1991 Donruss

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Description

1991 Donruss is a 770-card set, issued in two series of 386 and 384 cards, respectively. This set marked the first time Donruss issued cards in multiple series.

First series cards feature blue borders and second series green borders with some stripes and the players name in white against a red background. Subsets include Diamond Kings (1-27), Rated Rookies (28-47/413-432), AL All-Stars (48-56), MVP's (387-412) and NL All-Stars (433-441). There were also special cards to honor the award winners and the heroes of the World Series. On cards 60, 70, 127, 182, 239, 294, 355, 368, and 377, the border stripes are red and yellow. There are no notable Rookie Cards in this set.

Each pack contained a three-piece Willie Stargell puzzle panel.

An estimated 3 million copies of each card were printed.

Distribution

Wax: 36 packs per box, 15 cards plus one puzzle panel per pack (MSRP: $0.50). 20 boxes per case.

Cello: 24 packs per box, 40 cards plus two puzzle panels per pack (MSRP: $1.99). 12 boxes per case.

Rack: 45 cards plus three puzzle panels per pack (MSRP: $1.99). 72 packs per case.

Blisters: 75 cards per blister (MSRP: $2.99). 48 blisters per case.

Factory Sets: 15 sets per case.

Holiday Treat Bags: 22, three-card packs per Treat Bag.

In addition, 15-card wax packs were inserted into specially-marked six and 12-packs of Coca-Cola products on a regional basis.

Reviews

1991 Donruss was panned as “complacent” in the March 1991 issue of Beckett Baseball Card Monthly. The set was featured in the “Card Critic” column titled “Opposites Don’t Always Attract”. Chuck Roethel did a comparison review of the 1991 regular issue sets of Donruss and Fleer. Mr. Roethel had completely unfavorable remarks. He lamented, “In desperation, I sought something positive to say” and ultimately he couldn’t. Comments such as “dampens my enthusiasm”, “predictable style”, “lackluster” ‘”(No) stroke of genius” are littered throughout his review. Mr. Roethel was also frustrated by the idea that the inserts were “becoming more significant” than the set itself. A prophetic statement as 1991 was just the start of the insert card craze that has now long become standard.

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 770 - ? ?
Bonus Cards 22 - ? ?
Elite 8 10,000 ? ?
Elite Legend 1 7500 ? ?
Grand Slammers 14 - ? ?
1991 Leaf Previews 26 - ? ?
1991 Studio Previews 18 - ? ?
Ryne Sandberg Elite Signature Series 1 5000 ? ?

Checklist

Promos

This 12-card standard-size set was issued by Donruss for hobby dealers as examples of what the 1991 Donruss cards would look like. These cards have the 1991 Donruss design on the front; the back merely says 1991 Preview card and identifies the player and the team.

1 Dave Justice

2 Doug Drabek

3 Scott Chiamparino

4 Ken Griffey Jr.

5 Bob Welch

6 Tino Martinez

7 Nolan Ryan

8 Dwight Gooden

9 Ryne Sandberg

10 Barry Bonds

11 Jose Canseco

12 Eddie Murray

Base Set

Series One

1 Dave Stieb DK

2 Craig Biggio DK

3 Cecil Fielder DK

4 Barry Bonds DK

5 Barry Larkin DK

6 Dave Parker DK

7 Lenny Dykstra DK

8 Bobby Thigpen DK

9 Roger Clemens DK

10 Ron Gant DK UER (No trademark on team logo)

11 Delino DeShields DK

12 Roberto Alomar DK UER (No trademark on team logo)

13 Sandy Alomar, Jr. DK

14 Ryne Sandberg DK UER (was a DK in '85, not '83)

15 Ramon J. Martinez DK

16 Edgar Martinez DK

17 Dave Magadan DK

18 Matt Williams DK

19 Rafael Palmeiro DK UER (No trademark on team logo)

20 Bob Welsch DK

21 Dave Righetti DK

22 Brian Harper DK

23 Gregg Olson DK

24 Kurt Stillwell DK

25 Pedro Guerrero DK UER (No trademark on team logo)

26 Chuck Finley DK UER (No trademark on team logo)

27 Checklist 1-27 DK

28 Tino Martinez RR

29 Mark Lewis RR

30 Bernard Gilkey RR

31 Hensley Meulens RR

32 Derek Bell RR

33 Jose Offerman RR

34 Terry Bross RR

35 Leo Gomez RR

36 Derrick May RR

37 Kevin Morton RR

38 Moises Alou RR

39 Julio Valera RR

40 Milt Cuyler RR

41 Phil Plantier RR RC

42 Steve Chitren RR

43 Ray Lankford RR

44 Mickey Morandini RR

45 Dave Hansen RR

46 Kevin Belcher RR RC

47 Darrin Fletcher RR

48 Steve Sax AS

49 Ken Griffey, Jr. AS

50A Jose Canseco AS ERR (Team in Stat Box reads "AL")

