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This Blog will be about the decade of 1980 and the hobby of collecting baseball cards, mainly Chicago Cubs. Most of the modern day cards are inexpensive unlike vintage baseball it will be much easier to collect the different sets. So we will start off with 80 Topps and end with 89 Upper Deck with thousands of cards in-between. Highlight of this era is 83 Sandberg Rookie


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

1981 Topps

Number of Cards

1981 Topps remained at 726 cards.

Size of Cards

Standard size , which measure 2½” by 3½”.

Basic Features

The card fronts feature a large color portrait of the player with a color border. The border color is the same for all players on the same team. The players name is along the bottom of the card with the team and players position inside a baseball cap located at the lower left corner. The Topps logo appears inside a small baseball located at the bottom right.

Card backs contain the usual statistics, headlines and if there was room, a cartoon.

Subsets include
previous seasons record breakers (RB)
Playoffs (LC)
World Series (WS)
final appearance of team cards.

Eleven cards on each of the six press sheets (66) were double-printed (DP).

Cubs Team Set

Number Player
17  Cliff Johnson
54  Ivan DeJesus
78  Steve Dillard
103  Jerry Martin
136  Doug Capilla
176  Mike Krukow
238  Willie Hernandez
294  Mike Tyson
331  Dennis Lamp
352  Dick Tidrow
381  Cubs Rookies
395  Scot Thompson
429  Mick Kelleher
450  Dave Kingman
471  Mike Vail
492  Barry Foote
514  George Riley
533  Jesus Figueroa
553  Tim Blackwell
574  Bill Caudill
590  Bruce Sutter
609  Lynn McGlothen
625  Bill Buckner
645  Rick Reuschel
676  Cubs Team/Mgr
692  Lenny Randle
718  Larry Biittner


Topps Traded Cubs Checklist

For the first time since 1976, Topps issues a 132-card factory boxed "traded" set in 1981. The set is in alphabetical order by player, and picks up after the base set (726) at number 727 to 858 and carries the same design as the regular issue 1981 Topps set.

Number Player
737  Doug Bird
740  Bobby Bonds
750  Hector Cruz
756  Leon Durham
769  Steve Henderson
783  Ken Kravec
795  Mike Lum
805  Jerry Morales
820  Ken Reitz
837  Joe Strain




Topps Stickers Cubs Checklist
The Sticker set contains 262 sticker. The stickers were intended to be placed in an album. Size: 1 15⁄16 X 2 9⁄16 inches.

17 -Bill Buckner
32 -Bruce Sutter
151 -Dave Kingman
152 -Bill Caudill
153 -Bill Buckner
154 -Barry Foote
155 -Mike Tyson
156 -Ivan DeJesus
157 -Rick Reuschel
158 -Ken Reitz

Topps Super Home Team Cubs Checklist
The Super Home Team set totaled 102 cards and was issued as team sets. Each was individually packed and available in a team box, where some teams were paired. Team subsets included anywhere from 6, 9, or 12 players per team. The teams featured were the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers/California Angels, New York Yankees/Mets, Chicago White Sox,/Cubs, and Texas Rangers/Houston Astros. Size: 4 7⁄8 x 6 7⁄8 inches
Tim Blackwell 
Bill Buckner 
Ivan DeJesus 
Leon Durham 
Dave Kingman 
Mike Krukow 
Ken Reitz 
Rick Reuschel 
Mike Tyson
Topps ScratchOffs Cubs Checklist
This is a 108-card supplemental issue sold with gum as three card panels. A player photo on one side is accomapnied by 24 black dots intended to be scratched off as part of a game. The players representing the National League have a green background while the American league players have a red background. Size: 1 13⁄16 X 3 1⁄4 inches individually

55 -Bill Buckner
69 -Dave Kingman
94 -Ivan DeJesus
98 -Jerry Martin

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