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Old 12-25-2016, 02:32 PM
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1984 is the set I remember most. I was stationed at the time overseas in Spain and the Base shopette only had Topps. My Dad sent me the set for Christmas and I was like Wow..

The 86 set had Canseco who's card I chased after would be second..
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I'll go with 81 not for any pitular reason. I was born in 1981 and the set has a vintage 80ish flair to it .

I personally liked the later donruss sets and the inserts. Diamond kings is one of my favorite inserts sets ( Football and baseball ).
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Definitely 1987. Such a great design. I remember riding my bike to the store to by packs and packs of '87 Topps. They didn't stock Donruss often, but when they did, it seemed like a treat.
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1984 by far
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Old 03-03-2017, 10:10 AM
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Beginning in 1981, Donruss began printing their regular annual baseball card sets. In 1992 they joined the "premium" fray and started using thicker card stock on their base set. But from 1981 to 1991, the base Donruss set was printed on standard cardboard and issued in wax packs for an affordable price. Between those 11 sets, which are your favorites, and why? Feel free to rank them or whatever you want.

Personally, the 1987 set is my favorite with 1984 a close second. This is due first and foremost to the designs of those sets, but also to the great rookies and many nice regular player cards featured in those sets. While the 85 set is decent, it was a big letdown after that beautiful white bordered 84 set. And 88 was a travesty coming after the sweet 87 set. But, I feel similarly about the 88 sets of Topps and Fleer, as the 87 sets of those cards were great as well. 1987 was just an excellent year for baseball cards. That's when it all began for me though, so maybe that's just nostalgia talking, but I think the designs of the big 3 that year still hold up well today.

Anyway, I'm curious what the favorites (and least favorites) are of anyone here who still has interest in cards from the "junk wax" era.
shoulda did it as a poll question, my guess is the 84 or 85 set would win out.
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For me, simply because of the memories, it's 1981 all day.

I remember my excitement at having two more brands hit the market and honestly completely ignoring the 81 Topps release so I could just buy Fleer and Donruss.

A close second is the 82's for having the first in the series San Diego Chicken card that my young self thought was awesome, lol.
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For me, simply because of the memories, it's 1981 all day.

I remember my excitement at having two more brands hit the market and honestly completely ignoring the 81 Topps release so I could just buy Fleer and Donruss.
I agree. I was 10 years old and that was my second year of collecting. It was super exciting when the new brands came on the scene.

After that I'd go with 1984 for quality. The Mattingly is still one of my favorite cards from that era.
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It's 1990 for me.
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I lived in the West Palm Beach area in the mid 1980's. I had no problem finding Donruss in the stores. I had boxes of 1984's, 1985's and more. I loved the 1985's. I still do actually. I loved the 1981's when they came out. They were colorful, as opposed to the rather bland 1981 Topps. Of course, the card stock, printing quality, and card distribution was awful. But, I was a teenager, so I didn't care. I guess I would rank 1985 the best, and a tie with 1981 as my favorite, but mostly for nostalgic reasons. I would rate 1988 Donruss as one of the worst sets ever. Ugh!
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