1981 Donruss

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The premiere Donruss baseball card set consists 605 cards. Wax packs contained 18 cards as well as a piece of gum -- the only year any confectionary product was allowed in their packs. The standard-size cards are printed on extremely thin stock and some players have un-natural skin tones (i.e. black players appear with purple skin, and white players brown). The key Rookie Cards in this set are Danny Ainge, Tim Raines, and Jeff Reardon.

Numerous errors of the first print run were later corrected by the company. According to published reports at the time, approximately 500 sets were made available in uncut sheet form.

While many of the pictures were taken at the two Chicago area stadiums, some were shot (especially those of New York players) by a young Keith Olbermann.

Hobby dealers were unable to buy factory sets directly from Donruss; instead, they had to buy wholesale from TCMA, Donruss' exclusive Hobby distributor. Interestingly, cards were sent to dealers in rubber-banded bricks of 100 for each player and then had to be collated.

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Cards Total Cards Numbered To Odds
Base 605 - 18:1

Checklist

Base Set

1 Ozzie Smith

2 Rollie Fingers

3 Rick Wise

4 Gene Richards

5 Alan Trammell

6 Tom Brookens

7 Duffy Dyer COR (1980 batting average has decimal)

8 Mark Fidrych

9 Dave Rozema

10 Rick Peters (RC)

11 Mike Schmidt

12 Willie Stargell

13 Tim Foli

14 Manny Sanguillen

15 Grant Jackson

16 Eddie Solomon

17 Omar Moreno

18 Joe Morgan

19 Rafael Landestoy

20 Bruce Bochy

21 Joe Sambito

22 Manny Trillo

23 Dave Smith (RC) COR (Box around stats in complete)

24 Terry Puhl

25 Bump Wills

26 John Ellis COR

27 Jim Kern

28 Richie Zisk

29 John Mayberry

30 Bob Davis

31 Jackson Todd

32 Alvin Woods

33 Steve Carlton

34 Lee Mazzilli

35 John Stearns

36 Roy Lee Jackson (RC)

37 Mike Scott

38 Lamar Johnson

39 Kevin Bell

40 Ed Farmer

41 Ross Baumgarten

42 Leo Sutherland (RC)

43 Dan Meyer

44 Ron Reed

45 Mario Mendoza

46 Rick Honeycutt

47 Glenn Abbott

48 Leon Roberts

49 Rod Carew

50 Bert Campaneris

51 Tom Donohue COR (RC)

52 Dave Frost

53 Ed Halicki

54 Dan Ford

55 Garry Maddox

56 Steve Garvey COR (21 HRs)

57 Bill Russell

58 Don Sutton

59 Reggie Smith

60 Rick Monday

61 Ray Knight

62 Johnny Bench

63 Mario Soto

64 Doug Bair

65 George Foster

66 Jeff Burroughs

67 Keith Hernandez

68 Tom Herr

69 Bob Forsch

70 John Fulgham

71 Bobby Bonds COR (326 lifetime HRs)

72 Rennie Stennett COR (Word "broke" deleted)

73 Joe Strain

74 Ed Whitson

75 Tom Griffin

76 Billy North

77 Gene Garber

78 Mike Hargrove

79 Dave Rosello

80 Ron Hassey

81 Sid Monge

82 Joe Charboneau (RC) COR (phrase "For some reason" deleted)

83 Cecil Cooper

84 Sal Bando

85 Moose Haas

86 Mike Caldwell

87 Larry Hisle COR (28 HRs)

