Donruss showcases 1980s baseball card sets
Remember the box office boom of the 1980s and early 1990s?
It was all the fun of collecting baseball cards without having to open packages and wonder who you were going to shoot. Okay, so it might not be hard to see why they fell apart …
Yet while most of these sets are of little value these days due to mass production, they make the perfect addition for solo or team collectors, not to mention the nostalgia factor.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be revisiting some of the memorable set series from this era, and the next set will be the Donruss Highlights series.
While Topps Traded started in 1974 and Fleer Update first launched in 1984, the first Donruss Highlights set in 1985 marked the first time Donruss released a year-end set.
Rather than focusing on rookies and players who changed teams over the season, the Donruss Highlights set focused on the Player of the Month and Pitcher of the Month winners throughout the season. year, as well as various other milestones and achievements.
The sets lasted three years before being abandoned in favor of the release of Baseball‘s Best in 1988.
1985 Donruss showcases baseball
Hall of fame : 18
The 1985 Donruss Highlights set shared the same basic design as the flagship set, the only noticeable difference being the yellow stripes on the front rather than the red stripes.
Notable milestones highlighted throughout were Tom Seaver’s 300th win and Rod Carew’s 3,000th hit as the two Hall of Fame members neared the end of their legendary careers.
Did you know: Tom Browning became the first rookie to win 20 games since Bob Grim of the New York Yankees in 1954?
The sets were released before the annual BBWAA awards were announced, so Donruss chose his own AL and NL Rookie of the Year to close each set. Vince Coleman (STL) and Ozzie Guillen (CWS) were their picks in 1985, and it was what voters ultimately decided.
1986 Donruss showcases baseball
Hall of fame : 15
The 1986 set again shared the same design as the base set, except for a yellow border replacing the dark blue border.
Notable moments and milestones in Season 86 include Roger Clemens’ 20-strike game, Don Sutton’s 300th win, Bert Blyleven’s 3,000th out, Steve Carlton’s 4,000th out, and Bo’s 475-foot home run. Jackson at Royals Stadium as a rookie.
Clemens had five different cards in the set in a season in which he went 24-4 with a 2.48 ERA and 238 strikeouts in 254 innings to win AL Cy Young and AL MVP honors.
The 1986 set also added cards for inductees into that year’s Hall of Fame, with Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr and Ernie Lombardi inducted into Cooperstown.
Todd Worrell (STL) and Jose Canseco (OAK) were the Donruss Rookie of the Year picks, and that was once again what BBWAA voters decided.
1987 Donruss highlights baseball
Hall of fame : 18
The box set boom was in full swing in 1987. The Donruss Highlights 1987 baseball set was preceded by Donruss Opening Day and Donruss The Rookies. As usual, the Highlights set had the same design as the base set, with a light blue border replacing the black border and a “Highlights” logo positioned where the “Rated Rookie” logo could be found. in the flagship product.
Mike Schmidt’s 500th home run, Mark McGwire’s home run record, Paul Molitor’s 39-game hitting streak and Vince Coleman’s third consecutive 100-steal season were some of the notable milestones.
The Hall of Fame class was included again, with Ray Dandridge, Jim “Catfish” Hunter, and Billy Williams consecrated in 1987.
Donruss selected Mark McGwire (OAK) and Benito Santiago (SD) for rookie of the year honors and BBWAA voters accepted again, making him a perfect 6 for 6 to pick the winners over the course of the brief three-year series of highlights sets. .