1980’s “Desert Island Binder, Part 7: Swept Away For A Moment By Chance

For those who are new to this series – and I only just realized that I left this bit out of Part 6 – here’s the premise: I’m fleeing to an uncharted desert island to evade the reach of The Powers That Be, those who wish to silence me because I know THE TRUTH about government records showing no indication that anyone named “Cap’n Crunch” had ever served in any branch of the military.

All I’m able to bring with me to the desert island is the bare essentials plus one binder worth of 1980’s baseball cards.

Let’s fill some more sheets in this binder!

I got this next card from a nickel box this past weekend… And you’ll be seeing a bunch more from this nickel box in the near future.

You know how current sets say they have “combo cards”?  In my book, a card that features two guys who happened to be standing near each isn’t a combo card.

THIS is a combo card.

This card is from 1981 Donruss, and I’m going to hold firm in my new-found resolve to not chase after the set, despite some of the surprisingly nice cards in it.


In another tease of an upcoming post based on the card show I went to this past weekend, I made a significant purchase where Tony Perez factors in.

I’ve also been meaning to feature 1980’s cards which feature well-known players who spent a season or less with a particular team.

Combine the two, with a little bit of oddball, and you get this 1984 Donruss Champions card featuring Tony Perez with the Phillies!

Just one season out of Tony’s 23 Major League seasons was spent with the Phillies.  BTW, this card is the same size as the Action All-Star sets.


If you were to collect a player for cardboard reasons rather than on-field reasons, you could do worse than to collect former infielder Lenny Randle. He had great cards in 1975 and 1978, and his 1982 Donruss card isn’t too shabby either.

Wouldn’t you love to see a game where the A’s & M’s threw back to these uniforms?  FYI, that’s infielder Wayne Gross sliding into second


In a prior post I featured a 1986 Turn Back The Clock card which featured a non-existant 1962 Topps Maury Wills card. Discussion turned to the infamous 1982 K-Mart MVP’s set, so I figured I’d feature a different card from that set…

Fred Lynn was both the MVP and Rookie Of The Year in 1975, and his 1975 card featured this same photo, but tightly cropped on a “1975 Rookie Outfielders” card.  I’ve had the K-Mart set since I bought it in 1982 (amazingly enough, in a K-Mart), but I’ve broken the set up and this card is going into my 1975 binder.


I feel like we’re suffering a Topps deficiency in this post, so I’ll add in this 1984 Topps card of Billy Martin, who — wait a minute!  Who’s this smiling guy?  Can that really be Billy?

Given the cards featuring him yelling, kicking dust or surreptitiously giving the finger to a Topps photographer, it’s a little odd to see him happy.

OK, let’s run some totals…  We’re adding 4 standard-sized cards to bring the total up to 41… so that’s five 9-pocket pages (one of which has 5 cards in it).  I also added an oversized card, bringing the total to four, which are different sizes so they go in three different sheets.  Grand total of 8 sheets, four of which are partially filled.


The latest song in my 1980’s playlist is “And We Danced” by The Hooters

Back in the early 1980’s I went to a concert in a college gymnasium, and one of the bands that I saw was The Hooters.  This was a couple of years before they had a national record deal.  The acoustics were horrendous in that gym, but the show was pretty good.  It was one of the first concerts I’d been to, so I guess I was kinda predisposed to liking it.  This didn’t lead to me becoming a Hooters “Super Fan”, but I’m certainly an “Above-Average Fan”;  I’ve got their first four albums, including a vinyl copy of their independently-released first album.

BONUS TRACK:  Also on the card for that gymnasium show was Robert Hazard and the Heroes. Robert Hazard’s biggest claim to fame was writing the song “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” which would become a huge hit for Cyndi Lauper.  Trivia fact:  Lauper’s band on that album featured two members of The Hooters, Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman… in fact, Rob Hyman co-wrote “Time After Time” with Lauper.

Getting back to Robert Hazard… His second biggest claim to fame was the song “Escalator Of Life”, which was in the Hot 100 for a number of weeks and, as the video below shows, got him on American Bandstand.  It’s an OK song; I wouldn’t say I like it… not exactly… but I do enjoy singing along and imitating Hazard’s vocals as he runs through some ridiculous lyrics.

Hey, girrrrrrrl!  I’m a personal friend of Gloria Vaaanderbilllllllt!

6 thoughts on “1980’s “Desert Island Binder, Part 7: Swept Away For A Moment By Chance

    • No arguments about 1982, but I bought many packs of all three brands in 1981 and Fleer has always been my favorite of the three (although none of them are what I’d call “great”). I think 81 Donruss may have more good cards than 81 Fleer, but it’s also got more bad cards.

      I’m curious about how others feel on this topic; does anyone else want to add to the discussion?

      • Design wise Fleer peaked in 81, lol. In the 80s I was always Topps > Donruss > Fleer. I can see the holes in my argument. It’s just fun to look back with adult eyes on all of this stuff.

      • To be fair, the main reason I’m not chasing after 1981 Donruss is because I’d completed the other two sets 38 years ago and I have bigger fish to fry than to go chasing a third set from that year, no matter how nostalgic. I may go for a lesser project like a team set for the dearly departed Expos.

  1. 81 Fleer > 81 Donruss (in my humble opinion). That being said… the Dick Tidrow and this “combo” card are fantastic! If every card in the set were as great as the two you’ve recently shared, then 81D would give 81F a run for their money.

    Anyways…great stuff. I’m a big fan of the 80’s. Cool music. Cooler cardboard.

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