Keeping It Three: 1985 Donruss Action All-Stars

I’ve long been a guy for oversized cards, so naturally I was one of the few people collecting the 1980’s Donruss “Action All-Stars” sets. Each cellophane pack came with several of the 3.5″ x 5″ cards and, in 1985, some Lou Gehrig puzzle pieces.

So back in 1985 I got 83% of the way through this set, acquiring 50 of the 60 cards. My set stayed that way for 34 years; earlier this year, I picked up a complete set for a buck, recycled the 50 cards I already had and added the other 10 to my Oversized Donruss binder (And who *doesn’t* have a binder dedicated to oversized Donruss cards?).

Here are my three favorite cards from the 10 new additions…

Of course, I’ve got to go with one of the Mets I added to my set.  It’s funny, I’d never really noticed how much distance there is between Keith’s eyes and mouth.

This Ryne Sandberg card has that background photographic effect that I forget the name of, but it’s the same thing happening on Steve Garvey’s awesome 1974 Topps card.

Wrapping up with Cal Ripken… Cal looks mildly disgusted in his portrait. Maybe he could see 30+ years into the future and saw that the Orioles would lose 100 games two years straight.

So with this set completed I’m two cards away from completing a run of Donruss 3.5 x 5 cards from 1983 to 1986… but for some reason I’ve got just a couple of cards from the 1987 Donruss All-Stars set (which has a design similar to 1987 Donruss but without the yellow and brown baseball stripey sides).  I don’t remember seeing much of them at the time, and I have not run across them at shows or card shops.  Does anyone else have that same experience or am I just oblivious to an omnipresent 1980’s set?

8 thoughts on “Keeping It Three: 1985 Donruss Action All-Stars

  1. The only ones I ever saw in stores were the 1983 and 1984 ones. But I went away to college after that so I was exactly looking for them post-1984.

    • Hadn’t thought about it that way, but the first few sets came out when I was in college, but I was out in 1987. Maybe it’s more about my moving away from the off-campus drug store that was my main source of cardboard in those days.

  2. I’ve built or attempted to build the 1983 and 1984 sets. I’ll also stumble across the 1985 and 1986 cards from time to time… but 1987 singles don’t pop up very often. Although you can buy an unopened box for $15.95 (free shipping) on eBay right now.

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