Call me crazy if you must but I love everything about Topps’ 1984 design. While it’s fair to say that it hasn’t aged incredibly well, it’s still one of the most unique and memorable releases in Topps’ history, in my opinion. Yes, 1983 had a similar design, it just didn’t work as well.
If by chance you completed the 1984 Topps 792-card set, you also had a chance to pick up the identical O-Pee-Chee release from that year which had close to 400 cards in the set. Now if you’re really a compulsive completist, there is also a 792-card set with the same design and photography released under the Nestle name.
These cards weren’t cards at all but uncut sheets. According to legend, some individuals bought most of the 4,000 produced sheets and cut them up to be sold as singles. Sports Collectors Digest lists the single cards with a higher book value with cards from sheet A (of six) being worth $60 a piece.
On eBay, a complete 1984 Nestle set just sold for under $80 dollars. Today, you can buy a full 1984 Topps set for under $10 dollars. If money is no option, there is also a 792-card set of Tiffany, which featured high-gloss finish on the front of each card. An ’84 Topps Tiffany graded Mattingly recently sold for $500 dollars.
Who says all 80’s releases are junk?