Last week I had a dentist appointment, and as it so happens, my dentist’s office is near a Target. More often than not, after I’m done getting my teeth poked, prodded, scraped, drilled or whatever, I reward myself by going to Target and buying something from the card aisle.
This time I was planning on buying a blaster of Opening Day, but there weren’t any. I looked around to see what else was there, and I saw packs of 2016 Donruss. While I was debating that, I saw the value packs hanging nearby, and figured “In for a penny, in for a pound”. Besides, it doesn’t take a math major to figure out that the value pack is much more cost-effective than the wax packs.
Please forgive the mangled wrapper… I forgot to scan it until after it had been torn open and on the floor of my car for a few days.
So I crossed my fingers, bought my pack, went out to the car, ripped it open and was fairly well pleased with what I got.
…In fact, I feel like I got my money’s worth… This time, anyway. You’ll see why in a bit.
Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a candidate for set of the year or anything… But I kinda like the design. If this were a fully-licensed set, I might buy more of this than flagship Topps.
I got off to a promising start with the first card, as I got an addition to my Cal Ripken collection.
I chase after Cal in fits and spurts… but I always hang on to anything that falls in my lap.
I also got two Mets…
I won’t bother showing the backs. They’re standard Donruss boring stuff… Might as well be blank.
This David Price card amused me because it’s out of date:
C’mon guys. It’s an unlicensed card. All you needed to do to update it was change the border color and change”Toronto” to “Boston”. If you wanted to go full bore, you could tweak the photoshopping so the generic blue uniform is a generic navy uniform.
The Diamond Kings are part of the base set, and are really not very exciting… Not this one, anyway.
Rated Rookies are also part of the base set, and are kinda just there.
Moving on to the inserts.
I got a Studio card of Kris Bryant. This is a nice-looking card, they really should do more with Studio than a 10-card insert set.
My pack would’ve been ideal for a Cubs fan, because I got this Kyle Schwarber “The Rookies” insert… and that wasn’t the end of my Schwarberrific fun (hint #2)
The Schwarbmeister was a find for my fantasy team last year, because he was catcher-eligible, but played more games in the outfield.
I got a “1982” Mike Trout, which is pretty much as disappointing in person as it is in images.
Look at this… This could’ve been the most awesome unlicensed card of 2016. You’ve got a nice photo where you don’t see the logos anyway – a license-free dream if I ever did see one – and what do they do to it? They have these big-ass logos and this thick chunky border that steps on Trout’s hat and covers the adoring fans.
I can understand making changes to the design, at this point I’ve come to the conclusion that there is some sort of legal-ish, copyrighty, wibbley-wobbley reason for doing so. But we’re talking about 1982 Donruss… it’s not the epitome of the graphic arts. There are all kinds of things that could’ve been done other than to make the borders thicker and make the fonts tiny, black and boring.
And just as a contrast and a little bit of chest-thumping, here’s my custom 82D Mike Trout that I published a month or two ago:
OK, now on to the highlight of the pack…
…The cherry on my Donruss sundae…
The main reason this pack was worth the $5 I spent on it…
Not too shabby, even if relics aren’t nearly as popular as they used to be (and maybe why the local pack searchers didn’t end up with this).
It’s clear that the Shlabotnik Curse is still going strong, because I pulled two Schwarber inserts and then he misses the season.
Sorry, Cubs fans.
I’m not sure that I’d buy more 2016 Donruss, I’d probably be pushing my luck… but it was nice to buy a pack of something Panini and not have instant pangs of regret.