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Desert Storm [Series 1] Topps - 1991 Desert Storm: Coalition for Peace Regina / Topps - 1991 (Australia)
Notes: This set was first hurried into production to take advantage of the intense interest in current events. The first printing contained several errors, most (but not all) of which were corrected in later printings. The most obvious difference is seen in the "brown letering" in the logo for the first two printings, replaced with yellow lettering later. Details on the differences for the inter- printing variations are posted at the bottom of this list; thanks much to Philip Brazina, Mike Marz, Chris Benjamin's Sport Americana Price Guide to the Non-Sports Cards, and John Stuntz for information on most of them! The Australian printing can be considered a different set, because it replaces the gray "cardboard stock" of the American distribution with a matte off-white, bleached, thinner card stock. Text, titles, and logos incorporate the changes made through the Fourth Printing (as shown below). A fifth printing supported a factory boxed "Deluxe Collector's Edition" or "Tiffany" edition that had cards with a glossy finish; some of the glossy cards have been observed together with fourth-printing (matte-finish) cards in wax packs. And just when you think the lists are stable, Paul Cox (thanks!) reports that there was a sixth printing variation, when Topps produced a second "Deluxe Collector's Edition" for sale on television, with high-gloss card fronts and yellow shield and bright white matte card backs; stickers were distinguished by an "A" before the numbers. It wasn't formally released, but the sets were distributed to employees and quite a few boxes have found their way into the aftermarket. The set composition is shown below. Michael Beam adds further elucidation, above and below! The #4 promo sent to dealers is the only card that shows the Topps logo in yellow in the upper right of each card. This marking was originally planned for the regular card set, but was removed except in the "prototype." The promo was shipped with a dealer sell sheet in a #10 envelope. Because of the similarity of the prototype to the regular-issue card, many copies have probably been mixed into regular sets, and therefore the card is difficult to find on the market today. Thanks also to Anthony Asay for an update!
U.S. Box: 36 packs of 8 cards + 1 sticker. Common sets: approx. 3.27 per box if collation were perfect. Sticker sets: approximately 1.64 per box. No. Title 1 The Commander in Chief 2 General Colin Powell 3 Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney 4 General H. Norman Schwarzkopf 5 General Richard G. Graves 6 Admiral Frank Kelso 7 Chief of Staff General Charles Gabriel 8 Stallion Helicopter 9 CH-53 Helicopter 10 SH-60B Helicopter 11 AH-64 Apache 12 CH-47 Chinook 13 UH-1 Huey Navy Bell 14 CH-53 Super Stallion 15 Helicopter Formation 16 Cobra 'Copter 17 Canadian Air Force CF-18 18 French Mirage Fighter 19 Britain's Tornado 20 State of the Art Stealth Fighter Bomber 21 F-117A Stealth 22 F-14 Flies in Formation 23 Phoenix Missiles on F-14 24 Pilots-Eye View 25 B-52 Stratofortress 26 Ready for Takeoff 27 Flying High - The F-18 28 Taking Off in an F-18 29 An F-18 Waits To Fly 30 Wild Blue Yonder 31 Wings over Egypt 32 The Amazing AV-8B Harrier 33 The Sentry - An E3A 34 A-10s in Formation 35 EA-6B Prowler 36 F-111 Bombers 37 F-15 Fighter Plane 38 M-2 Bradley Tank 39 Manning the M-110 40 Tanks Take a Strong Hold 41 Lining Up the Tanks 42 Sunset on the Desert 43 M-1 Abrams 44 Hummer Land Vehicle 45 TOW Anti-Tank Gun 46 The Power of the Tomahawk 47 Tomahawk Missile in Flight 48 The Patriot Missile 49 The Sidewinder Missile 50 SCUD Missile (A) 51 SCUD Missile (B) 52 Hawk Missile 53 Phoenix Missile 54 Army Supply Ship 55 Carrier Plane at Night 56 USS Midway 57 USS America 58 Destroyers 59 USS Iowa 60 USS Wisconsin 61 USS Ouellet Frigate 62 Moving In 63 Night Vision Goggles 64 F-18 Cockpit 65 At the Controls 66 Patriot Control Center 67 Aegis Control Center 68 Airborne Unit 69 Preparing To Jump 70 Paratrooper in Flight 71 Anti-Aircraft Chemical Gear 72 Satellite Dish 73 Machine Gunner 74 Marine Firefighters 75 Ready in the Cockpit 76 Wearing the Gas Mask 