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1990 Topps Tiffany & Traded Tiffany Set

Print Run: 5,000

The 1990 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 was updated to a more premium cardboard.  The design stayed the same with a solid red color, with a unique gold foil border design, and the classic gold foil seal with the words, “CONTAINS ONE COMPLETE SET” printed in black ink.  On the bottom of the 792 card set box is a gold foil sticker that contains the set number. The 792 card set did not come shrink wrapped, but the Tiffany Traded set did.  It is believed that under 5,000 sets were printed.

1990 Topps Tiffany -vs- Base Cards 

The regular Tiffany cards differentiated from the base Topps by being printed on white card stock 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 be a bright yellow background, while the regular issued cards will appear to be a yellow-gray.  Another helpful clue is to locate the copyright © symbol on the back.  If it is a Tiffany card then there will not be a letter (A, B, C, D, E, or F) and * before the © .   It is also important to note that many sellers will attempt to brighten the regular cards to give the appearance of a Tiffany 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.  

1990 Topps Tiffany Traded -vs- Traded Set or Wax Pack Cards 

Topps Traded Tiffany cards and regular issued Topps Traded cards are extremely difficult to tell apart.  To make things more difficult, Topps issued Traded cards in both sets and wax packs.  The regular Traded cards that came in sets were printed on the same white card stock as Tiffany Cards.  Both card backs will have a similar yellow background, however the Tiffany card back will appear to be a brighter yellow color and slightly cleaner white. You can identify the wax pack issued Traded cards by looking at the back.  The wax pack issued Traded cards will be printed on the same gray card stock that the regular 792 Topps cards are printed on.  Since it is extremely difficult to distinguish the difference between the Tiffany Traded and the set Traded 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.

1990 Topps Tiffany Key Rookie Cards

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 #414 Frank Thomas RC

#97 Curt Schilling RC

#692 Sammy Sosa RC

#757 Larry Walker RC

#48T Dave Justice RC

#83T John Olerud RC

All-Star Rookie "Cup" Cards

#336 Ken Griffey Jr

#675 Jim Abbott 

#718 Gary Sheffield

Final Player Cards

#785 Jim Rice

1990 Topps Tiffany Set Registry

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