Monday, August 23, 2010

Ranking Topps 1980's Baseball Card Sets: #7 - 1980

Gotta admit that I remember almost nothing about the 1980 baseball season. I remember owning an SI with Reggie Jackson on the cover, but that was about it. Not surprising, since I was only five years old at the time. However, several of the elder statesmen among the editorial staff were married by this time and threw in their thoughts on this year, which helped me decide that 7th place was fitting. All in all, the year wasn't terribly memorable for non-Phillies fans, save for tremendous years by Mike Schmidt and the .400 average-chasing George Brett.

In that year's World Series, the power of the Schmidtstache pushed Philly over the top. That team was pretty stacked, with Rose, Bowa, Carlton, Maddox, McGraw, etc., although it never developed into a dynasty in the mold of the A's, Reds and Yankees squads that dominated the 1970's.

To recap, here are the rankings released to date:

#10 - 1986
#9 - 1988
#8 - 1982
#7 - 1980

Pros

Rickey Rickey Rickey. The rookie card of the greatest base stealer of all-time is the year's crown jewel. I remember getting this card as a gift in 1986, when it was worth $20. I think its value ballooned to $200 at one point, only to come back down to $20. It appears to be hovering a bit south of $69 at the moment. Check here if you don't believe me. Another plus was that this set was only 726 cards. The expansion to 792 didn't happen until1982. So we didn't have All-Star cards. Like we need a Rick Honeycutt card AND a separate Rick Honeycutt all-star card. Sometimes less is more. Unless we're talking about cup sizes. Unfortunately, having less cards in a set meant deluding young saps like myself into thinking they could compile an entire set by buying packs. I always wanted to do this and never came close. I would end up with mangled cards in half-ass stacks all over my bedroom, and then give up.

A cool design feature of the cards was the waving pennants format that showed the position and team of a player, although the colors were often garishly juxtaposed with the team's uniform colors. Or with Pete Rose's hair.


Cons
Again, we have the three-player rookie cards. It's always funny when the three players turn out to be nobodies. Overall, 1980 featured a general dearth of quality rookies.

And we still had to deal with those stinking checklists. I hated checklists like the Hanson Brothers hated root beer. And despite the lack of All-Star cards (mostly a good thing), the cards put a boring black band across the top of the picture on the card to show the player was an All-Star. It looks like a tribute to somebody who died the year before. And no, I don't think the Munson family saw it as a heartfelt gesture by Topps.

We're now 40% of the way done with the list. Stay tuned for the top six years, which will be coming back at you after Labor Day.

28 comments:

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T.J. said...

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T.J. said...

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Dave said...

i'll never forget where i was when i learne thurman munson died.

T.J. said...

News at 11 teaser? You gonna tell us...or do we have to guess?

Whitney said...

My mom woke me up on a summer morning to tell me she had some sad news. I remember feeling like maybe she was going to tell me one of my grandparents had died. It was Thurman Munson instead.

T.J. said...

Was Dave in bed with you?

T.J. said...

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zman said...

Why don't future stars look at the camera?

Mark said...

Future's too bright, Z-man.

rob said...

mark wins

T.J. said...

Cory Hart approves of Mark's work.

Igor said...

So does Timbuk 3.

zman said...

As does Dennis Blunden.

TR said...

Dennis Blunden call may be Z-Man's best deep cut reference ever. Give it up now, Z-Man. You'll never do better than that.

If you can dig up a YouTube clip of that unbelievablygawdawful video from Head of the Class, I will buy you a Brooklyn Lager at the New Meadowlands. Poor Howard Hesseman. He went from Dr. Johnny Fever to wearing shades in that song and dancing next to Arvid Engen.

T.J. said...

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zman said...

Look at the love from TR! Remember when Robin Givens was a nice pretty teen actress playing a brainy nerd and not a gold-digging bitch playing Mike Tyson? Maybe this will refresh your recollection:

http://tinyurl.com/24unpf3

T.J. said...

Greatest. Sitcom. Ever.

T.J. said...

Do not sell Jawaharlal Choudhury short.

mayhugh said...

I always had a thing for Simone. Of course, I was like 11, but still.

zman said...

Biz Markie at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday!

Mark said...

I too loved that show. Was kind of sweet on Givens. Not sure if it was her or Lark Voorhies who was my first interracial crush. Either way, a pretty underrated show. Lost a little steam when they brought the Scotsman in a few seasons in.

Greg said...

And again, I have no idea about what you guys are talking about with your 80's shows and whatnot.

mayhugh said...

"Hey Guys, that guy Todd Bridges from Celebrity Boxing is on an old sitcom with Gary Coleman"

-Greg, Labor Day Weekend, 2008

Dave said...

i didn't think anyone would care where i was when he died. i was at my grandparent's house in the Poconos and we heard the news on the radio.

my friend sabine was on an episode of head of the class.

Igor said...

Rob, Dave and I are old enough that we got to see Johnny Fever spinning LP's on first-run episodes. Bonus points if you can name the word Fever got fired for uttering at his last job and the word he joyously hollered on the air in his first broadcast for KRP.

d-train said...

was it "freaking"