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DaClyde 12-03-2010 08:02 AM

OT - 1993 Topps R&N China Porcelain cards
According to the 2003 Standard Catalog, R&N China produced the entire 1993 Topps set in porcelain, 5000 each for the milestone cards (multiples of 10) and 1000 each for all the rest. I've only been able to track down evidence of about 30 or so (a surprising mix of stars and commons) on eBay and the auction house sites and was wondering if anyone remembers how these were originally solicited?

I've seen magazine ads for the original "Dream Team" set, the Mantle set and the Ryan set, but I've never seen any advertising material relating to the 1993 Topps set. Four of the players I collect would be in the set, but I'm getting the impression that a relatively small quantity of those produced actually made it into circulation, otherwise I would expect to see more copies of the Derek Jeter draft pick card in circulation (I've only seen one, so far).

Does anyone have any information on these or know if there is some dealer/collector that managed to hoard a large number of them? Mentioning this set on a couple other boards, there is sort of a common notion that the entire set wasn't really produced and that possibly R&N China only produced them to order (I'm not sure how feasible that would be) not expecting 1000 orders for the likes of Mark McLemore or Charlie Hayes.

ALR-bishop 12-03-2010 10:01 AM

Topps Poceleins
I had a goal to collect every Topps set or card listed in The Standard Catalog through 1994 ( after that I just went to standard sets, updates and then Heritage). I was worried how I would be able to do this set since it seemed like a monumental task. Fortunately the set got removed from the Catalog ( at least for 93/94) and I gladly have ignored it since.

Good luck on your quest

DaClyde 12-03-2010 12:47 PM

Thanks. I highly doubt R&N China produced any of the checklist cards, which sort of has me wondering if maybe they did the players from the Topps Gold set instead....if so that adds one more player I collect (Bernardo Brito). Does anyone know if the Franklin Mint or Danbury Mint keep track of their previous offerings and might have information on this set?

DaClyde 07-31-2011 10:54 AM

Just a slight update here, I've managed to track down evidence of 39 cards from the 1993 set so far and am updating my blog posting on it as I find more cards.

1993 Topps / R&N China porcelain baseball cards

DaClyde 02-03-2013 05:35 PM

To update since the last post, I have now identified 55 cards from this set. It seems every few months another card or two surfaces on eBay.

ALR-bishop 02-04-2013 09:42 AM

RJN China Cards
As mentioned above I do not collect them but wanted one example. Here is the only one I have

DaClyde 09-24-2014 03:14 PM

Been awhile since I last updated this, but I have now identified 77 cards from this set. Haven't seen a new one in several months now and I'm no closer to picking up the cards I actually want.

ALR-bishop 09-24-2014 03:19 PM

1993 Topps Porcelein
I admire your tenacity Jason. Can you post a couple of examples. Are they numbered ? As I mentioned earlier the Standard catalog at one time listed the set, but in later additions removed it...much to my relief

DaClyde 09-24-2014 07:46 PM

My list of confirmed cards is now up to 80 of 825, so almost 10% of the set exists. They're all supposed to be numbered, but many I've seen on eBay are missing the actual hand-number and just have a blank. Maybe they later only wrote the actual numbers on the little paper certificate, like with the Santiago. Lately I've just seen the same dozen or so cards from the same sellers being listed over and over. There is a Jeter on eBay right now, but based on the numbering, it's not part of this series. As card #98, it should only be numbered to 1000, but the one listed is numbered 2828.

ALR-bishop 09-24-2014 08:04 PM

Thanks Jason. Very interesting

DaClyde 01-19-2015 10:45 AM

Three more cards hit eBay this weekend. Now added to the list of 1993 cards are:

168 Kevin Maas
304 Melido Perez
530 Sterling Hitchcock

This brings the total of confirmed cards to 83 of 825.

DaClyde 03-04-2015 04:54 PM

#399 Daryl Boston turned up on eBay today, that's 84 of 825.

GasHouseGang 03-04-2015 05:07 PM

Well, based on your initial posting date, and today, you've been at this for just over 4 years. At your current pace, it should only take you 39 years to finish the set.:D

DaClyde 03-04-2015 05:12 PM

I'm praying that someone turns up a massive stash of these when someone on "Storage Wars" wins the storage unit that belonged to R&N China before they went under. At which point I will acquire a thousand or so and re-tile my bathroom.

mybestbretts 03-06-2015 07:42 PM

93 R @ N China cards
2 Attachment(s)
I have a couple of these. Really poor qualityAttachment 181964

Attachment 181965

DaClyde 04-04-2015 12:46 PM

Another batch has surfaced:

Quite a nice pile of these turned up on eBay last night, allowing me to add this group of top notch superstar talent to the checklist.

58 Jose Melendez
76 Kevin Appier
180 Darren Daulton
237 Jose Vizcaino
281 Butch Henry
591 Alex Cole
741 Mike Devereaux

Now were up to 91/825! I believe that may knock my estimated time to completion down to 38 years.

ALR-bishop 04-04-2015 01:29 PM

Long term project
Jason-- you might want to treat this like the Crazy Horse Monument and both enlist your heirs and set up a trust fund to carry this project forward after you are gone :)

ALR-bishop 09-10-2015 11:06 AM


Coninefan 09-10-2015 12:32 PM

I have the Jeff Conine. It isn't individually numbered, it just says '____ of 1000' on the back

DaClyde 08-30-2017 04:12 PM

It's me, again. Back with my occasional update to this thread. This week, two more cards from the 1993 set hit eBay. These bring the total to something like 104 of 825 confirmed.

#60 Roberto Kelly (which I snapped up, excitedly)
#207 Paul Molitor

Rich Klein 08-31-2017 04:42 PM

reading through this thread; my instinct says R&N did produce the entire set. Albeit in nowhere near the supposed quantities. I wonder, if this set was sent almost totally outside the hobby and most of the people who bought these kept these.

What I learned is when you have a set such as this, and assuming my hypothesis is correct about "retail" distribution, then not many of these cards pop into the secondary market.

That is, because, there is not a ton of cards available for people to get a value (or a price guide value) and no one ever wants to feel they sold for less than they feel they should. it's actually a fascinating study into human behavior


DaClyde 09-01-2017 09:05 PM

Another eagle-eye'd collector spotted an auction I'd missed with a mess of Braves that had not surfaced before, so the following have been added to the confirmed list (raising the total to 108 of 825):

224 Sid Bream
280 Tom Glavine
552 Jeff Blauser
650 Terry Pendleton

DaClyde 10-10-2017 11:47 AM

Thanks again to Mr. Willency, another five cards have been added to the checklist:

75 Juan Guzman
240 John Olerud
270 Frank Viola
413 Pete Smith
709 Jeff Juden

We are now at 113 of 825. If we can keep up a pace of of 3-5 cards per month, we might knock out the checklist in the next decade!

ALR-bishop 10-10-2017 01:10 PM

You may look like your avatar on completion :)

WizardofOz1982 06-22-2019 07:57 AM

Know I'm bumping an old post
but if the entire set was made I'm looking for the Jeff Frye #197 for my PC.

Exhibitman 06-22-2019 01:26 PM

I love this obscure stuff...

DaClyde 07-26-2019 06:07 PM

I just noticed a new one today on eBay:

123 Moises Alou.

I think that puts the total confirmed at 119/825.

Exhibitman 07-27-2019 11:55 AM

These are fun as hell, very pleased to add these to my Ryan collection

ALR-bishop 08-04-2019 02:38 PM

Those are nice Adam. I like them but a set of 825 would be a "heavy" burden Jason

Exhibitman 08-04-2019 02:44 PM

That's why I'd only collect a player or two. Picked up the 1989 Ryan for a buck at the National.

I can't believe these were nearly $20 each when issued.

ALR-bishop 08-04-2019 05:28 PM

When I bought the Mantle above you could get one for all or at least most of his Topps cards

DaClyde 08-04-2019 07:55 PM


Originally Posted by ALR-bishop (Post 1905387)
Those are nice Adam. I like them but a set of 825 would be a "heavy" burden Jason

I couldn't image attempting to complete this set. There are only a handful I'm chasing. Now you've got me curious how much they actually weigh...

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