50B Jose Canseco AS COR (Team in Stat Box reads "A's")

51 Sandy Alomar, Jr. AS

52 Cal Ripken, Jr. AS

53 Rickey Henderson AS

54 Bob Welsch AS

55 Wade Boggs AS

56 Mark McGwire AS

57A Jack McDowell ERR (Career stats do not include 1990 season)

57B Jack McDowell COR (Career stats do include 1990 season)

58 Jose Lind

59 Alex Fernandez

60 Pat Combs

61 Michael Walkden

62 Juan Samuel

63 Mike Blowers UER (Last line reads "aseball")

64 Mark Guthrie

65 Mark Salas

66 Tim Jones

67 Tim Leary

68 Andres Galarraga

69 Bob Milacki

70 Tim Belcher

71 Todd Zeile

72 Jerome Walton

73 Kevin Seitzer

74 Jerald Clark

75 John Smoltz UER (Listed as being born in Detroit. Was born in Warren, MI.)

76 Mike Henneman

77 Ken Griffey, Jr.

78 Jim Abbott

79 Gregg Jefferies

80 Kevin Reimer

81 Roger Clemens

82 Mike Fitzgerald

83 Bruce Hurst UER (Middle name is listed as "Lee." Really "Vee.")

84 Eric Davis

85 Paul Molitor

86 Will Clark

87 Mike Bielecki

88 Bret Saberhagen

89 Nolan Ryan

90 Bobby Thigpen

91 Dickie Thon

92 Duane Ward

93 Luis Polonia

94 Terry Kennedy

95 Kent Hrbek

96 Danny Jackson

97 Sid Fernandez

98 Jimmy Key

99 Franklin Stubbs

100 Checklist Card

101 R.J. Reynolds

102 Dave Stewart

103 Dan Pasqua

104 Dan Plesac

105 Mark McGwire

106 John Farrell

107 Don Mattingly

108 Carlton Fisk

109 Ken Oberkfell

110 Darrel Akerfelds

111 Gregg Olson

112 Mike Scioscia

113 Bryn Smith

114 Bob Geren

115 Tom Candiotti

116 Kevin Tapani

117 Jeff Treadway

118 Alan Trammell

119 Pete O'Brien UER (blue line goes through stat box)

120 Joel Skinner

121 Mike LaValliere

122 Dwight Evans

123 Jody Reed

124 Lee Guetterman

125 Tim Burke

126 Dave Johnson

127 Fernando Valenzuela UER (yellow stripe instead of blue)

128 Jose DeLeon

129 Andre Dawson

130 Gerald Perry

131 Greg A. Harris

132 Tom Glavine

133 Lance McCullers

134 Randy Johnson

135 Lance Parrish UER (Was born in McKeesport PA, not Clarion.)

136 Mackey Sasser

137 Geno Petralli

138 Dennis Lamp

139 Dennis Martinez

140 Mike Pagliarulo

141 Hal Morris

142 Dave Parker

143 Brett Butler

144 Paul Assenmacher

145 Mark Gubicza

146 Charlie Hough

147 Sammy Sosa

148 Randy Ready

149 Kelly Gruber

150 Devon White

151 Gary Carter

152 Gene Larkin

153 Chris Sabo

154 David Cone

155 Todd Stottlemyre

156 Glen Wilson

157 Bob Walk

158 Marcel Galligani

159 Greg Hibbard

160 Chris Bosio

161 Marcus Moore

162 Jerry Brown UER ("Christiansted" misspelled "Christansted")

163 Steve Sax UER (Led league in ABs in '89. Not noted.)

164 Melido Perez

165 Danny Darwin

166 Roger McDowell

167 Billy Ripken

168 Mike Shannon

169 Lee Smith

170 Matt Nokes

171 Jesse Orosco

172 Rick Aguilera

173 Jim Presley

174 Lou Whitaker

175 Harold Reynolds

176 Brook Jacoby

177 Wally Backman

178 Wade Boggs

179 Chuck Cary UER (loose comma after D.O.B.)

180 Tom Foley

181 Pete Harnisch

182 Melvin Mora

183 Bob Tewksbury

184 Joe Girardi

185 Storm Davis

186 Ed Whitson

187 Steve Avery UER (Was born in MI not NJ)

188 Lloyd Moseby

189 Scott Bankhead

190 Mark Langston

