Wednesday, August 10, 2011

1981 Donruss - 605 Cards

This was the first Donruss Baseball Card set ever released. There were 600 cards with 5 checklists appended to the end of the set, making 605 cards. The cards have a small donruss logo in the top left-hand corner of the card with the year '81 adjacent. The card features a frame with a mixture of posed shots and action photos. On the bottom right of the frame, the team's nickname is displayed with a drop shadow. Below the frame is the player's name and his position. All 605 card scans for this set are now in the TBC database and the number of card scans in our database now sits at 17,355.

The card is numbered strangely in that there are groups of about 4-6 players from the same team next to each other in the checklist. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to this method and the rule doesn't hold true throughout the set. The 1981 Donruss set also contains a few spelling mistakes and factual errors.

The set consists mainly of player cards with a few cards devoted to awards and a special card. Several players have the team name on the card as their "current team" while the photo shows them in a different uniform without an explanation.

The highest value cards in this set are the #119 Rickey Henderson card and the #260 Nolan Ryan card.

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