|2002 Donruss Fan Club and Best of Fan Club|
In my collection: 2 FC, 1 BoFC
Griffey looks: poised to run
Is this a good Griffey card? Yes. In the interest of collecting all the Griffey cards there are to be had, this is certainly one, er, two of them. Ahem.
The set(s): We're doing a two-fer here as like Topps and Topps Chrome, there is essentially no difference between Fan Club and Best of Fan Club apart from the finish of the card and the words "Best of." Even the backs are identical. Yet somehow they are two different sets.
It seems Donruss took what should have been a subset of the flagship base and its parallel and made each into its own set solely for the purpose of shoving more cards into packs.
At least Topps Chrome is a cool finish and based on something pre-established, namely the Topps flagship base set. Fan Club is a mediocre subset at best. It's should never have gotten its own set. Ever. Yet it somehow got two. These cards really, really never should have been made.
Let's take a closer look at the Griffeys....I guess:
I am glad that Donruss wasn't putting Griffey into many inserts at this time. For that reason I am only missing parallels from these two sets, and I have no real interest other than that of a completionist in obtaining them. Still, here they are (and big up to millercards.net who had complete checklists for this weirdo set):
2002 Donruss Best of Fan Club
#118 Chicago National
2002 Donruss Fan Club
It's true that Donruss is not the only company to turn a subset into a set and a parallel into a whole other set; they are, however, a company that already failed once. You would think their "come to Jesus" moment would have been declaring bankruptcy only three years prior.
Still, in the words of one of my favorite podcasts: How did this get made? Perhaps Donruss still had something to learn about dumping set after set on an already supersaturated market. Perhaps the previously football-exclusive Playoff brand was releasing sets the way they had always done believing baseball collectors were always up to embracing the new, shoddy as it may have been.
Regardless of how these two sets came to be, I have to wonder if they made money. I would love to see some sales figures. Or would I?
Happy hump day, baseball card people!