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  • Favorite Topps set of the 1980s

    What is your favorite Topps base set of the 1980s, and why? Is it the design that you love, the player selection or the photos? Maybe the reverse side of the card, or because it's the first year you collected?

    Vote in the favortie FLEER set poll also!
    And vote in the Donruss poll!
    31
    1980 Topps
    0%
    0
    1981 Topps
    3.23%
    1
    1982 Topps
    3.23%
    1
    1983 Topps
    32.26%
    10
    1984 Topps
    6.45%
    2
    1985 Topps
    16.13%
    5
    1986 Topps
    6.45%
    2
    1987 Topps
    22.58%
    7
    1988 Topps
    0%
    0
    1989 Topps
    9.68%
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    Last edited by hairmetalfreek; 08-30-2010, 06:06 PM.
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  • #2
    This was a tough decision for me. 1986 was the first complete set I ever received, 1985 is when I started getting packs and includes one of my favorite cards - Eric Davis' rookie card. But the design of 1984 is one I will always love, with the mugshot popping out of the border.

    That said, the 1984 All-Star subset in the 792-card set is pretty weak. I think 1988 has the best All-Star design, with 1989 a close second (though the photo selection isn't the best in '89).
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    • #3
      Gotta be 1987- arguably the most famous set in the whole Topps series.
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      • #4
        The 1983 set was my intro into card collecting and is still my favorite. C'mon, 2 photos on every card front, plus a clean, complete-career stats back? What's not to love!
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        • #5
          I thought 1983 was the best looking set of the decade.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by STLCards2 View Post
            Gotta be 1987- arguably the most famous set in the whole Topps series.
            What was famous about the 1987 set? I don't remember any thing special about it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by EdTarbusz View Post
              What was famous about the 1987 set? I don't remember any thing special about it.
              The woodys! People still talk about those!
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              1887 1888 1928 1930 1943 1968 1985 1987 2004 2013

              1996 2000 2001 2002 2005 2009 2012 2014 2015


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              • #8
                Originally posted by EdTarbusz View Post
                What was famous about the 1987 set? I don't remember any thing special about it.
                I liked '87 and thought it was sort of a throwback to '62, imo. Although, my favorite design from the '80s sets was '83.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by STLCards2 View Post
                  The woodys! People still talk about those!
                  It was just a ripoff of 1962 Topps.

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                  • #10
                    1983 gets docked a notch for discontinuing the three-player rookie cards.

                    1985 gets my vote. It was the first set I completed, and it has the Olympic rookie cards of Billy Swift, Oddibe McDowell, John Marzano...am I missing anybody?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Spindlebrook View Post
                      1983 gets docked a notch for discontinuing the three-player rookie cards.

                      1985 gets my vote. It was the first set I completed, and it has the Olympic rookie cards of Billy Swift, Oddibe McDowell, John Marzano...am I missing anybody?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jnakamura View Post
                        Someone named Mark Mc...something?
                        No, I was thinking of John Hoover!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Spindlebrook View Post
                          No, I was thinking of John Hoover!
                          ah, of course! He sure could suck up those ground balls.
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                          • #14
                            I'm also voting for '87. (more nostalgic than anything) There something about seeing that wood grain border that appealed to me - that and seeing those gold cups on the rookie cards. This was also the first year I collected heavily - even got a few wax boxes.
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                            • #15
                              Well, Hoover was a pitcher, but yeah, he was a regular Jack Lazorko on defense.

                              And...Jack Lazorko's rookie card is in the 1985 set! A little off topic, but Lazorko could be the best defensive pitcher you've never heard of; he was a former hockey goalie and I remember watching a highlight reel of his defensive plays...he could pick it. I don't believe he made an error in his ML career.
                              "Heck, all I got was a $100 check. I should have kept it and framed it, but I had to eat".

                              Infielder Bob Hegman, when asked if he received a World Series ring for playing one inning of one game with the World
                              Champion 1985 Kansas City Royals.

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