Sunday, July 17, 2011

1980 Exhibits Hall of Fame

Set size: 32 cards, 3-3/8" x 5-3/8"

Front Design: The player's facsimile signature appears in white, in addition to "An Exhibit Card 1980 Hall Of Fame" to distinguish this issue from earlier issues using the same photos.

Back Design: The backs are blank.

Parallels and Similars: As mentioned in yesterday's post, most Exhibits issues from 1921-1980 look the same, with minor printing text differences. This set is identified by the "Hall Of Fame" text at the bottom. The 2004 Leaf Exhibits insert set is standard-sized. An unauthorized reprint set of 16 cards exists, but wouldn't include these cards due to their low value.

Distribution: Complete sets were issued and sold to collectors printed in sepia (above), red, or blue ink.

Thoughts: This is the most accessible Exhibits set, valued at only $25. The selection of players in this set makes it a great way to collect several Hall of Famers on beautiful displayable cards at a low price.

Additional Links: Old Cardboard has basic information on all the Exhibits issues through the 1960s. Adam Warshaw's site looks at some of the more "Interesting Exhibit Cards" (his title not mine).

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