1981 Topps

Total Cards: 726

Rating: 7.5 (172 votes)
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Top Sets: #86

Notes: Distributed in one series (#1-726)


1 1980 Batting Leaders (George Brett / Bill Buckner) LL Kansas City Royals / Chicago Cubs
2 1980 Home Run Leaders (Reggie Jackson / Ben Oglivie / Mike Schmidt) LL New York Yankees / Milwaukee Brewers / Philadelphia Phillies
3 1980 Runs Batted In Leaders (Cecil Cooper / Mike Schmidt) LL Milwaukee Brewers / Philadelphia Phillies
4 1980 Stolen Base Leaders (Rickey Henderson / Ron LeFlore) LL Oakland Athletics / Montreal Expos
5 1980 Victory Leaders (Steve Stone / Steve Carlton) LL Baltimore Orioles / Philadelphia Phillies
6 1980 Strikeout Leaders (Len Barker / Steve Carlton) LL Cleveland Indians / Philadelphia Phillies
7 1980 Earned Run Average Leaders (Rudy May / Don Sutton) LL New York Yankees / Los Angeles Dodgers
8 1980 Leading Firemen (Dan Quisenberry / Rollie Fingers / Tom Hume) LL Kansas City Royals / San Diego Padres / Cincinnati Reds
9 Pete LaCock DP Kansas City Royals
10 Mike Flanagan Baltimore Orioles

Inserts and Related Sets



  • According to Night Owl Cards blog, 45.6% (331 of 726) of the cards in this set feature someone with a mustache.
  • "Topps All-Star Rookie" trophies were not included on the cards of the 1980 winners: Dan Graham (C), Rich Murray (1B), Damaso Garcia (2B), Glenn Hoffman (3B), Ron Oester (SS), Joe Charboneau (OF), Lonnie Smith (OF), Rick Peters (OF), Doug Corbett (RHP), Britt Burns (LHP).
  • Team cards would be seen for the final time in a regular-issue Topps set until 2001.
  • 1980 All-Star Game starting pitcher J.R. Richard is missing the N.L. All-Star designation on his #350 card.

User Comments

Feb 4, 2023 - 10:08PM

How can you not love the baseball cap design and 'Topps baseball' logo? I was always searching for Yankee cards with the pink bubble gum borders, hoping each one found would be a Reggie!

Sep 17, 2022 - 12:14PM

Hello fellow baseball card collectors and enthusiasts. I am new to this channel after seeing an ad on the program "The Card Life" so I checked out this site and am very impressed of it's layout, the easy navigation and how a collector can organize his or her card collection.
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!


Posted by: jonssportscards
May 17, 2022 - 10:01PM


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