Some spectacular recent finds in 1990 Pro Set variations

19 May

To say April 2011 was a good stretch for me, Pro Set-wise, would be an understatement.

I recently purchased a 5 box lot of 1990 series 1 on ebay. Found 2 Fred Marion errors. This was especially significant to me because I had previously never pulled a copy myself, not to mention, they were both pretty decent looking copies. And though the rest of the boxes yielded corrections and the more common varieties of each variation-affected player, a second glance at the backs of my Fred Marion corrections, revealed a new variety, which starts off this blog entry:

1990 Pro Set Fred Marion with P. over bio data

Not quite sure what is going on with this card but it looks like a handwritten P. except that it is definitely printed on the card. Similar to the 1978 Topps Bump Wills with black circle, in person, it looks like a proofer took a marker or sharpie to a plate or a negative and made a note in the form of ‘P.’ A search through nearly a hundred other copies did not produce another!

Another recent discovery, also revealed to me through my recent box breaks, was a new variation on Roger Craig’s card #287. Roger’s card has seen a few different printing varieties on it’s reverse but this was new to me:

1990 Pro Set Roger Craig with “Blood” on pants

While examining the Craig cards from my break, I noticed that they all had a slanted top stat line on back, so I dug into my inventory of Pro Set commons and pulled out all my Craigs. Immediately I caught a copy that had what appeared to be blood stains on his leg on front, very likely that they are printing flaws, but since they so strongly resemble that, and how appropriate that is considering the sport, I decided the moniker fits best. A search through the remaining (almost a hundred) copies turned up four more.

And last but certainly not least, a huge discovery for me and for 1990 Pro Set, here is a new addition to the ever-growing family of Dexter Manley variations:

1990 Pro Set Dexter Manley with “No Bio” on back

This exciting variety had been whispered of first back in 2005-ish. Like many other Pro Set collectors out there, I have bought my fair share of sealed final update sets in hopes of the elusive “substance abuse” variety, failing to find one every single time. Even the less-rare “backwards t” version has only crossed my path a handful of times. But a recent trip to Hoopla sportscards in Beaverton, OR yielded this:

I usually visit this shop every couple of weeks and scoop up their junk boxes, typical late 80s to early 90s stuff and a great source of the bulk of my 1990 Pro Set inventory, not to mention, a slew of unmarked promos and other oddball goodies. On this trip, they had several 800ct boxes for $1 each, some including a bunch of 1990 Pro Set commons, a stack of mixed 3200ct and 5000ct boxes at $5 a piece – I grabbed them all. Interestingly enough, Dexter was just one of three final update subjects (Fred Washington and Brad Baxter were the others) among mostly series one and two commons found in this lot. The funny thing too, is that I didn’t even notice the bio area immediately, hoping for a long shot chance at a “substance abuse” variation. I reviewed the card over and over and finally decided to add it into my PSA submission, unfortunately, they do not recognize the variety on the label but still graded it an NM-MT 8. Not bad, really!

One other interesting note: Like the John Fourcade stats variation, if you squint hard enough, it almost looks as if the presses did go down over the bio area and faintly printed the info in a yellowish color. It really is tough to see, so until a better description pops up, “No Bio” works for me.

As usual, it’s safe to say that this is not the end of new Pro Set variation discoveries, but it was a great month full of cool finds allover, from this to the recent sales of the scarce Jeff George Gold promos on ebay, to the flood of interest in the 1990 set that  I’ve been picking up on across message boards. Great to see so much happening with such a complex and fun set!


20 Responses to “Some spectacular recent finds in 1990 Pro Set variations”

  1. Eric May 20, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Wow – the Manley card is quite a find! Is it possible to show a scan with a closer look at the bio area to see how much much of the information even shows through?

    • junkwaxgems May 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

      The scanner doesn’t pick up graded cards that well. But I can say that the info is almost unnoticeable to the naked eye. It looks more like it was printed with just very low-levels of yellow ink. I will try another scan shortly and see how it works out.

  2. deadwaxsociety May 21, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    I must be blind because I’m not sure whats wrong with the Manley card? Is it because it says anti-“ili”teracy?

    • junkwaxgems May 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

      What’s wrong with it is described in great detail in the blog entry.

      • deadwaxsociety May 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

        I never collected Pro Set so I’m confused. Is that part underneath his stats not part of his bio?

      • Eric May 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

        The empty space under the picture would typically have birthdate, college, hometown, etc. Check the back of any other 1990 Pro Set card for reference – the biographical information is what is not showing up on the scanned card above.

  3. RICH May 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm #


  4. Jeremiah Erickson May 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Keep up the good work. I am going through tons of stuff from this era and have found some interesting stuff. I haven’t dove into ProSet yet, but I have around 3000 from 1989 & 1990 to go through and I can hardly wait.

    • Jeremiah Erickson May 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

      Some day I will get around to posting some of my interesting finds.

  5. Joe Campo June 7, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    While trading and buying cards on Ebay recently I came across this website while looking through the 1990 proset cards.
    I looked in one of my collection binders and found 8 pages of that particular year. I also found 6 sets of error filled cards.
    Reggie Roby cards differ in color and positioning.
    Brian Blades cards are different in position and the bottom pro bowl symbol is cut of along with the players name and position.
    Frank Minnifeild is totaly different in colors and markings on the player side.
    I have the birthdate screw up for art shell as well.
    Are these junk card sets worth anything?

  6. Terry June 10, 2011 at 2:39 am #

    I would also like to point out there is a error version of card #7 Ottis Anderson with no name, position or card number on the back. I have seen 1 card of this ilk! Anyone else have/seen one?

  7. robert anderson January 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm #


    • Dylan February 1, 2012 at 9:03 am #

      It’s an UER, never corrected.

  8. Drew April 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    I think I found a Barry sanders error on card 1…he’s holding the roy trophy in both, but the font color for ‘barry sanders rb 20’, ‘official photo and stat card etc’,as well as the card number is in a noticeably lighter font color, while the other is a solid black…are there others like this?should I email pics? Is this site still operational or am I a little late?

  9. UnkkleAndy September 18, 2012 at 2:40 am #

    That Missing Bio on the Manley Card is very amazing .. Very nice find man .. Regards…. >>UnkkleAndy<<

    • Dylan December 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

      Almost every rare/bizarre Pro Set find for me in the last six years came from Hoopla Sports Cards in Oregon. They seemed to have a never-ending supply of “junk” 1989-1991 Pro Set 5000ct boxes come through the store. Always $5 a box too. The SE Portland Goodwill on Grand Ave also was a great source for several years. I stop in whenever I fly up there.

  10. Mark K December 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    I found a card not sure what type of error it is. It is lot num 598 Lionel Manuel card which is cut short on left side and the right side has all different colored stripe running along the right side. Didn’t know if this is a common printing error or a rare find?

    • cl_kyle April 21, 2014 at 8:37 am #

      I just found a #216 Eric Martin with what looks like a proofer’s ‘A’ in the bio area, similar to the Marion, but more faint. Photobucket link as my ‘Website’.

  11. April lewis November 13, 2018 at 10:05 am #

    ok so I have been searching for info on an error card I have, its a 1989 Pro Set Gerald Riggs. on front of card has his jersey # as 42 but on back under his picture has his name, position and #43! Info would be greatly appreciated, A Lewis

    • Dylan November 26, 2018 at 9:47 am #

      It is an uncorrected error

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