Card Set: Flagship
Card Number: 435
Card Type: Base
1982 was the big year for Robin. Silver Slugger and Golden Glove Awards, AL MVP, second All-Star Game appearance, and almost winning the World Series. Of course all of that would happen well after this card was released, but 1982 was a big year. I've always called this set "the hockey sticks." It probably would have worked well as a hockey card design. I like the design. I screams 80's. The colors, the pinstriping of the card. This is not full blown MTV 80's, that's a few years away, but this card very much represents the shrugging off of the last vestiges of the 1970s. Ahem.
Robin is still young enough in his career that he's able to afford the room on the back of his card for some Topps trivia and a cartoon. Soon enough there won't be any room on the back of his cards for anything, but stats. The card number is a little low and it goes back and forth in 1982 Topps. Most veterans don't have the room for the upper trivia box and the card number is placed higher.