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1988 Topps Tiffany & Traded Tiffany Set

Print Run: 30,000

The 1988 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 green color, with a unique gold border design, and the classic gold foil seal with the words, “CONTAINS ONE COMPLETE SET” printed in green ink for the 792 card set and the traded sets can be printed in purple or green ink.  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 under 30,000 sets were printed.

1988 Topps Tiffany -vs- Base Cards    

The regular Tiffany cards differentiated from the base Topps by being printed on white cardstock with a high-gloss coating.  Tiffany cards will also 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 be a bright orange background, while the regular issued cards will appear to be an orange-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.  

1988 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 bright orange background, however the Tiffany card back will not have ** on 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.

1988 Topps Mini Tiffany U.K.-vs- Base Mini American Cards

The 1988 Topps Mini is an 88-card American Baseball set with each card measures 2 1/8" X 3". The Mini Tiffany and regular issued Minis have no visual differences or marking to distinguish between the two types.  Therefore, the only way to tell the difference is by having the card in hand and feeling the high gloss on the front of the Tiffany cards.  

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

1988 Topps Tiffany Key Rookie Cards

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#64 Ken Caminiti RC

#640 David Wells RC

#779 Tom Glavine RC 

#1T Jim Abbott RC OLY

#4T Roberto Alomar RC

#42T Mark Grace RC

#124T Robin Ventura RC OLY

All-Star Rookie "Cup" Cards

#580 Mark McGwire

Final Player Cards

#575 Don Sutton

#791 Ted Simmons

1988 Topps Tiffany Set Registry

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