Time for the next installment of "Cardboard Keepers", a thought experiment where I theoretically whittle my entire collection down to just 2,000 cards; 1,000 baseball keepers and 1,000 other keepers.
Today we show some love and appreciation to the first Topps flagship baseball set to be released in my lifetime. Technically, the 1982 set is my "birth year" release, but since I was born in the fall the '83 set was the first to hit shelves after I came into the world.
Though there are many great cards in the '83 release, and I may very well draw from it again for this project down the line, I'm going to start with the three notable Hall-of-Fame rookie cards...
8-time NL batting champ, and a .338 lifetime average. Insane. Though this card is iconic, when you really look at the larger action photo it's not the most flattering shot of the 15-time All-Star. Still, nobody was raking the ball in the National League during the '80s and '90s better than Gwynn, and I absolutely love this card.
way back in 2009. Man, I've been at this a while!
So, there you have it, three of the most iconic rookie cards of the 1980s, and a great way to honor the 1983 Topps set in this experiment. That's 31 cards down in the baseball Cardboard Keepers collection altogether now, 969 to go. You can see the virtual album here if you're interested.
I'll be back with more keepers soon, in the meantime thanks for stopping by...
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One of my favorite sets of all-time. Beautiful design and iconic rookie card class. It doesn't get better than this.
The big three are the big three for a reson, and you've done well to make them keepers!
(Honorable mention to the Willie McGee and Frank Viola rookie cards in this set.)
I paid $5 for my copy of the '83 Ryno too! Money well spent.
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