There aren’t many cards from the 1980′s that are worth money and hold their value. That being said there are some that fit that category. From 1984 until 1991, Topps released a limited edition Tiffany set. Theses were printed on white cardboard (now the industry standard) in Ireland as opposed to grey cardboard (the industry standard back then). The print runs differed though the years but the rarest sets are 1985, 1986 and then rarest was 1991. I’ll be looking at a few of these cards over the next few weeks, but for today let’s focus on the 1985 Kirby Puckett.
Everyone knows the must have card is the 1984 Fleer Traded Kirby Puckett (XRC) right? Honestly, it’s a solid card to have and it will never lose value, but for my money, I want the 1985 Topps Tiffany Puckett. First off, there were only 5000 made. From that 5K I have no idea how many sets were actually sold and from that how many have actually been broken up? The answer is not many. Only 526 have been actually graded through PSA. Add in the fact that Puckett is a fan favorite and as you can see on eBay <sold card link>, that it’s hard to find slabbed version of the cards for under $30.
The 1985 card is a throw back for Kirby, it was when he was thin. If you ask people why he was so popular, I think it was because he always played the game as a big kid. So happy go lucky, so jovial all the time. I am always sad when I think how his career and life was cut short by illness.
On an aesthetics side, the back of the card is so vibrant and just pops out at you, it’s hard to tell but the glossy coat of the front of the card is beautiful as well. If you have never seen a Tiffany style card, you own it to yourself to pick one up. These cards though, they really hold their value. If you ever have the chance to buy an entire set for under $125, it’s a must buy (especially 1985, 86 and 91). With the limited availability of these sets and the fact that normally they don’t get broken up, these cards are a must own for collectors that grew up in the 80s, like me.
Do you own a set? Or a card from a set?