Friday, January 29, 2016

1992 Topps Gold

Year: 1992
Manufacturer: Topps
Set: Flagship Baseball
Card Number: 90
Card Type: Base Parallel
Parallel Set: Gold Foil Parallel

If you were to closely study the evolution of baseball cards tracing it back you'd find 1992 was a pivotal point to where we are today.  When you look at all the different color parallels spread out through Topps' and Panini's products their origins can all be traced back to 1992 and more importantly to 1992 Topps Baseball.  This set, or more accurately the gold foil insert parallel set is the locus where that evolution starts.  For better or worse it all started right here. And let's not forget we as collectors ate this up.  The early 90's was also a time the hobby enjoyed huge popularity and card companies were taking notice.  

Robin's 1992 Topps card is great for so many reason without the gold foil embellishment, but Topps uses just a little to make the card pop.  Had this been a few years later the yellow border would have probably also been gold foiled as well.   While I'm all about the great action shots this is a great candid portrait of  Yount the elder statesman sitting in the dugout with the bat cubby behind him.  By this time in Yount's career there's no room on the back for anything but stats.  1992 also marked the year Topps switch it's card stock from the old heritage brown cardboard to the sterling white.  While the basic design of the 1992 set can been seen a little simplistic the gold foil parallels really did add something to spruce the cards up and it's a great looking set in a binder.

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