1984 Ralston Purina

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Description

1984 Ralston Purina is a 33-card set produced by Topps for the breakfast cereal maker. The front of each card states that it is "The First Annual Collectors Edition of Baseball Cards;" however, Purina would not make another card set until 1987.

There are two different version of this set, each with the same design and checklist. The "Ralston Purina" set has the familiar "checkerboard" logo on both sides of the card; while the "Cereal Series" does not, and has "CEREAL SERIES" printed on top of the card.

It is believed that Ralston Purina cards were inserted into MARKED boxes of various Purina cereals, while the Cereal Series cards were in UNMARKED cereal boxes. In both cases, each cereal box had a cello-wrapped pack of three cards plus a checklist -- the back of which had a form where collectors could buy an additional 12 cards for $1.50.

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Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
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Checklist

Base Set

1 Eddie Murray

2 Ozzie Smith

3 Ted Simmons

4 Pete Rose

5 Greg Luzinski

6 Andre Dawson

7 Dave Winfield

8 Tom Seaver

9 Jim Rice

10 Fernando Valenzuela

11 Wade Boggs

12 Dale Murphy

13 George Brett

14 Nolan Ryan

15 Rickey Henderson

16 Steve Carlton

17 Rod Carew

18 Steve Garvey

19 Reggie Jackson

20 Dave Concepcion

21 Robin Yount

22 Mike Schmidt

23 Jim Palmer

24 Bruce Sutter

25 Dan Quisenberry

26 Bill Madlock

27 Cecil Cooper

28 Gary Carter

29 Fred Lynn

30 Pedro Guerrero


31 Ron Guidry

32 Keith Hernandez

33 Carlton Fisk