Flashback Product of the Week: 1983 KG Glossy

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There are a lot of grey areas when talking about the 1983 KG Glossy set.  It’s definitely not a set that every collector is familiar with.  The set closely resembles the 1983 glossy cards Topps made available through a mail-in program.  That’s one of the reasons why some collectors believe the KG Glossy set may have been a test issue, but this has never been confirmed.  The whole set consists of 24 blank back cards that don’t even contain the player’s name.  Steve Garvey and Pete Rose each have two different cards.  The addition of the extra cards of Garvey and Rose make collectors believe they were added at a later date.

Another theory is that the 1983 KG Glossy cards were produced by a guy named Kenny Garshewicz and sold through various collector publications at the time.  If these weren’t a test issue from Topps, maybe this guy thought he could produce this unlicensed set without getting in trouble with Topps by using different photos and leaving the names off.  This is the theory I believe the most in.  I also think whoever issued this set sold it over multiple years.  Just check out this old add from Baseball Card Magazine that was printed in 1985:

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By the looks of it, they also have a jumbo set too.

A value is hard to determine.  eBay has a bunch of cards for sale, but only a few have actually sold.  The individual cards that did sell went for under $10.00.  High graded examples seem to have large asking prices.

One Response

  1. These were distributed to several hobby shops in 1983-84. There were several different advertisers in Baseball Cards Magazine from different parts of the country too. Also there is no history of anyone named Kenny Garshewicz ever existing in the history of the United States. These are a legitimate test issue for what later became the Topps Send-In sets. The yellow border is the same border that was used in the first issue of those cards in 1983.

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