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1981 Topps Traded Baseball Cards

1981 Topps Traded Baseball Cards

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1981 Topps Traded Baseball isn't the first update series Topps did, but its format and distribution launched a revolution. 1981 Topps Traded introduced the 132-card box set that captures the season's rookies and offers an updated look at key veterans switching teams. Although this first set isn't wildly popular, it's nonetheless an extremely important release for the hobby.

The design of 1981 Topps Traded Baseball mimics that of the regular 1981 Topps Baseball set, which is notable for its baseball cap icon on the front. Numbering continues on from where the base Topps sets left off, starting at 727 and running trough 858. Among the traded players in the set are Carlton Fisk and Dave Winfield. Most of the first-year players in 1981 Topps Traded appeared on multi-player cards in the base set. As a result, there are very few actual rookie cards. Instead, 1981 Topps Traded has the first solo cards for many players, including Tim Raines and Fernando Valenzuela.

One of the few rookies in the set is a curious one: Danny Ainge. Yes, that Danny Ainge who would go on to play 15 NBA seasons before moving up to the front offices.

Sold as box sets, 1981 Topps Traded was available to some of the hobby's first dealers. In an era before the Internet, this would have made it difficult for many collectors to get hold of them. Today, though, sets are readily available online and very reasonably priced.

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Set Checklist

1981 Topps Traded Baseball Set Checklist

132 cards. Numbering continues on from where 1981 Topps Baseball finished off.

727 Danny Ainge
728 Doyle Alexander
729 Gary Alexander
730 Bill Almon
731 Joaquin Andujar
732 Bob Bailor
733 Juan Beniquez
734 Dave Bergman
735 Tony Bernazard
736 Larry Biittner
737 Doug Bird
738 Bert Blyleven
739 Mark Bomback
740 Bobby Bonds
741 Rick Bosetti
742 Hubie Brooks
743 Rick Burleson
744 Ray Burris
745 Jeff Burroughs
746 Enos Cabell
747 Ken Clay
748 Mark Clear
749 Larry Cox
750 Hector Cruz
751 Victor Cruz
752 Mike Cubbage
753 Dick Davis
754 Brian Doyle
755 Dick Drago
756 Leon Durham
757 Jim Dwyer
758 Dave Edwards
759 Jim Essian
760 Bill Fahey
761 Rollie Fingers
762 Carlton Fisk
763 Barry Foote
764 Ken Forsch
765 Kiko Garcia
766 Cesar Geronimo
767 Gary Gray
768 Mickey Hatcher
769 Steve Henderson
770 Marc Hill
771 Butch Hobson
772 Rick Honeycutt
773 Roland Howell
774 Mike Ivie
775 Roy Lee Jackson
776 Cliff Johnson
777 Randy Jones
778 Ruppert Jones
779 Mick Kelleher
780 Terry Kennedy
781 Dave Kingman
782 Bob Knepper
783 Ken Kravec
784 Bob Lacey
785 Dennis Lamp
786 Rafael Landestoy
787 Ken Landreaux
788 Carney Lansford
789 Dave LaRoche
790 Joe Lefebvre
791 Ron LeFlore
792 Randy Lerch
793 Sixto Lezcano
794 John Littlefield
795 Mike Lum
796 Greg Luzinski
797 Fred Lynn
798 Jerry Martin
799 Buck Martinez
800 Gary Matthews
801 Mario Mendoza
802 Larry Milbourne
803 Rick Miller
804 Rich Monteleone
805 Jerry Morales
806 Jose Morales
807 Joe Morgan
808 Jerry Mumphrey
809 Gene Nelson
810 Ed Ott
811 Bob Owchinko
812 Gaylord Perry
813 Mike Phillips
814 Dan Porter
815 Mike Proly
816 Tim Raines
817 Len Randle
818 Doug Rau
819 Jeff Reardon
820 Ken Reitz
821 Steve Renko
822 Rick Reuschel
823 Dave Revering
824 Dave Roberts
825 Leon Roberts
826 Joe Rudi
827 Kevin Saucier
828 Tony Scott
829 Bob Shirley
830 Ted Simmons
831 Lary Sorensen
832 Jim Spencer
833 Harry Spilman
834 Fred Stanley
835 Rusty Staub
836 Bill Steinecke
837 Joe Strain
838 Bruce Sutter
839 Don Sutton
840 Steve Swisher
841 Frank Tanana
842 Gene Tenace
843 Jason Thompson
844 Dickie Thon
845 Bill Travers
846 Tom Underwood
847 John Urrea
848 Mike Vail
849 Ellis Valentine
850 Fernando Valenzuela
851 Pete Vuckovich
852 Mark Wagner
853 Bob Walk
854 Claudell Washington
855 Dave Winfield
856 Geoff Zahn
857 Richie Zisk
858 Checklist 727-858
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1981 Topps Traded Set-Break #816T Tim Raines NM-MT OR BETTER $20.001981 Topps Traded Baseball Cards 44
1981 Topps Traded Baseball Pick Complete Your Set #727-858 RC $11.991981 Topps Traded Baseball Cards 44
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1981 Topps Traded Series Complete Set SEALED Tim Raines Etc. Rookies $10.501981 Topps Traded Baseball Cards 44
Dave Revering autographed baseball card (Yankees) 1981 Topps #823 Traded Set $14.001981 Topps Traded Baseball Cards 44

Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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