Quick Look: 1993 Topps Black Gold Foil Variations

7 Oct

Her is a little-known variation that affects one of the few inserts sets from 1993 to retain and even grow in popularity. In 1993, Topps included a special insert called Black Gold featuring 44 of the biggest players at the time. Collector’s could find one of these every other box or so, but on occasion, they could also find “Winner” redemption cards for sets of 11, 22 or all 44 of the cards, since these cards are so popular with player-collectors, the 44 card winner redemption has greatly appreciated in value over the years. Along with the already-documented “switched backs” errors, a blog for another day, a variation in the foil used on these cards can be found.

Most commonly the cards use a holographic gold foil, however, a small sampling of them feature a non-holographic, simple gold foil treatment. In my years of knowing about these cards, I’ve only encountered a handful of examples. Unfortunately, not a single copy of my player, recently-appointed manager of the Chicago White Sox, Robin Ventura.

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5 Responses to “Quick Look: 1993 Topps Black Gold Foil Variations”

  1. Drew October 10, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    Another great post. I’ve never heard of this one, but will add it to my list!

  2. Joseph Hipshire November 4, 2022 at 3:51 am #

    I just picked up a handful of cards from a seller on marketplace…. There may be more error cards, I just located this error, 1993 football topps black gold, the year and manufacturer are missing on the back of the card under the synopsis. I havent seen any other like it. Tell me what you think. Wish I could post pics.

    • Dylan November 4, 2022 at 9:43 am #

      Yes, they are fairly common and only affect series one players (cards 1-22). You can find both versions with a little searching for every player in series 1.

      • Joseph Hipshire November 4, 2022 at 12:17 pm #

        So not something out of ordinary or really rare? Any back story?

      • Dylan November 5, 2022 at 1:14 pm #

        No clue but it happened to some of the 1993 Baseball black gold redemptions as well. Both versions have been fairly easy to locate.

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