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Old 05-02-2020, 03:26 PM
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Default 1985 Topps Mini & 1991 Desert Shield

I made a deal and am getting a complete mint set of 85 Topps Minis (regular back) and 91 Topps Desert Shield. Below are the cards i am asking to be shipped with sleeves and toploader from the seller. If you guys know of any others that I should ask for extra protection please let know. Thanks.

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85 Topps Mini -
230 Carter, 340 Yount, 352 Morgan, 355 Blyleven, 360 Carlton, 500 Schmidt, 610 Morris, 700 Murray, 760 Ryan

91 Desert Shield -
1 Ryan, 2 Brett, 5 Ripken, 7 Sandberg, 35 Maddux, 73 Morris, 79 Thomas, 82 Glavine, 100 Mattingly, 130 Smith, 150 Ripken, 180 Gwynn, 200 Strawberry, 225 Johnson, 270 McGwire, 275 Trammell, 300 Puckett, 310 Carter, 330 Gooden, 333 Jones in bulletproof loader , 389 Trammell, 391 Henderson, 392 Griffey, 393 Fisk, 397 Murray, 398 Sandberg, 401 Bonds, 402 Strawberry, 450 Boggs, 500 Clark, 520 Grace, 530 Clemens, 540 Brett, 545 Murphy, 550 Davis, 565 Biggio,570 Bonds, 575 Yount, 590 Murray, 600 Jackson, 615 Blyleven, 630 Winfield, 640 Dawson, 670 Henderson, 700 Canseco, 740 Sandberg, 790 Griffey
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Ironically, one of the toughest of the 85 Minis to find in high grade is the Rick Manning. A great many of the minis have very light wrinkles that are impossible to see in scans and even in hand are tough to spot. Unless you are going for a highly graded set the wrinkle cards still present well.

On the 91s the biggest issue is the large number of fakes out there
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Thanks Al.
Yea the seller has the original sale sheet from when he bought the set in Sept. 1990. It shows three cards with surface defects/creases and one of them is #603 Rick Manning.
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I made a deal and am getting a complete mint set of 85 Topps Minis (regular back) and 91 Topps Desert Shield. Below are the cards i am asking to be shipped with sleeves and toploader from the seller. If you guys know of any others that I should ask for extra protection please let know. Thanks.

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85 Topps Mini -
230 Carter, 340 Yount, 352 Morgan, 355 Blyleven, 360 Carlton, 500 Schmidt, 610 Morris, 700 Murray, 760 Ryan

91 Desert Shield -
1 Ryan, 2 Brett, 5 Ripken, 7 Sandberg, 35 Maddux, 73 Morris, 79 Thomas, 82 Glavine, 100 Mattingly, 130 Smith, 150 Ripken, 180 Gwynn, 200 Strawberry, 225 Johnson, 270 McGwire, 275 Trammell, 300 Puckett, 310 Carter, 330 Gooden, 333 Jones in bulletproof loader , 389 Trammell, 391 Henderson, 392 Griffey, 393 Fisk, 397 Murray, 398 Sandberg, 401 Bonds, 402 Strawberry, 450 Boggs, 500 Clark, 520 Grace, 530 Clemens, 540 Brett, 545 Murphy, 550 Davis, 565 Biggio,570 Bonds, 575 Yount, 590 Murray, 600 Jackson, 615 Blyleven, 630 Winfield, 640 Dawson, 670 Henderson, 700 Canseco, 740 Sandberg, 790 Griffey
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#166 Harold Baines
#607 Edgar Martinez
#339 Larry Walker

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Thanks Christian! I will add those to the Desert Shield list...

Al, yours is beautiful! That card must be tough in good shape. I saw a nice example of one sold for $500 almost four years ago. Wow.
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Pretty cool to get an original sale letter too. Anyone ever heard of The Wizards of Odd? Cool name.

Thanks to net54 Zach for checking out the DS set prior to purchase.





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Great stuff Ben
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I remember the "Wizard of Odd" guys very well....They set up at all the Fort Washington (PA) shows and their booth would be the first one I'd hit....
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Thanks for the info Bill. The seller said they were really good guys and had great oddball stuff.

Thanks Al.
Do any of your regular backs have odd print defects?
I guess I will have to look for another example of 545 Moseby. My Foster has a white "cloud" on back too.
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Pretty cool to get an original sale letter too. Anyone ever heard of The Wizards of Odd? Cool name.

Thanks to net54 Zach for checking out the DS set prior to purchase.





Super Nice Collection!! i love The 1985 Topps Mini set and the Amazing history Behind the Cards, only 100 of each cards with regular backs(stats), and produced by O-Pee-chee with topps logo. im in Process to Build Mini Hofers. im in Process too build Hofers set of desert Shield, very Nice cards and the Best set of the 90's.
Enjoy This Greatest cards!!!
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Thanks Christian!

Looks like all of the Foster’s and Moseby’s I have seen have a print defect in the same location on the back.
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nevermind, posted elsewhere

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Graded a few

Was not expecting a highest graded, population 2 mini Ryan.

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Nice...congrats! What's the deal with these 85 minis? How were they distributed and where? Was there a Pete O'Brien in the set?
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Never distributed Dan. Unissued test set. Only 132 cards involved. I finished the set in blank backs and regular backs, and have about 1/2 the set in red back only. They can also be found with smeared backs. The blank backs can be white or tan and are much scarcer than the regular backs, which are also scarce. SCD and Lemke once estimated less than 100 of each of each card exists, with about 30 % or less blank backed. Not sure if those numbers re right but they are a tough issue. Likely someone got ahold of the unissued cards or uncut sheets. I have a couple of uncut panels. PSA grades them as regular or blank backed. Because many were cut from sheets they often have very tiny wrinkles that are not obvious in most scans.

Will double check but pretty sure no O'Brien

Bob F (Bobsbbcards) has his set on the Regisrty

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Thanks Al, I had no idea there was even plans for a mini set in 85. Would have been cool if they’d distributed the set.
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