So, the Topps 1991 Carlton Fisk is one of the “all-time” cards, Fisk or otherwise. This card, cut out from the bottom of a “wax” box (box of packs), is effectively another Topps 1991, but with, obviously, a yellow border. In-hand, it’s clearly thicker and, well, the bottom of a cardboard box. I want to say “It’s more 1991 Topps, and that’s a good thing!” but I can’t. The yellow border just isn’t the same. Check it out.
But you’re saying “what if it had a white border? Sure, the box bottom picture isn’t as exciting, but it’s still a pretty good card, right? Alright, let’s see.
Whoa. I was expecting to say that it’s still lacking compared to the base set, but this is really nice! The red, blue, and white work so much better than red, blue, and yellow. AND the fancy cropping to put his batting grip on top of the Topps logo pops with the white border. Very, very nice.
After that whirlwind of amateur baseball card redesign 29 years after relevance, we’ve got a somewhat unexpected feat detailed on the back of the card. With the catcher home run record already getting its own card, I suppose it would’ve been too much to use that on the box bottom card, too. Instead, we get a card celebrating his 1200th RBI. I guess that was something to write about. Currently, 156 players have at least 1200 RBIs, so this isn’t the most rarified of rare air. I’m trying to find how many players had 1200 as of 1990, and not having much luck, but skimming the previous list, I’d say at least 100. BUT, I’ll give them credit for finding something different to write about. Then I’ll remove every last bit of that credit because they filled the remaining space with recapping his 1975 World Series home run.
For completeness, I’ll mention his 1986 Topps Box Bottom here, too.