1983 Topps

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1983 Topps is a 792-card set. Known as the "circular portrait" set, 1983 Topps was issued in wax, cello, and rack packs. It was also issued as a complete factory set in the J.C. Penney catalog. The design is a mix of action shots and portraits coupled with another small circular portrait of the subject of the card located in either the lower left or right corner of the card -- not unlike the 1963 Topps two decades earlier. To the left (or right, depending on card design) of the portrait is the player's name, position, and team affiliation.

The reverse of the card contains the players standard biography (name, height, weight, throwing hand, batting hand, draft position, how acquired, birthdate, birthplace, and home city). It also contained the players career statistics up until 1982. If room allowed, the bottom of the card contained either a small comment regarding the players career, previous seasons major accomplishments. Two silhouettes of players in action were also included, one in the upper left corner which was part of the Topps logo, and a second that may have appeared, if room allowed, in the lower right corner, typically of a pitcher about to throw a pitch. And of course, the card's sequence number in the collated set appears in the uppermost left corner.

Cards 1-6 depict "Record Breakers", players that broke some sort of league or career record over the course of the 1982 season, including Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson breaking the single season stolen base record. The team cards are actually Team Leader (TL) cards picturing the batting average and ERA leader for that team with a checklist back. Super Veteran (SV) cards also appear inserted in the set, coupled with the base card of the player depicted. The SV cards contained two pictures, one of the player currently and one of the player from an earlier part of his career. Cards number 386-407 are of the previous seasons starting All-Star game representatives, beginning with the American League and then the National League. Cards number 701-708 depict the league leaders in various categories.

As in previous year's editions, stars of the era traditionally were given slots within the set every 10 cards (#10, #20, #30, etc), with major stars being awarded the hundreds (#100 in set). Every pack also contained a "Winning Line-Up" game card where collectors could win various prizes including a trip to the World Series, a Colecovision game unit, or cards from the 1983 Topps Glossy set.

Notable Rookie Cards include Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg, Willie McGee, and Frank Viola.

Distribution

Wax: 36 packs per box, 15 cards plus one stick of gum per pack (MSRP: $0.30). 20 boxes per case.

Cello: 24 packs per box, 28 cards plus one stick of gum per pack (MSRP: $0.49).

Rack: 24 packs per box, 51 cards per pack.

500 card Vending Boxes

Factory Sets (MSRP: $15.99). Exclusive to the J.C. Penny catalog.

Michigan Wrapper

In 1983, three years before Sportflics and five years before Score made them the industry standard, Topps experimented with a fin-sealed cellophane wrapper. These packs are known as "Michigan Wrappers," as they were distributed almost exclusively in Michigan and the surrounding area. Each Michigan Wrapper pack and box had the same number of cards as a conventional wax pack (36 packs per box, 15 cards and a stick of gum per pack), but the cellophane wrapper eliminated wax stains and the fin-seal made them virtually tamper-proof. It is possible, however, to see the top and bottom cards in the pack -- not unlike a Cello pack.

