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The 1980s was a true golden era of baseball. Fans unfamiliar with this era may look back and think what a boring time (home runs were way down) when in reality it was the exact opposite.


The 80s were one of the most exciting times to be a baseball fan as pitchers still went 9, there were a ton of stolen bases, runners were constantly on the base paths, pitchers did not take forever and a day to make a pitch, the shift was not born yet, and doubles and triples were plentiful.

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All of the above-made baseball such a fun sport to watch compared to today’s game where batters are constantly swinging for the fences, pitchers take 30 to 45 seconds to make a pitch, stolen bases are a thing of the past, and the shift is in full effect. All of these things cause very little action on the base paths, watered-down pitching, and an overall boring game.

Best Baseball Cards Of The 80s

Yup the 1980s were truly the good old days. Below are our top 10 cards from the 80s that are sure to provide excellent long-term returns. Any baseball card investing questions can be directed to


#1. 1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck RC #1


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The 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. RC #1 needs no explanation. We consider the 1989 Upper Deck baseball set one of the most epic sets ever produced.


#2. 1987 Greg Maddux Leaf RC #36


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Greg Maddux was the best pitcher we have ever seen and maybe the best pitcher the game has ever seen. This dude was sick and his Leaf rookie card is one of the most unique in all of baseball cards as Leaf was only around for a couple of years.


#3. 1989 Bill Ripken Fleer Glossy FF Error Card #616


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Without question, the top baseball error card of all time has to be on this list right? We wonder how many awkward conversations the 1989 Billy Ripken F Face error card caused around the dinner table.

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#4. 1986 Barry Bonds Topps Traded #11T


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With or without PEDs Barry Bonds is still one of the best hitters of all time and we can’t allow a bunch of old baseball writers to keep him out of the HoF right? How do you feel about this? We predict Barry Bonds will eventually make the HoF and if so this card is super undervalued.


#5. 1980 Rickey Henderson Topps RC #482


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Rickey had wheels, Rickey had power, Rickey had Charisma, Rickey had it all.


#6. 1987 Greg Maddux Topps Tiffany #70T


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Sorry, but when you are one of the best if not the best pitcher of all time you get two cards on this list.


#7. 1987 Barry Bonds Topps Tiffany #320


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Sorry, but when you are one of the best if not the best hitters of all time you get two cards on this list.


#8. 1986 Bo Jackson Topps Traded RC #50T


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The Bo Jackson 1986 Topps Traded and Tiffany are both undervalued in our opinion. What a great-looking card with a price tag that should be much higher at a PSA 10.


#9. 1989 Randy Johnson Upper Deck RC #25


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The Big Unit was right up there with Greg Maddux in regards to the best pitchers we have ever witnessed. Remember the time Randy destroyed that poor bird that happened to get in the way of one of his fastballs? That had to be the craziest thing ever in a baseball game.

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#10. 1985 Kirby Pucket Topps #536


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When your lifetime batting average is .318 you deserve a spot on this list. Plus Kirby Puckett filled out those sky blue Twins jerseys better than anyone on earth… sharp!

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