1981 Donruss Golf Cards

1981 Donruss Golf Cards

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It might seem hard to believe, but the first set of of modern golf cards didn't arrive until the 1980s. While golfers appeared on the occasional card here and there, 1981 Donruss Golf broke the mold, delivering a full set of traditional cards dedicated to the best the PGA had to offer. As a result, the checklist is loaded with rookie cards from several greats and all-time legends.

The 1981 Donruss Golf checklist has a total of 66 cards. It breaks down to 60 numbered golfer cards and six Statistical Leader cards that aren't numbered. The Statistical Leader cards are usually packaged with the base set.

1981 Donruss Golf Jack Nicklaus RC 212x300 Image 1981 Donruss Golf Jack Nicklaus Statistical Leader 211x300 Image

Card fronts are very simple. A white border gives way to a green frame with rounded corners. Colorful action shots are accented by a PGA Tour logo and orange nameplate at the bottom.

Backs are green and white and come with a lot of vital stats. Brief career highlights and 1980 stats round out the informative details.

1981 Donruss Golf Jack Nicklaus RC Back 213x300 Image

Because it's the first modern set of cards for the sport, all numbered cards in 1981 Donruss Golf are considered rookie cards. Leading the checklist is the legendary Jack Nicklaus. Other highlights include Tom Watson, Lee Trevino and Tom Kite.

Readily available, 1981 Donruss Golf remains extremely affordable. Raw copies of the Jack Nicklaus rookie card can be found for under $20. Even graded copies in top condition are relatively affordable given his iconic status in the sport.

Centering is an issue on a lot of cards and definitely something to consider when purchasing 1981 Donruss Golf. It's very common to find cards that are visibly off center, even at a glance.

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1981 DONRUSS PRO GOLF STARS COMPLETE 66 CARD SET W WRAPPER - MINT
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1981 DONRUSS GOLF 139 CARD LOADED LOT JACK NICKLAUS HIGH GRADE
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1981 Donruss Golf #NNO Jack Nicklaus Statistical Leader
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1981 Donruss Golf #1 Tom Watson RC
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1981 Donruss Golf #2 Lee Trevino RC
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1981 Donruss Tom Kite #20 Golf Card
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1981 Donruss Golf Jack Nicklaus ROOKIE RC #13 GEM ELITE 10 PRISTINE**NICE
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1981 DONRUSS GOLF JACK NICKLAUS PSA 8
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1981 Donruss Golf Card PSA 9 MINT #7 George Burns PGA Tour Rookie Only 17 Higher
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Pro Golf Stars 1981 Donruss Trading Cards Lot of 8 Sealed Wax Packs + 7 Singles
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JACK NICKLAUS 1981 Donruss GOLF card Statistical Leader
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1981 Donruss Golf cards Jack Nicklaus - RAY FLOYD - HUBIE GREEN - BEN CRENSHAW
$6.95
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Tom Watson #1 1981 Donruss Rookie
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1981 DONRUSS JACK NICKLAUS RC NRMT-MT+ BEN HOGAN PRO SET HOLOGRAM
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1981 DONRUSS COMPLETE GOLF SET(Nicklaus RC) w 3 WRAPPERS
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1981 DONRUSS JAY HAAS PGA ROOKIE GOLF CARD LOT 40-CARDS ONE BID LQQK
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Checklist

1981 Donruss Golf Checklist

66 cards. Five Statistical Leader cards and one checklist are not numbered. All numbered cards (#1-60) are considered rookie cards.

1 Tom Watson
2 Lee Trevino
3 Curtis Strange
4 Andy Bean
5 Ben Crenshaw
6 Jerry Pate
7 George Burns
8 Craig Stadler
9 Mike Reid
10 Ray Floyd
11 Larry Nelson
12 Bill Kratzert
13 Jack Nicklaus
14 Howard Twitty
15 John Mahaffey
16 Bruce Lietzke
17 Doug Tewell
18 Don Pooley
19 Bob Gilder
20 Tom Kite
21 Jim Colbert
22 Mike Sullivan
23 Bill Rogers
24 Scott Simpson
25 Leonard Thompson
26 Peter Jacobsen
27 David Graham
28 Gil Morgan
29 Lon Hinkle
30 Johnny Miller
31 Dave Eichelberger
32 Wayne Levi
33 Keith Fergus
34 Tom Purtzer
35 Jay Haas
36 Dan Halldorson
37 Jeff Mitchell
38 Hale Irwin
39 Mark Lye
40 Gibby Gilbert
41 Bob Murphy
42 Calvin Peete
43 Phil Hancock
44 Dan Pohl
45 Jack Renner
46 Fuzzy Zoeller
47 Tom Weiskopf
48 Jim Simons
49 Ed Sneed
50 Hubert Green
51 Jack Newton
52 Ed Fiori
53 D.A. Weibring
54 J.C. Snead
55 George Cadle
56 Charles Coody
57 Danny Edwards
58 Lanny Wadkins
59 Terry Diehl
60 George Archer
Jack Nicklaus SL
Jerry Pate SL
Dan Pohl SL
Lee Trevino SL
Tom Watson SL
Checklist
1981 Donruss Golf Tom Watson RC Image

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1981 DONRUSS GOLF JACK NICKLAUS PSA 8
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1981 Donruss Golf Card PSA 9 MINT #7 George Burns PGA Tour Rookie Only 17 Higher
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1981 Donruss Jack Nicklaus Stat Leader RC #NNO PSA 9
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1981 Donruss Golf TOM WATSON Autograph PSA DNA Auto !!
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1981 Donruss Golf #13 Jack Nicklaus (HOF) PSA 8
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1981 DONRUSS GOLF - JACK NICKLAUS - ROOKIE CARD - PSA NEAR MINT
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JACK NICKLAUS GOLFING LEGEND 1981 DONRUSS PSA-7 GRADED PGA ROOKIE RC GOLF CARD
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ANDY BEAN PGA GOLFER 1981 DONRUSS GOLF GRADED PSA-7 NR-MT ROOKIE RC GOLF CARD #4
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BEN CRENSHAW PGA HOF 1981 DONRUSS GOLF GRADED PSA-7 NR MT 1ST ROOKIE RC CARD #52
$6.46
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CRAIG STADLER PGA GOLFER 1981 DONRUSS GOLF GRADED PSA-7 (NM) ROOKIE RC CARD #8
$5.53
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TOM WEISKOPF PGA GOLFER GRADED PSA-7 NR-MT 1981 DONRUSS GOLF ROOKIE RC CARD #47
$5.53
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JACK NICKLAUS 1981 Donruss Golf Statistical Leader SL HOF PSA 9 MINT
$19.99
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Tom Watson 1981 Donruss - High Beckett BGS Grade - NEAR MINT MINT + 8.5
$21.50
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Jack Nicklaus 1981 Donruss - Very High BGS Grade - MINT 9.0
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Ben Crenshaw 1981 Donruss - High Grade Beckett BGS NEAR MINT MINT + 8.5
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