88 Luis Gomez

89 Larry Parrish

90 Gary Carter

91 Bill Gullickson (RC)

92 Fred Norman

93 Tommy Hutton

94 Carl Yastrzemski

95 Glenn Hoffman (RC)

96 Dennis Eckersley

97 Tom Burgmeier COR (Throws Left)

98 Win Remmerswaal (RC)

99 Bob Horner

100 George Brett

101 Dave Chalk

102 Dennis Leonard

103 Renie Martin

104 Amos Otis

105 Graig Nettles

106 Eric Soderholm

107 Tommy John

108 Tom Underwood

109 Lou Piniella

110 Mickey Klutts

111 Bobby Murcer

112 Eddie Murray

113 Rick Dempsey

114 Scott McGregor

115 Ken Singleton

116 Gary Roenicke

117 Dave Revering

118 Mike Norris

119 Rickey Henderson

120 Mike Heath

121 Dave Cash

122 Randy Jones

123 Eric Rasmussen

124 Jerry Mumphrey

125 Richie Hebner

126 Mark Wagner

127 Jack Morris

128 Dan Petry

129 Bruce Robbins

130 Champ Summers

131 Pete Rose COR

132 Willie Stargell

133 Ed Ott

134 Jim Bibby

135 Bert Blyleven

136 Dave Parker

137 Bill Robinson

138 Enos Cabell

139 Dave Bergman

140 J.R. Richard

141 Ken Forsch

142 Larry Bowa UER (Spelled "Shortshop" on front)

143 Frank LaCorte UER (Photo is of Randy Niemann)

144 Denny Walling

145 Buddy Bell

146 Fergie Jenkins

147 Danny Darwin

148 John Grubb

149 Alfredo Griffin

150 Jerry Garvin

151 Paul Mirabella (RC)

152 Rick Bosetti

153 Dick Ruthven

154 Frank Taveras

155 Craig Swan

156 Jeff Reardon (RC)

157 Steve Henderson

158 Jim Morrison

159 Glenn Borgmann

160 LaMarr Hoyt (RC)

161 Rich Wortham

162 Thad Bosley

163 Julio Cruz

164 Del Unser COR (3B added)

165 Jim Anderson

166 Jim Beattie

167 Shane Rawley

168 Joe Simpson

169 Rod Carew

170 Fred Patek

171 Frank Tanana

172 Alfredo Martinez (RC)

173 Chris Knapp

174 Joe Rudi

175 Greg Luzinski

176 Steve Garvey

177 Joe Ferguson

178 Bob Welch

179 Dusty Baker

180 Rudy Law

181 Dave Concepcion

182 Johnny Bench

183 Mike LaCoss

184 Ken Griffey

185 Dave Collins

186 Brian Asselstine

187 Garry Templeton

188 Mike Phillips

189 Pete Vuckovich

190 John Urrea

191 Tony Scott

192 Darrell Evans

193 Milt May

194 Bob Knepper

195 Randy Moffitt

196 Larry Herndon

197 Rick Camp

198 Andre Thornton

199 Tom Veryzer

200 Gary Alexander

201 Rick Waits

202 Rick Manning

203 Paul Molitor

204 Jim Gantner

205 Paul Mitchell

206 Reggie Cleveland

207 Sixto Lezcano

208 Bruce Benedict

209 Rodney Scott

210 John Tamargo

211 Bill Lee

212 Andre Dawson

213 Rowland Office

214 Carl Yastrzemski

215 Jerry Remy

216 Mike Torrez

217 Skip Lockwood

218 Fred Lynn

219 Chris Chambliss

220 Willie Aikens

221 John Wathan

222 Dan Quisenberry

223 Willie Wilson

224 Clint Hurdle

225 Bob Watson

226 Jim Spencer

227 Ron Guidry

228 Reggie Jackson

229 Oscar Gamble

230 Jeff Cox (RC)

231 Luis Tiant

232 Rich Dauer

233 Dan Graham

234 Mike Flanagan

235 John Lowenstein

236 Benny Ayala

237 Wayne Gross

238 Rick Langford

239 Tony Armas

240 Bob Lacey COR

241 Gene Tenace

