1981 Topps

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Sep 17, 2022 - 12:14PM

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My introduction to the hobby was in 1981 at the age of 8 when my mother bought me a rack pack of 1981 Topps baseball from a local "dime" store during my childhood living in Upper Michigan (it's no longer in business). I was hooked and have been collecting ever since that day. I didn't know how to store cards very well or consider the condition at that age so all my checklists have pen check marks. Over the years I've been replacing them with unmarked ones plus badly dinged,wrinkled and wax stained cards plus storing them in industry standard monster boxes. I will always look to this set as the one that got me started and feel that warm sense of nostalgia.

Apr 8, 2021 - 9:26PM

81 topps baseball favorite set by far from my childhood as well as first pack rip. Unfortunately as a kid I would take the pack fresh cards and position the players out on the field in their proper positions and as they scooted along the ugly green carpet of those days the corners and entire cards even would crease and fold as I would scoot them along playing my imaginary ball game in my head. Shame but as a 3y old I had no clue. Big props to my dad for the patience and love for keeping them packs coming over the next 5 years until I was old enough to start buying those green packs of 87. That's when it was on!

May 4, 2020 - 5:52PM

1981 TOPPS – Faint or Partial borders are not considered variations but printing flaws.
For Master Set Collectors: Copies of 11, 51, 82, 93, 94, 168, 183, 226, 296, 332, 346, 391, 437, 443, 453, 472, 564, 694, from printing sheet E, and 82, 93, 128, 323, 352, 383, 443, 472, 536, 606, and 694 from the F sheet.

Jan 17, 2020 - 1:32AM

This is one of my favorite Topps Sets. I really like the hat as well as the baseball with the Topps logo. The overall look of the '81 cards is simple very very clean. From what I have seen tho is it is fairly difficult to find a nicely centered one.

Aug 12, 2019 - 1:25AM
yuri bohlen

1981 Topps was my first set that I really collected had a few older cards but those packs were the best. My favorite player then and still now Dennis Leonard KC Royals. He was a great player and he had the cool mustache LOL.

Mar 2, 2018 - 9:58PM

1981 Topps are the first packs I remembered opening. I was caught up in “Fernandomania” and wanted his card. From that point on I was hooked on collecting. It was to my fathers delight as it reminded him of collecting when he was a kid. While 1981 Topps isn't regarded a great set, it will always be one to me.

Oct 8, 2017 - 9:23AM

My favourite set - started collecting cards with '81 Topps as a 10 year old with memories of my parents and I vacationing in Ogonquit, Maine and I scrounged empty pop cans for deposit coins to put together enough for packs.

My first memory pull was Bob Welch !

Jan 31, 2016 - 11:04AM

An absolutely beautiful set. Being in SoCal during the height of "Fernando Mania" was an awesome experience and when I pulled his RC I thought I had died and gone to Heaven. Not the first set I put together, (1979) but probably the best set I put together. The HOFers, the Rookies, the traded sets...awesome times and a great memory for me...

Sep 10, 2014 - 9:27AM

This is where it all started for me. I was 12 years old and spent every penny I earned that summer buying packs of baseball cards. Sure, I bought my fair share of Fleer and Donruss that year, but I mostly collected Topps. This was the first set I ever collected and first set I ever completed. Great memories!

Dec 29, 2013 - 8:33PM

First set I ever collected. My dad would buy me a rack pack every time we went to Toys R Us. My little brother got all my doubles. Being 7 at the time, I was a little surprised when 1982 rolled around and there was a whole new set to collect. I had no idea it worked that way!

Sep 21, 2013 - 8:02PM

First complete set I ever owned. My dad bought it for me when I was about 12. Loved that set of cards for years, it was like my own personal set of baseball encyclopedias. I poured over the backs of the cards: statistics from 1975, hometowns, interesting facts, where a rookie had played the last three years in the minors... All of it. I'd watch the Saturday game of the week and go pull a card of the Royals 3rd baseman to find out more about him. It was awesome.

Sep 2, 2013 - 10:26AM

Still one of my favorite sets of all time. The design and numbering system are brilliant.

May 4, 2013 - 12:52AM

Love the design of these cards. The hat in the corner is a nice touch.
I was 5 years old when this set was printed and my brother introduced me to card collecting. I collected for the fun not value and many became ruined.
I have collected my whole life and now take care and organize them.

Mar 30, 2013 - 7:42PM

In 1981 I was 7 years old and my Mom bought me my first baseball card pack; 1981 Topps. I'll never forget the ball caps in the design. I am sure I blew past the Ricky Henderson's and Pete Rose's, throwing them in a shoe box with little regard, as I searched for Baltimore Orioles cards. I remember my brother, who I think might be OCD, having to sort the cards by team, in numerical order...and then securing each team set with a double wrapped rubberband. If I still had those cards, you can bet they'd have deep indentations in each side from the bands.
I got back into card collecting as a young teenager in the '90s, and I enjoyed the hobby but got too interested in the values, pouring over the Beckett monthly to see if my cards had gone up in value.
Here I am years later, finally back into the hobby after being jaded by the overproduction of cards in my era...and although I still like to get my "hits" when I bust packs, I really have come full circle as I am back to lighting up when I discover cards of my beloved Orioles. I am on a quest to get as many O's cards as I can to cover my basement walls with them. Such a great way to enjoy the history of my team, and remember not only the Ripken's, Robinson's, Palmer's, Mussina's and Murray's...but also the Lenn Sakata's...the Jerry Adair's, the Floyd Rayford's, the Benny Ayala's and John Lowenstein's...that is the great part...being just as happy about finding a 1976 Mike Torrez as I am about finding an Adam Jones auto or relic. And now a good old friend of mine (username: Farrispark) are trading Orioles cards to complete team sets while living 3000 mile apart!! The joy of Baseball cards is better than ever! Here's to collecting every Topps Orioles set in existence!

May 17, 2012 - 11:49PM

1981 Topps was not only the first pack of cards I ever bought, but it still remains one of my favorite sets of all time. The design on the older Topps cards ,mainly 81, 82 and 83, was great.

Jun 2, 2008 - 5:33PM

Along with the 1980 set, my favorite card set. This design featured the little baseball cap in the left-hand corner of the set which I really enjoyed as a kid and which I still enjoy today. I remember opening a pack one day and being so excited that I got a Steve Garvey card. This was the last set of Topps Baseball cards that used the "AL All Star" or "NL All Star" banner in the card as starting in 1982, Topps began creating seperate cards for this set.


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