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Old 02-24-2016, 06:48 PM
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Default 1991 Topps Double Front (Glossy/Matte)

Does anyone have any information on double front 1991 Topps cards? I have one that has a glossy player photo on one side and a matte player photo on the other. This is very similar to the 1990 Donruss and 1985 Topps double front cards, but I haven't seen another 1991 Topps and didn't know if there were any others known.

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Old 02-24-2016, 08:39 PM
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Default 1991 Tools Double Front

That is really interesting because the back of a normal 1991 Tools card has a paper stock back. It has to be something made in small batches as paper stock just doesn't normally come that way. Interesting find...

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It's not topps Tiffany ?
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The card shown above is a single card. It shows each side of the same card.

The glossy side looks the same as the front of any 1991 Topps card, but when flipped over there aren't any stats it is instead a picture of the other player. This second side I refer to the matte side, but it is a similar feel as a typical back of a 1991 Topps card.
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The card shown above is a single card. It shows each side of the same card.

The glossy side looks the same as the front of any 1991 Topps card, but when flipped over there aren't any stats it is instead a picture of the other player. This second side I refer to the matte side, but it is a similar feel as a typical back of a 1991 Topps card.
I have never seen one but would guess the back side looks to be "matte" because of the porous card backs. Just like printing on photo paper compared to regular paper.
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I noticed there are differences in how the photos were cropped also.

Notice on this normal Telford from COMC that his hat just barely breaks the inner border. On mine his hat is nearly to the outer border. There are other differences as well, but basically on my double front version there is more photo showing all around.


Similar with the Barfield image on the original compared to mine. In the Barfield, though, his head breaks into the second border where on the original it stops short:
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I have never seen one but would guess the back side looks to be "matte" because of the porous card backs. Just like printing on photo paper compared to regular paper.
Correct, I only describe it as matte to state that the glossy finish has not been applied. That it is dull and flat.


My question is really if there are other double sided (picture of the player on each side) 1991 Topps out there. I am sorry if my use of the word matte confused anybody. I just wanted to point out that the finishing of a typical front was not used on the second side.
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I picked up a couple of the 85s as a curiousity but had not seen a 91
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Correct, I only describe it as matte to state that the glossy finish has not been applied. That it is dull and flat.


My question is really if there are other double sided (picture of the player on each side) 1991 Topps out there. I am sorry if my use of the word matte confused anybody. I just wanted to point out that the finishing of a typical front was not used on the second side.
I would assume that other exist . Only because I doubt there's one lol. It's more likely that atleast on sheet was produced.did you pull this card ?
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I would assume that other exist . Only because I doubt there's one lol. It's more likely that atleast on sheet was produced.did you pull this card ?
Just because they were produced doesn't mean they are in circulation today. This card came from a woman that sells a lot of error/scrap/test cards that her, now deceased, husband obtained from an employee of topps back when they were produced.

She states he would buy the employee beer and he would bring things to him that was meant to go to the dumpster. It is possible she will run across more, but she is still sorting through his cards. I do have reason to believe it is possible that not all the cards she thinks he obtained this way were actually obtained in this manner (though most probably were).

I was curious, though, if outside of this widows old collection if there were more out there.


I actually have obtained other neat items from her and just had stashed this with that collection. When I saw the thread about the 1991 Topps Oil Can Boyd variation I thought that with such a following by some for this set that maybe someone has seen other cards that were similar.
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