The card fronts are dominated by a large color photo of the player, beneath which is given the player's name and, below that, the team name in a color faux-ribbon. The Topps logo within a baseball graphic appears to the left.
Card backs feature the card number in a small baseball graphic at the top left, with the remainder taken up by the usual player name, biographical data, year-to-year and total game statistics, etc. Also included is a trivia feature, Baseball Dates, to the right.
Cards from this year were distributed via retail wax packs, cello packs, and rack packs, as per usual.
Some of the cards were double-printed, making them more plentiful. This was done to fill space on the original uncut card sheets that are printed and fed into machinery to be cut into individual cards.
Centering is an issue with many cards of this set.
Prominent cards in this set include:
24 - Paul Molitor
116 - Ozzie Smith
310 - Thurman Munson
330 - George Brett
413 - All-Time Home Run Leaders (Hank Aaron, Roger Maris)
417 - All-Time Strikeout Leaders (Walter Johnson, Nolan Ryan)
610 - Mike Schmidt
640 - Eddie Murray
650 - Pete Rose
700 - Reggie Jackson