Everyone loves shine. Red shine, orange shine, blue shine, even regular old shine, it doesn’t matter. Collectors go mad for some shine.
1993 Topps Finest gets credit for being one of the first limited production chrome/shiny sets. But you can go back a lot further back to find the father of the shine. That’s right I am talking about Topps Tiffany.
No set in the ’80s was more shrouded in mystery and intrigue to me as a young collector. I remember seeing it mentioned in the Beckett price guide but I didn’t now anyone that owned any; I wasn’t even sure where you would find them. From time to time I saw the blue-boxed sets at shows but it was very mysterious. This was in the day before hobby and retail versions were commonplace.
In my collection I have just one Tiffany card.
They had a glossy coating, were printed on white card stock and were just all around better quality. Sets were limited to an unfathomably low 5000. It’s hard to tell in the scan but this is a solid looking card. Much more crisp and clean than a regular card.
I am not 100% sure, but I would say with maybe 99% certainty that Tiffany was the first base parallel set.