Sunday, June 07, 2009

1981 Donruss Baseball

Here's the pack. I bought it for $2.50 while driving through Taylorsville, Utah. I also picked up a pack of 1981 Fleer, which I'll post about in a few days.
The first card I saw as I opened the pack was Andre Dawson (#212). The next one was #202 Rick Manning

#192 Earrell Evans, #182 Johnny Bench (a second card, not his main card)

#172 Alfredo Martinez, #162 Thad Bosley

#152 Rick Bosetti, #142 Larry Bowa (see a pattern yet?)

#1 Ozzie Smith, #231 Luis Tiant

#221 John Wathan, #211 Bill Lee

#201 Rick Waits, #191 Tony Scott

#181 Dave Concepcion, #171 Frank Tanana

#161 Rich Wortham, #? (I guess 151) Paul Mirabella

Here's the reason I had to guess at Mirabella's card number:

The gum was stuck to the card.
If I would have opened this pack as a kid, I would have been happy. Two Big Red Machine guys (Bench and Concepcion), a Phillie (Bowa), and a Giant (Evans). Those were the three teams I rooted for the most during that time. Dawson would also have been a good card to get. I knew Ozzie Smith was a great fielder, but I had no idea he was on his way to a Hall of Fame career at this point. Tanana and Tiant also would have been good cards to get. So not a bad pack. :)
This set suffered from miscuts, color problems, and blurry pictures, but it was a nice debut by Donruss.


--David said...

Man, this is a great early-80's pack! I don't know why, but I love donruss as a kid...

Ben said...

According to my 1990 Beckett, Mirabella is indeed card number 151.