1989 Donruss

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1989 Donruss wax box

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Description

1989 Donruss is a 660-card set. One of Donruss' nicer offerings, it long-run value has been depressed by its rampant overproduction. The cards feature a distinctive black side border with an alternating stripe on the side. Subsets include Diamond Kings (1-27) and Rated Rookies (28-47). There are two variations that occur throughout most of the set. On the card backs "Denotes Led League" can be found with or without a second asterisk on the right side. On the card fronts the horizontal stripes on the left and right borders can be either light or dark. Since both of these variation types are relatively minor and seem equally common, there is no premium value for either type.

Rather than short-printing 26 cards in order to make room for printing the Bonus MVP insert, Donruss apparently chose to double print 106 cards. These double prints are listed below by DP.

Rookie Cards in this set include Ken Griffey, Jr., Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio, Gary Sheffield and John Smoltz as well as the only rookie card of Curt Schilling.

Despite the overproduction, or perhaps because of it, the aforementioned rookie cards have been submitted in mass quantities to professional grading services.

Distribution

Wax: 36 packs per box, 15 cards + one, three-piece puzzle panel per pack (MSRP: $0.50/pack) 20 boxes per case.

Candadian Wax: 36 packs per box, 10 cards + one, three-piece puzzle panel per pack

Cello: 16 packs per box, 39 cards + two, three-piece puzzle panels per pack (MSRP: $1.29/pack)

Rack: 45 cards per pack + three, three-piece puzzle panels per pack. 72 rack packs per case.

Blister: 75 and 100-card blister packs.

