1981 Topps

Total Cards: 726

Rating: 7.5 (193 votes)
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Top Sets: #90

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

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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

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  • 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.
  • In 1981, Topps only listed 2 AL outfielders with All-Star designations on their cards (Reggie Jackson and Fred Lynn). Like Jackson and Lynn, Ben Oglivie also started the All-Star game that year, but received no designation.

User Comments

Jan 31, 2024 - 11:40AM

Greetings all! Just joined after finding the site mentioned on a couple of YouTube videos.
This was the first set I remember opening, and my favorite card in that set was always Bucky Dent. As a Cubs fan there is no reason it should be, but there was something about having a card of that guy who hit the homerun against the Red Sox that struck a cord with me.
I've been hooked ever since!

Jan 21, 2024 - 4:48PM

Feb 4, 2023 - 9:08PM

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!


Posted by: jonssportscards
May 17, 2022 - 9:01PM


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