242 Bob Shirley

243 Gary Lucas (RC)

244 Jerry Turner

245 John Wockenfuss

246 Stan Papi

247 Milt Wilcox

248 Dan Schatzeder

249 Steve Kemp

250 Jim Lentine (RC)

251 Pete Rose

252 Bill Madlock

253 Dale Berra

254 Kent Tekulve

255 Enrique Romo

256 Mike Easler

257 Chuck Tanner (MG)

258 Art Howe

259 Alan Ashby

260 Nolan Ryan

261 Vern Ruhle COR

262 Bob Boone

263 Cesar Cedeno

264 Jeff Leonard

265 Pat Putnam

266 Jon Matlack

267 Dave Rajsich

268 Billy Sample

269 Damaso Garcia (RC)

270 Tom Buskey

271 Joey McLaughlin

272 Barry Bonnell

273 Tug McGraw

274 Mike Jorgensen

275 Pat Zachry

276 Neil Allen

277 Joel Youngblood

278 Greg Pryor

279 Britt Burns (RC)

280 Rich Dotson (RC)

281 Chet Lemon

282 Rusty Kuntz (RC)

283 Ted Cox

284 Sparky Lyle

285 Larry Cox

286 Floyd Bannister

287 Byron McLaughlin

288 Rodney Craig

289 Bobby Grich

290 Dickie Thon

291 Mark Clear

292 Dave Lemanczyk

293 Jason Thompson

294 Rick Miller

295 Lonnie Smith

296 Ron Cey

297 Steve Yeager

298 Bobby Castillo

299 Manny Mota

300 Jay Johnstone

301 Dan Driessen

302 Joe Nolan (RC)

303 Paul Householder (RC)

304 Harry Spilman

305 Cesar Geronimo

306 Gary Matthews COR

307 Ken Reitz

308 Ted Simmons

309 John Littlefield (RC)

310 George Frazier

311 Dane Iorg

312 Mike Ivie

313 Dennis Littlejohn

314 Gary Lavelle

315 Jack Clark

316 Jim Wohlford

317 Rick Matula

318 Toby Harrah

319 Duane Kuiper COR

320 Len Barker

321 Victor Cruz

322 Dell Alston

323 Robin Yount

324 Charlie Moore

325 Lary Sorensen

326 Gorman Thomas COR

327 Bob Rodgers (MGR)

328 Phil Niekro

329 Chris Speier

330 Steve Rogers COR

331 Woodie Fryman

332 Warren Cromartie

333 Jerry White

334 Tony Perez

335 Carlton Fisk

336 Dick Drago

337 Steve Renko

338 Jim Rice

339 Jerry Royster

340 Frank White

341 Jamie Quirk

342 Paul Splittorff COR

343 Marty Pattin

344 Pete LaCock

345 Willie Randolph

346 Rick Cerone

347 Goose Gossage

348 Reggie Jackson

349 Ruppert Jones

350 Dave McKay (RC)

351 Yogi Berra (CO)

352 Doug DeCinces

353 Jim Palmer

354 Tippy Martinez

355 Al Bumbry

356 Earl Weaver

357 Rob Picciolo COR

358 Matt Keough

359 Dwayne Murphy

360 Brian Kingman

361 Bill Fahey

362 Steve Mura

363 Dennis Kinney (RC)

364 Dave Winfield

365 Lou Whitaker

366 Lance Parrish

367 Tim Corcoran

368 Pat Underwood

369 Al Cowens

370 Sparky Anderson (MGR)

371 Pete Rose

372 Phil Garner

373 Steve Nicosia

374 John Candelaria

375 Don Robinson

376 Lee Lacy

377 John Milner

378 Craig Reynolds

379 Luis Pujols COR

380 Joe Niekro

381 Joaquin Andujar

382 Keith Moreland (RC)

383 Jose Cruz

384 Bill Virdon (MGR)

385 Jim Sundberg

386 Doc Medich

387 Al Oliver

388 Jim Norris

389 Bob Bailor

390 Ernie Whitt

391 Otto Velez

392 Roy Howell

393 Bob Walk (RC)

394 Doug Flynn

395 Pete Falcone

396 Tom Hausman

397 Elliott Maddox

398 Mike Squires

399 Marvis Foley (RC)