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Checklist

Base Set

1 Tony Armas RB

2 Rickey Henderson RB

3 Greg Minton RB

4 Lance Parrish RB

5 Manny Trillo RB

6 John Wathan RB

7 Gene Richards

8 Steve Balboni

9 Joey McLaughlin

10 Gorman Thomas

11 Billy Gardner MG

12 Paul Mirabella

13 Larry Herndon

14 Frank LaCorte

15 Ron Cey

16 George Vukovich

17 Kent Tekulve

18 Kent Tekulve SV

19 Oscar Gamble

20 Carlton Fisk

21 Baltimore Orioles TL

22 Randy Martz

23 Mike Heath

24 Steve Mura

25 Hal McRae

26 Jerry Royster

27 Doug Corbett

28 Bruce Bochte

29 Randy Jones

30 Jim Rice

31 Bill Gullickson

32 Dave Bergman

33 Jack O'Connor

34 Paul Householder

35 Rollie Fingers

36 Rollie Fingers SV

37 Darrell Johnson MG

38 Tim Flannery

39 Terry Puhl

40 Fernando Valenzuela

41 Jerry Turner

42 Dale Murray

43 Bob Dernier

44 Don Robinson

45 John Mayberry

46 Richard Dotson

47 Dave McKay

48 Lary Sorensen

49 Willie McGee RC

50 Bob Horner

51 Chicago Cubs TL

52 Onix Concepcion

53 Mike Witt

54 Jim Maler

55 Mookie Wilson

56 Chuck Rainey

57 Tim Blackwell

58 Al Holland

59 Benny Ayala

60 Johnny Bench

61 Johnny Bench SV

62 Bob McClure

63 Rick Monday

64 Bill Stein

65 Jack Morris

66 Bob Lillis MG

67 Sal Butera

68 Eric Show

69 Lee Lacy

70 Steve Carlton

71 Steve Carlton SV

72 Tom Paciorek

73 Allen Ripley

74 Julio Gonzalez

75 Amos Otis

76 Rick Mahler

77 Hosken Powell

78 Bill Caudill

79 Mick Kelleher

80 George Foster

81 New York Yankees TL

82 Bruce Hurst

83 Ryne Sandberg RC

84 Milt May

85 Ken Singleton

86 Tom Hume

87 Joe Rudi

88 Jim Gantner

89 Leon Roberts

90 Jerry Reuss

91 Larry Milbourne

92 Mike LaCoss

93 John Castino

94 Dave Edwards

95 Alan Trammell

96 Dick Howser MG

97 Ross Baumgarten

98 Vance Law

99 Dickie Noles

100 Pete Rose

101 Pete Rose SV

102 Dave Beard

103 Darrell Porter

104 Bob Walk

105 Don Baylor

106 Gene Nelson

107 Mike Jorgensen

108 Glenn Hoffman

109 Luis Leal

110 Ken Griffey, Sr.

111 Montreal Expos TL

112 Bob Shirley

113 Ron Roenicke

114 Jim Slaton

115 Chili Davis

116 Dave Schmidt

117 Alan Knicely

118 Chris Welsh San

119 Tom Brookens

120 Len Barker

121 Mickey Hatcher

122 Jimmy Smith

123 George Frazier

124 Marc Hill

125 Leon Durham

126 Joe Torre MG

127 Preston Hanna

128 Mike Ramsey

129 Checklist 1-132 CL

130 Dave Stieb

131 Ed Ott

132 Todd Cruz

133 Jim Barr

134 Hubie Brooks

135 Dwight Evans

136 Willie Aikens

137 Woodie Fryman

138 Rick Dempsey

139 Bruce Berenyi

140 Willie Randolph

141 Cleveland Indians TL

142 Mike Caldwell

143 Joe Pettini

144 Mark Wagner

145 Don Sutton

146 Don Sutton SV

147 Rick Leach

148 Dave Roberts

149 Johnny Ray

150 Bruce Sutter

151 Bruce Sutter SV

152 Jay Johnstone

153 Jerry Koosman

154 Johnnie LeMaster

155 Dan Quisenberry

156 Billy Martin MG

157 Steve Bedrosian

158 Rob Wilfong

159 Mike Stanton

160 Dave Kingman

161 Dave Kingman SV

162 Mark Clear

163 Cal Ripken

164 David Palmer

165 Dan Driessen

166 John Pacella

167 Mark Brouhard

168 Juan Eichelberger

169 Doug Flynn

170 Steve Howe

171 San Francisco Giants TL

172 Vern Ruhle

173 Jim Morrison

