Saturday, February 1, 2014

Completely Red: 1990 Donruss

Oh heck, why not? 1990 Donruss, baby! This set, to me, is among the top examples of the overproduction wax era. It's cheap. It's flimsy. It's got a bad design (monochromatic except for paint splatters). It's full of errors. It has questionable photographic choices. The Diamond Kings are hideous. So why do I love it enough to make a post? Because it holds a special place in my heart. The Odd Lots (which is what most Big Lots used to be called before they got all fancy) near me when I was 11 always had boxes and boxes of '90 Donruss for $5 each. And this was only two years after it was released. That's 36 packs of 16 cards (and a stupid puzzle piece) for a week's allowance. Crazy. You can't even get em that cheaply now. Naturally, I had 4 or 5 complete sets built.

So I will always love you, 1990 Donruss. Don't ever change.

Bonus: Eric Davis AS #695 has a variation where they titled the All Star stats on the back incorrectly. Both are shown here.


Cards - 28

RC's - None (seriously?)

All Stars - 13 (John Franco x2, Barry Larkin, Danny Jackson, Bo Diaz, Rob Dibble, Paul O'Neill, Eric Davis x2, Chris Sabo, Tom Browning, Norm Charlton, Ken Griffey, Jack Armstrong, Mariano Duncan)

Hall of Famers - 1 (Barry Larkin)

Reds Hall of Famers - (Ken Griffey, Eric Davis, Jose Rijo, Tom Browning, Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo)

Cropped Feet - 12

Cropped Bats - 13

Cropped Legs - 4

Cropped Arms - 3

Cropped Hands/Gloves - 11

Red? - Red


14 John Franco DK
71 Barry Larkin
80 Danny Jackson
115 Jose Rijo
124 John Franco
139 Bo Diaz
189 Rob Dibble
198 Paul O'Neill
233 Eric Davis
242 Chris Sabo
257 Todd Benzinger
308 Tom Browning
317 Ron Oester
351 Jeff Reed
360 Rolando Roomes
375 Rick Mahler
426 Norm Charlton
435 Scott Scudder
469 Ken Griffey Sr.
478 Herm Winningham
493 Tim Birtsas
544 Jack Armstrong
553 Ron Robinson
586 Joe Oliver
595 Luis Quinones
670 Tim Leary
684 Mariano Duncan
695 Eric Davis AS

Go Reds.

1 comment:

  1. You know, this set IS hideous. But if you photoshop the paint splatters out it's actually not half bad. Kinda like a red version of '91 Fleer with fancier script. Something I plan to post about someday (along with about a million other things...).