Sunday, August 5, 2012

Sandberg Sunday - Porcelain Rookie

Sorry, forgot to "publish" this post on time.

This piece is one of the oldest in my collection but I have no memory of how or when I obtained it. It is still in its original package which is a good thing. Had it been opened, it probably would not have survived the numerous moves I've made in the last 20 years or so that I've had it.

It comes with a wood base to display it. Sorry, solid wood base. None of that hollow stuff here.

It is licensed by both licensed and MLB. I can't find any manufacturing or copyright date on it other than the 1983 listed on the card. After a quick search on eBay, there was a 1989 Topps Traded Ken Griffey Jr with a similar numbered tag from the back of the package. There was also a 1992 Derek Jeter with a different COA layout, but the same drawing was used and also had hand numbering. So I'm guessing around 1990-1991.

Plus, a "Limited" Edition Card number of at least 107165 screams late '80s-early '90s mass production era. I'd be surprised if there were 107165 copies of a cardboard Ryne Sandberg Topps rookie still around.


  1. I would say your guess of '90-'91 is spot on. I picked one of these up at a card show back in your guessed time frame, but without the packaging.
    Mine used to hold a place on a shelf, but I got tired of dusting it, and thought it safer in a box.

  2. Any idea on the value of the Ryno porcelain card , I've been checking into this . I cannot find the value of the same one . I have it in perfect condition with the holder . Please help . Chris