1982 Topps

Total Cards: 792

Rating: 7.3 (120 votes)
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Notes: Distributed in one series (#1-792)


  • Blank-backed Cal Ripken Jr. rookie cards found for sale are extremely likely to be counterfeit.
  • Wax: 36 packs per box, 15 cards plus one stick of gum per pack (MSRP: $0.30). 20 boxes per case

    Cello: 24 packs per box, 28 cards plus one stick of gum per pack (MSRP: $0.49).

    Grocery Store Racks: 36 cards plus three sticks of gum per pack.

    Rack: 24 packs per box, 51 cards per pack.

    Vending Boxes: 500 cards.

    Factory Sets: complete set of 792 cards.
  • The "blackless" cards were the result of cards being printed without the blank ink. As a result, regular cards are lacking the border around the photo and the facsimile autographs and the All Star cards are also missing the players' names at the bottom of the card.
  • 1st 792-card base set, which would become a standard for over a decade (1982-1992 & 1994).
  • "Topps All-Star Rookie" trophies were not included on the cards of the 1981 winners: Tony Pena (C), Tim Wallach (1B), Juan Bonilla (2B), Hubie Brooks (3B), Cal Ripken, Jr. (SS), Mookie Wilson (OF), Rufino Linares (OF), Tim Raines (OF), Bruce Berenyi (RHP), Fernando Valenzuela (LHP).

User Comments

Aug 22, 2021 - 4:16PM
MoTown Cards

Remember getting a pack at 7/11. Honestly, I was more enthralled by the sticker packs & album. Great year to start as an Orioles fan!

Jul 27, 2021 - 7:57AM

When I first got into collecting cards, I got a pack and, being a Twins fan, I got a #42 Rick Sofield and despite him only playing 3 years I was so excited about it because I thought it was like the oldest and greatest card in my collection even though I had no idea they made older cards and it was one of my first Twin cards. But no if you think about it, a card from '82 is 39 years old. *sighs*

Jul 5, 2020 - 6:03PM

I was not aware of the blackless parallels until recently

Whether through faulty pre-production work or the simple fact that the black ink may have run dry during printing, exactly half of the 1982 Topps cards can be found in a “blackless” version.

All cards on the set’s A, B and C press sheets can be found blackless.

On regular player’s cards the lack of black printing is most obvious in the absence of the facsimile autograph on front.

The thin black pinstripe around the player photo is also missing on those cards.

On cards in which the position was supposed to be printed in black, it will be missing on these variations.

All-Star cards affected by this error will be missing the player’s name. It is estimated fewer than 100 of each “blackless” card were released.

Originally cards from the A and B sheets were found in metro New York, while the C cards turned up most often in the Midwest.

Cards from the C sheet are much scarcer than those from the A and B sheets, although limited collector demand for full sets has kept prices in relative parity.


Posted by: jonssportscards
Jun 12, 2022 - 8:22PM


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