Top 30 Topps Tiffany Cards
If you collected Topps cards from the mid-1980s through the early part of the ’90s, chances are you have at least one of you favorite star’s Rookie Cards if not a small stack. There’s a good chance you have their other non-Rookies too. And if you don’t now, a few dollars (at the most) would be all it’d probably take to land them today. But now that you’re a little older and maybe want to rekindle or stoke that love for 1980s baseball cards with something a little bit fancier, what do you do? Enter, Topps Tiffany, a premium take on the era’s cards that carry significantly more value.
In a sense, Topps Tiffany cards are like some of the original parallels. Sold only as limited edition factory sets, Tiffany cards are noticeably higher quality than their regular Topps counterparts. For starters, card fronts are glossy. That may be the norm for just about every set today, but it was an upgrade for 1980s Topps baseball cards (as well as a couple of hockey and football sets).
Card backs are a little nicer as well. Typically, Topps cards from the 1980s and through 1991 came with dark backs while Topps Traded sets used bright white card stock. That’s how both the Topps Tiffany and Topps Traded Tiffany backs look.
Besides the differences in quality, Topps Tiffany cards are available in much smaller quantities. For those that are known, print runs generally range from 5,000 to a high of 30,000 in 1987. By today’s standards, that sounds big to be referred to as being “limited edition.” But by 1980s baseball card standards which could reach into the hundreds of thousands (at least), those numbers are tiny.
When it comes to the value of Topps Tiffany cards, there are a couple of factors at play. Of course, the player is the big one. But the broad range when it comes to print runs also comes into play. That’s why some key rookies aren’t all that valuable while some more fringe hobby stars can cost significantly more.
What are the most valuable Topps Tiffany cards? Let’s check them out.
30 Most Valuable Topps Tiffany Cards
Rankings are based on the online Beckett Price Guide and Database. Exact prices are available to subscribers.
1. 1989 Bowman Tiffany Ken Griffey Jr.
2. 1984 Topps Tiffany Don Mattingly #8
3. 1985 Topps Tiffany Mark McGwire #401
4. 1986 Topps Traded Tiffany Barry Bonds #11T
5. 1985 Topps Tiffany Roger Clemens #181
6. 1990 Topps Tiffany Frank Thomas #414
7. 1991 Topps Tiffany Chipper Jones #333
8. 1985 Topps Tiffany Kirby Puckett #536
9. 1986 Topps Tiffany Roger Clemens #661
10. 1991 Topps Tiffany Nolan Ryan #1
11. 1986 Topps Traded Tiffany Bo Jackson #50T
12. 1989 Topps Traded Tiffany Ken Griffey Jr. #41T
13. 1991 Topps Traded Tiffany Jeff Bagwell #4T
14. 1991 Topps Traded Tiffany Ivan Rodriguez #101T
15. 1984 Topps Tiffany Cal Ripken Jr. #490
16. 1991 Topps Tiffany Barry Bonds #570
17. 1991 Topps Tiffany Ken Griffey Jr. #790
18. 1991 Topps Tiffany Mike Modano #348
19. 1984 Topps Tiffany Nolan Ryan #470
20. 1985 Topps Tiffany Nolan Ryan #760
21. 1986 Topps Tiffany Pete Rose #1
22. 1986 Topps Tiffany Nolan Ryan #100
23. 1989 Topps Tiffany Randy Johnson #647
24. 1991 Topps Tiffany Cal Ripken Jr. #150
25. 1991 Topps Tiffany Roger Clemens #530
26. 1984 Topps Traded Tiffany Dwight Gooden #42T
27. 1989 Topps Traded Tiffany Randy Johnson #57T
28. 1990-91 Bowman Tiffany Ed Belfour #7
29. 1989 Bowman Tiffany Barry Bonds #426
30. 1989 Bowman Tiffany John Smoltz #266
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