1981 Donruss meeting room. No Topps allowed!

Hey guys,
I have always had a soft spot for 1981DR because of how horrible the cards were and how exciting it was to have a "different" card company to buy outside of Topps as a kid. I was thinking of putting together a high end set because it seems like a huge challenge (anyone who ripped a waxbox knows image)but then noticed a large number of uncut sheets for sale on ebay. There is no reason for me to invest money in PSA 10s if certain pristine dealers can get their hands on sheets so easily. Anyone know the story behind this? I did not find similar sheets for other years (some small promos mostly) and why are so many coming from Canada?

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Since I mistakenly duplicated this thread on the memorability forum. I figured we can use this thread for any/all collectors of 1981 Donruss. The cards are so ugly, they are actually attractive to me, and I am sure there are others who collected these cards with excitement because they weren't Topps!
75 Minis - GET IN MY BELLY!

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  • StingrayStingray Posts: 8,782 ✭✭✭
    Did this thread get moved?? I remember buying this set in sheet form back in the early 80s from an ad in Baseball Digest.

    Kirk

    Collector of Topps Detroit Tigers cards!!

  • ldfergldferg Posts: 6,365 ✭✭✭
    I made an offer on a sheet a couple if weeks ago and never pulled the trigger on the counter offer.

    Agree on the pristine comment. Smh.


    Thanks,

    David (LD_Ferg)



    1985 Topps Football (starting in psa 8) - #9 - started 05/21/06
  • StingrayStingray Posts: 8,782 ✭✭✭
    I bought a pack last year and a third of the cards were fused together from the gum. Too bad they did not do rack.

    Kirk

    Collector of Topps Detroit Tigers cards!!

  • BkritzBkritz Posts: 1,129 ✭✭
    I have a psa 10 1981 Donruss Dale Murphy for $30. PM me if interested. Dale was the MAN in 81!
  • Finally a 1981 Donruss "ugly club"!

    I remember buying packs chasing those errors in '81 - '82 while watching that new thing called MTV on the weekends!

    WANTED -- 2001 Topps "Finest Moments" Refractor Autograph - PAUL MOLITOR
  • carkimcarkim Posts: 1,184 ✭✭
    Glad to see 1981 Donruss has somewhat of a following. I have been upgrading my 1981 Donruss Master Set for some time now.
  • Very nice - thats a project of pure love!
    WANTED -- 2001 Topps "Finest Moments" Refractor Autograph - PAUL MOLITOR
  • mrmoparmrmopar Posts: 256 ✭✭
    Among all the crappy portraits and grainy photos, this set has a few surprise action shots that really look great. I have always enjoyed those game action shots that Topps made so common in the 70s.

    for example...

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    I collect Steve Garvey, Dodgers and signed cards. Collector since 1978.


  • << <i>Glad to see 1981 Donruss has somewhat of a following. I have been upgrading my 1981 Donruss Master Set for some time now. >>



    Nice set carkim! I'll work on mine for the next 1/2 decade I am sure. I am really excited about building the set from ripping waxboxes, but we'll see how it goes.
    75 Minis - GET IN MY BELLY!
  • I opened a TON of 1981 Donruss packs back in the day. I was thinking about putting together an all Psa 10 set.


  • << <i>I opened a TON of 1981 Donruss packs back in the day. I was thinking about putting together an all Psa 10 set. >>



    Same here! image In 1981 I had a paper route and blew all my money on Topps and Donruss...for some reason I did not buy Fleer. BTW, I checked the population reports and those are CRAZY!! I have never seen such divergence/variance in populations. I understand that stars are graded more often but there are a large number of very low pop commons. Can some of the set experts start informing us on what is what in this set?
    75 Minis - GET IN MY BELLY!
  • MiniDuffMiniDuff Posts: 1,242 ✭✭
    Very easy to explain Henry. Not easy to get high grade cards and zero market to make it worth trying. There is literally one complete graded set. I graded a handful from the boxes I broke before selling you the rest of that case. One example was a pop 4 psa 10. It took the better part of a year to sell it for $12 with free shipping. I'll never sub another common from the set again.
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  • Duffs correct not worth the dime to sub. I subbed a few of mine with buyers in line already but that's that....I wont get back into the stash till its worthwhile....There are some tough commons...With this set its all centering and snow...If your looking to do it subbing yourself I suggest getting raw from different sources otherwise you will end up with the same cards and centering....I purchased 60 raw first series sets which were pack fresh from one source which the sets were probably from 2 locations so I ended up with 30 of each card in same centering to the tee almost....It wasn't bad in the profit area the roses were all gems...Landed well over 40 gem roses....In the rest of the quest Ive never seen sets in that great of shape. But Id bet most of the sets I've scoured (120) id bet 85 percent of each set is oc...
  • jackstrawjackstraw Posts: 3,820 ✭✭✭
    Do I remember collecting till my heart was complete the summer of 81... Those were the days *sigh*
    Collector Focus

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  • StingrayStingray Posts: 8,782 ✭✭✭


    << <i>Do I remember collecting till my heart was complete the summer of 81... Those were the days *sigh* >>



    +1

    Kirk

    Collector of Topps Detroit Tigers cards!!

  • BPorter26BPorter26 Posts: 3,167 ✭✭✭
    I loved this set as a kid. Here's my only PSA 10

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    "EVERYBODY LOVE EVERYBODY IT SAYS IT RIGHT THERE ON THE WALL" - JACKIE MOON
  • carkimcarkim Posts: 1,184 ✭✭
    Looking to upgrade my 1981 Donruss Master Set .

