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.
3 thoughts on “The best of The Thriller Years, Part 1”
Did not realize until survey how much I dislike Donruss
Coming here from Twitter where I can’t wait for next week and getting Score and Upper Deck into the mix.
Since we were discussing the oddball sets that we aren’t voting on, off the top of my head and kind of grouped in buckets.
Oddballs which feel like distinct sets:
1988–89 Topps Big
1987–89 Classic Major League Baseball Game
1981–89 Fleer Star Stickers
Oddballs which sort of riff off of each year’s flagship sets:
Topps Mini Leaders
Donruss the Rookies
Oddballs which don’t change from year to year:
Topps Glossy All Stars (rack pack version)
Topps Glossy All Stars (mail-in version)
Topps Glossy Rookies
And I’m not sure what to make of the Topps Double Headers and Topps 3D sets