HeritageIn 2001, Topps released the Heritage baseball cards, modern players with designs from past years. Bowman Heritage was also started in 2001 and used the following throwback designs:
Allen & GinterThe best baseball product of 2006, autographs, parallels, Rip cards and game-used inserts had collectors going crazy. If you love relics you will love this set.
BowmanTopps bought out Bowman in 1956 and was resurrected by Topps in 1989 to use on some of its Rookie Cards.
DonrussDifferent owners of Donruss cards:
1981 thur 1998 (Pinnacle Brands)
2001 thur 2005 (Playoff Corporation)
2007 thur present (Panini America)
Upper Deck1989 Upper Deck Baseball had a 800-card set released in two series. The 1990 set included the industry's first randomly inserted personally autographed and numbered cards. Upper Deck was also the first to insert swatches of game-used material into cards when it made jersey cards.
FleerWell established as a gum and candy company, Fleer followed some of its competitors into the business of selling sports cards.
ScorePinnacle Brands was a trading card company from 1988 to 1998. With its first baseball card set called Score. Score's first set used a bold colorful border design (with 110 cards each in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet colored borders, like a rainbow). The player biographies were by far the most extensive of any major baseball card set of its time. The 1991 and 1992 sets at 893 cards were among the largest card sets of that time.
PinnaclePinnacle Brands began production of its first premium quality set, called Pinnacle and used a distinctive black bordered design for its first two years. Another key set, called Select, began the year afterward
Kellogg'sKellogg's released a new set of 3D baseball cards that were distributed in boxes of Corn Flake.
So what's the magic behind these 3D baseball cards Take a cutout of a player and put a blurred background behind him. Then add a transparent plastic layer with ridges over that photo.
Stadium Club1991 Stadium Club was the first major baseball card set to feature a glossy UV coating on the front and back of the card. It also had a fancy gold foil stamping on the front along with a borderless Kodak photo. The flip side of the card also displayed an image of the player's first Topps card.
ToppsThe Topps Company, Inc., manufactures chewing gum, candy and collectibles. Based in New York, New York, it is best known as a leading producer of baseball cards
The Topps monopoly on baseball cards was finally broken by a lawsuit that let Fleer and another company, Donruss, enter the market in 1981. In response to the competition, Topps began regularly issuing additional "Traded" sets featuring players who had changed teams since the main set was issued, following up on an idea it had experimented with a few years earlier.
Topps most Popular setsTiffany
sets From 1984-1991, Topps released a limited edition version of both their regular and traded sets called "Tiffany" sets. These sets were released in hobby dealer exclusive factory set format only and are identical to the regular cards, but these were printed in Ireland with white cardboard (instead of the then-standard gray cardboard) with a glossy finish on the front.
Topps released their first "super premium" set in 1993 called Topps Finest (or just Finest for short). These were issued in six card packs with 18 packs in a box and 12 boxes per case, and only 4,000 cases were produced. This set was also a major hit with packs costing around $25 at the time. Many hobbyists, however, frowned upon such an expensive set thinking that it was driving the hobby away from younger collectors. Topps also included a Finest All-Star jumbo card (limited to about 1455 of each) in each box (a 4" x 6" version of the All-Star subset) and randomly inserted (1 in 18 packs) a Refractor insert card which was exactly like the regular card but with a rainbow sheen on the front with some of them worth over $1000 at that time. Only 241 of each Refractor were produced and continue to this day to be highly sought after.
Some notes about grading: