The sealed box containing 36 poly packs
A poly pack containing 15 cards
Topps left the basketball scene after the 1981-82 NBA season. They returned with a two-series issues in 1992-93.
This box came from eBay for a measly $12.50 ($6.00 bid + $6.50 s/h). (For full disclosure, I got both a Series 1 and Series 2 box for a $12.00 bid with $13.00 s/h.)
Base set – 198 cards
Gold parallel – 198 cards (1:1)
141 – Michael Jordan (front and back)
188 – Tim Hardaway (front and back)
2 – Magic Johnson HighLight (front and back)
100 – Larry Bird All-Star (front and back)
198 – Checklist 2 (front and back)
Inserts and Parallels
Gold – 100 – Larry Bird (front only)
This box had 540 cards (36 packs × 15 cards/pack). With just 198 cards for a base set, you might think I’d easily get a full set or maybe two. Well, I did indeed get a full set of base cards. I was a few cards short on the second set. I did get four copies of many cards.
- base cards
Topps’ return to basketball cards was pretty lame. The design of these cards looks like something from a mid-1980s baseball set. Some of the photographs are pretty dark. Look at the Jordan card. I can see Jordan’s jersey, but I can’t really make out Jordan. There are a couple subsets – HighLights cards in the very early numbers and All-Stars right in the middle of the set. One thing I do like about the base cards is the horizontal design of a handful of cards. The Tim Hardaway card shows off this design.
- inserts and parallels
The Gold parallel became a calling card for Topps in the early 1990s. I like them, but any 1-per-pack insert doesn’t feel very special. Maybe people felt differently back in 1992.
This set stinks. The design is terrible. The only thing in Topps’ favor is that the Fleer, NBA Hoops, and SkyBox sets weren’t much better in 1992.