What Tony Gwynn Rookie Card Is Your Favorite?? Topps, Fleer, or Donruss??

What Tony Gwynn Rookie Card Is Your Favorite??  Topps, Fleer, or Donruss??

One of the best things about collecting baseball cards that honor the players of my youth is the limited number of rookie cards that came out during that time.  In the early 1980’s, it was just the big three – Topps, Fleer, and Donruss.  If you were able to score the rookie cards of your favorite player from those three brands, your collection was complete.  Nowadays, your favorite player may have more than three versions of his rookie card in one single set….

Back to Gwynn – his rookie season was 1983 and he had a rookie card in each set that year.

Here are the three:


gwynn 83 topps


gwynn 83 fleer


gwynn 83 donruss

So, which one do you like the most??  Which one takes you right back to your childhood when packs could be bought for $0.50 and had either gum, stickers, or puzzle pieces included in them?

For me, it is the Topps card.  I like action cards, and while this one is not a superb image, it is at least showing some action.  I also really like the color combination that Topps used for their famous ’83 design.

gwynn 83 topps

How about you?  Which one is your favorite Tony Gwynn rookie card??

12 responses to “What Tony Gwynn Rookie Card Is Your Favorite?? Topps, Fleer, or Donruss??

  1. Ron Churchwell

    I have never liked the Fleer or Donruss, so Topps gets my vote. 2 pics on front, great design, and in action to boot.

  2. The Fleer and Donruss cards are nice additions to any collection, but you can’t pick those over the Topps card. It’s hard to beat one of the best looking card designs from the 1980’s.

  3. I’m going to vote for the Fleer because of the yellow jersey, plus it looks more like a rookie card in my view.

  4. I love all three of these, but if I had to rank them…

    #1 – Topps
    #2 – Fleer
    #3 – Donruss

    The 1983 Topps design is one of my favorite baseball cards designs of all-time. Tony Gwynn is my favorite baseball player of all-time. Put them together and in my opinion the 1983 Topps Tony Gwynn rookie card is one of the greatest cards of all-time.

    Side note… I actually like my O-Pee-Chee rookie card the most, because they’re a little more difficult to find in my neck of the woods.

  5. The old school Padres logo on the Fleer card (along with Gwynn’s uniform) is pretty cool! I rarely see the “slugging friar” they have pictured?! I need to find more examples of that!

    But I have to go along with you on awarding Topps with the best version. If only they had taken the picture from the other side!

    1983 is one of my favorite sets and this Gwynn RC is a big part of that. I always wanted my own copy as a kid andn ow I am lucky enough to (a) have the complete set and (b) have a couple of the Gwynn RCs to enjoy.

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