January 30, 2003 |
I'm not quite sure what to make of the Donruss "Team Heroes" set that has recently hit the market. It's an enigma. It mixes current players with old-timers, and does so in the interest of presenting "up to 30 cards per team. " The base set is made up of 540 cards, so you didn't have to be a math major to figure out that not too many teams are going to have 30 player cards. The idea is interesting, and in busting a box of them, I knew, for sure, the New York Yankees would have their 30 cards.
December 10, 1992 |
The 1993 Donruss baseball cards already have hit the area. This year, Donruss will not be issuing a factory set. This means that you either will have to buy packs or boxes and put the set together yourself or buy a set that a dealer put together. In any case, it looks like the end to some of the factory sets. Donruss actually started this earlier. It had only packs of rookies in 1992. Before 1992, rookies only were available as factory sets. Upper Deck basketball is just starting to make it into our area for the 1992-1993 season.
January 16, 2003 |
Here it is early in the year and there are probably close to a dozen 2003 baseball card sets already on the market. It's hard to keep track of them all, but if you are a card collector the many sets help pass the cold gray days of winter. My vote for the best looking basic set of the new year, so far, goes to Donruss 2003. I love the look of it, the photo choices - posed action or action where their features are visible - and the fact that there are no short prints in the basic 400 card offering.
June 7, 2001 |
Donruss is back in the baseball-card hobby this month following a two-year hiatus. Its 20th anniversary edition is full of all the staples, while at the same time promising an abundance of modern collecting amenities. The 2001 edition gives Donruss' loyal legion of collectors the unique opportunity to take care of unfinished business by filling in the holes from 1999 and 2000. The 220-card 2001 base set is bolstered by two 100-card "extra" sets distributed through unique, one-card Retro-Active packs within each five-card pack of hobby (1999)
August 15, 2008 |
Chalk up another remarkable feat for Michael Phelps: somehow making swimming trading cards popular. An autographed 2004 trading card of the record-shattering Olympian was trading for as much as $500 yesterday, just 2 weeks after industry experts say the collectible could be easily had for $25. The market value could rise to $750 to $1,000 if Phelps breaks Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals at a single Olympics this weekend, said Tracy...
October 17, 2002 |
I got a box of Donruss baseball Originals 2002 the other day and I'm still not sure what to make of it. The concept, of course, is retro and Donruss has reached back to the '80s - 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1988 - to produce this set. Now that would really be good news if those sets were hobby icons, but, as I recall it, no one got very excited about them then and the designs will never be ones that anyone will long for. The originals remain plentiful: $40...
June 14, 2001 |
We have become jaded as collectors. Each season sees manufacturers produce countless brands of baseball cards, and we can pick and choose. But just 20 years ago, this wasn't the case. Up to that point, Topps had owned the market. So collectors waited with great anticipation in the spring of 1981 for the unveiling of card sets from Fleer and Donruss. Fleer was making history, thanks to a landmark federal antitrust suit, and Donruss was smart enough to get in on the action. Since then, Donruss came and went and came back again.
June 20, 2002 |
In 1982, just one year after Donruss entered the baseball card category, a subset called "Diamond Kings" was introduced, bringing back the concept of art trading cards - last seen in the marketplace in 1953. The artist was Philadelphia's own Dick Perez. Over the years, the Diamond King legacy has provided many coveted paintings of contemporary baseball players and, this year, the 20th-anniversary edition of the cards are a stand-alone, 150-card set. Five nationally known artists were commissioned to do the paintings: Frank Scicchitano, of New York, Mark Turnes and Don Adair, of Texas, Mark Chickinelli, of Nebraska and Ron Adair, of Colorado.
June 24, 1993 |
The 1993 National Baseball Card Convention is only one month away. This year's convention will be July 22 to 25 in Chicago. There are many good card shows all over the country, but the national show is the one show attended by all the card companies, as well as most of the country's leading card dealers. If you are looking for something in particular, chances are you will find it at this show. If you can't find it, you most likely will find a dealer who can find the item for you. The next two convention sites will be decided at this year's national convention.
October 31, 2002 |
Upper Deck's Sweet Spot baseball card offering has been one that has pushed the envelope for collectors, and the current issue will be no exception. The company issued the cards twice last year, once as a regular issue, once as "classic signatures. " The prize that everyone seeks in each box is a card that contains the "sweet spot" of a baseball signed by a star player. That's the good news. The bad news is that they are packed, on average, one in every other box. With odds like that you have to think before shelling out $120 or so to buy a box containing 12 packs with four cards per pack.