Sunday, January 8, 2012
1988 Donruss: Worst Set Ever
After a streak of 4 consecutive sets running from 1984-87, Donruss laid on egg big time with its disastrous 1988 baseball card set. First of all, the design sucked. Blue and boring and tacky, these cards just didn't LOOK as good as the last few Donruss issues had. The rookie card selection was not the best...for years collectors chased the Mark Grace RC to some degree, but when it became obvious he would never hit with power and never make the Hall of Fame, interest in his Donruss rookie card decreased. There are rookie cards of good players such as Ron Gant and Matt Williams and Ken Caminiti but none of those guys will make the Hall of Fame. The two "jewels" of the set are the Tom Glavine and Roberto Alomar rookie cards. Even those cards have low values of a buck or two even in prime condition because of the biggest problem that plagued this set....OVERPRODUCTION. As a Youtube reviewer I saw said about this set: "There is probably a printing press somewhere still churning these out they are so overproduced". This was the first of many overproduced and awful sets from Donruss, however the following year at least had the Ken Griffey RC which maintained a fair amount of interest for a number of years. On a sacle from 1 to 10, I give this set a "1".