77 Patriot Missile Command Center 78 Machine Guns Ready 79 Mid-Air Refueling 80 In Flight with A-7s 81 The View from Above 82 Mission Accomplished 83 Dawn in the Desert 84 Heat Storm in the Gulf 85 A Quiet Moment 86 Sunset on the F-14 87 The Pentagon 88 Checklist Stickers (1 per pack) 1 American Flag 2 37th Field Artillery Motto: On the Minute 3 75th Infantry Motto: "Of Their Own Accord" 4 8th Field Artillery Motto: Daring and Tenacious 5 320th Field Artillery Motto: Willing and Able 6 73rd Armor Motto: Honor, Fidelity, Courage 7 504th Infantry Motto: Strike - Hold 8 34th Armor Motto: The Strong Arm for Victory 9 506th Infantry Motto: Stands Alone 10 48th Infantry Motto: Dragoon 11 41st Field Artillery Motto: Mission Accomplished 12 503rd Infantry Motto: The Rock 13 17th Cavalry Motto: Forward 14 62nd Air Defense Artillery "We Aim at High Things" 15 6th Field Artillery 16 2nd Infantry Motto: "Do Not Touch Me" 17 Desert Storm 18 U.S. Air Force Emblem 19 Congressional Medal of Honor 20 U.S. Navy 21 U.S. Central Command 22 American Flag DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION 2 (red-white-and-blue boxed set) ("6th Printing") -- (Cards 1-88, glossy finish, yellow shields; card backs are matte white) -- (Cards A1-A22 "Special Issue" cards, replace stickers 1-22; glossy finish) TV DELUXE COLLECTOR'S EDITION ("6th Printing", Intended for TV Sale; reportedly less than 500 produced. Sales may have been limited to New York City's Channel 9.) -- (Cards 1-88, glossy finish, yellow shields; card backs are matte white) -- (Cards A1-A22 "Special Issue" cards, replace stickers 1-22; glossy finish) -- (10-card "Puzzle A" set) -- (10-card "Puzzle B" set) -- (Military Situation Map, 15" x 11") -- Air (Display lithogram with 4 inset cards, 15" x 11") -- Land (Display lithogram with 4 inset cards, 15" x 11") -- Sea (Display lithogram with 4 inset cards, 15" x 11") -- Desert Storm (Card display binder; blue with gold shield logo) -- (9-card plastic display pages) -- (red, white, & blue storage box; similar to Deluxe Collector's Edition) -- (cardboard sleeve around storage box) PROMO CARDS 4 ("Topps" printed in yellow ink in upper right-hand corner) -- (Dealer ad sheet) VARIATION INFORMATION Changes for 2nd printing: 73 (error in 1st) - 16 NATO nations listed on back 73 (changed) - 14 NATO nations, spaces between deleted countries s17 (variation in 1st) - brown banner in middle (This variation is unconfirmed.) s17 (correction) - brown "Desert Storm" lettering, yellow banner in middle Changes for 3rd printing: All (variation in 1st, 2nd) - brown lettering in shield All (correction) - yellow lettering in shield s17 (correction) - yellow lettering in shield Changes for 4th printing: 7 (error in 1st-3rd) - Pictures Gen. Charles Gabriel 7 (correction) - Pictures Gen. Merrill A. McPeak 33 (error in 1st-3rd) - An EA-3B Sentry (back) 33 (correction) - An E3A Sentry (back) 55 (error in 1st-3rd) - Carrier Plane at Night 55 (correction) - Carrier Ship at Night 58 (error in 1st-3rd) - Destroyers 58 (correction) - Frigates 63 (error in 1st-3rd) - last word on back is "vision" 63 (correction) - last word on back is "missions" 73 (error 2 in 1st-3rd) - 14 NATO nations, spaces between deleted countries 73 (correction) - 14 NATO nations, no spaces between countries 88 (error in 1st-3rd) - Gabriel on #7, Plane on #55, Destroyers on #58 88 (correction) - McPeak on #7, Ship on #55, Frigates on #58 Changes for 5th printing ("Deluxe Collector's Edition" - Blue Box) All (variation in 1st-4th) - matte finish on cards All (variation in 5th) - glossy finish on cards 3 (error in 1st-4th) - Cheney was Congressman from Nebraska 3 (correction) - Cheney was Congressman from Wyoming 19 (error in 1st-4th) - Pictures Tornado 19 (correction) - Pictures Harrier Jump Jet Changes for 6th printing ("Deluxe Collector's Edition" - Red, White, and Blue box) Stickers are numbered A1-A22 instead of 1-22. A boxed set was advertised on television, but has not been observed "in the wild". This set was advertised as having special cards as noted above under Deluxe Collector's Edition 2. Searchwords: jahoc, yr1991, mfrTopps, catHistory©2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2017 Jeff Allender. Comments, updates, & corrections are welcomed!