1991-1995: Insert Boom
In 1991, during the Gulf War, Topps produced special cards that were sent to the armed forces, displaying a gold-colored desert shield logo. Not true inserts, but rather parallels, the cards were shipped in standard 1991 Topps Baseball packaging, which are only distinguishable by their contents. Approximately, 6,313 copies of each card were produced.
1992 Donruss Elite holds the title of Frank's first pack-inserted serial numbered card. Notice the unique serial number on this example, 00035/10,000, also Frank's jersey number.
This 5"x7" oversized card was only produced as a salesman's sample and never released via traditional retail outlets. Hobby convention states that less than one dozen of these cards were produced, though the claim is unsubstantiated.
Like the popular Fleer Pro-Vision cards, the '93 Diamond Mark Art Cards feature artwork from famed sports artist Terry Smith.
Designed like the pack inserted 1993 Donruss Elite cards, these oversized cards are limited to 5000 and were issued in retail only packaging. Frank did not have a pack inserted Elite card, but was included in the jumbo set.
This 1993 Donruss Elite Dominators is part of a 20-card set, offered exclusively for sale on the Shop at Home television network. In a series of programs broadcast December 8-13, 1993, viewers were offered the opportunity to purchase a factory-sealed box of either 1993 Donruss Series One or Series Two, which included one Elite Dominator card produced especially for the promotion, shrink-wrapped directly to the box. Each box retailed for $99 plus $6 for postage and handling.
While technically a subset and not an insert, the '94 Up Close & Personal series is special because it suffers from several unintended printing variations.
A factory-set-only variation of the regular subset issue, the typical black border is replaced with a white or tan border. I theorize that these cards were actually originally made to be used in the production of the silver and/or gold parallels, before the metallic powder coating and signature were stamped on.
The standard silver signature parallel to the base subset.
A silver signature variation missing the silver powder coating at the bottom.
The gold signature parallel to the base subset.