191 Kevin McReynolds

192 Julio Franco

193 John Dopson

194 Dennis Boyd

195 Bip Roberts

196 Billy Hatcher

197 Edgar Diaz

198 Greg Litton

199 Mark Grace

200 Checklist Card

201 George Brett

202 Jeff Russell

203 Ivan Calderon

204 Ken Howell

205 Tom Henke

206 Bryan Harvey

207 Steve Bedrosian

208 Alan Newman

209 Randy Myers

210 Daryl Boston

211 Manny Lee

212 Dave Smith

213 Don Slaught

214 Walt Weiss

215 Donn Pall

216 Jaime Navarro

217 Willie Randolph

218 Rudy Seanez

219 Jim Leyritz

220 Ron Karkovice

221 Ken Caminiti

222 Von Hayes

223 Cal Ripken, Jr.

224 Lenny Harris

225 Milt Thompson

226 Alvaro Espinoza

227 Chris James

228 Dan Gladden

229 Jeff Blauser

230 Mike Heath

231 Omar Vizquiel

232 Doug Jones

233 Jeff King

234 Luis A Rivera

235 Ellis Burks

236 Greg Cadaret

237 David Martinez

238 Mark Williamson

239 Stan Javier

240 Ozzie Smith

241 Shawn Boskie

242 Tom Gordon

243 Tony Gwynn

244 Tommy Gregg

245 Jeff Robinson

246 Keith Comstock

247 Jack Howell

248 Keith Miller

249 Bobby Witt

250 Rob Murphy (Played 1989 with Red Sox, not Reds)

251 Spike Owen

252 Garry Templeton

253 Glenn Braggs

254 Ron Robinson

255 Kevin Mitchell

256 Les Lancaster

257 Mel Stottlemyre

258 Kenny Rogers UER (Pitched 172 IP, not 171)

259 Lance Johnson

260 John Kruk

261 Fred McGriff

262 Dick Schofield

263 Trevor Wilson

264 David West

265 Scott Scudder

266 Dwight Gooden

267 Willie Blair

268 Mark Portugal

269 Doug Drabek

270 Dennis Eckersley

271 Eric King

272 Robin Yount

273 Carney Lansford

274 Carlos Berga

275 Dave Righetti

276 Scott Fletcher

277 Eric Yelding

278 Charlie Hayes

279 Jeff Ballard

280 Orel Hershiser

281 Jose Oquendo

282 Mike Witt

283 Mitch Webster

284 Greg Gagne

285 Gregg Olson

286 Tony Phillips UER (Born on 4/25 not 4/15)

287 Scott Bradley

288 Cory Snyder UER ("Inglewood" is misspelled "Englewood")

289 Jay Bell UER (Was born in Pensacola, not Eglin A.F.B.)

290 Kevin Romine

291 Jeff Robinson

292 Steve Frey UER (bats right, not left)

293 Craig Worthington

294 Tim Crews

295 Joe Magrane

296 Hector Villanueva

297 Terry Shumpert

298 Joe Carter

299 Kent Mercker UER (pitched 53 IP not 52)

300 Checklist Card

301 Chet Lemon

302 Mark Schuster

303 Dante Bichette

304 Kevin Elster

305 Jeff Huson

306 Greg A. Harris

307 Marquis Grissom UER (Middle name is "Dean" not "Deon")

308 Calvin Schiraldi

309 Mariano Duncan

310 Bill Spiers

311 Steve Garvey

312 Mitch Williams

313 Mike MacFarlane

314 Kevin Brown

315 Robin Ventura

316 Darren Daulton

317 Pat Borders

318 Mark Eichhorn

319 Jeff Brantley

320 Shane Mack

321 Rob Dibble

322 John Franco

323 Junior Felix

324 Casey Candaele

325 Bobby Bonilla

326 Dave Henderson

327 Wayne Edwards

328 Mark Knudson

329 Terry Steinbach

330 Colby Ward RC UER (No comma between city and state)

331 Oscar Azocar

332 Scott Radinsky

333 Eric Anthony

334 Steve Lake

335 Bob Melvin

336 Kal Daniels

337 Tom Pagnozzi

338 Alan Mills

339 Steve Olin

340 Juan Berenguer

341 Francisco Cabrera

342 Dave Bergman

343 Henry Cotto

