Thursday, April 17, 2008

1992 Topps Micro

So what's the big deal? It looks like a 1992 Cal Ripken, Jr. Topps cards. But it's really a 1992 Topps Micro card. The same in every way as the regular Topps issue except that the card is about the size of a postage stamp. I believe that I originally saw these in Toys R Us. And since I'll buy just about anything that says baseball cards on it, I bought a box. I have no idea what I paid for them.

Topps produced these sets in '91, '92 and '93. I don't think they were ever very popular. Unopened boxes are being offered on eBay right now for $0.99 plus shipping with no takers.

1992 was the first year that Topps produced gold parallel cards. These cards had a gold foil overlay with the players name. The 1992 micro set came with 12 gold cards. They had gold foil on the card background. I scanned these cards a few years ago and must have scanned them at different resolution. That would explain their different relative sizes. They are actually the same size.

Right from the beginning I had a hard time deciding what do to with these cards. I left them in the box for a long time. I put some of the gold cards up for sale on eBay in 1999 and actually got $1.50 for the Nolan Ryan and $3.00 for the Griffey Jr. Right now on eBay you can buy a PSA graded copy of the Ryan card for $30. I may be a sucker for baseball cards, but not that much of a sucker.

Last year I finally pulled out the cards of the players I collect and put them in album sleeves along with the full sized card. The micro card looks kind of cute nestled up against it's big brother card. I left the rest in the box. At least it doesn't take up too much room.


Anonymous said...

very informative post. thanks for the info! still not sure what to do with mine yet.

samoclaus said...

I was wondering about these after I found them locked away in my safe, trying to find space. I guess they were taking up valuable 'real estate' unnecessarily. Oh, well. Maybe in 25 more years, they'll be worth 100bucks, of course so will a loaf of bread.