Monday, December 13, 2010

1985 Donruss & 1985 Topps

Tony Perez had a very exceptional but unremarkable career that lasted 23 years. However, in 1985, at 43 years old, he was a productive bench player for the Reds with a 138 OPS+.

Cal Ripken, in 1985 was in the midst of being the prototypical modern day shortstop.

About the Cards

In the side-by-side comparison you can see that both cards are similarly designed.

Brand logo in the upper left & official team logo in bottom right.

The borders are the same size. Topps using white and Donuss using black.

Topps doubled down on the team name with a somewhat clumsy slanted stamp but Topps never was subtle.

1985 Topps is a tough set to grade due to the prevalence of poor centering. 1985 Donruss isn’t nearly hard to find correctly centered but as with any black border card – chipping can be an issue. 

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