In previous polls, we have debated the best baseball card designs of the 1970s and the 1960s. This was the heart of the Topps Era, when there was only one card set to worry about so we were ranking 10 sets per decade.
To tackle the 1980s, I decided to mix it up. First of all, there were 31 cards sets in the decade, and I did not really want to ask you to ponder whether the 1983 Donruss deserves to slot ahead of the 1989 Score set in 27th place. Check that: I did not really want to ask myself to do that. So instead, we will start out by picking the best card set of each year. We will skip 1980 for the moment (Topps was the only set).
Reviewing the rules: Please, I beg you, do not vote for the set that had the best rookies, or the best update set, or the best retail value. All those things being equal, if you look at 25 random cards from each year which are the most attractive? The End.
We are just going to do five years now, and finish up next week.
So, first review the photos below, and then vote. The link is at the bottom.