174 Jerry Ujdur

175 Bo Diaz

176 Dave Righetti

177 Harold Baines

178 Luis Tiant

179 Luis Tiant SV

180 Rickey Henderson

181 Terry Felton

182 Mike Fischlin

183 Ed Vande Berg

184 Bob Clark

185 Tim Lollar

186 Whitey Herzog MG

187 Terry Leach

188 Rick Miller

189 Dan Schatzeder

190 Cecil Cooper

191 Joe Price

192 Floyd Rayford

193 Harry Spilman

194 Cesar Geronimo

195 Bob Stoddard

196 Bill Fahey

197 Jim Eisenreich RC

198 Kiko Garcia

199 Marty Bystrom

200 Rod Carew

201 Rod Carew SV

202 Toronto Blue Jays TL

203 Mike Morgan

204 Junior Kennedy

205 Dave Parker

206 Ken Oberkfell

207 Rick Camp

208 Dan Meyer

209 Mike Moore

210 Jack Clark

211 John Denny

212 John Stearns

213 Tom Burgmeier

214 Jerry White

215 Mario Soto

216 Tony LaRussa MG

217 Tim Stoddard

218 Roy Howell

219 Mike Armstrong

220 Dusty Baker

221 Joe Niekro

222 Damaso Garcia

223 John Montefusco

224 Mickey Rivers

225 Enos Cabell

226 Enrique Romo

227 Chris Bando

228 Joaquin Andujar

229 Phillies Team Leaders

230 Fergie Jenkins

231 Fergie Jenkins SV

232 Tom Brunansky

233 Wayne Gross

234 Larry Andersen

235 Claudell Washington

236 Steve Renko

237 Dan Norman

238 Bud Black RC

239 Dave Stapleton

240 Rich Gossage

241 Rich Gossage SV

242 Joe Nolan

243 Duane Walker

244 Dwight Bernard

245 Steve Sax

246 George Bamberger MG

247 Dave Smith

248 Bake McBride

249 Checklist 133-264 CL

250 Bill Buckner

251 Alan Wiggins

252 Luis Aguayo

253 Larry McWilliams

254 Rick Cerone

255 Gene Garber

256 Gene Garber SV

257 Jesse Barfield

258 Manny Castillo

259 Jeff Jones

260 Steve Kemp

261 Tigers Team Leaders

262 Ron Jackson

263 Renie Martin

264 Jamie Quirk

265 Joel Youngblood

266 Paul Boris

267 Terry Francona

268 Storm Davis RC

269 Ron Oester

270 Dennis Eckersley

271 Ed Romero

272 Frank Tanana

273 Mark Belanger

274 Terry Kennedy

275 Ray Knight

276 Gene Mauch MG

277 Rance Mulliniks

278 Kevin Hickey

279 Greg Gross

280 Bert Blyleven

281 Andre Robertson

282 Reggie Smith

283 Reggie Smith SV

284 Jeff Lahti

285 Lance Parrish

286 Rick Langford

287 Bobby Brown

288 Joe Cowley

289 Jerry Dybzinski

290 Jeff Reardon

291 Pittsburgh Pirates TL

292 Craig Swan

293 Glenn Gulliver

294 Dave Engle

295 Jerry Remy

296 Greg Harris

297 Ned Yost

298 Floyd Chiffer

299 George Wright

300 Mike Schmidt

301 Mike Schmidt SV

302 Ernie Whitt

303 Miguel Dilone

304 Dave Rucker

305 Larry Bowa

306 Tom Lasorda MG

307 Lou Piniella

308 Jesus Vega

309 Jeff Leonard

310 Greg Luzinski

311 Glenn Brummer

312 Brian Kingman

313 Gary Gray

314 Ken Dayley

315 Rick Burleson

316 Paul Splittorff

317 Gary Rajsich

318 John Tudor

319 Lenn Sakata

320 Steve Rogers

321 Milwaukee Brewers TL

322 Dave Van Gorder

323 Luis DeLeon

324 Mike Marshall

325 Von Hayes

326 Garth Iorg

327 Bobby Castillo

328 Craig Reynolds

329 Randy Niemann

330 Buddy Bell

331 Mike Krukow

332 Glenn Wilson

333 Dave LaRoche

334 Dave LaRoche SV

335 Steve Henderson

336 Rene Lachemann MG

337 Tito Landrum

338 Bob Owchinko

339 Terry Harper

340 Larry Gura

341 Doug DeCinces

342 Atlee Hammaker

343 Bob Bailor

