Monday, June 1, 2020

MSA or Not MSA

On Saturday I showed my master list of MSA card sets.   Today I've got three more sets that may also belong on the list, but the cards lack the ©MSA designation.

Up first for your consideration are the 1993 and 1994 Kraft cards.  Let's start by taking a look at the Kraft cards from 1993, 1994, and 1995.

There are similar features in all three years - lack of logos, the set name "Singles Superstars,"  the popup style card, the card number on the front.

This is from the back of the 1995 card, so we know it was produced by MSA.


These are what we have on the '93 and '94 cards.  They both lack any sort of copyright information.  There's nothing from the Players Association or MSA.  But all three were printed in Canada, which is another similarity.

So, do we put the 1993 and 1994 sets on the MSA list?  I'm leaning towards a yes.

The third possible set for inclusion is the 1995 Jimmy Dean's All Time Greats set.

Again, there was a similar set with the MSA designation.


The 1992 Jimmy Dean Living Legends set was made by MSA.


Three years later came a set from Jimmy Dean called All Time Greats.  It's got no logos, like the MSA sets.  But there is no Players Association marking.  Instead, they have a designation from the MBL Players Alumni.  That makes this one a little trickier.  I'm leaning towards not MSA.  What do you think?


  1. Just a thought, but I'm thinking since the 92 Jimmy Dean set featured a current player(s), it needed the Player's Association license. If the 95 set only featured former players, the Alumni designation would make sense. Not sure this really addresses the MSA question, but I would also lean the way you are.

  2. Very interesting. Sounds like something you'd need to look up in one of those annual price guides with the detailed set summaries... or maybe someone who worked for MSA back in the 90's.