’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten ‘In-Set’ Subsets From The 1980s

’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?

Let’s go!!

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!!!

6 responses to “’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten ‘In-Set’ Subsets From The 1980s

  1. personally I am working on a complete set of Topps Trophy winners from 1960 to present, and I thought they should have been #1

  2. Like your selections, but my top 3 would have been Rated Rookie, Topps AllStar Rookie and then Super Veterans.

  3. well i still need the 1964 Pete Rose and the 1960 Willie McCovey and a handful of commons from the 1960’s. But, the hardest part is keeping up with all the new cards, as Topps as not put Trophy winners across all of their brands it seems like.

  4. has now*

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