Random Card of the Day

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Year: 1981

Set: Donruss (Rate)

Card: #454 Rick Burleson

“ I know a lot of people don't like early donruss but I think it's a pretty solid design with a nice clear photo. ” -Billy Kingsley

“ Takes me back to when I was 9 years old. 1981 was the first year I collected baseball cards. Decent looking set that was printed on some very thin stock. Pretty limited stats on the back but I always liked them since they provided a lot more personal information than Topps or Fleer. In the days before the internet, a lot of info such as career highlights and full names weren't readily available. ” -trauty

“ Love the fuzzy photo. Classic! ” -carthage44

“ Yes! Early 80's!!! ” -muskie027

“ A simple, classic design without the frivolity of current cards. ” -Sportzcommish

“ Is that Rick Burleson without the signature 'stash? 1981 is, at least to me, the most important year in the hobby (baseball wise and then sprouting off from there). No longer do you have just Topps (and by extension O-Pee-Chee), but multiple companies that start to drive innovation in cards. Inserts become more prevalent, parallels are born later, design changes like putting photos on the back etc.. are all a result of competition. Wish those days could truly return. ” -rmpaq5

“ This set here was the start of the boom and growth in the business. The trading card hobby would never be the same. ” -RoyalChief

“ The Inaugural Donruss set. As for Burleson, one of the more hardest playing Sox of the 70's. ” -IfbBirdsCards

“ Back in 1981 it was exciting to have a new company marketing cards even though the backs were extremely weak. ” -NJDevils

“ Ah, the first baseball effort by Donruss. Look that grainy photo! That wide random color stripe that doesn't match the team colors! The one year of stats on the back! All that wasted space on the top third of the back of the card! As much as I dislike about the set, it brings back some great memories of chasing down cards for 3 sets that year. ” -vrooomed

“ Classic! I like the font choice; it looks like a card from the '80's. ” -cnangle

“ Seeing these early 80's cards makes me wish I had kept up with collecting in the early 80's. Guess high school and girls won the battle back then... ” -rmitchell6700

“ Uggh. Such a terrible set. Fuzzy pictures. Bad stock. Tons of errors. ” -cjjt

“ OMG Its a real 1981 Donruss card and not a retro Panini card with a current player on it. Back in the day I loved the fact that Donruss and Fleer hit the baseball card scene (again for Fleer). However, after Upper Deck, Score, Pinnacle and a bunch of others joined in late 80s early 90s it was getting too crowded and silly. These first year Donruss cards are much thinner than standard cards had been. Still like these. ” -captkirk42

“ I remember getting my first pack of these and Fleer at a 7-11 (I think) in downtown Tulsa. Before that, my six-year-old brain had no idea that any cards existed beyond 1981 Topps baseball. I didn't have many, but I do like the set despite all the errors and bad photography. Monopolies are Unamerican. ” -switzr1

“ This set was rushed into production after Topps lost the anti-trust lawsuit. It shows in the lackluster design, flimsy cardstock, and error-riddled cards. 30+ years later history repeats. We're back to one card company having exclusive rights (monopoly) to each sport. ” -C2Cigars

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Doc Floyd

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Sunday, August 27, 2017 8:02 AMReply Quote Top Bottom Report

Loved this set back in '81. It was nice to get something different, felt they even smelled better than other cards. Fleer was OK, but Topps was downright silly looking that year to me. 

This card was one of the first I pulled from packs all those years ago.


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Sunday, August 27, 2017 8:19 AMReply Quote Top Bottom Report

Other than the number of errors in these early sets, I like these cards and how they are presented.  Focus was on the player and the sport, not on how flashy a card could be.  Everything you want to know is right there, player name, position and team.  On the back it focuses on baseball. Best thing yet is that you do not have to try to figure out the year of the set.  Unfortunately, it opened the doors to 15 years later and the stupidity of producing cards that focussed on everything but the sport and the player.

Bs Cards

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Sunday, August 27, 2017 11:37 AMReply Quote Top Bottom Report

Not much more that can be said about this one,I've enjoyed reading all of the comments posted by my fellow collectors.Alot of great memories!!

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