344 Sergio Valdez

345 Bob Patterson

346 John Marzano

347 Dana Kiecker

348 Dion James

349 Hubie Brooks

350 Bill Landrum

351 Bill Sampen

352 Greg Briley

353 Paul Gibson

354 Dave Eiland

355 Steve Finley

356 Bob Boone

357 Steve Buechele

358 Chris Hoiles

359 Larry Walker

360 Frank DiPino

361 Mark Grant

362 Dave Magadan

363 Rob Thompson

364 Lonnie Smith

365 Steve Farr

366 Dave Valle

367 Tim Naehring

368 Jim Acker

369 Jeff Reardon UER (Was born in Pittsfield, not Dalton)

370 Tim Teufel

371 Juan Gonzalez

372 Luis Salazar

373 Rick Honeycutt

374 Greg Maddux

375 Jose Uribe UER (Middle name is "Alta" not "Elta")

376 Donnie Hill

377 Don Carman

378 Craig Grebeck

379 Will Fraser

380 Glenallen Hill

381 Joe Oliver

382 Randy Bush

383 Alvin Colina

384 Norm Charlton

385 Gene Nelson

386 Checklist Card

Series Two

387 Rickey Henderson MVP

388 Lance Parrish MVP

389 Fred McGriff MVP

390 Dave Parker MVP

391 Candy Maldonado MVP

392 Ken Griffey, Jr. MVP

393 Gregg Olson MVP

394 Rafael Palmeiro MVP

395 Roger Clemens MVP

396 George Brett MVP

397 Cecil Fielder MVP

398 Brian Harper MVP

399 Bobby Thigpen MVP

400 Roberto Kelly MVP UER (Listed as 2B on front, OF on back)

401 Danny Darwin MVP

402 David Justice MVP

403 Lee Smith MVP

404 Ryne Sandberg MVP

405 Eddie Murray MVP

406 Tim Wallach MVP

407 Kevin Mitchell MVP

408 Darryl Strawberry MVP

409 Joe Carter MVP

410 Lenny Dykstra MVP

411 Doug Drabek MVP

412 Chris Sabo MVP

413 Paul Marak RR

414 Tim McIntosh RR

415 Brian Barnes RR

416 Eric Gunderson RR

417 Mike Garcia RR

418 Steve Carter RR

419 Gerald Alexander RR

420 Rich Garces RR RC

421 Chuck Knoblauch RR

422 Scott Aldred RR

423 Wes Chamberlain RR RC

424 Lance Dickson RR RC

425 Greg Colbrunn RR RC

426 Rich DeLucia RR UER (Misspelled "Delucia")

427 Jeff Conine RR RC

428 Steve Decker RR

429 Turner Ward RR

430 Mo Vaughn RR

431 Steve Chitren RR

432 Marvin Benard RR

433 Ryne Sandberg AS

434 Lenny Dykstra AS

435 Andre Dawson AS

436A Mike Scioscia AS White Star

436B Mike Scioscia AS Yellow Star

437 Ozzie Smith AS

438 Kevin Mitchell AS

439 Jack Armstrong AS

440 Chris Sabo AS

441 Will Clark AS

442 Mel Hall

443 Mark Gardner

444 Mike Devereaux

445 Kirk Gibson

446 Terry Pendleton

447 Mike Harkey

448 Jim Eisenreich

449 Benito Santiago

450 Oddibe McDowell

451 Cecil Fielder

452 Ken Griffey, Sr.

453 Bert Blyleven

454 Howard Johnson

455 Monty Fariss UER (Misspelled "Farris")

456 Tony Pena, Sr.

457 Tim Raines

458 Dennis Rasmussen

459 Luis Quinones

460 B.J. Surhoff

461 Earnest Riles

462 Rick Sutcliffe

463 Danny Tartabull

464 Pete Incaviglia

465 Carlos Martinez

466 Ricky Jordan

467 John Cerutti

468 Dave Winfield

469 Francisco Oliveras

470 Roy Smith

471 Barry Larkin

472 Ron Darling

473 David Wells

474 Glenn Davis

475 Neal Heaton

476 Ron Hassey

477 Frank Thomas

478 Greg Vaughn

479 Todd Burns

480 Candy Maldonado

481 Dave LaPoint

482 Alvin Davis

483 Mike Scott

484 Dale Murphy

485 Ben McDonald

486 Jay Howell

487 Vince Coleman

488 Antonio Grissom

