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1984 Topps Tiffany & Traded Tiffany Set

Print Run: 7,000

Topps first official high end set was launched in 1984 and later became known as “Tiffany” cards by collectors.  It was available to hobby dealers in cases of 6 sets in each case.  The 792 card set and the traded set were shipped in separate cases.  

The set box design features a solid dark red color, with a unique gold border design, and the classic gold foil seal with the words, “CONTAINS ONE COMPLETE SET” printed in red ink on it.  The bottom of the box is white.  Every 792 card set was stamped with a unique set number.  The first set numbers are stamped in red ink and then sets starting around 5700 are stamped with black ink.  The sets stamped with black ink are  ½ inch longer than the other sets. Traded sets were not stamped with a set number. It is believed that only 10,000 sets were printed, however, based on the sets that I have found the number appears to be much lower.   It is most likely that only 7,000 sets were actually produced. 

1984  Topps Tiffany -vs- Base Cards

The Tiffany cards differentiated from the originals by being printed on white cardstock with a high-gloss coating.  Many sellers on eBay and other sites, will list their regular cards as Tiffany cards.  The easiest way to determine a Tiffany card from a regular issued base card, for the 792 card set, is to look at the back of the card.  The Tiffany card backs will have a clean white background and will not have the words “PRTN IN U.S.A.”, while the regular issued cards will and appear to be gray.  It is also important to note that many sellers will attempt to brighten the regular cards to give the appearance of a white background.   With current printing technology some sellers have now created their own fake reprint Tiffany cards, which can make it impossible to tell the difference between a real Tiffany card and fake by simply looking at the back.  Therefore, once you have the card in hand you will want to check the thickness and gloss of the card by comparing it with another Tiffany card of the same year.  The fake cards will have a smooth glossy back, unlike the Tiffany cards.  Some fakes will also have ** before the copyright.

** = Fake

1984 Tiffany Traded -vs- Base Traded Cards 

Topps Traded Tiffany cards and regular traded issued cards are extremely difficult to tell apart, especially by only looking at a picture.  Both card backs will have a white background, however the Tiffany card background will appear slightly cleaner, bolder, and deeper color.  Another good indicator of a Traded Tiffany card will be the color pink on the back.  With the Tiffany Traded cards the pink will appear to be more of a salmon color, whereas the regular traded card will be pink.  Since it is extremely difficult to distinguish the difference between the two by looking at a photo, once you have the card in hand you will want to compare the thickness and gloss of the card by comparing it to a Traded Tiffany card of the same year.  If you compare it to a regular Traded card, then you should be able to notice the difference on the front with the Tiffany cards having a glossy finish and the regular Traded do not.

Warning: There are no visible markings or difference between Tiffany Traded and Traded Set issued cards that can be seen in pictures.

1984 Topps Tiffany Key Rookie Cards

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#8 Don Mattingly RC

#182 Darryl Strawberry RC

 #42T Dwight Gooden XRC 

#104T Bret Saberhagen XRC

Final Player Cards

#750 Jim Palmer

#483 Fergie Jenkins

1984 Topps Tiffany Set Registry

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