Q & A – Topps Traded vs. Topps Traded Tiffany

Question: How do you tell the difference between regular Topps Traded and Topps Traded Tiffany.  It is pretty important in terms of determining pricing for rookie cards in those years.

Answer: That is an excellent question.  This is pretty hard to determine if you plan to purchase one over the internet.  If you are trying to determine a Topps Traded card from a Topps Traded Tiffany card in person, you will want to take a close look at it.  A Topps Traded Tiffany card will have a shiny, gloss-like finish to it.  A standard Topps Traded card won’t have such a shiny coating on it.  Topps Traded Tiffany cards usually use a thicker card stock as well.  Topps Traded Tiffany cards were printed on white card stock versus grey card stock.  Depending on the set, some Tiffany cards will have a logo on the front of the card as well.  The regular Topps Traded cards are thinner and aren’t as sturdy when compared to a Topps Traded Tiffany card.  Topps Traded Tiffany cards can be worth quite a bit of money depending who the card is of.  Most of the time a regular Topps Traded and Topps Traded Tiffany card look exactly the same.  I would be careful if purchasing one over the internet.  Sellers could tell you that a card is Tiffany when indeed its not.  I would only purchase one that is graded and/or certified if you plan to buy one over the internet.  Thanks for the question.  

Regular Topps Traded

Topps Traded Tiffany

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4 Responses

  1. You’re forgetting the most obvious. Tiffany cards were printed on white cardstock, while regular Topps was printed on gray stock.

    • Forgive my ignorance, but could you explain the method used to determine the difference on the color of the card stock?

  2. Thanks Chris. I knew I was forgetting something.

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