Friday, September 12, 2008

1981 Donruss

Ok, so these were the red headed step child in 1981. These cards were printed on stock so crappy that you can take a card and fold it from the top to the bottom without creasing the card.

But looking back, these were all right. Starting from 1981, Donruss had the best four year run of anybody. They improved every year from 1981 to 1984, and who does that sound like?

So it's hard to bag on these too much. Their gum was awful though. It is a good thing that they included puzzles instead of gum after this issue. The Babe Ruth puzzle was much tastier than the gum from these.

The 1981 Donruss Detroit Tigers:
5 Alan Trammell
6 Tom Brookens
7 Duffy Dyer
8 Mark Fidrych
9 Dave Rozema
10 Ricky Peters
125 Richie Hebner
126 Mark Wagner
127 Jack Morris
128 Dan Petry
129 Bruce Robbins
130 Champ Summers
245 John Wockenfuss
246 Stan Papi
247 Milt Wilcox
248 Dan Schatzeder
249 Steve Kemp
250 Jim Lentine
365 Lou Whitaker
366 Lance Parrish
367 Tim Corcoran
368 Pat Underwood
369 Al Cowens
370 Sparky Anderson

And with that, I'm calling it a night. All around though, 1981 was a damn fine year for baseball cards. I don't know that there was ever another year where all three companies collectively issued such great cards.

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