OK, so 1991 Score baseball cards were never popular in the way that 1952 Topps or 1989 Upper Deck or even 1991 Topps baseball cards were popular.

But this is a huge set, and it’s also a fun set, loaded with rookie cards and funky (but cool) subsets and a bevy of superstars who would someday go on to be enshrined in the baseball Hall of Fame.

So, while you won’t find any really high-dollar cards in this issue, these cards still have some fans in the hobby … or at least certain cards do.

Here, then, are the ten most popular 1991 Score baseball cards as ranked by the total number of submissions listed in the PSA Population Report as of late 2020.

1991 Score Chipper Jones (#671)

1991 Score Chipper  Jones

The Chipper rookie card is the plum of this set by far, fitting since Jones is a top-ten third baseman all time.

And, while Jones has plenty of other rookie cards (and pre-rookies, first [insert company here] cards, and the like), none of the others have the, uh, fire of his 1991 Score RC.

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1991 Score Mike Mussina (#383)

1991 Score Mike  Mussina

Mussina’s rookie card is just as fiery as Chipper’s, even if Moose’s excellence was a bit more understated over the course of his career.

Still, both men have a plaque in Cooperstown plus plenty of postseason decorations to help support their sterling regular-season records.

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1991 Score Ken Griffey Jr. (#892)

1991 Score Ken  Griffey  Jr.

Even though there are way too many of them out there, just like the rest of the 1991 score cards, this Griffey card is a work of art.

The black-and-white motif also highlights and reminds us just how long it’s been since 1991 was front and center on the old wall calendar. At that point, Junior had all the potential in the world but was still a slight “kid” who had yet to really turn on the jets that would leave him as one of the top dozen or so players to ever lace up the spikes.

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1991 Score Bo Jackson (#773)

1991 Score Bo  Jackson

This card is only slightly less iconic than the black-and-white horizontal “Bo Knows” card from the 1990 Score set that also became a poster.

By the time this beauty hit store shelves, Bo was on the shelf thanks to a debilitating hip injury suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals in a January 1991 NFL playoff game.

Jackson would never play football again, and he’d never dress for the Kansas City Royals again, but he did make it back to the diamond with the Chicago White Sox.

And, more importantly for us here, collectors never, ever quit loving Bo Jackson.

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1991 Score Ken Griffey Jr. (#697)

1991 Score Ken  Griffey  Jr.

Another subset, another Junior Griffey card. This one features the phenom just as he jumps to warp speed in preparation for breaking the Kessel run speed record.

Or, maybe the ball coming from his “rifle” arm was going to set the record.

It all gets muddled looking back through the years.

What’s for sure, though, is that this is another popular 1991 Score Ken Griffey, Jr., card.

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1991 Score Nolan Ryan (#4)

1991 Score Nolan  Ryan

As amazing as it seems for a dude who pitched in the Major Leagues for 27 years, Nolan Ryan arguably reached a peak of sorts in 1991 at the age of 44.

That season, he led the majors in WHIP, fewest hits allowed per nine innings, and strikeouts per nine innings, and he also tossed his seventh career no-hitter.

We all knew Ryan would have to hang up the spikes eventually, which seemed to drive the frenzy around his cards to even more furious heights.

Now, some three decades later, the shine has hardly dimmed on Ryan’s star at all, and he always appears near the top of value/popularity lists for whichever set he appears in.

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1991 Score Nolan Ryan (#417)

1991 Score Nolan  Ryan

Same deal here, except this card celebrates another Ryan milestone, 300 career victories, reached during the 1990 season.

Bonus points to Score for including young Reese Ryan marching off the field with his dad … cue the flashbacks to 1982 Fleer Pete & Re-Pete (Rose).

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1991 Score Nolan Ryan (#686)

1991 Score Nolan  Ryan

This Ryan is pretty simple in concept — he was not just a K-Man, like the other dudes in this subset.

He was and remains the K-King.

And, he gets the same mixed metaphor warp speed-parsec treatment that Griffey got above.

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1991 Score Nolan Ryan (#701)

1991 Score Nolan  Ryan

And, yes, yet another Ryan to round out the Nolan Fan Club that was Score in 1991. Or, more accurately, the Score corner of the Nolan Fan Club that we all belonged to.

This one commemorated Ryan’s sixth career no-hitter, which we all probably thought would be his last.

Silly mortals. Silly, limited mortal thinking.

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1991 Score Ken Griffey Jr. (#396)

1991 Score Ken  Griffey  Jr.

And yet another Griffey, because if there was anyone who could stand toe-to-toe with Ryan for hobby superiority, it was Junior. This Griffey All-Star card features a caricature of Griffey that would look great blown up and plastered all over a bedroom wall.

Or on Saturday morning TV, with his own cartoon superhero show.

I’d definitely be down for that, and I’ll bet there are plenty of other collectors, Griffey fans, Mariners fans, and just plain old baseball nuts who agree with me.

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