Friday, July 8, 2011

1993 Donruss #36

Card Review: 4.5  About the nicest thing I can say about this card is that it's nicer than the '92 Donruss.  It's just a low quality card.  Overly slick, fuzzy photos, and boring design.  I like what they tried to do on the back of the card, but the photo is poorly cropped.

I don't think it's unfair to say that Donruss had the most difficult "growing pains" when all the card companies tried to transition to "premium" cards in the early 90's.  It's easy to argue that Donruss was tied to an "idenity" more so than Topps and Fleer, with their signature backs, puzzle peices, and subsets such as Diamond Kings and Team MVP's.  Perhaps those were crutches they were a little to dependant on, but they crutches that I liked.  When they lost that, and they lost their brand and were more or less indistiguishable from the fifty other sets being put out each year in the 90's.  Quick, off the top of your head, what does '94-97 Donruss look like?  I can't picture them either.

Fun Facts: *The back photo depicts Tim Wallach playing first base.  Other cards have listed him as 1B, this is the only one to have a photo of him at the position.
*No one bothered to tell Wallach, a 5x All-Star third baseman at the time, that he would be moving to first base.  Class act that he was, he did so with out public complaint.
* 1992 was the first year Montreal wore the uniforms shown on this card.  I don't know of anyone who thought they were an improvement on the old classic ones.

Number of this card in my collection: 19

2012 update: 22
2013 update: 46
2014 update: 55
2015 update: 72
2016 update: 79
2017 update: 87
2018 update: 99
2019 update: 126
2020 update: 137
2021 update: n/a
2022 update: 160
2023 update: 164
2024 update: 170

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