489 Sandy Alomar, Jr.

490 Kirby Puckett

491 Andy Thornton

492 Jack Morris

493 Matt Young

494 Greg Myers

495 Barry Bonds

496 Scott Cooper UER (No BA for 1990 or career)

497 Dan Schatzeder

498 Jesse Barfield

499 Jerry Goff

500 Checklist Card

501 Anthony Telford

502 Eddie Murray

503 Omar Olivares RC

504 Ryne Sandberg

505 Jeff Montgomery

506 Mark Parent

507 Ron Gant

508 Frank Tanana

509 Jay Buhner

510 Max Venable

511 Wally Whitehurst

512 Gary Pettis

513 Tom Brunansky

514 Tim Wallach

515 Craig Lefferts

516 Tim Layana

517 Darryl Hamilton

518 Rick Reuschel

519 Steve Wilson

520 Kurt Stillwell

521 Rafael Palmeiro

522 Ken Patterson

523 Lenny Dykstra

524 Tony Fernandez

525 Kent Anderson

526 Mark Leonard

527 Allan Anderson

528 Tom Browning

529 Frank Viola

530 John Olerud

531 Juan Agosto

532 Zakary Shinall

533 Scott Sanders

534 Bobby Jones

535 Mike Felder

536 Jose Canseco

537 Felix Fermin

538 Roberto Kelly

539 Brian Holman

540 Mark Davidson

541 Terry Mulholland

542 Randy Milligan

543 Jose Gonzales

544 Craig Wilson

545 Mike Hartley

546 Greg Swindell

547 Gary Gaetti

548 David Justice

549 Steve Searcy

550 Erik Hanson

551 Dave Stieb

552 Andy Van Slyke

553 Mike Greenwell

554 Kevin Maas

555 Delino DeShields

556 Curt Schilling

557 Ramon J. Martinez

558 Pedro Guerrero

559 Dwight Smith

560 Mark Davis

561 Shawn Abner

562 Charlie Liebrandt

563 John Shelby

564 Bill Swift

565 Mike Fetters

566 Angel Pena

567 Ruben Sierra

568 Carlos Quintana

569 Kevin Gross

570 Derek Liliquist

571 Jack Armstrong

572 Greg Brock

573 Mike Kinkade

574 Greg Smith

575 Brian McRae RC

576 Jack Daugherty

577 Ozzie Guillen

578 Joe Boever

579 Luis Sojo

580 Chili Davis

581 Don Robinson

582 Brian Harper

583 Paul O'Neill

584 Bob Ojeda

585 Mookie Wilson

586 Rafael Ramirez

587 Gary Redus

588 Jamie Quick

589 Shawn Hillegas

590 Tom Edens

591 Joe Klink

592 Charles Nagy

593 Eric Plunk

594 Tracy Jones

595 Craig Biggio

596 Jose DeJesus

597 Mickey Tettleton

598 Chris Gwynn

599 Rex Hudler

600 Checklist Card

601 Jim Gott

602 Jeff Manto

603 Nelson Liriano

604 Mark Lemke

605 Clay Parker

606 Edgar Martinez

607 Mark Whiten

608 Ted Power

609 Tom Bolton

610 Tommy Herr

611 Andy Hawkins UER (Pitched no-hitter on 7/1)

612 Scott Ruskin

613 Ron Kittle

614 John Wetteland

615 Marty Perez RC

616 Dave Clark

617 Brent Mayne

618 Jack Clark

619 Marvin Freeman

620 Edwin Nunez

621 Russ Swan

622 Johnny Ray

623 Charlie O'Brien

624 Joe Bitker

625 Manny Martinez

626 Otis Nixon

627 Andy Benes

628 Ron Oester

629 Ted Higuera

630 Kevin Bass

631 Damon Berryhill

632 Bo Jackson

633 Brad Arnsberg

634 Jerry Willard

635 Tommy Greene

636 Bob MacDonald

637 Kirk McCaskill

638 John Burkett

639 Paul Abbott

640 Todd Benzinger

641 Todd Hundley

642 George Bell

643 Javier Ortiz

644 Sid Bream

645 Bob Welsch

646 Phil Bradley

647 Bill Krueger

648 Rickey Henderson

649 Kevin Wickander

650 Steve Balboni

651 Gene Harris

652 Jim Deshaies

653 Jason Grimsley

654 Joe Orsulak

655 Jim Poole

