2017 ToppsThe 2017 Major League Baseball season is officially underway with the all-new release of the flagship brand Topps Baseball Series 1!
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.
FleerA 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.
Some notes about grading: