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Old 12-03-2010, 09:02 AM
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Default 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.

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Old 12-03-2010, 11:01 AM
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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.

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Old 12-03-2010, 01:47 PM
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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?
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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
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:35 PM
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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.
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As mentioned above I do not collect them but wanted one example. Here is the only one I have



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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.
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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
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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.

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Thanks Jason. Very interesting
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