Last month I was at a show in another state, and when I travel a couple of hours just to get to the show, I do what I can to maximize the time spent looking at tables. Hungry? No time for overpriced convention center food, that’s why there’s trail mix in the backpack. Need to sit? Find a dealer’s table with chairs. Need a bathroom break? How badly do you need it?
After 5 hours of shopping I was burned out and bleary-eyed, shuffling down the aisles, unintentionally doing my best impersonation of a “walker” from The Walking Dead.
I was making my final pass through the floor, thinking that I should just get in my car and head home, when I saw it…
…a dime box…
…a dime box with a large quantity of 1984 Donruss!
O, frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
I’ll be honest, I didn’t think much of 1984 Donruss back in 1984. At the time, Donruss regularly finished a distant third to Fleer and Topps. And in many ways it’s really not that great of a set, it’s just another Donruss set with dark, uninspired photos.
…But I also didn’t see a lot of 84D back in 1984, and since it’s relatively scarce by Junk Wax Era standards, it’s fun to look for them now.
I wouldn’t even think about completing the set, but I couldn’t resist filling out some team and player collection needs. Plus I got some other cards that I just liked, such as this Bill Russell…
…And Bobby Grich…
Padres fans will recognize this next guy, although the mustache might throw them off a bit… And I’m still surprised that he’s not the Nationals’ manager in 2016. No slight intended towards Dusty, but I thought hiring Bud Black was as close to a no-brainer as you’re going to get with a managerial hiring.
I love the way the crowd is distorted in this picture; too bad that Concepcion himself is backlit.
This Davey Lopes is a nice shot, and would’ve been a great shot if his face weren’t in shadow.
And I’ll wrap things up with another former Met… A very young Frankie V on the verge of his breakout season.
I got a bunch of Mets and Orioles as well, but I’ll share them another time.