1983 Donruss and the search for a Hall of Fame rookie card

pack 1

pack 2

I picked up two rack packs of 1983 Donruss last night at the Redsfest for $1 each. I thought surely they were just in the wrong place on the table, but no…$1 each. And with a Reggie Jackson Diamond King showing on top, how could I resist?

Of course, the only real reason to buy packs from 1983 is to find a rookie card of Wade Boggs, Tony Gwynn, or Ryne Sandberg. So did I do it? Find out after the jump…


THE BEST CARDS OF PACK 1:

Hall of Famers Steve Carlton and Jim Rice, along with should-be-Hall of Famers Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, Reds Greg Harris and Frank Pastore, somewhat stars Jeff Reardon and Kent Tekulve, and Diamond Kings Jim Sundberg, Toby Harrah, and Fernando Valenzuela!

Carlton

Piniella

Reardon

Harris

Pastore

Rice

Whitaker

Trammell

Tekulve

Diamond Kings

But the best card of the first pack was well worth the $2 spent…Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg!

Hall of Fame rookie card

THE BEST CARDS OF PACK 2:

Two Hall of Fame Diamond Kings (Reggie Jackson and Willie Stargell), three other Hall of Famers (Rollie Fingers, Jim Palmer, and Tony Perez), should-be Hall of Famer Dwight Evans, potential Hall of Famer (on the Veterans Committee ballot this year) Billy Martin, and former Big Red Machine outfielder Cesar Geronimo.

Reggie DK

Stargell DK

Fingers

Palmer

Perez

Evans

Martin

Geronimo

So the second pack was not as awesome as the first, but I think these ninety cards were well worth the $2. A lot better than spending $5 on a three-card pack.

(P.S. It took me three tries to get that Reardon card uploaded. I’m guess because I had his last name in the file name, and Imageshack removed it because of the word “rear.” How embarrassing.)

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Posted on December 7, 2013, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Nice pickup! When I go to Orioles FanFest, the only cards I find are overpriced Joe Orsulaks and Jake Arrietas.

  2. Wow! At Redsfest, my 7 yr old didn’t want to look at the baseball card part. He’s seemed to have lost his interest. For $1.00 each, well worth the price. At $5.00 each, If I’d seen them, I’d probably had them!

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