Factory Sets

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Checklist

Base Set

Diamond Kings

1 Mike Greenwell

2 Bobby Bonilla DP

3 Pete Incaviglia

4 Chris Sabo DP

5 Robin Yount

6 Tony Gwynn DP

7 Carlton Fisk

8 Corey Snyder

9 David Cone

10 Kevin Seitzer

11 Rick Reuschel

12 Johnny Ray

13 Dave Schmidt

14 Andres Galarraga

15 Kirk Gibson

16 Fred McGriff

17 Mark Grace

18 Jeff Robinson

19 Vince Coleman DP

20 Dave Henderson

21 Harold Reynolds

22 Gerald Perry

23 Frank Viola

24 Steve Bedrosian

25 Glenn Davis

26 Don Mattingly

27 Diamond King Checklist DP

Rated Rookies

28 Sandy Alomar, Jr. RC

29 Steve Searcy

30 Cameron Drew

31 Gary Sheffield RC

32 Erik Hanson RC

33 Ken Griffey, Jr. RC

34 Greg Harris RC

35 Gregg Jefferies

36 Luis Medina

37 Carlos Quintana RC

38 Felix Jose

39 Cris Carpenter RC

40 Ron Jones

41 David West

42 Randy Johnson RC

43 Mike Harkey RC

44 Pete Harnisch RC

45 Tom Gordon RC

46 Gregg Olson RC, DP

47 Alejandro Sanchez RC

Veterans

48 Ruben Sierra

49 Rafael Palmeiro

50 Ron Gant

51 Cal Ripken, Jr.

52 Wally Joyner

53 Gary Carter

54 Andy Van Slyke

55 Robin Yount

56 Pete Incaviglia

57 Greg Brock

58 Melido Perez

59 Craig Lefferts

60 Gary Pettis

61 Danny Tartabull

62 Guillermo Hernandez

63 Ozzie Smith

64 Gary Gaetti

65 Mark Davis

66 Lee Smith

67 Dennis Eckersley

68 Wade Boggs

69 Milt Scott

70 Fred McGriff

71 Tom Browning

72 Claudell Washington

73 Mel Hall

74 Don Mattingly

75 Steve Bedrosian

76 Juan Samuel

77 Mike Scioscia

78 Dave Righetti

79 Alfredo Griffin

80 Eric Davis UER (Back says he played in 165 games in 1988, should be 135)

81 Juan Berenguer

82 Todd Worrell

83 Joe Carter

84 Steve Sax

85 Frank White

86 John Kruk

87 Rance Mulliniks

88 Alan Ashby

89 Charlie Leibrandt

90 Frank Tanana

91 Jose Canseco

92 Barry Bonds

93 Harold Reynolds

94 Mark McLemore

95 Mark McGwire

96 Eddie Murray

97 Tim Raines

98 Robby Thompson

99 Kevin McReynolds

100 Checklist 28-137

101 Carlton Fisk

102 Dave Martinez

103 Glenn Braggs

104 Dale Murphy

105 Ryne Sandberg

106 Dennis Martinez

107 Pete O'Brien

108 Dick Schofield

109 Henry Cotto

110 Mike Marshall

111 Keith Moreland

112 Tom Brunansky

113 Kelly Gruber UER (Wrong birthdate)

114 Brook Jacoby

115 Keith Brown

116 Matt Nokes

117 Keith Hernandez

118 Bob Forsch

119 Bert Blyleven UER (Back says "3000 strikeouts in 1987")

120 Willie Wilson

121 Tommy Gregg

122 Jim Rice

123 Bob Knepper

124 Danny Jackson

125 Eric Plunk

126 Brian Fisher

127 Mike Pagliarulo

128 Tony Gwynn

129 Lance McCullers

130 Andres Galarraga

131 Jose Uribe

132 Kirk Gibson

133 Dave Palmer

134 R.J. Reynolds

135 Greg Walker

136 Kirk McCaskill UER (Wrong birthdate)

137 Shawon Dunston

138 Andy Allanson

139 Rob Murphy

140 Mike Aldrete

141 Terry Kennedy

142 Scott Fletcher

143 Steve Balboni

144 Bret Saberhagen

145 Ozzie Virgil

146 Dale Sveum

147 Darryl Strawberry

148 Harold Baines

149 George Bell

150 Dave Parker

151 Bobby Bonilla

152 Mookie Wilson

153 Ted Power

154 Nolan Ryan

155 Jeff Reardon

156 Tim Wallach

157 Jamie Moyer

158 Goose Gossage

159 Dave Winfield

160 Von Hayes

161 Willie McGee

162 Rich Gedman

163 Tony Pena

164 Mike Morgan

165 Charlie Hough

