#13 Mike Piazza


1993 Finest. What a great photo. This set was a serious wow when it came on the market as it was the second attempt of a premium product by Topps after Stadium Club came out in 1991. I think this was the biggest new item since Upper Deck's 1989 debut that we all know about. Allegedly only 299 of these refractor versions exist. People have surely been serious about this card because 216 of them have been sent to PSA for grading and another 11 have been sent to Beckett as well. There are 165 of these PSA 9's and 6 graded as a 10. Card 199 was the last card in the set, and he must have been a late addition because of the breakout season he was having.

The card is not some regular card with foil on it. it is on a very thick high quality paper, and even the back have a nice gloss to them. These refractor versions have a slight rainbow effect against the light when you move it around. With only 199 cards, they are of mostly the great players of the day, and the PSA 10 refractor versions can sell for hundreds of dollars. I am still on the hunt for one of Mike's PSA 10's. I would also really like a Ramon Martinez PSA 10 because he was my favorite player of that era, and his only really nice card.

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