Ownership of the brand has changed through the years but 40 years after its first entry into the sports card world, Donruss is still a big part of the hobby's brand landscape and this fall marks another milestone anniversary: the 25th anniversary of Donruss football cards. In April of 1996, Pinnacle Brands Inc. purchased Donruss-Leaf from Huhtamäki Oyj, a confectionary … [Read more...] about Donruss Football Made It’s Debut 25 Years Ago
How Junky was the Junk Wax Era?
While junk wax era baseball cards have made an undeniable comeback in the past year, the fact remains that many of the cards were heavily overproduced. I was reminded of this fact in a recent discussion on cards, which prompted me to pull up a bit of old research I'd done on the population of cards from that era. Is it possible to determine the printing population of those … [Read more...] about How Junky was the Junk Wax Era?
Early 1990s Baseball Insert Cards Ushered in New Era
Insert cards are nothing new. But while many existed before the 1990s, that decade was really when things started getting interesting. By the early 1990s, new trading card companies were being formed. Score joined the ranks of Topps, Donruss, and Fleer in 1988. Bowman and Upper Deck followed in 1989. And by the early 1990s, companies were creating premium brands to appeal to … [Read more...] about Early 1990s Baseball Insert Cards Ushered in New Era
2015 Panini Elite Box Break/Review
It’s been nearly a quarter century since Donruss created the first serial numbered insert set. To show what a different world the card market was back in 1991, the cards serial numbered to 10,000 were all very difficult to obtain from packs because of the sheer number of cards they produced. If I remember there were full cases broken in which not one of these cards were pulled. … [Read more...] about 2015 Panini Elite Box Break/Review
The Ten 1990’s Baseball Issues that Killed the Player Collector Completist
I started player collecting in 1989, when the baseball card universe was on the verge of its Big Bang-like expansion. New manufacturers and sets were seemingly popping into existence every week back then. I saw the writing on the wall as far as set collecting was concerned: I no longer could have it all. So if I couldn’t have it all, at least I could have it all of one or two … [Read more...] about The Ten 1990’s Baseball Issues that Killed the Player Collector Completist
Panini Brings Back Donruss Name for 2014 Baseball Set
The days of massive base sets and a few hard to find inserts to chase ended about 20 years ago but Panini America announced Tuesday that it would be dusting off a familiar hobby name. 2014 Donruss Baseball will mix a lot of the old branding with some modern expectations when it pops back into consciousness in three months. It won’t be your father’s Donruss, but he’ll … [Read more...] about Panini Brings Back Donruss Name for 2014 Baseball Set
The Ultimate Trade: Couple Prepares to Sell Card to Land Baby
It's not a trade, technically. Todd and Ula Nelkin of Houston are going to sell the rare Barry Sanders/Walter Payton autographed 1999 Donruss Elite Passing the Torch card graded BGS 10. If successful, they'll quickly turn that money around in hopes of acquiring...a baby. The 40-something couple would like a baby of their own but there have been some complications along the … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Trade: Couple Prepares to Sell Card to Land Baby
Collector Who Cornered Part of Pujols Rookie Card Market Opts to Liquidate
One savvy collector has decided that the magical 2011 World Championship run of the St. Louis Cardinals and their future Hall of Fame first baseman provides the perfect storm to unload what the auction house is calling the greatest collection of Albert Pujols rookie cards ever assembled. “Just 1,000 copies of the 2001 Donruss Elite Pujols card were ever printed,” said Chris … [Read more...] about Collector Who Cornered Part of Pujols Rookie Card Market Opts to Liquidate