The 1990s saw a huge number of baseball card sets made. While some thrived, others did not. Here are 5 cheap and underrated sets that are not to be missed.
2012 Topps Football declares itself as the year of the quarterback. Headlined by the Quarterback Immortals program, highlights include metal-infused cards, relics and lots of autographs. Rookies like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III figure prominently into autograph and relic sets.
1959-60 Parkhurst Hockey marked the third consecutive year where the set had 50 cards of the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. Punch Imlach and Carl Brewer are considered the set’s best rookie cards.
2012 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball includes 25 variation short prints. Get full details, including a checklist, images and buying guide.
The first comprehensive trading cards centered on the DC Universe, 2012 Cryptozoic DC Comics The New 52 boasts a sketch card in every box. Focusing on the massive DC reboot, all base cards have new art not found anywhere else. Collectors can also hunt for die-cut foil Lanterns inserts and lenticular Work in Progress cards.
2000 Topps Traded and Rookies Baseball comes packaged as a box set with one rookie autograph. Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Gonzalez rookies highlight a strong checklist. The Cabrera autograph is one of the decade’s best cards.
Here is everything you need to know about the 2011-12 Upper Deck The Cup Auto Rookie Patch cards. Get a complete checklist, image gallery, team info, redemption list and more.
1958-59 Parkhurst Hockey has just 50 cards, all of which are limited to only the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. Ralph Backstrom is the most significant rookie card.
1969-70 O-Pee-Chee Hockey features a distinct design and an expanded checklist of 231 cards. Tony Esposito and Serge Savard are the main rookies.
Although 2010-11 Panini Dominion Hockey was popular, it had room to improve. We look at how the card maker is creating buzz with just a few simple changes that address collector concerns.
Recapping the first film in the mega-popular franchise, 2005 Artbox Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is highlighted by a broad mix of autographs, costume and prop cards. John Cleese and John Hurt are the lead signers.
Split between two series, 2000 Topps Baseball has just 478 cards. Although tough to pull, the autograph lineup is extremely strong. Other highlights include Hank Aaron reprints and the challenging Magic Moments base set variations.
The 1990s saw tons of Hall of Fame-caliber rookie cards pass through the hobby. Here are 10 must-have baseball rookie cards from the era that will last the test of time.
1955-56 Parkhurst Hockey is the sport’s only set of the year. Highlighting players from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, Jacques Plante is the key rookie card.
One of the most attractive sets of the era, 1971-72 O-Pee-Chee Hockey also has a loaded checklist. Ken Dryden, Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne are among the major rookie cards.
1966 Topps Batman Riddler Back is one of two sets from the year to include images from the Adam West film. The 38-card set is also notable for the riddles found on the card backs.
2002 Topps Traded and Rookies Baseball marks the second straight year the late-season set included both Topps and Topps Chrome cards. Jose Bautista is the key rookie card.
2012 Panini Americana Heroes & Legends revamps the brand’s format, opting for a greater emphasis on sports and history over celebrities. Boxes promise three total autographs, nine inserts and one parallel. Subjects include Olympic athletes, military heroes and astronauts.