Wednesday, December 24, 2008

1981 Minor League sets

These cards come from my oldest minor league sets from 1981. The Batavia Trojans and the Chattanooga Lookouts. Browsing through these old sets, it becomes quite obvious why the Indians had such terrible teams in the eighties, no farm system. That also helps explain why Tribe collectors can put together massive collections of cards at reasonable cost - there are very few star cards that need to be purchased. These sets were printed by TCMA. My first few sets from them have similar black and white photos with red borders. In 1982, some of their sets started having color photos. I have nine TCMA sets in my collection from the early '80's, until ProCards took over the minor league market. The TCMA cards, although simple designs, are all attractive. They avoided the garish designs that are found on many of the ProCard sets.

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