Ok, here is my attempt at a card by card look at the 1983 Topps Baseball set. I have been inspired by some pretty cool blogs out there, especially Night Owl's on the 1975 set.
Why 1983? Well I took a look around and found that this set wasn't well represented in blog-land and thought I'd give it a shot. In 1983 I was 8 years old and this was one of the first sets I collected. These cards are vintage to me. I remember going to the convenience store a few blocks away and buying a pack or two when I could scrounge up some change.
First things first. Topps issued 792 cards in this set. These cards are the standard 2.5" x 3.5". They have a little "cameo" photo at the bottom of the card. This allowed Topps to use more action photos in the full size picture which made these cards different from Topps previous efforts. (The idea was repeated in '84 when Topps used the inset head shot feature again but used a squared frame.) The back has an orange background with black ink on the usual grayish/brown cardboard.
Each post I'll examine and describe each card. I'll have some reoccurring features such as observations about the picture, facts about the player, any quirky factoids from the back of the card, interesting links I may have found, and a note about the featured player's place in baseball history.
Fifteen card wax packs were available for 30 cents and the 28 card cello pack for 49 cents. Check out the Tony Gwynn rookie on top!
Come back tomorrow for the break down on card #1...Tony Armas Record Breaker