344 Roger LaFrancois

345 Jim Clancy

346 Joe Pittman

347 Sammy Stewart

348 Alan Bannister

349 Checklist 265-396 CL

350 Robin Yount

351 Cincinnati Reds TL

352 Mike Scioscia

353 Steve Comer

354 Randy Johnson

355 Jim Bibby

356 Gary Woods

357 Len Matuszek

358 Jerry Garvin

359 Dave Collins

360 Nolan Ryan

361 Nolan Ryan SV

362 Bill Almon

363 John Stuper

364 Brett Butler

365 Dave Lopes

366 Dick Williams MG

367 Bud Anderson

368 Richie Zisk

369 Jesse Orosco

370 Gary Carter

371 Mike Richardt

372 Terry Crowley

373 Kevin Saucier

374 Wayne Krenchicki

375 Pete Vuckovich

376 Ken Landreaux

377 Lee May

378 Lee May SV

379 Guy Sularz

380 Ron Davis

381 Boston Red Sox TL

382 Bob Knepper

383 Ozzie Virgil

384 Dave Dravecky RC

385 Mike Easler

386 Rod Carew AS

387 Bob Grich AS

388 George Brett AS

389 Robin Yount AS

390 Reggie Jackson AS

391 Rickey Henderson AS

392 Fred Lynn AS

393 Carlton Fisk AS

394 Pete Vuckovich AS

395 Larry Gura AS

396 Dan Quisenberry AS

397 Pete Rose AS

398 Manny Trillo AS

399 Mike Schmidt AS

400 Dave Concepcion AS

401 Dale Murphy AS

402 Andre Dawson AS

403 Tim Raines AS

404 Gary Carter AS

405 Steve Rogers AS

406 Steve Carlton AS

407 Bruce Sutter AS

408 Rudy May

409 Marvis Foley

410 Phil Niekro

411 Phil Niekro SV

412 Texas Rangers TL

413 Matt Keough

414 Julio Cruz

415 Bob Forsch

416 Joe Ferguson

417 Tom Hausman

418 Greg Pryor

419 Steve Crawford

420 Al Oliver

421 Al Oliver SV

422 George Cappuzzello

423 Tom Lawless

424 Jerry Augustine

425 Pedro Guerrero

426 Earl Weaver MG

427 Roy Lee Jackson

428 Champ Summers

429 Eddie Whitson

430 Kirk Gibson

431 Gary Gaetti RC

432 Porfirio Altamirano

433 Dale Berra

434 Dennis Lamp

435 Tony Armas

436 Bill Campbell

437 Rick Sweet

438 Dave LaPoint

439 Rafael Ramirez

440 Ron Guidry

441 Houston Astros TL

442 Brian Downing

443 Don Hood

444 Wally Backman

445 Mike Flanagan

446 Reid Nichols

447 Bryn Smith

448 Darrell Evans

449 Eddie Milner

450 Ted Simmons

451 Ted Simmons SV

452 Lloyd Moseby

453 Lamar Johnson

454 Bob Welch

455 Sixto Lezcano

456 Lee Elia MG

457 Milt Wilcox

458 Ron Washington

459 Ed Farmer

460 Roy Smalley

461 Steve Trout

462 Steve Nicosia

463 Gaylord Perry

464 Gaylord Perry SV

465 Lonnie Smith

466 Tom Underwood

467 Rufino Linares

468 Dave Goltz

469 Ron Gardenhire

470 Greg Minton

471 Kansas City Royals TL

472 Gary Allenson

473 John Lowenstein

474 Ray Burris

475 Cesar Cedeno

476 Rob Picciolo

477 Tom Niedenfuer

478 Phil Garner

479 Charlie Hough

480 Toby Harrah

481 Scot Thompson

482 Tony Gwynn RC

483 Lynn Jones

484 Dick Ruthven

485 Omar Moreno

486 Clyde King MG

487 Jerry Hairston

488 Alfredo Griffin

489 Tom Herr

490 Jim Palmer

491 Jim Palmer SV

492 Paul Serna

493 Steve McCatty

494 Bob Brenly

495 Warren Cromartie

496 Tom Veryzer

497 Rick Sutcliffe

498 Wade Boggs RC

499 Jeff Little

500 Reggie Jackson

501 Reggie Jackson SV

502 Atlanta Braves TL

503 Moose Haas

504 Don Werner

505 Garry Templeton

506 Jim Gott

507 Tony Scott

508 Tom Filer

509 Lou Whitaker

510 Tug McGraw

511 Tug McGraw SV

512 Doyle Alexander

