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1980 Topps was a baseball card set released by Topps.

DistributionEdit

The 1980 Topps set was distributed in 15-card wax packs, 42-rack packs, and 28-cello packs. The cello packs were a new type of pack. The gum was separated from the cards to make sure none of the cards were damaged.

Base SetEdit

The base set is 726 cards. Cards 1-6 are a Highlights subset, featuring key moments from the 1979 season. Cards 201-207 are league leaders subset, showing the leader from both the AL and NL in certain statistical catagories. Cards 661-686 are rookie cards showing 3 players from the same team per card. A subset of team checklists with pictures of the managers are distributed throughout.

Set Checklist

Key CardsEdit

1980 Topps 482
  • 77 - Dave Stieb Rookie Card
  • 482 - Rickey Henderson Rookie Card
  • 544 - Rick Sutcliffe Rookie Card
  • 681 - Jesse Orosco/Mike Scott Rookie Card

It should be noted that card #482 the Rickey Henderson rookie card is one of the most counterfeited cards in the hobby. However, it is relatively easy to spot when compared to an original. The fakes typically have print dots (especially visible in the yellow around the words "Outfielder" in the upper left corner) that can be seen almost with the naked eye. The real cards are printed using plates and ink rather than a computer printer that does not use plates.

VariationsEdit

  • 164 Greg Pryor has two variations of his card which are known to appear in this set, the first is an extremely scarce variation (#164a) where his name does not appear on the card face, the common issue variation card found in this set (#164b) has his name printed in blue ink.
  • 387 - Fred Stanley has two variations of his card which are known to appear in this set, the first is an extremely scarce variation (#387a) where his name is printed in yellow ink, the common issue variation card found in this set (#387b) has his name printed in red ink.
  • 424 - The Yankees switched managers just prior to the 1980 season thus Dick Howser appears on most cards while Billy Martin shows up on a few. The Martin card is very rare unissued version.
  • 547 - John Wathan has two variations of his card which are known to appear in this set, the first is an extremely scarce variation (#547a) where his name is printed in yellow ink, the common issue variation card found in this set (#547b) has his name printed in red ink.
  • 597 - Tom Poquette has two variations of his card which are known to appear in this set, the first is an extremely scarce variation (#597a) where his name is printed in yellow ink, the common issue variation card found in this set (#597b) has his name printed in red ink.


Double PrintsEdit

There are 66 cards that were double printed and therefore are available in larger quantities than the other cards. They are not valued much differently than the regular base cards in the set.

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit

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