166 Mike Stanley

167 Andre Dawson

168 Joe Boever

169 Pete Stanicek

170 Bob Boone

171 Ron Darling

172 Bob Walk

173 Rob Deer

174 Steve Buechele

175 Teddy Higuera

176 Ozzie Guillen

177 Candy Maldonado

178 Doyle Alexander

179 Mark Gubicza

180 Alan Trammell

181 Vince Coleman

182 Kirby Puckett

183 Chris Brown

184 Marty Barrett

185 Stan Javier

186 Mike Greenwell

187 Billy Hatcher

188 Jimmy Key

189 Nick Esasky

190 Don Slaught

191 Cory Snyder

192 John Candelaria

193 Mike Schmidt

194 Kevin Gross

195 John Tudor

196 Neil Allen

197 Orel Hershiser

198 Kal Daniels

199 Kent Hrbek

200 Checklist 138-247

201 Joe Magrane

202 Scott Bailes

203 Tim Belcher

204 George Brett

205 Benito Santiago

206 Tony Fernandez

207 George Young

208 Bo Jackson

209 Chet Lemon

210 Storm Davis

211 Doug Drabek

212 Mickey Brantley UER (Photo actually Nelson Simmons)

213 Devon White

214 Dave Stewart

215 Dave Schmidt

216 Bryn Smith

217 Brett Butler

218 Bob Ojeda

219 Steve Rosenberg

220 Hubie Brooks

221 B.J. Surhoff

222 Rick Mahler

223 Rick Sutcliffe

224 Neal Heaton

225 Mitch Williams

226 Chuck Finley

227 Mark Langston

228 Jesse Orosco

229 Ed Whitson

230 Terry Pendleton

231 Lloyd Moseby

232 Greg Swindell

233 John Franco

234 Jack Morris

235 Howard Johnson

236 Glenn Davis

237 Frank Viola

238 Kevin Seitzer

239 Gerald Perry

240 Dwight Evans

241 Jim Deshaies

242 Bo Diaz

243 Carney Lansford

244 Mike LaValliere

245 Rickey Henderson

246 Roberto Alomar

247 Jimmy Jones

248 Pascual Perez

249 Will Clark

250 Fernando Valenzuela

251 Shane Rawley

252 Sid Bream

253 Steve Lyons

254 Brian Downing

255 Mark Grace

256 Tom Candiotti

257 Barry Larkin

258 Mike Krukow

259 Billy Ripken

260 CeciIio Guante

261 Scott Bradley

262 Floyd Bannister

263 Pete Smith

264 Jim Gantner UER (Wrong birthdate)

265 Roger McDowell

266 Bobby Thigpen

267 Jim Clancy

268 Terry Steinbach

269 Mike Dunne

270 Dwight Gooden

271 Mickey Heath

272 Dave Smith

273 Keith Atherton

274 Tim Burke

275 Damon Berryhill

276 Vance Law

277 Richard Dotson

278 Lance Parrish

279 Denny Walling

280 Roger Clemens

281 Greg Mathews

282 Tom Niedenfuer

283 Paul Kilgus

284 Jose Guzman

285 Calvin Schiraldi

286 Charlie Puleo UER (Career ERA 4.24 should be 4.)

287 Joe Orsulak

288 Jay Howell

289 Kevin Elster

290 Jose Lind

291 Paul Molitor

292 Cecil Espy

293 Bill Wegman

294 Dan Pasqua

295 Scott Garrelts UER (Wrong birthdate)

296 Walt Terrell

297 Ed Hearne

298 Lou Whitaker

299 Ken Dayley

300 Checklist 248-357

301 Tom Herr

302 Mike Brumley

303 Ellis Burks

304 Curt Young UER (Wrong birthdate)

305 Jody Reed

306 Bill Doran

307 David Wells

308 Ron Robinson

309 Rafael Santana

310 Julio Franco

311 Jack Clark

312 Chris James

313 Mike Thompson

314 John Shelby

315 Al Leiter

316 Mike Davison

317 Chris Sabo RC

318 Greg Gagne

319 Jose Oquendo

320 Joe Farrell

321 Franklin Stubbs

322 Kurt Stillwell

323 Shawn Abner

324 Mike Flanagan

325 Kevin Bass

326 Pat Tabler

327 Mike Henneman

328 Rick Honeycutt

329 John Smiley

330 Rey Quinones

331 Johnny Ray

332 Bob Welch

333 Larry Sheets

334 Jeff Parrett

335 Rick Reuschel UER (For Don Robinson, should be J)

336 Randy Myers

337 Kenny Williams

