlton Fisk AS
Tim “Rock” Raines, Bobby Cox, Steve Finley & Omar Vizquel
Rafael Palmeiro & Wade Boggs. Being a Red Sox fan, this Boggs card is my 2nd favorite card in the set.
Joe Torre, Don Mattingly, Roberto Alomar, Al Leiter, Ken Caminiti & Bobby Bonilla AS
Jose Offerman FS, Fernando Valenzuela, Carlos Baerga & Juan Gonzalez
Tom Gordon, Frank Robinson & Cal Ripken RB
Lee Smith, Kirby Puckett & Tony LaRussa
Robin Yount & Tino Martinez
Kevin Brown, Mark McGwire, Ken Caminiti & Bobby Bonilla AS
Sandy Alomar, Juan Gonzalez and my favorite card from this set, Roger Clemens. It has such a great. I also happened to pull it in pack 21!
Cecil Fielder, Will Clark, Otis Nixon, Craig Biggio & John Franco
Ryne Sandberg AS & the constant stolen base threat, Edgar Martinez
Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey, Sr., Chipper Jones DP & Tony Gwynn
Kirk Gibson, Tom Glavine, Dave Righetti & Julio Franco AS
Carlton Fisk RB & Darryl Strawberry
Rick Aguilera, David Wells, Kevin Maas RB & Paul Molitor
Rickey Henderson, Cal RIpken RB & Dave Parker
John Kruk & Sparky Anderson
Jim Abbott & John Farrell
George Brett RB
Lastly, the Rickey Henderson card back. Rickey was an absolute beat, especially on the base paths.
This set brings me right back to childhood. I was only 5 years old when this one came out, but I remember opening packs of this product a few years later. I had those Boggs and Clemens cards back then, and was probably just as excited to pull them again this time around.
1991 Topps Baseball is a simple set, with no inserts to chase, but so much fun/ Some great photos, and the team color borders really are a great touch. Imagine Topps doing that today? This is definitely one of my favorite ’90s sets.
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