I always liked how Fleer put their cards in order by how the teams finished, so I am going to do that with my team checklists. I also am attempting to put the cards in order of the starting lineup, starting pitchers, then relief pitchers. I used http://www.baseball-reference.com/ for this. Since the Los Angeles Dodgers won the world series in 1981, finally getting revenge on the New York Yankees, I will start with them.
1981 was of course the year that a strike took out the middle of the season, so major league baseball created an extra round of playoffs. Even though the Dodgers weren't the best team record wise in their division, but since they won the first half of the season, they made it to the playoffs. This was the year of Fernandomania, where rookie Fernando Valenzuela started out 8-0 and went on to win both the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year.
This was also the last season with the famed Dodgers infield of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey which had been together since the 1974 season and led the Dodgers to be a competitive team throughout the late '70s, appearing in 4 World Series over that span. Other key cards in on this team include Mike Scioscia's rookie card and the first card of Pedro Guerrero on his own card.
Note that I am putting up the entire team roster and if there were no cards of that player in the 1981 sets, there is no number next to them. Also I am putting the team shown on the card after the player. Maybe someday I will include regional sets or other oddball sets to fill in these blanks.
Starters (played majority of innings at position for team or had 170 Plate appearances)
Starting Pitchers (majority of games started and at least 55 innings pitched)
Relief Pitchers (at least 32 innings pitched)
Other Players (doesn't meet requirements above)
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