That's right, Pro Set. The 1989 Release was kind of cool at the time and I still like it. Sanders, Troy, and Gizmo Williams. The cards aren't worth much but the set was big and the stars were not easy pulls, but that's not what we are here for.
If any one set stands for everything that was wrong with the hobby at the time, 1990 Pro Set is a strong contender for that. Overproduced to the max, silly little errors and bad quality control. It wasn't uncommon to get a box and have half or more of the cards with roller marks on them. So you ask yourself, if this set is so overproduced then how is there a such thing as a "tough pull"
Elementary my Dear Watson The Lombarbi Trophy Hologram:
This card is hand numbered to 10,000. It has held its value quite well and was an extremely tough pull at the time. Some people bust cases looking for it just for fun because cases are so cheap. The hologram is of extremely poor quality, but the rarity is what it is. However, the Lombardi is not the only tough pull from the set.
There are multiple short prints available in packs:
How are these tough pulls when you see lots of 200, or 50 of these? Here is why. Although I do not know the insertion rate of these cards, I do know how difficult it was to pull them. I'm not proud of it, but when I was 14 I figured out, along with everyone else, that these cards were found on the front of the pack. I would go through the boxes looking for the cards and found them about 1 every 2 boxes. The Tagliabu was much more common than the Payne Stewart and I never did find a Santa or a Super Pro. I ended up with 13 Pauls and 5-6 Paynes. The Waremart, now WINCO, had 2-3 cases just sitting in an aisle. Those packs had been worked over too.
The thing was that Proset made so many cases that even if these cards were 1 per box or 1 in 2 boxes that means there are tens of thousands of these cards, but they were still tough to pull. Pro Set Collation sucked too. I was selling them for $10 a piece so others thought they were rare, but then I went into the shop with too many of them and the owner got wise. Beckett listed these for a ton too. Also, packs were .75 at the cheapest so they cost quite a bit a box at the time. In those days anything more than $16 a box was quite a bit. Back in my day movie, hair cut, and a steak...two bits.