338 Andy McGaffigan

339 Joey Meyer

340 Dion James

341 Les Lancaster

342 Tom Foley

343 Geno Petralli

344 Dan Petry

345 Alvin Davis

346 Mickey Hatcher

347 Marvell Wynne

348 Danny Cox

349 Dave Stieb

350 Jay Bell

351 Jeff Treadway

352 Luis Salazar

353 Lenny Dykstra

354 Juan Agosto

355 Gene Larkin

356 Steve Farr

357 Paul Assenmacher

358 Todd Benzinger

359 Larry Andersen

360 Paul O'Neill

361 Ron Hassey

362 Jim Gott

363 Ken Phelps

364 Tim Flannery

365 Randy Ready

366 Nelson Santovenia

367 Kelly Downs

368 Danny Heep

369 Phil Bradley

370 Jeff Robinson

371 Ivan Calderon

372 Mike Witt

373 Greg Maddux

374 Carmen Castillo

375 Jose Rijo

376 Joe Price

377 Rene Gonzales

378 Oddibe McDowell

379 Jim Presley

380 Brad Wellman

381 Tom Glavine

382 Dan Plesac

383 Wally Backman

384 Dave Gallagher

385 Tom Henke

386 Luis Polonia

387 Junior Ortiz

388 David Cone

389 Dave Bergman

390 Danny Darwin

391 Dan Gladden

392 John Dopson

393 Frank DiPino

394 Al Nipper

395 Willie Randolph

396 Don Carman

397 Scott Terry

398 Rick Cerone

399 Tom Pagnozzi

400 Checklist 358-467

401 Mickey Tettleton

402 Curtis Wilkerson

403 Jeff Russell

404 Parson Perryman

405 Jose Alvarez RC

406 Rick Schu

407 Sherman Corbett

408 Dave Magadan

409 Bob Kipper

410 Don August

411 Bob Brower

412 Chris Bosio

413 Jerry Reuss

414 Atlee Hammaker

415 Jim Walewander

416 Mike Macfarlane RC

417 Pat Sheridan

418 Pedro Guerrero

419 Alf Anderson

420 Mark Parent

421 Bob Stanley

422 Mike Gallego

423 Bruce Hurst

424 Dave Meads

425 Jesse Barfield

426 Rob Dibble RC

427 Joel Skinner

428 Ron Kittle

429 Rick Rhoden

430 Bob Dernier

431 Steve Jeltz

432 Rick Dempsey

433 Roberto Kelly

434 Dave Anderson

435 Herm Winningham

436 Al Newman

437 Jose DeLeon

438 Doug Jones

439 Brian Holton

440 Jeff Montgomery

441 Dickie Thon

442 Cecil Fielder

443 John Fishel

444 Jerry Don Gleaton

445 Paul Gibson

446 Walt Weiss

447 Glenn Wilson

448 Mike Moore

449 Chili Davis

450 Dave Henderson

451 Jose Bautista RC

452 Rex Hudler

453 Bob Brenly

454 Mackey Sasser

455 Daryl Boston

456 Justin Fitzgerald

457 Jeffrey Leonard

458 Bruce Sutter

459 Mitch Webster

460 Joe Hesketh

461 Bobby Witt

462 Stan Cliburn

463 Scott Bankhead

464 Ramon Martinez RC

465 Dave Leiper

466 Luis Alicea RC

467 John Cerutti

468 Ron Washington

469 Jeff Reed

470 Jeff Robinson

471 Sid Fernandez

472 Terry Puhl

473 Charlie Lea

474 Israel Sanchez

475 Bruce Benedict

476 Oil Can Boyd

477 Craig Reynolds

478 Frank Williams

479 Greg Cadaret

480 Randy Kramer

481 Dave Eiland

482 Eric Show

483 Garry Templeton

484 Walter Johnson

485 Kevin Mitchell

486 Tim Crews

487 Mike Maddux

488 Dave LaPoint

489 Fred Manrique

490 Greg Minton

491 Doug Dascenzo UER (Photo actually Damon Berryhil)

492 Willie Upshaw

493 Jack Armstrong

494 Kirt Manwaring

495 Jeff Ballard

496 Jeff Kunkel

497 Mike Campbell

498 Gary Thurman

499 Zane Smith

500 Checklist 468-577 DP

501 Mike Birkbeck

502 Terry Leach

503 Shawn Hillegas

504 Manuel Lee

505 Doug Jennings

506 Ken Oberkfell

507 Tim Teufel

508 Tom Brookens

509 Rafael Ramirez

510 Freddie Toliver

511 Brian Holman RC

512 Mike Bielecki

513 Jeff Pico

514 Charlie Hudson

515 Bruce Ruffin