513 Fred Stanley

514 Rudy Law

515 Gene Tenace

516 Bill Virdon MG

517 Gary Ward

518 Bill Laskey

519 Terry Bulling

520 Fred Lynn

521 Bruce Benedict

522 Pat Zachry

523 Carney Lansford

524 Tom Brennan

525 Frank White

526 Checklist 397-528 CL

527 Larry Biittner

528 Jamie Easterly

529 Tim Laudner

530 Eddie Murray

531 Oakland Athletics TL

532 Dave Stewart

533 Luis Salazar

534 John Butcher

535 Manny Trillo

536 John Wockenfuss

537 Rod Scurry

538 Danny Heep

539 Roger Erickson

540 Ozzie Smith

541 Britt Burns

542 Jody Davis

543 Alan Fowlkes

544 Larry Whisenton

545 Floyd Bannister

546 Dave Garcia MG

547 Geoff Zahn

548 Brian Giles

549 Charlie Puleo

550 Carl Yastrzemski

551 Carl Yastrzemski SV

552 Tim Wallach

553 Dennis Martinez

554 Mike Vail

555 Steve Yeager

556 Willie Upshaw

557 Rick Honeycutt

558 Dickie Thon

559 Pete Redfern

560 Ron LeFlore

561 St. Louis Cardinals TL

562 Dave Rozema

563 Juan Bonilla

564 Sid Monge

565 Bucky Dent

566 Manny Sarmiento

567 Joe Simpson

568 Willie Hernandez

569 Jack Perconte

570 Vida Blue

571 Mickey Klutts

572 Bob Watson

573 Andy Hassler

574 Glenn Adams

575 Neil Allen

576 Frank Robinson MG

577 Luis Aponte

578 David Green

579 Rich Dauer

580 Tom Seaver

581 Tom Seaver SV

582 Marshall Edwards

583 Terry Forster

584 Dave Hostetler

585 Jose Cruz

586 Frank Viola RC

587 Ivan DeJesus

588 Pat Underwood

589 Alvis Woods

590 Tony Pena

591 White Sox Team Leaders

592 Shane Rawley

593 Broderick Perkins

594 Eric Rasmussen

595 Tim Raines

596 Randy Johnson

597 Mike Proly

598 Dwayne Murphy

599 Don Aase

600 George Brett

601 Ed Lynch

602 Rich Gedman

603 Joe Morgan

604 Joe Morgan SV

605 Gary Roenicke

606 Bobby Cox MG

607 Charlie Leibrandt

608 Don Money

609 Danny Darwin

610 Steve Garvey

611 Bert Roberge

612 Steve Swisher

613 Mike Ivie

614 Ed Glynn

615 Garry Maddox

616 Bill Nahorodny

617 Butch Wynegar

618 LaMarr Hoyt

619 Keith Moreland

620 Mike Norris

621 New York Mets TL

622 Dave Edler

623 Luis Sanchez

624 Glenn Hubbard

625 Ken Forsch

626 Jerry Martin

627 Doug Bair

628 Julio Valdez

629 Charlie Lea

630 Paul Molitor

631 Tippy Martinez

632 Alex Trevino

633 Vicente Romo

634 Max Venable

635 Graig Nettles

636 Graig Nettles SV

637 Pat Corrales MG

638 Dan Petry

639 Art Howe TL

640 Andre Thornton

641 Billy Sample

642 Checklist 529-660 CL

643 Bump Wills

644 Joe Lefebvre

645 Bill Madlock

646 Jim Essian

647 Bobby Mitchell

648 Jeff Burroughs

649 Tommy Boggs

650 George Hendrick

651 California Angels TL

652 Butch Hobson

653 Ellis Valentine

654 Bob Ojeda

655 Al Bumbry

656 Dave Frost

657 Mike Gates

658 Frank Pastore

659 Charlie Moore

660 Mike Hargrove

661 Bill Russell

662 Joe Sambito

663 Tom O'Malley

664 Bob Molinaro

665 Jim Sundberg

666 Sparky Anderson MG

667 Dick Davis

668 Larry Christenson

669 Mike Squires

670 Jerry Mumphrey

671 Lenny Faedo

672 Jim Kaat

673 Jim Kaat SV

674 Kurt Bevacqua

675 Jim Beattie

676 Biff Pocoroba

677 Dave Revering

678 Juan Beniquez

679 Mike Scott

680 Andre Dawson

681 Los Angeles Dodgers TL

682 Bob Stanley

683 Dan Ford

