Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Base(ball) Oddity #1: 1980 Laughlins

Three...Two...One. Liftoff.

The 1980 Laughlin 300/400/500 set featured 30 cards of members of three of Major League Baseball's most prestigious clubs: 300 wins, .400 batting average and 500 home runs.


1980 Laughlin #16 Hank Aaron
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Reminiscent of the older Topps' Heads Up cards, the cards featured vibrant colors and the hallowed numbers in a large, white font.

I like the idea of a set which recognizes the exclusive clubs- it's surely something that has since been done during the whole insert card craze. What distinguishes this set from other such inserts would be the colors and the overall 'fun factor' that comes with these beauties.

#25 Eddie Mathews

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I also like how the manufacturer utilized actual photos for the head and how the black and white pictures enhance the colors on the card. Very striking.

#15 Warren Spahn
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Spahn had the perfect facial features for a set like this and the goofy character to match. His 363 wins will never be approached by another left-handed pitcher.

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