516 Larry McWilliams UER (New Richland should be North Richland)

517 Jeff Sellers

518 John Costello

519 Brady Anderson RC

520 Craig McMurtry

521 Ray Hayward DP

522 Drew Hall DP

523 Mark Lemke DP, RC

524 Oswaldo Peraza DP

525 Bryan Harvey DP, RC

526 Rick Aguilera DP

527 Tom Prince DP

528 Mark Clear DP

529 Jerry Browne DP

530 Juan Castillo DP

531 Jack McDowell DP

532 Chris Speier DP

533 Darrell Evans DP

534 Luis Aquino DP

535 Eric King DP

536 Ken Hill DP, RC

537 Randy Bush DP

538 Shane Mack DP

539 Tom Bolton DP

540 Gene Nelson DP

541 Wes Gardner DP

542 Ken Caminiti DP

543 Duane Ward DP

544 Norm Charlton DP, RC

545 Hank Morrison DP

546 Rich Yett DP

547 Hensley Meulens DP

548 Greg Harris DP

549 Darren Daulton DP

550 Jeff Hamilton DP

551 Luis Aguayo DP

552 Tim Leary DP

553 Ron Oester DP

554 Steve Lombardozzi DP

555 Tim Jones DP

556 Bud Black DP

557 Alejandro Pena DP

558 Jose DeJesus DP

559 Dennis Rasmussen DP

560 Pat Borders DP

561 Craig Biggio DP, RC

562 Luis de los Santos DP

563 Fred Lynn DP

564 Tom Burns DP

565 Felix Fermin DP

566 Darnell Coles DP

567 Willie Fraser DP

568 Glenn Hubbard DP

569 Craig Worthington DP

570 Johnny Paredes DP

571 Don Robinson DP

572 Barry Lyons DP

573 Bill Long DP

574 Tracy Jones DP

575 Juan Nieves DP

576 Andres Thomas DP

577 Rolando Roomes DP

578 Luis Rivera DP

579 Chad Kreuter DP, RC

580 Tony Armas DP

581 Jay Buhner

582 Ricky Horton DP

583 Andy Hawkins

584 Sil Campusano

585 Dave Clark

586 Van Snider DP

587 Todd Frohwirth DP

588 Warren Spahn Puzzle Card, DP

589 William Brennan

590 German Gonzalez

591 Ernie Whitt DP

592 Jeff Blauser

593 Spike Owen DP

594 Matt Williams

595 Lloyd McClendon DP

596 Steve Ontiveros

597 Scott Medvin

598 Hipolito Pena DP

599 Jerald Clark DP, RC

600 Checklist 578-660 + BCs DP COR

601 Carmelo Martinez DP

602 Mike LaCoss

603 Mike Devereaux

604 Alex Madrid DP

605 Gary Redus DP

606 Lamar Johnson

607 Terry Clark DP

608 Manny Trillo DP

609 Scott Jordan RC

600 Jay Howell DP

611 Francisco Melendez

612 Mike Boddicker

613 Kevin Brown

614 Dave Valle

615 Tim Laudner DP

616 Andy Nezelek UER (Wrong birthdate)

617 Chuck Crim

618 Jack Savage DP

619 Adam Peterson

620 Todd Stottlemyre

621 Lance Blankship DP, RC

622 Mike Garcia DP

623 Keith Miller DP

624 Ricky Jordan DP,RC

625 Ernest Riles DP

626 John Moses DP

627 Nelson Liriano DP

628 Mike Smithson DP

629 Scott Sanderson

630 Dale Mohorcic

631 Mark Freeman DP

632 Mike Young DP

633 Dennis Lamp

634 Dante Bichette RC

635 Curt Schilling RC

636 Scott May DP

637 Mike Schooler

638 Rick Leach

639 Tom Lampkin UER ("Throws L," should be "Throws R")

640 Brian Meyer

641 Brian Harper

642 John Smoltz RC

643 Jose Canseco "40/40 Club"

644 Bill Schroeder

645 Edgar Martinez

646 Dennis Cook RC

647 Barry Jones

648 Orel Hershiser "59 and Counting..."

649 Roy Nichols

650 John Davis

651 Bob Milacki

652 Mike Jackson

653 Derek Lilliquist RC

654 Paul Mirabella

655 Mike Diaz

656 Jeff Musselman

657 Jerry Reed

658 Kevin Blankenship

659 Wayne Tolleson

660 Eric Hetzel

Errors

NOTE: Card #600C was inserted only in factory sets. It makes no mention of the 26 Bonus MVP's inserts which were only available in packs.

