’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – Top Ten Cards From The ‘Donruss Rookies’ Mid-Season Sets!!!
Just like the other companies producing baseball cards in the 1980’s, Donruss saw a need to produce sets during the season that captured the attention of collectors.
While some companies issued cards of rookie players and players that traded teams during the early parts of the season, Donruss stuck strictly to rookie cards. That is probably why the set carried the name of ‘Donruss, The Rookies’.
The sets were issued from 1986-1992, and stared as a 56-card set but ended at 132 cards in 1992. The set was highly collectible when released, and some of the best rookie cards from the decade were found in these ‘second’ sets.
And now, on to the list!!!
Like most of my other rookie-related ‘Top Ten Lists’, I am going after the cards that were highly coveted when released and still have value and appeal amongst today’s collectors. Staying power is the theme!!
Honorable Mention: Wally Joyner (86), Kevin Mitchell (86), Ruben Sierra (86), Matt Williams (87), Chris Sabo (88), Jim Abbott (89), Omar Vizquel (89), Carlos Baerga (90), Tim Wakefiled (92).
10 – Edgar Martinez, 1988
9 – Deion Sanders, 1989
8 – Jeff Kent, 1992
7 – Will Clark, 1986
6 – Jeff Bagwell, 1991
5 – Bo Jackson, 1986
4 – Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez, 1991
3 – Manny Ramirez, 1992
2 – Pedro Martinez, 1991
1 – Barry Bonds, 1986
And there you have it!! My Top Ten cards from the ‘Donruss Rookies’ brand.
Let me tell you, I switched these around a handful of times; especially numbers 9 and 10 and a few of the Honorable Mention guys. I could have easily taken this list to 15 official spots, but then I would have to rename the post, build a new category, and get it approved by the MLB.
So, I stuck with just 10. Did I get them right? Are my selections way out of line? Did I completely miss someone??
Let me hear it!!! And have a great night.