400 Steve Trout

401 Wayne Nordhagen

402 Tony La Russa (MGR)

403 Bruce Bochte

404 Bake McBride

405 Jerry Narron

406 Rob Dressler

407 Dave Heaverlo

408 Tom Paciorek

409 Carney Lansford

410 Brian Downing

411 Don Aase

412 Jim Barr

413 Don Baylor

414 Jim Fregosi (MGR)

415 Dallas Green (MGR)

416 Davey Lopes

417 Jerry Reuss

418 Rick Sutcliffe

419 Derrel Thomas

420 Tommy Lasorda (MGR)

421 Charlie Leibrandt (RC)

422 Tom Seaver

423 Ron Oester

424 Junior Kennedy

425 Tom Seaver

426 Bobby Cox (MGR)

427 Leon Durham (RC)

428 Terry Kennedy

429 Silvio Martinez

430 George Hendrick

431 Red Schoendienst (MGR)

432 Johnnie LeMaster

433 Vida Blue

434 John Montefusco

435 Terry Whitfield

436 Dave Bristol (MGR)

437 Dale Murphy

438 Jerry Dybzinski (RC)

439 Jorge Orta

440 Wayne Garland

441 Miguel Dilone

442 Dave Garcia (MGR)

443 Don Money

444 Buck Martinez COR

445 Jerry Augustine

446 Ben Oglivie

447 Jim Slaton

448 Doyle Alexander

449 Tony Bernazard

450 Scott Sanderson

451 Dave Palmer

452 Stan Bahnsen

453 Dick Williams (MGR)

454 Rick Burleson

455 Gary Allenson

456 Bob Stanley

457 John Tudor (RC) COR ("9-7")

458 Dwight Evans

459 Glenn Hubbard

460 U.L. Washington

461 Larry Gura

462 Rich Gale

463 Hal McRae

464 Jim Frey (RC, MGR)

465 Bucky Dent

466 Dennis Werth (RC)

467 Ron Davis

468 Reggie Jackson

469 Bobby Brown

470 Mike Davis (RC)

471 Gaylord Perry

472 Mark Belanger

473 Jim Palmer

474 Sammy Stewart

475 Tim Stoddard

476 Steve Stone

477 Jeff Newman

478 Steve McCatty

479 Billy Martin (MGR)

480 Mitchell Page

481 Steve Carlton (NL CY)

482 Bill Buckner

483 Ivan DeJesus COR (642 hits)

484 Cliff Johnson

485 Lenny Randle

486 Larry Milbourne

487 Roy Smalley

488 John Castino

489 Ron Jackson

490 Dave Roberts COR ("Declared himself")

491 George Brett (AL MVP)

492 Mike Cubbage

493 Rob Wilfong

494 Danny Goodwin

495 Jose Morales

496 Mickey Rivers

497 Mike Edwards

498 Mike Sadek

499 Lenn Sakata

500 Gene Michael (MGR)

501 Dave Roberts

502 Steve Dillard

503 Jim Essian

504 Rance Mulliniks

505 Darrell Porter

506 Joe Torre (MGR)

507 Terry Crowley

508 Bill Travers

509 Nelson Norman

510 Bob McClure

511 Steve Howe (RC)

512 Dave Rader

513 Mick Kelleher

514 Kiko Garcia

515 Larry Biittner

516 Willie Norwood COR ("Traded to Seattle")

517 Bo Diaz

518 Juan Beniquez

519 Scot Thompson

520 Jim Tracy (RC)

521 Carlos Lezcano (RC)

522 Joe Amalfitano (MGR)

523 Preston Hanna

524 Ray Burris COR ("Drafted by")

525 Broderick Perkins

526 Mickey Hatcher

527 John Goryl (MGR)

528 Dick Davis

529 Butch Wynegar

530 Sal Butera (RC)

531 Jerry Koosman

532 Geoff Zahn COR ("Signed a 3 year...")

533 Dennis Martinez

534 Gary Thomasson

535 Steve Macko

536 Jim Kaat

537 George Brett/Rod Carew "Best Hitters"

538 Tim Raines (RC)

539 Keith Smith

540 Ken Macha

541 Burt Hooton

542 Butch Hobson

