Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Extremely Capricious and Wholly Idiosyncratic: a Trade Post

This is me still trying desperately to keep up with a backlog of trade posts. Today we look at a super-generous package I received from Brian of one of the newer blogs to hit the b-sphere, Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary.

Brian’s package included two sealed packs of ’89 Donruss, a base set I’m compelled to build perpetually. I've finished three and have more in the works. These were a big help as you will see (gee, what could I possibly be foreshadowing?).

The cherry on the ’89 Donruss cake was this sealed set of the 1989 Donruss The Rookies set. I already have this Griffey loose in my rookie binder, so this is one seal I will be keeping intact for now. Here’s a peek at what lies within:

The Rookies logo (back for 2015, by the way), the photo, the subtly tucked-in jewelry - I love everything about this card.

There must be something in the water lately because everyone has been sending me this Griffey Gold Nuggets insert over the last few weeks. Maybe a bunch found their way into a recent slew of repacks? I don’t know for sure. I’m glad they’re finding their way to me, though, as they are hard to find in good condition. A combination of time and delicate foil paper stock has left many of them damaged. This one is very clean.

Brian put a huge dent in my ’92 Donruss Diamond Kings set. This was one of my favorite iterations of the DK art and design, and there are more than a couple players in the checklist that are not so popular and, therefore, harder to come across. Brian’s stack helped a lot, and now I’m down to just four needed to finish off the set.

He also put a hurtin’ on my 2014 Update set needs. I have yet to finish Series 2 for goodness sake. I’m a bad set builder.

Hee hee - Albert "poo-holes." Just kidding. Congrats, AP!

Finally, here are the highlights from those two packs of ’89 Donruss:

That’s right! There was a Griffey RC in there. I’ve busted five boxes of ’89 Donruss over the years and two of them had no Griffey at all, so the odds were very much against one of these two packs having it. It was collated right alongside a very sharp-looking Ron Kittle. Excited gasping commenced. I would say this Kittle has real BGS 10 potential were it worth enough to submit for grading.

Brian, do you have a copy of this Griffey rookie? If not, I’ll gladly send you one. Let me know. Apart from that, thanks for the great trade package, and welcome to the blogsphere!


  1. Awesome! If I knew that Griffey was in the pack.. I still would have sent it. Pulling a card like that's the best feeling. I pulled that same card from a pack about a year ago. There were a bunch of 88 and 89 Donruss packs being sold at the Dollar store near my house and the Kid was in the second pack I opened.

  2. I have so many 89 Donrusses, probably around 2,000 or so. If you want to work on a few more of that set let me know...