1981 Topps

Total Cards: 726

Rating: 7.5 (138 votes)
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Top Sets: #100

Release 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 RBI 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 ERA 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.

User Comments

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.


Posted by: BigEd76
Jun 9, 2020 - 9:42PM


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