Sunday, September 15, 2019

A Trade Post and Chasing 1981 Topps

Brett, a reader/commenter of the blog, reached out this summer when I offered up my cache of junk wax for the taking. I packaged some cardboard up for him and in return Brett sent me some set help.

We'll start things off with some 1991 Studio. Now I'm only missing a half dozen cards.
For the record, that is not how I remember Rob dibble.

I'm a little closer to my '88 and '91 Donruss set builds.
I'd rather not buy junk wax commons at 18 cents apiece on Sportlots, so if you have any please let me know!

Brett offered up some rare (at least in my collection) 1984 Donruss. There's a HOFer and a penguin in there!
I think '84 Donruss is my favorite design from that company. 

 Here's a food-issue and Opening Day insert of Krist Bryant. Both are new to my collection!

I'm tired of the muggy and hot conditions of September. Yes, muggy and hot in September. Ugh.
Dare I say it? Bring on the snow!

I wish there were more card sets which focused on retired players.
Lots of foil on that Santo!

Topps Archives Reserve gives vintage cards a chrome-like finish. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Here's vintage as it was meant to be!
Brett is a Mets fan and he must have had duplicates of these league leaders cards. Woo-Hoo! Fergie for the win!

Ah, and one more Hall of Fame Cubs pitcher to close out the post.
1981 Topps Bruce Sutter
I've nearly completed my 1979 Topps build and the next one I'll chase is the 1981 set. I have a couple of dozen card in my collection already which I've plucked from dime boxes over the years, but I have a long way to go on this one. If you know of anyone who would be willing to part with a starter set of 1981 Topps please let me know!

Thanks for the great trade, Brett. Sorry it took so long to get a post up!


  1. I was a fan of Dibble's when I was very young, as it was rare to see the Reds play and, when I did, it seemed like Dibble could just throw the ball by every batter with no trouble, which was wild to see. Then I learned more and more about Dibble the person, dissipating the level of fandom quite quickly. He has a fun stats page to peruse, though, as he posted four straight seasons with a FIP under 2.00 (for comparison's sake, Eckersley, Gossage, and Rivera combined to total three) - and then the wheels totally came off in 1993.

  2. I was hoping I had some 88 Donruss for you, but I have just one on your want list.... *sighs*

  3. I hate hot humid it is in *checks calendar* September too. I'm hoping I can move somewhere colder like northern Detroit or northern Minnesota.

  4. Thank YOU...glad you were able to use so many of the cards! And, yes, I would never be parting with a card with Tom Seaver on it if it weren't a duplicate, but if I do acquire two along the way I'm glad to send the extra to someone who will appreciate it! Good luck on those set builds.

  5. Although I grow tired of all of the different reprints Topps produces year in and year out... I really enjoy the Topps Archives Reserves. Whenever I find one, I feel like I'm staring at an insert.

  6. Hot damn someone else working on 91 Donruss and 91 Studio! I've got 9 Donruss and 3 Studio off your list.