Too big for a binder: Donruss All-Stars

I love the oddball sets of the 1980s, from the 33-card boxed sets you could find at Kmart, Toys R Us, and just about everywhere else, to the cards you had to cut out from Kraft Macaroni & Cheese boxes. But these cards absolutely drove me insane: the big Donruss All-Star cards from 1983 through 1987. Sure, there were plenty of great players included in these issues, but they were too big for a binder and difficult to store. I still haven’t figured out exactly what to do with them.

The 1983 version was horizontal, such as this Reggie Jackson:

Mr October 1983 Donruss

Donruss flipped the card right-side-up in 1984 and kept them that way the rest of the run, as this 1985 Don Mattingly shows:

Donnie Baseball 1985 Donruss

But they were still too big at 3.5×5. There were also the “pop-up” cards featuring the starters from the game, such as this 1986 Jack Morris:

Morris Donruss All Star

In 1988, Donruss finally wised up and shrunk the cards back down to regular size and they fit nicely into standard baseball card pages.

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Posted on January 10, 2014, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’ve got a binder full of these cards, and most of the pages are Ultra-Pro… The link below is for a product which isn’t exactly the same sheet I’ve got, but I bought mine a number of years ago.

    http://www.ultrapro.com/product_info.php?products_id=1300

    The pockets are a little too wide to keep the Pop-Ups from sliding around a bit, but it still works, more or less.

    • I’ll check into those. I have several more “too big for a binder” posts lined up for the next few days, and those pages might work for everything I have.

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