|1990 Donruss #194, #278, #160 and #251|
As I had feared, I've grown incredibly bored with the retrospection posts chronicling the Phillies Topps cards over the past sixty years. I'm not getting nearly as many page views as I had hoped for, and I've had only a few new followers since I started the series. So I'm scrapping the entire idea. Besides, I've recently decided to package up all my vintage baseball cards and have them professionally graded.
Going forward, I'll be focusing on cards from mega-rare sets few collectors have ever seen, let alone dared to collect. I'm kicking off this new series with one of the most universally beloved baseball card sets of all time - 1990 Donruss.
Number of cards in the set: 716 glorious cards.
My very brief thoughts on the set: The reddish-orangeish borders, the reckless (but classy) paint-splattered sides, the cursive name at the top and the unmatched player selection - it's all here.
Notable competition: None.
|1990 Donruss #21, #133, #643 and #168|
Record and finish: Nick Leyva's squad finished 77-85 and in fourth place in the National League East.
Key events: 1990 Donruss was released. Everything else was secondary.
1990 Phillies in 1990 Donruss
Cards needed for a complete team set: There are 24 cards in the 1990 Donruss Phillies team set.
Who’s in: 24 very, very lucky Phillies players.
Who’s out: Bruce Ruffin does not appear in the set, although it's been rumored for years that a collector in Des Moines has a Ruffin proof card, which would have been number 717 in the set.
Phillies on other teams: Dale Murphy (#168), Joe Boever (#357) and Tommy Greene (#576) all appear with the Braves, while Carmelo Martinez (#482) appears with the Pirates.
What’s he doing here: Sadly, the Steve Jeltz era came to an end when the Phillies traded him to the Royals in March. He's featured on card #133 - easily one of the more sought after cards in the set.
Cards that never were candidates: The thought of Dale Murphy in a Phillies uniform on a 1990 Donruss card almost brings tears of joy.
Favorite Phillies card: Who doesn't remember the magical summer of '90, searching in vain for unopened packs of 1990 Donruss, trying to complete the elusive Combs Rainbow? Behold, for the first time ever, all three cards presented together -
|1990 Donruss #44, 1990 Donruss NL Best #49, 1990 Donruss Rookies #3|
Recycled: Unbelievably, not one baseball card company has re-used this majestic design for any retro-based sets.
Blogs/Websites: To date, there isn't one blog out there detailing each and every card from the 1990 Donruss set, until now. I've just launched a new blog that will display each and every one of these 716 cards and the stories that go with them.
Did You Know?: I probably have too much free time on my hands.