I found this card on eBay a few days ago and have been trying to figure out it’s origin ever since:

Other than the following I haven’t any idea of the back story:

  • Issued in 1988 as a one card set.
  • I’ve read that it wad a pre-set proof card. However I don’t know the validity of that.
  • It’s considered the holy grail of Mattingly cards and that the guy with the most PSA Mattinglys in his collection could only find a PSA 4 version.
  • It routinely sell for $100+ on eBay

Things that I want to know about this card:

  • What was the purpose behind this card?
  • What is with the removing of the MLB logos if Topps had a license?
  • Why is the card marked The Topps Company when all 1988 Topps cards say Topps Chewing Gum Co?
  • Why is it called “Special World of Baseball Edition”?
  • It’s printed as if it was Topps Tiffany, was it printed in Ireland like Tiffany was?
  • Why Mattingly? Since Ripken, Ryan, McGwire and Canseco were more popular?

Does anyone have any info on this card? Anything would be appreciated!


One response »

  1. FresnoGrifter says:

    The first thing that came to mind is it’s an unlicensed “Broder” card. Back in the 80s they used to pop up at the card shows and shops. Usually some rookie that wasn’t in the normal sets that they’d print using a knock-off design. It’s just a shot in the dark so I could be totally wrong. Probably am wrong since it goes for relatively big money and Broders were always considered worthless.

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