600B Checklist 578-660 + Bonus MVP's. Card #635 misspelled "Kurt Schilling"

600C Checklist 578-660, no Bonus MVP's listed (factory sets only)

Parallels

Super Diamond Kings

This 26-card partial-parallel was only available as a set through a mail-in offer detailed on the wax packs. The set was sent in return for $8.00 and three wrappers plus $2.00 postage and handling. The set features the popular Diamond Kings in large (approximately 4 7/8" X 6 13/16") form.

Inserts

Bonus MVPs

Numbered with the prefix "BC" for bonus card, this 26-card set featuring the most valuable player from each of the 26 teams was randomly inserted in the wax and rack packs. Because these cards were printed on the same sheets are the base cards, four cards were double-printed cards are denoted by "DP" in the checklist below.

BC1 Kirby Puckett

BC2 Mike Scott

BC3 Joe Carter

BC4 Orel Hershiser

BC5 Jose Canseco

BC6 Darryl Strawberry

BC7 George Brett

BC8 Andre Dawson

BC9 Paul Molitor

BC10 Andy Van Slyke

BC11 Dave Winfield

BC12 Kevin Gross

BC13 Mike Greenwell

BC14 Ozzie Smith

BC15 Cal Ripken

BC16 Andres Galarraga

BC17 Alan Trammell

BC18 Kal Daniels

BC19 Fred McGriff

BC20 Tony Gwynn

BC21 Wally Joyner DP

BC22 Will Clark DP

BC23 Ozzie Guillen

BC24 Gerald Perry DP

BC25 Alvin Davis DP

BC26 Ruben Sierra

Grand Slammers

This 12-card set features players who hit at least one grand slam during the 1988 baseball season. The cards were distributed in cello packs at the rate of one-per-pack and as a complete set in each factory set. Each card in the set can be found with five different colored gradient border combinations (yellow/green, blue/purple, red/yellow, green/blue, and purple/red), but no color combination of borders appears to be scarcer than any other. The blue/purple cards were only available in factory sets.

1 Jose Canseco

2 Mike Marshall

3 Walt Weiss

4 Kevin McReynolds

5 Mike Greenwell

6 Dave Winfield

7 Mark McGwire

8 Keith Hernandez

9 Franklin Stubbs

10 Danny Tartabull

11 Jesse Barfield

12 Ellis Burks

Jose Canseco Blister Pack card

This special card was issued on blister packs, and features the card number as "Bonus Card"

BC Jose Canseco

Blue Chips

This 12-card set was never intended for public release. According to the website "Wax Heaven"

"Eventually (Blue Chips) was scrapped in exchange for the Grandslammers (sic) set…these Blue chip cards were to be destroyed but the guy in charge of the press saw a huge monetary potential and snuck out some sets….he held on to them without telling anyone in fear that it would cost him his job….he died before he could capitalize…they were part of an estate sale…..upon reaching the public no one had ever heard of them so at first they were not seen as valuable….then once the story came out, the sets had been broken and only singles have surfaced since…I know of 1 person that has all but the (Franklin) Stubbs and the (Kevin) McReynolds…."

1 Jose Canseco

2 Mike Marshall

3 Walt Weiss

4 Kevin McReynolds

5 Mike Greenwell

6 Dave Winfield

7 Mark McGwire

8 Keith Hernandez

9 Franklin Stubbs

10 Danny Tartabull

11 Jesse Barfield

12 Ellis Burks

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