’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten ‘In-Set’ Subsets From The 1980s
You know me. I’m a player collector.
But I also have an affinity for baseball card subsets – the smallish multi-card sets that are part of a larger set that tend to share a common theme.
I’ve put together more than a dozen subsets over the last few years, and I have plans to continue down that path.
And when deciding which sets are good candidates for collecting, I tend to go with ones that commemorate baseball history and player achievements.
What I find great about these subsets, is that just like other aspects of baseball card collecting – some collectors agree with my likes, and some do not. And I am ok with that.
I thought it would be fun to showcase my favorite in-set subsets from the 1980’s. If you collected during that time, or collect those cards now, I am fairly certain that you either have or want cards from these sets.
Are you ready?
Honorable Mention – Donruss MVP’s, Team USA, Father And Son, Glossy All-Stars, Turn Back The Clock
10 – Diamond Kings. I am not a huge fan of the Diamond King, but I definitely respect its place in our hobby’s history.
9 – Future Stars. A short-lived subset, this one offered us some classic cards!
8 – All-Star Rookie Team. These have been issued since the 1960’s by Topps. I am happy to see that this annual tradition continues today.
7 – Highlights. Always nice to go back and re-capture the prior year’s greatest moments.
6 – In Action. A player collector’s dream – the ‘In Action’ set gave you one more card of usually the best players in the sport.
5 – Team Leaders. Always nice to see who the most productive players were on an annual basis.
4 – Record Breakers. Truly underrated, the ‘Record Breakers’ subset told the story of the greatest headlines from the prior season.
3 – Superstar Special. Oh man, the pairing of players that Fleer set up for these cards was fantastic. I wish that this tradition lasted longer…
2 – Rated Rookie. If you were a stud rookie, you landed in this subset. And if you excelled, it was your ‘Rated Rookie’ card that collector’s craved!
1 – Super Veteran. Just a fantastic way to celebrate the history of the sport, one player at a time. I would love to see Topps bring this back in some fashion or another. I could think of 20 players pretty easily that would make for an outstanding 2013 Super Veterans subset.
And there you have it – my favorite subsets that were issued as part of 1980’s baseball card sets.
Did I miss any that you really liked? Are you not pleased with my rankings? Let me hear it!!!