656 Felix Jose

657 Dennis Cook

658 Tom Brookens

659 Junior Ortiz

660 Jeff Parret

661 Jerry DonGleaton

662 Brent Knackert

663 Rance Mulliniks

664 John Smiley

665 Larry Anderson

666 Willie McGee

667 Chris Nabholtz

668 Brady Anderson

669 Darren Holmes RC UER (19 CGs listed, should be 0)

670 Ken Hill

671 Gary Varsho

672 Bill Pecota

673 Fred Lynn

674 Kevin D Brown

675 Dan Petry

676 Mike Jackson

677 Wally Joyner

678 Danny Jackson

679 Bill Haselman

680 Mike Boddicker

681 Mel Rojas

682 Roberto Alomar

683 David Justice ROY

684 Chuck Crim

685 Matt Williams

686 Shawon Dunston

687 Jeff Schulz

688 John Barfield

689 Gerald Young

690 Luis Gonzalez RC

691 Frank Wills

692 Chuck Finley

693 Sandy Alomar, Jr. ROY

694 Tim Drummond

695 Herm Winningham

696 Darryl Strawberry

697 Al Leiter

698 Karl Rhodes

699 Stan Belinda

700 Checklist Card

701 Lance Blankenship

702 Willie Stargell

703 Jim Gantner

704 Reggie Harris

705 Rob Ducey

706 Tim Hulett

707 Atlee Hammaker

708 Xavier Hernandez

709 Chuck McElroy

710 John Mitchell

711 Carlos Eduardo Hernandez

712 Geronimo Pena

713 Jim Neidlinger

714 John Orton

715 Terry Leach

716 Matt Stairs

717 Walt Terrell

718 Luis Aquino

719 Bud Black UER (Still depicted in Blue Jays uniform.)

720 Bob Kipper

721 Jeff Gray

722 Jose Rijo

723 Curt Young

724 Jose Viscaino

725 Randy Tomlin RC

726 Junior Noboa

727 Bob Welch CY

728 Gary Ward

729 Rob Deer UER (Still depicted in Brewers uniform.)

730 David Segui

731 Mark Carreon

732 Vicente Palacios

733 Sam Horn

734 Howard Farmer

735 Ken Dayley UER (Still depicted in Cardinals uniform.)

736 Kelly Mann

737 Joe Grahe

738 Kelly Downs

739 Jim Kremers

740 Kevin Appier

741 Jeff Reed

742 Jose Rijo WS

743 Dave Rohdes

744 D Murphy/L. Dyskstra UER (no "91 Donruss" logo)

745 Paul Sorrento

746 Thomas Howard

747 Matt Stark

748 Harold Baines

749 Doug Dascenzo

750 Doug Drabek CY

751 Gary Sheffield

752 Terry Lee RC

753 Jim Vatcher RC

754 Lee Stevens

755 Randy Veres

756 Bill Doran

757 Gary Wayne

758 Pedro Munoz RC

759 Chris Hammond

760 Checklist 605-702

761 Rickey Henderson MVP

762 Barry Bonds MVP

763 Billy Hatcher WS UER (Line 13, "on" should be "one")

764 Julio Machado

765 Jose Mesa

766 Willie Randolph WS

767 Scott Erickson

768 Travis Fryman

769 Rich Rodriguez RC

770 Checklist 703-770/BC1-BC22

Parallels

Super DKs

For the seventh consecutive year Donruss issued a card set featuring the players used in the current year's Diamond King subset in a larger size, approximately 5" X 7". The set again featured the art work of famed sports artist Dick Perez and was available through a postpaid mail-in offer detailed on the 1991 Donruss wax packs involving $14.00 and three wax wrappers.

Inserts

Bonus Cards

These 22 cards were randomly inserted in Donruss packs and highlight outstanding player achievements. The first ten cards were in the first series and the remaining 12 in the second. The cards were produced in roughly the same quantity as any other base card, but not included in factory sets.

