When discussing pre-war baseball cards, naturally “the war” ad to civilization War II, and while terms choose “pre” and also “post" war recognize a specific duration in time, over there is no straight connection between the actual action of combat and the baseball card hobby. The is until the Topps agency issued a baseball card set specifically tailored to and honoring American soldiers engaged in armed combat, make the 1991 Topps Desert Shield collection literally the an initial and just war-time baseball map issue. No for sale to the basic public, the cards were spread in separation, personal, instance wax packs sent out to troops in the center East during Operation Desert Storm and also Desert Shield. The cards appear identical to the standard 1991 Topps set, but each card has a yellow foil rubber stamp embossed with a shield and also palm tree emblem in the upper ideal corner, through the indigenous “Operation Desert Shield” underneath. The is estimated that less than 6,500 the each map was produced, and also complete to adjust were never offered. As result of the limited production and also a circulation system the scattered these cards anywhere the world, attempting to assemble a complete 792 card collection has proven to be a difficult task. Moreover, high-grade specimens space particularly complicated to uncover due come the rigors and travel the cards endured while overseas. Numerous cards were damaged from desert warm melting the gum and staining the cards, with additional damage resulted in from gift tossed right into G.I. Duffel bags and also enduring months of turbulent treatment and also harsh problems until a soldier’s tour of duty was over. It has been reported by company personnel that cards were frequently used together fire starter to remain warm during the cold desert nights. In the mental of the soldier, war, survival, and families ago home were the focus, and the gum in the packs detailed a short respite indigenous the anxiety of day-to-day life. Together a testament to this fact, witnesses have reported see 55 gallon drums of cards being discarded together troops went around their day-to-day tasks. As the war started to wind down, troops eagerly turned your attention toward the expedition home. A few soldiers with the foresight to watch the potential value of these cards lugged what they can home v them, again exposing the cards come potential damage as they traveled half way roughly the world. As soon as the cards come in the USA, they to be so highly desired that counterfeits quickly emerged. Due to the fact that of this, it became crucial to have actually cards certified and also authenticated by the ideal grading suppliers in the world, which quickly weeded the end the problem cards. Come this day, the 1991 Topps Desert Shield set is considered one of the most rare and also desirable sets of the contemporary era, and is a set admired not only by collectors, however veterans that bravely served and sacrificed lot (if not all) of what they had actually for this country. As the number of Hall the Famers in the set rises, that popularity and scarcity repetitively drives values to new heights. V this in mind, up for auction is the finest fully graded PSA set of 1991 Topps Desert Shield cards ever assembled, not just ranked #1 ~ above the present PSA set Registry but the ideal PSA graded Desert Shield collection of all time. In ~ present, this amazing set (with a PSA collection Rating score that 9.88) is virtually a half point greater than the #2 ranked set (the indistinguishable of end 400 cards having actually a collection weight of 1). It appears unlikely, if not impossible, that another Desert Shield collection will ever be assembled the this caliber and also quality. The the 792 cards, this collection boasts an remarkable 690 specimens in PSA 10 GEM MINT problem (87% of the whole set) including nearly every significant star and also the very coveted #333 Chipper Jones rookie card. The remaining cards in the set are all graded PSA 9 MINT, and also until freshly it to be the just Desert Shield set totally graded MINT or GEM MINT. The collection contains 46 GEM MINT cards the stand alone together a pop 1 v 80 more provided as a pop 2 on PSA’s population report. Every Yankee card yet one is graded PSA 10, and also it’s only 3 cards short of a perfect PSA 10 Braves set. Numerous other team to adjust are an extremely close come being completely graded in PSA 10 as well. To view any PSA 10 map in the set, please check out the #1 Registry set of 1991 Topps Desert Shield cards in ~ PSA. Provided the rarity and scarcity that this collection in together fine condition, bidders should consider the likelihood of ever before seeing an additional one choose it again.


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