684 Rafael Landestoy

685 Lee Mazzilli

686 Randy Lerch

687 U.L. Washington

688 Jim Wohlford

689 Ron Hassey

690 Kent Hrbek

691 Dave Tobik

692 Denny Walling

693 Sparky Lyle

694 Sparky Lyle SV

695 Ruppert Jones

696 Chuck Tanner MG

697 Barry Foote

698 Tony Bernazard

699 Lee Smith

700 Keith Hernandez

701 Batting Leaders

702 Home Run Leaders

703 RBI leaders

704 Rickey Henderson / Tim Raines LL

705 LaMarr Hoyt / Steve Carlton LL

706 Strikeout Leaders

707 ERA Leaders

708 Leading Firemen

709 Jimmy Sexton

710 Willie Wilson

711 Seattle Mariners TL

712 Bruce Kison

713 Ron Hodges

714 Wayne Nordhagen

715 Tony Perez

716 Tony Perez SV

717 Scott Sanderson

718 Jim Dwyer

719 Rich Gale

720 Dave Concepcion

721 John Martin

722 Jorge Orta

723 Randy Moffitt

724 Johnny Grubb

725 Dan Spillner

726 Harvey Kuenn MG

727 Chet Lemon

728 Ron Reed

729 Jerry Morales

730 Jason Thompson

731 Al Williams

732 Dave Henderson

733 Buck Martinez

734 Steve Braun

735 Tommy John

736 Tommy John SV

737 Mitchell Page

738 Tim Foli

739 Rick Ownbey

740 Rusty Staub

741 Rusty Staub SV

742 San Diego Padres TL

743 Mike Torrez

744 Brad Mills

745 Scott McGregor

746 John Wathan

747 Fred Breining

748 Derrel Thomas

749 Jon Matlack

750 Ben Oglivie

751 Brad Havens

752 Luis Pujols

753 Elias Sosa

754 Bill Robinson

755 John Candelaria

756 Russ Nixon MG

757 Rick Manning

758 Aurelio Rodriguez

759 Doug Bird

760 Dale Murphy

761 Gary Lucas

762 Cliff Johnson

763 Al Cowens

764 Pete Falcone

765 Bob Boone

766 Barry Bonnell

767 Duane Kuiper

768 Chris Speier

769 Checklist 661-792 CL

770 Dave Winfield

771 Minnesota Twins TL

772 Jim Kern

773 Larry Hisle

774 Alan Ashby

775 Burt Hooton

776 Larry Parrish

777 John Curtis

778 Rich Hebner

779 Rick Waits

780 Gary Matthews

781 Rick Rhoden

782 Bobby Murcer

783 Bobby Murcer SV

784 Jeff Newman

785 Dennis Leonard

786 Ralph Houk MG

787 Dick Tidrow

788 Dane Iorg

789 Bryan Clark

790 Bob Grich

791 Gary Lavelle

792 Chris Chambliss


Inserts

Glossy Send-Ins

Each pack of 1983 Topps contained a "Winning Line-Up" game card. Collectors who saved up 25 "Bonus Runs" (each card had anywhere from 1 to 5 runs) could then redeem them (along with $0.50 Postage & Handling) for a pack of five Glossy Send-Ins.

6 Terry Kennedy

7 Dave Winfield

8 Mike Schmidt

9 Buddy Bell

10 Fernando Valenzuela

11 Rich Gossage

12 Bob Horner

13 Toby Harrah

14 Pete Rose

15 Cecil Cooper

16 Dale Murphy

17 Carlton Fisk

18 Ray Knight

19 Jim Palmer

20 Gary Carter

21 Richie Zisk

22 Dusty Baker

23 Willie Wilson

24 Bill Buckner

25 Dave Stieb

26 Bill Madlock

27 Lance Parrish

28 Nolan Ryan

29 Rod Carew

30 Al Oliver

31 George Brett

32 Jack Clark

33 Rickey Henderson

34 Dave Concepcion

35 Kent Hrbek

36 Steve Carlton

37 Eddie Murray

38 Ruppert Jones

39 Reggie Jackson

40 Bruce Sutter


1982 League Leader Sheet

Collectors who pulled a Winning Line-Up game card with three singles could redeem it for an eight-card 7 1/2" X 10 1/2" perforated sheet. The sheet contains cards of various 1982 League Leaders.


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