    PM Me if you can help...
  • ldfergldferg Posts: 6,365 ✭✭✭
    Glad to see you complete this set.

    I heard that when dealers ordered sets when this set was released (ex: ordered 100 sets), donruss sent 100 of each card in a stack (or stacks) wrapped in a rubber band. The dealer had to collate these into sets with several damaged cards due to rubber band marks.


    Thanks,

    David (LD_Ferg)



    1985 Topps Football (starting in psa 8) - #9 - started 05/21/06
  • Nice! I still have a mess of waxboxes that I hope to start working on. I think I sold off around 20 or so. Congratulations on your set
    75 Minis - GET IN MY BELLY!
  • yankeeno7yankeeno7 Posts: 9,028 ✭✭✭
    Here is a one question quiz for you all...maybe you all already know....

    What company printed the 1981 Donruss?
    Some people are like slinkies..Not really good for anything, but they bring a smile to your face when you push one down a flight of stairs.

    yup
  • yankeeno7yankeeno7 Posts: 9,028 ✭✭✭
    No guesses?

    Ok, it was TCMA who actually did the printing for 1981 Donruss. The same TCMA that did all the minor league sets and specialty sets. From what I understand, it was only in 1981 that Donruss had TCMA print for them.
    Some people are like slinkies..Not really good for anything, but they bring a smile to your face when you push one down a flight of stairs.

    yup
  • >>

    since I mistakenly duplicated this thread on the memorability forum. I figured we can use this thread for any/all collectors of 1981 Donruss. The cards are so ugly, they are actually attractive to me, and I am sure there are others who collected these cards with excitement because they weren't Topps! >>



    Was wondering what answer you got on the uncut sheet issue? I do remember these cards being all kids of crazy cuts and off center...I can't imagine investing much money in Gem Mint cards if there are uncut sheets out there by the truck loads. Or is there a way for PSA to tell a card was cut from a formerly uncut sheet? (Can't imagine there is).
  • lawyer05lawyer05 Posts: 1,193 ✭✭✭

    anyone selling a Sanguillen 1981 ? thanks

  • bishopbishop Posts: 2,810 ✭✭✭
    edited April 3, 2018 7:03AM

    Crowded room :)

    From my only Donruss set

    Topps Baseball-1948, 1951 to 2017
    Bowman Baseball -1948-1955
    Fleer Baseball-1923, 1959-2007

    Al
  • lawyer05lawyer05 Posts: 1,193 ✭✭✭

    @bishop said:
    Crowded room :)

    From my only Donruss set

    Sell me

  • bishopbishop Posts: 2,810 ✭✭✭

    There are several on COMC and EBay

    Topps Baseball-1948, 1951 to 2017
    Bowman Baseball -1948-1955
    Fleer Baseball-1923, 1959-2007

    Al
  • craig44craig44 Posts: 2,654 ✭✭✭✭

    Whatever happened to mintmoondog anyways?

  • NGS428NGS428 Posts: 459 ✭✭✭
    edited April 5, 2018 9:11AM

    I actually bought a complete set of 81D back in the early 90’s, not sure why. Guess it was so bad I loved it too! Still have it.

  • krisd3279krisd3279 Posts: 201 ✭✭✭

    I have been wanting to get a complete 81D set for a while now. I have had a few unopened boxes from BBCE in my cart several times and always stopped, mostly due to the horrible collation and other issues I have read about in this forum and others. Given the collation I'm guessing it would take several boxes to get the complete set and at $69 a box that gets pretty steep for just a side thing to do for fun. I have decided to just buy a set on EBAY since they can be had for less than the cost of a single unopened box. I'll inherit someone else's problems that way, but at least I will have the complete set which is the main goal. I may still buy a box or two of unopened just for the fun of ripping old wax. It certainly sounds like an interesting break.

    Kris

    My 1971 Topps adventure - Davis Men in Black

  • PROMETHIUS88PROMETHIUS88 Posts: 1,783 ✭✭✭✭

    Man, I still remember ripping those packs when they came out at a kid. While they were a bit cheap looking and feeling, it was cool having a different company putting out cards. Loved that there were multiple Rose cards in the set. I will never forget....they just smelled different opening the packs. Weird, I know.

  • lawyer05lawyer05 Posts: 1,193 ✭✭✭

    @krisd3279 said:
    I have been wanting to get a complete 81D set for a while now. I have had a few unopened boxes from BBCE in my cart several times and always stopped, mostly due to the horrible collation and other issues I have read about in this forum and others. Given the collation I'm guessing it would take several boxes to get the complete set and at $69 a box that gets pretty steep for just a side thing to do for fun. I have decided to just buy a set on EBAY since they can be had for less than the cost of a single unopened box. I'll inherit someone else's problems that way, but at least I will have the complete set which is the main goal. I may still buy a box or two of unopened just for the fun of ripping old wax. It certainly sounds like an interesting break.

    me too. i have stopped myself 3 times... lol

  • lawyer05lawyer05 Posts: 1,193 ✭✭✭

    @bishop said:
    There are several on COMC and EBay

    not in good condition

  • JRR300JRR300 Posts: 123 ✭✭

    I really wanted to collect this set, as I was tired of Topps, but they were just awful. I didn't buy enough to check on the collating in a box, but the centering was just terrible. It was so difficult to get a nice looking card that I just gave up. I have recently bought some boxes that I have not opened yet...maybe when I'm feeling a bit lucky.

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