If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen last weekend that I picked up a couple of 1989 Donruss cell packs and would post the results here. Your long wait has finally ended!
I felt that $3.25 for a 10% chance at a pack-fresh Ken Griffey Jr. rookie was well worth it. I still believe it was, but I can say that many of the cards in the two packs came out with bad corners and edges.
I wonder how many people sent in for the "Large Size Diamond Kings."
The top card in the pack came out with a white chip on the right side and a bad upper left corner. Thankfully, it's just Sid Fernandez.
The backs in 1989 are the typical, boring, "Recent Major League Performance backs." I don't believe it was possible for Donruss to put less effort into the card backs. The one thing I recall liking as a kid was the "How Acquired" blurb on the cards. I will give some credit for that.
Well, it's not Junior Griffey, but it is a rookie card of a Hall-of-Famer. Unfortunately, this card is worth about a quarter. Thanks for the overproduction, Donruss!
I had close to ten sets of the Hall-of-Famer puzzles from 1988-1991. What I never did was pop out the pieces and put the puzzles together. I mean, those were going to be worth some serious money down the road!
I always loved Diamond Kings. As a kid still relatively new to baseball and card collecting, I didn't know a ton about the past. Baseball didn't exist before 1986. The years that a player was a "Diamond King" inside the crown was a nice, under-appreciated touch.
The dreaded Diamond Kings checklist! The only good thing about this card was that it was #27, meaning that the Rated Rookies started right at the beginning of page four in your binder.
Welp, no Griffey rookie. On the bright side there's one more pack and I know that y'all want to see it as well. BONUS PACK!
Just look at those 1984-86 stats compared to the next two years. How does that happen for a pitcher that's already 30 years old?
All I could think seeing this card was that he looks like one of the "other" Indians in Major League. It must be the satin jacket.
No Griffey, but it was worth a shot.
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