543 Bill Stein

544 Dave Stapleton (RC)

545 Bob Pate (RC)

546 Doug Corbett (RC)

547 Darrell Jackson

548 Pete Redfern

549 Roger Erickson

550 Al Hrabosky

551 Dick Tidrow

552 Dave Ford (RC)

553 Dave Kingman

554 Mike Vail COR ("Traded to...")

555 Jerry Martin COR ("Traded to...")

556 Jesus Figueroa (RC) COR ("Traded to...")

557 Don Stanhouse

558 Barry Foote

559 Tim Blackwell

560 Bruce Sutter

561 Rick Reuschel

562 Lynn McGlothen

563 Bob Owchinko COR ("Involved in...")

564 John Verhoeven

565 Ken Landreaux

566 Glenn Adams COR

567 Hosken Powell

568 Dick Noles

569 Danny Ainge (RC)

570 Bobby Mattick (RC, MGR)

571 Joe Lefebvre (RC)

572 Bobby Clark

573 Dennis Lamp

574 Randy Lerch

575 Mookie Wilson (RC)

576 Ron LeFlore

577 Jim Dwyer

578 Bill Castro

579 Greg Minton

580 Mark Littell

581 Andy Hassler

582 Dave Stieb

583 Ken Oberkfell

584 Larry Bradford

585 Fred Stanley

586 Bill Caudill

587 Doug Capilla

588 George Riley (RC)

589 Willie Hernandez

590 Mike Schmidt (NL MVP)

591 Steve Stone (AL CY)

592 Rick Sofield

593 Bombo Rivera

594 Gary Ward

595 Dave Edwards COR ("Traded to...")

596 Mike Proly

597 Tommy Boggs

598 Greg Gross

599 Elias Sosa

600 Pat Kelly

NNO Checklist 1-120 COR ("51 Donohue")

NNO Checklist 121-240

NNO Checklist 241-360 COR ("306 Matthews")

NNO Checklist 361-480 COR ("379 Pujols")

NNO Checklist 481-600 COR ("566 Glenn")

Errors and Variations

7A Duffy Dyer ERR (1980 Batting Average has no decimal 185)

7B Duffy Dyer COR (1980 Batting Average has decimal .185)

23A Dave Smith ERR (Line box around stats is incomplete)

23B Dave Smith COR (Line box around stats is complete)

26A John Ellis ERR (With bat, photo shows Danny Walton)

26B John Ellis COR (with glove, photo is correct)

51A Tom Donohue ERR (Name on front misspelled "Donahue")

51B Tom Donohue COR (Name correct on front)

56A Steve Garvey ERR ("Surpased 25 HRs" on back of card)

56B Steve Garvey COR ("Surpassed 21 HRs" on back of card)

71A Bobby Bonds ERR ("Lifetime 986 career HRs" on back of card)

71B Bobby Bonds COR ("Lifetime 326 career HRs" on back of card)

72A Rennie Stennett ERR ("breaking broke leg" on back of card)

72B Rennie Stennett COR ("breaking leg" on back of card)

82A Joe Charboneau ERR ("For some reason, Phillies..." is on back of card)

82B Joe Charboneau COR ("For some reason" is deleted from back of card)

87A Larry Hisle ERR (1977 highlights line ends with a %)

87B Larry Hisle ERR ("...Twins with 28 RBI")

87C Larry Hisle COR ("...Twins with 28 HRs")

97A Tom Burgmeier ERR (Back of card shows "Throws Right"

97B Tom Burgmeier COR (Back of card shows "Throws Left"

131A Pete Rose ERR (Back of card ends with 'see card 251')

131B Pete Rose COR (Back of card ends with 'see card 371')

143 Frank LaCorte UER (Photo actually shows Randy Niemann)

164A Del Unser ERR (Missing '3B' in stat header on back of card)

