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Friday, December 29, 2017

Year: 1984

Set: Topps (Rate)

Card: #144 Brian Harper

“ Just a base card from one of the flagship sets I grew up on. It doesn't get better than that. 1984 is one of my favorite Topps sets for sure, and even though they are a rival of my team, I always like the look of a Pirates card because the uniforms are so cool. ” -switzr1

“ I'm not a baseball guy but I will gladly take them in trade. This is the only Topps flagship not present in my collection from 1957 through 1995, which is also missing. It's also the year I was born. I know I could easily buy several of them with a trip to my local sources but I have been quietly tracking to see what sets I get sent to me in blind trades. ” -Billy Kingsley

“ As a kid, I loved this design. As an adult, I love this design. ” -IndyBean17

“ The vertical team name thing was sort of cool when they did it on the 1974-75 basketball cards, but it comes at the expense of reduced photo size. I've never been all that into the inset photo concept. I'm not nuts about either of the typefaces. This design is sort of a jumble but okay I guess. ” -revnorb

“ Classic styling with no wasted space. The inset photo gives it a personal touch. ” -Sportzcommish

“ This dude was a catcher that played from 1979 through 1995 with 8 different teams. ” -carthage44

“ I liked this set. Two good photos...clear name, team and position...clean design...stats galore. ” -kents_stuff

“ Simple yet crappy design. ” -cjjt

“ Goodie another real neo-vintage 80s card not an archives version. Don't know much about this Mr. Harper, no relation to the Nats Bryce Harper, even though Bryce has a brother Bryan who is a pitcher in the Nationals' minor league system. ” -captkirk42

“ Love this set. and especially the pirates from this year. Those iconic confederate soldier hats were awesome. And this was the year i think i really started collecting cards. I was 6. ” -parsley24

“ I like this Topps design, plus a RC. ” -IfbBirdsCards

“ The design as it stands is very good, but after 1983's design, which was extremely similar, this just seemed like only a slight variation. I was very disappointed back then. ” -vrooomed

“ Basic Player on a Basic Card ” -kirkscards

“ I love the 1984 Topps set! Great design, plus Brian Harper was a World Series champ with the 1991 Twins. He was the catcher for Hall-of-Famer Jack Morris’ masterpiece, one of the greatest World Series pitching performances ever! ” -twinscollector34

“ I LOVE these old school Pirates uniforms!!!! ” -RoyalChief

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Friday, December 29, 2017 2:07 AMReply Quote Top Bottom Report

I still like this design! IMO, one of the best front designs from the 80's b/c it has all the info you really need and stays simple. With 2 different pics of the player, a team name, player name & position and a Topps logo, everything fits well. The back is a standard 80's back for any brand (and I wish that would return to the hobby en-masse). The only changes I would ever make to the design would be adding team logos. One on the back might be nice if you could find the space for it. I would rather have one on the front though. In the case of this card, it would work nearly anywhere. I would want symmetry though and would have to put it top-left of the pic or bottom-right of the picture in every card in the set.

I sure wish Topps would get back to making sets like this that aren't COPIES of sets like this!!!


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Friday, December 29, 2017 9:36 AMReply Quote Top Bottom Report

This set is what got me started in the hobby as a kid. I still remember going to the big box toy store (RIP Child's World) and buying 132 card uncut sheet for like a buck or 2. My brother and I really took the scissors to those! Still one of my favorites to this day.


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Friday, December 29, 2017 9:53 AMReply Quote Top Bottom Report


I sure wish Topps would get back to making sets like this that aren't COPIES of sets like this!!!


Me too. I like Heritage and some-what Archives, but Archives is a bit much. They use too many designs with Archives and have already repeated several once, twice or more. The 1971 design has been WAY  overused. By the time Heritage does the '71 design collectors will already have a couple dozen '71 design cards of each player in that set.


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Friday, December 29, 2017 2:27 PMReply Quote Top Bottom Report

saved up my newspaper tips to buy an 1984 Topps set .. still one of my favorites

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