While doing some research on this team, I found the following quote on the wikipedia page.."It was a season of extreme excitement followed by profound disappointment." I think this sums it up. The Braves were coming off of winning the NL West in 1982 and started out very strong in 1983. They had a 5 1/2 game lead as late August 15. That was a key date in this season, as that is when they lost slugger Bob Horner for the season, and collapsed to finish second in the NL West.
Also of note is 1983 was the last season (well, until a token appearance in 1987) in a Braves uniform for Phil Niekro. The knuckleball pitcher had been a Brave since 1964, when the team was still known as the Milwaukee Braves. That '64 team included Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, and a 43 year old pitcher you may have heard of named Warren Spahn. Spahn could trace his career back to the 1942 Braves, who were then known as the Boston Braves.
Best player: Dale Murphy...by a mile
Best pitcher: Craig McMurtry
All-Stars: Bruce Benedict, Glenn Hubbard, Dale Murphy, Pascual Perez
Rookie Card of the Year: Craig McMurtry...a true first year player with a card in the Topps Traded set. He led the starters in ERA to go with 15 wins. He was second in the Rookie of the Year vote to Darryl Strawberry. This was his best season in the majors. He was out after 1990 with a career playing for the Braves and Rangers, and then had a cup of coffee with the 1995 Astros. Another highlight of his career is that he gave up home run #1 to all time home run leader Barry Bonds.
Other Rookie Cards: Joe Cowley, Carlos Diaz (listed under players on new teams), Randy Johnson, Ken Smith, Larry Whisenton (listed under retired players)...Whisenton appeared on the Braves prospects card all the way back in 1979, but did not receive his own card until the 1983 Topps set. He was done in the majors after 1982. Carlos Diaz was traded in mid-September of 1982 from the Braves to the Mets for Tom Hausman. He got into 4 late games with the Mets in 1982. His rookie cards are in the 1983 sets, with Donruss showing him as an Atlanta Brave and Fleer showing him as a New York Met.
First Brave cards: Pete Falcone, Tom Hausman (listed under retired players), Terry Forster, Mike Jorgensen, Pascual Perez
Most interesting non-Topps card: Matt Sinatro was a catcher who may best be described as a career third string catcher. His career stretches from 1981 to 1992, but he never played more than 37 games in a season, that coming with the 1982 Braves. His rookie card is in the 1982 Donruss set. He appears again in the 1983 Donruss set. He would not appear again on a baseball card until the 1990 Topps Traded set when he was a member of the Mariners. Under the White Sox, I mused about Jerry Hairston going 6 years without a card appearance, but Sinatro ties him with 6 years with no cards, and considering his next card comes in a traded set, you might add another 1/2 to Sinatro. Under the White Sox comments, readers gave examples of players who went longer.