164B Del Unser COR (Not missing '3B' in stat header on back of card)

240A Bob Lacey ERR (Name on front spelled misspelled 'Lacy')

240B Bob Lacey COR (Name on front spelled correctly)

261A Vern Ruhle ERR (Head shot of Ken Forsch on front of card)

261B Vern Ruhle COR (Head to waist shot, photo is correct)

306A Gary Matthews ERR (Name on front misspelled "Mathews")

306B Gary Matthews COR (Name on front spelled correctly)

319A Duane Kuiper ERR (Name on front misspelled "Dwane")

319B Duane Kuiper COR (Name on front spelled correctly)

326A Gorman Thomas ERR (Second line on back of card, "30 HR mark 4th")

326B Gorman Thomas COR (Second line on back of card, '30 HR mark 3rd")

330A Steve Rogers ERR (Name on front misspelled "Rodgers")

330B Steve Rogers COR (Name on front spelled correctly)

342A Paul Splittorff ERR (Name on front misspelled "Spittorff")

342B Paul Splittorff COR (Name on front spelled correctly)

357A Rob Picciolo ERR (Name on front "Bob")

357B Rob Picciolo COR (Name on front "Rob")

379A Luis Pujols ERR (Name on front "Pulois")

379B Luis Pujols COR (Name on front is spelled correctly)

444A Buck Martinez ERR (Reverse negative photo on front of card)

444B Buck Martinez COR (Photo is correct)

457A John Tudor ERR (In stat box at bottom, Lifetime W/L record incorrect 9.7)

457B John Tudor COR (Lifetime W/L record correct 9-7)

483A Ivan DeJesus ERR (In state box at bottom, lifetime hits shown as 702)

483B Ivan DeJesus COR (Lifetime hits shown as 642)

490A Don Roberts ERR ("showed pop..." in career highlights on back of card)

490B Don Roberts COR ("declared himself..." in career highlights on back of card)

516A Willie Norwood ERR ("spent most..." in career highlights on back of card)

516B Willie Norwood COR ("traded to..." in career highlights on back of card)

524A Ray Burriss ERR ("went on..." in career highlights on back of card)

524B Ray Burriss COR ("Drafted by..." in career highlights on back of card)

532A Geoff Zahn ERR ("was 2nd in..." in career highlights on back of card)

532B Geoff Zahn COR ("singed a 3 year..." in career highlights on back of card)

554A Mike Vail ERR ("After two..." in career highlights on back of card)

554B Mike Vail COR ("Traded to..." in career highlights on back of card)

555A Jerry Martin ERR ("Overcame a..." in career highlights on back of card)

555B Jerry Martin COR ("Traded to..." in career highlights on back of card)

556A Jesus Figueroa ERR ("Had an..." in career highlights on back of card)

556B Jesus Figueroa COR ("Traded to..." in career highlights on back of card)

563A Bob Owchinko ERR ("Traded to..." in career highlights on back of card)

563B Bob Owchinko COR ("involved in a..." in career highlights on back of card)

566A Glenn Adams ERR (Name misspelled as "Glen" on front of card)

566B Glenn Adams COR (Name spelled correctly)

595A Dave Edwards ERR ("sidelined..." in career highlights on back of card)

595B Dave Edwards COR ("traded to..." in career highlights on back of card)

CL(A) 1-120 ERR (card #51 misspelled as Donahue)

CL(B) 1-120 COR (card #51 spelled correctly as Donohue)

CL(A) 241-360 ERR (card #306 misspelled as Mathews)

CL(B) 241-360 COR (card #306 spelled correctly as Matthews)

CL(A) 361-480 ERR (card #379 misspelld as Pujois)

CL(B) 361-480 COR (card #379 spelled correctly as Pujols)

CL(A) 481-600 ERR (card #566 misspelled as Glen Adams)

CL(B) 481-600 COR (card #566 spelled correctly as Glenn Adams)

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