Here's a rack pack of one of my favorite sets, '92 Topps. It was definitely a turning point for The Real One. No more gray cardboard. No more gum. Full color backs. Also in '92, Topps unleashed a plague upon the hobby now known as parallel gold foil stamped cards. Thanks for that by the way, Topps. I agree with Mario @ Wax Heaven. Parallel cards are duplicates for dummies. Anyway, here we go, 45 cards... will we get a Manny rookie? Only one way to find out...
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479 - Chito Martinez
We're off to an auspicious start.
500 - Vince Coleman
Vince looks like he already knows his career is over. Topps gives him a super star card number on reputation only.
203 - Greg Myers
230 - Dick Schofield
Why Topps would give this all-field, no-hit shortstop a star card number is beyond me.
649 - Norm Charlton
Remember the Nasty Boys? Charlton, Randy Myers and Rob Dibble. Back when the Reds were good. Those were more innocent times.
109 - Roger Craig Manager
Craig and the Giants are rocking some sweet throwback threads on this one.
223 - Mel Hall
602 - Mike Fetters
242 - Mike Mussina
Rookie card. Sadly the closest thing to a decent pull in this pack. Maybe if he makes the Hall this card will be worth something but I think he's a long shot at best.
491 - Jeff Brantley
297 - Kevin Brown
305 - Tom Glavine
Now this guy is a lock for the Hall of Fame. But it's his fifth year card.
508 - Bill Gullickson
Coming off the year when he won 20 games with a 3.90 ERA.
250 - Ken Griffey
Senior. Junior's dad. D'oh!
539 - Thomas Howard
153 - Ron Karkovice
159 - Darrin Fletcher
I love sideways action shots and you can see Fletcher tagging out Bobby Bonilla on this one.
758 - Tim Naehring
Remember when the Red Sox sucked and they had bummy prospects like Naehring?
662 - Juan Guzman
Went 10-3 as a rookie for Toronto and was never heard from again. I always used to get this guy and Jose Guzman from the Rangers confused.
229 - Shawn Boskie
546 - Paul Sorrento
Is it me or is his helmet pulled down over his eyes here?
689 - Mark Lemke
486 - Bob Walk
84 - Leo Gomez
Any card with a Topps All Star Rookie Cup on it is cool.
555 - Frank Thomas
This was when Topps started using leftover Stadium Club pics in its base set.
214 - Andy Mota
678 - Joe Klink
506 - Todd Benzinger
675 - Bobby Witt
A card I happily mailed off to Chris @ Stale Gum for his set.
749 - Jerald Clark
179 - Top Prospects 2nd Basemen: Caesar Bernhardt, Bobby DeJardin, Armando Moreno, Andy Stankiewicz
588 - Russ Swan
246 - Jason Pruitt Draft Pick
I love the high school senior pictures Topps used for this subset.
495 - Carney Lansford
58 - Top Prospects Catchers: Brad Ausmus, Jim Campanis, Dave Nilsson, Doug Robbins
185 - Benny Santiago
Never understood why Topps stubbornly called him Benny instead of Benito. Kinda like their "Bob" Clemente cards.
96 - Tom McKinnon Draft Pick
35 - Dave Righetti
474 - Mike Rossiter Draft Pick
711 - Ricky Bones
306 - Al Shirley Draft Pick
At least they got a shot of him in his high school baseball uniform instead of some circa 1991 Ocean Pacific shirt.
107 - Dan Pasqua
Says on the back that he hit a 484-foot homer against the Yanks in '91. Dan Pasqua? Seriously?
394 - Denny Martinez All Star339 - Tom Browning
405 - Roger Clemens All Star
I can't look at Clemens cards the same way anymore.
Well, not much in the pack but still fun. This was a nice looking set.