when i first began collecting in 1978, there were team cards
that sometimes misspelled bucky dent's name (he's number 164). these checklists were two different entities - i figured it was one for team collectors and another for set collectors. i didn't realize until later that this was a fairly new phenomenon as topps first put the team checklist on the back of team cards in 1975. anyway, all was good until 1981 when fleer came along.
in their inaugural set, fleer divided the set checklist cards up into team checklists - two teams per card, one on the front and one on the back. here's the dodger team checklist from 1981 fleer.
les expos are on the back, by the way. this made sense to me as fleer numbered their sets by team, so all of the dodgers were numerically sequential, well, except for the steve garvey superstar special card near the end.
fleer did the same thing in 1982 (with the dodgers at the front of the set as world champions!),
and then again in 1983.
by this time, i was including these checklists with my team sets since there weren't any other team cards, and these checklists were team specific. in 1984, fleer made the decision easier by adding the manager to the teams that were lucky enough to be on the front of the checklists
hello, tom lasorda. sorry, steve boros (the a's are on the back).
like i said, i considered these to be part of the team sets. in 1982, topps did away with the team cards and started putting the team checklists on the back of team leader cards. they continued doing that until 1985, when they moved the team checklist to the back of the manager's cards. topps continued this practice of team checklists on the back of manager cards and set checklists on their own cards through 1989. in 1990, however, they brought the team statistics to the back of the manager cards and modified the set checklists so that they were sorted by team. this continued through 1992 before topps went back to the traditional numerical order set checklists in 1993, although they eliminated team checklists that year.
so, the dilemma is this - are the topps set checklists part of the team sets from 1990-1992? it is not as cut and dried as with the fleer cards above, because topps was sloppy - not wanting to devote 13 cards to checklists (yes, there were only 26 teams in the early 1990's). here's a checklist from 1992 topps to show what i mean