Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1981 Donruss Pro Golf Stars pack (Hour 3)


Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … and this is Hour 3.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1981 Donruss Pro Golf Stars
The cost now: 
The cost then: 25 cents

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …


Cards per pack: 7 (all cards in gallery below)
Base set completion: 
7 of 66 (11 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Insert/short-print cards: None 
Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: The first regular-issue golf set in the modern era of cards stood as one of only a handful of releases until Upper Deck took to the links 20 years after this one thanks to the dominance of Tiger Woods. Because this was the first traditional release, 60 of the 66 cards in the set are considered to be Rookie Cards. All of the cards in this pack were RCs and it included the best card in the set, Jack Nickaus, along with a couple of other notables. As you can see centering is a serious issue on this one along with the rough cuts and loose wrapper that can lead to corner issues all these years — 36 — later. Check a site such as and you’ll see hefty asking prices on high-grade cards and then pocket change on many raw ones. At $4 a pack, it’s kind of a fun old rip that won’t break the bank to build a small set.

Product Grade: A
Pack Grade:
Fun Grade: B

What’s next? Be back at the top of the next hour …

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