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??


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

  1. Topps all day long!

  2. I like the Fleer.. nice pose and good colors.. plus it kept falling out of packs as I was searching for Ron Kittle cards that summer!!!

  3. 1st place – Topps (but if his OPC counterpart were an option, I’d go with that)

    2nd place – Fleer

    3rd place – Donruss

  4. It’s always been, hands down, the OPC or the Topps, but lately I’ve found myself really liking the Fleer. Aiming for Gwynn “super collector” status, it’s the Fleer that is the only one not yet in the collection so perhaps that has something to do with my leaning towards that direction. Mostly, I’m agreeing with you and Fuji…

  5. Easily the Topps card. Fleer and Donruss in the early years couldn’t touch Topps.

  6. Topps FTW. Those years of Fleer were so hard to get centered, and Donruss was too much like the 82 design for me to respect.

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