Friday, August 1, 2008

1984 Donruss Grand Champions

Here is yet another underrated 80's set. Following on the heels of their 3.5" x 5" 1983 Action All-Stars, Donruss released the Grand Champions set in 1984. This time they mixed in several Dick Perez paintings of all-time greats along side the superstars of the game. They combined a great player selection that leans on the veteran side with an uncluttered card design to produce one of the nicest looking sets in Donruss history.

Sadly, the Ty Cobb card is the only Tiger in the set, but it is veteran heavy, and the Tigers team that would capture the World Series that year had yet to make their names in the baseball card world.

This is another unopened box that I picked up at the National for $5. True to Donruss form of the 80's, the collation was superb. Out of this box I got a complete 60 card set and an entire Duke Snider puzzle, with probably 100 doubles to boot. I ended up pulling 3-4 cards each of Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Hank Aaron. Not too shabby.

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