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1986 Topps Tiffany & Traded Tiffany Set

Print Run: 5,125

The 1986 Topps Tiffany and Topps Traded Tiffany were available to hobby dealers in cases with 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 brown color, with a unique gold border design, and the classic gold foil seal with the words, “CONTAINS ONE COMPLETE SET” printed in brown ink on it.  The bottom of the box is white.  Every 792 card set was stamped with a unique set number in black ink.   It is believed that just over 5,000 sets were printed.


    1986 Topps Tiffany -vs- Base Cards

The Tiffany cards differentiated from the originals by being printed on white cardstock with a high-gloss coating.  The Tiffany cards will also not have the * in front of the copyright and will not have the words “PRTN IN U.S.A.”  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, while the regular issued cards will 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.  

1986 Topps Tiffany Traded -vs- Base Traded Cards

Topps Traded Tiffany cards and regular issued Topps Traded cards can be difficult to tell apart.  Both card backs will have a white background, however the Tiffany card back will appear to be lighter and cleaner.  Another good indicator of a Traded Tiffany card will be the  absence of ** on the back at the bottom left.  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.

1986 Topps Tiffany Key Rookie Cards

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#370 Vince Coleman RC

#386 Cecil Fielder RC

#11T Barry Bonds XRC

#20T Jose Canseco RC

 #24T Will Clark  XRC

#50T Bo Jackson XRC

Final Player Cards

#400 Rod Carew

#185 Rollie Fingers

#85 Tony Perez

1986 Topps Gary Carter All Star #708 Autograph Leukemia Card

This is not a Tiffany card or a base Topps card.  Instead it is an exclusive card printed by Topps for Gary Carter to sign for people that would send in a $10 donation to the Leukemia Society of America.  It has a white back like a Tiffany, but not the gloss on the front.  It also has the E* & PRTD IN U.S.A. like a base Topps card.  

1986 Topps Tiffany Set Registry

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