BC1 Mark Langston/Mike Witt

BC2 Randy Johnson

BC3 Nolan Ryan NH

BC4 Dave Stewart

BC5 Cecil Fielder

BC6 Carlton Fisk

BC7 Ryne Sandberg

BC8 Gary Carter

BC9 Mark McGwire UER

BC10 Bo Jackson

BC11 Fernando Valenzuela

BC12A Andy Hawkins ERR

BC12B Andy Hawkins COR

BC13 Melido Perez

BC14 T.Mulholland UER

BC15 Nolan Ryan 300W

BC16 Delino DeShields

BC17 Cal Ripken

BC18 Eddie Murray

BC19 George Brett

BC20 Bobby Thigpen

BC21 Dave Stieb

BC22 Willie McGee

Elite

One of the truly landmark sets, these special cards were randomly inserted in the 1991 Donruss first and second series wax packs. These cards marked the beginning of an eight-year run of Elite inserts. Production was limited to a maximum of 10,000 serial-numbered cards for each card in the Elite series, and lesser production for the Ryne Sandberg Signature (5000) and Nolan Ryan Legend (7500) cards. This was the first time that mainstream insert cards were ever serial-numbered allowing for verifiable proof of print runs. The regular Elite cards are photos enclosed in a bronze marble borders which surround an evenly squared photo of the players. The Sandberg Signature card has a green marble border and is signed in a blue sharpie. The Nolan Ryan Legend card is a Dick Perez drawing with silver borders. The cards are all serial-numbered on the back.

Although the exact pack insertion odds were never publicly revealed, it has been estimated that the odds of finding an Elite card were about 1:75/boxes. Because 1991 Donruss was grossly over-produced, a large portion of the production run (anywhere from 30% to 50%) remains hidden away in unopened packs. Compared to other serial-numbered inserts that would come in later years, the '91 Elites have maintained their value over the years because of their genuine scarcity.

1 Barry Bonds

2 George Brett

3 Jose Canseco

4 Andre Dawson

5 Doug Drabek

6 Cecil Fielder

7 Rickey Henderson

8 Matt Williams

L1 Nolan Ryan LGD /7500

Grand Slammers

This 14-card set commemorates players who hit grand slams in 1990. They were distributed in complete set form within factory sets in addition to being seeded at a rate of one per cello pack.

1 Joe Carter

2 Bobby Bonilla

3 Kal Daniels

4 Jose Canseco

5 Barry Bonds

6 Jay Buhner

7 Cecil Fielder

8 Matt Williams

9 Andres Galarraga

10 Luis Polonia

11 Mark McGwire

12 Ron Karkovice

13 Darryl Strawberry UER

14 Mike Greenwell

1991 Leaf Previews

Four cards from this 26-card 1991 Leaf Previews set were issued as inserts (four per box) inside specially marked 1991 Donruss Hobby factory sets.

1 David Justice

2 Ryne Sandberg

3 Barry Larkin

4 Craig Biggio

5 Ramon Martinez

6 Tim Wallach

7 Dwight Gooden

8 Len Dykstra

9 Barry Bonds

10 Ray Lankford

11 Tony Gwynn

12 Will Clark

13 Leo Gomez

14 Wade Boggs

15 Chuck Finley UER

16 Carlton Fisk

17 Sandy Alomar Jr.

18 Cecil Fielder

19 Bo Jackson

20 Paul Molitor

21 Kirby Puckett

22 Don Mattingly

23 Rickey Henderson

24 Tino Martinez

25 Nolan Ryan

26 Dave Stieb

1991 Studio Previews

This 18-card preview set was issued four at a time within 1991 Donruss retail factory sets in order to show dealers and collectors the look of their new 1991 Studio cards. One of the cards included in each set was the un-numbered Title Card.

1 Juan Bell

2 Roger Clemens

3 Dave Parker

4 Tim Raines

5 Kevin Seitzer

6 Ted Higuera

7 Bernie Williams

8 Harold Baines

9 Gary Pettis

10 David Justice

11 Eric Davis

12 Andujar Cedeno

13 Tom Foley

14 Dwight Gooden

15 Doug Drabek

16 Steve Decker

17 Joe Torre MGR

NNO Title Card

Autographs & Game-Used

Ryne Sandberg Elite Signature Series

As part of the Elite insert series, Donruss had Ryne Sandberg autograph 5000 cards for random insertion in all 1991 Donruss packs. Like with the un-signed Elite cards, many of the cards remain hidden in opened packs. Despite the announced print run of 5000 cards, this card remains relatively scarce.

S1 Ryne Sandberg AU /5000

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