1988 Donruss

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1988 Donruss wax box

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Description

1988 Donruss consists of 660 cards. Card fronts feature a distinctive black and blue border on the front. The card front border design pattern of the factory set card fronts is oriented differently from that of the regular wax pack cards. No premium or discount exists for either version.

Subsets include Diamond Kings (1-27) and Rated Rookies (28-47).

Cards marked as SP (short printed) from 648-660 are more difficult to find than the other 13 SP's in the lower 600s. These 26 cards listed as SP were apparently pulled from the printing sheet to make room for the 26 Bonus MVP inserts. Six of the checklist cards were done two different ways to reflect the inclusion or exclusion of the Bonus MVP cards in the wax packs.

Checklist cards found in packs account for the Bonus MVPs while the ones found in factory sets do not.

The key Rookie Cards in this set are Roberto Alomar, Jay Buhner, Ellis Burks, Ken Caminiti, Tom Glavine, Mark Grace and Matt Williams. For a while, the Gregg Jefferies card was one of the hottest Rookie Cards of the late-80s.

1988 Donruss marked the end of "The Golden Age of Donruss Baseball." Production was dramatically increased, and the long-run value of this set has been severely depressed.

Similar to the back variation in 1987 Donruss, the front border was reversed on cards from 1988 Donruss factory sets compared to cards found in packs.

Distribution

Wax: 36 packs per box, 15 cards and 1 puzzle piece per pack. 20 boxes per case. Six boxes per retail display.

Cello: 24 packs per box, 36 cards and two puzzle pieces per pack (MSRP: $0.99)

Rack: 24 packs per box, 45 cards and 3 puzzle pieces per pack. Three boxes per case.

Blister: 72 cards per blister. 48 blister packs per case.

Factory Sets

Reviews

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Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
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Checklist

Base Set

1 Mark McGwire DK

2 Tim Raines DK

3 Benito Santiago DK

4 Alan Trammell DK

5 Danny Tartabull DK

6 Ron Darling DK

7 Paul Molitor DK

8 Devon White DK

9 Andre Dawson DK

10 Julio Franco DK

11 Scott Fletcher DK

12 Tony Fernandez DK

13 Shane Rawley DK

14 Kal Daniels DK

15 Jack Clark DK

16 Dwight Evans DK

17 Tommy John DK

18 Andy Van Slyke DK

19 Gary Gaetti DK

20 Mark Langston DK

21 Will Clark DK

22 Glenn Hubbard DK

23 Billy Hatcher DK

24 Bob Welch DK

25 Ivan Calderon DK

26 Cal Ripken, Jr. DK

27 Diamond King Checklist

28 Mackey Sasser RR

29 Jeff Treadway RR

30 Mike Campbell RR

31 Lance Johnson RR

32 Nelson Liriano RR

33 Shawn Abner RR

34 Roberto Alomar RR

35 Shawn Hillegas RR

36 Joey Meyer RR

37 Kevin Elster RRie

38 Jose Lind RR

39 Kirt Manwaring RR

40 Mark Grace RR

41 Jody Reed RR

42 John Farrell RR

43 Al Leiter RR

44 Gary Thurman RR

45 Vicente Palacios RR

46 Eddie Williams RR

47 Jack McDowell RR

48 Ken Dixon

49 Mike Birkbeck

50 Eric King

51 Roger Clemens

52 Pat Clements

53 Fernando Valenzuela

54 Mark Gubicza

55 Jay Howell

56 Floyd Youmans

57 Ed Correa

58 De Wayne Buice

59 Jose DeLeon

60 Danny Cox

61 Nolan Ryan

62 Steve Bedrosian

63 Tom Brown

64 Mark Davis

65 R.J. Reynolds

66 Kevin Mitchell

67 Ken Oberkfell

68 Rick Sutcliffe

69 Dwight Gooden

70 Scott Bankhead

71 Bert Blyleven

72 Jimmy Key

73 Les Straker

74 Jim Clancy

75 Mike Moore

76 Ron Darling

77 Ed Lynch

78 Dale Murphy

79 Doug Drabek

80 Scott Garrelts

81 Ed Whitson

82 Rob Murphy

83 Shane Rawley

84 Greg Mathews

85 Jim Deshaies

86 Mike Witt

87 Donnie Hill

88 Jeff Reed

89 Mike Boddicker

90 Teddy Higuera

91 Walt Terrell

92 Bob Stanley

93 Dave Righetti

94 Orel Hershiser

95 Chris Bando

96 Bret Saberhagen

97 Curt Young

98 Tim Burke

99 Charlie Hough

100 Checklist

101 Bobby Witt

102 George Brett

103 Mickey Tettleton

104 Scott Bailes

105 Mike Pagliarulo

106 Mike Scioscia

107 Tom Brookens

108 Ray Knight

109 Dan Plesac

110 Wally Joyner

111 Bob Forsch

112 Milt Scott

113 Kevin Gross

114 Benito Santiago

115 Bob Kipper

116 Mike Krukow

117 Chris Bosio

118 Sid Fernandez

119 Jody Davis

120 Mike Morgan

121 Mark Eichhorn

122 Jeff Reardon

123 John Franco

124 Richard Dotson

125 Eric Bell

126 Juan Nieves

127 Jack Morris

128 Rick Rhoden

129 Rich Gedman

130 Ken Howell

131 Brook Jacoby

132 Danny Jackson

133 Gene Nelson

134 Neal Heaton

135 Willie Fraser

136 Jose Guzman

137 Ozzie Guillen

138 Bob Knepper

139 Mike Jackson

140 Joe Magrane

141 Jimmy Jones

142 Ted Power

143 Ozzie Virgil

144 Felix Fermin

145 Kelly Downs

146 Shawon Dunston

147 Scott Bradley

148 Dave Stieb

149 Frank Viola

150 Terry Kennedy

151 Bill Wegman

152 Matt Nokes

153 Wade Boggs

154 Wayne Tolleson

155 Mariano Duncan

156 Julio Franco

157 Charlie Leibrandt

158 Terry Steinbach

159 Justin Fitzgerald

160 Jack Lazorko

161 Mitch Williams

162 Greg Walker

163 Alan Ashby

164 Tony Gwynn

165 Bruce Ruffin

166 Ron Robinson

167 Zane Smith

168 Junior Ortiz

169 Jamie Moyer

170 Tony Pena

171 Cal Ripken, Jr.

172 B.J. Surhoff

173 Lou Whitaker

174 Ellis Burks

175 Ron Guidry

176 Steve Sax

177 Danny Tartabull

178 Carney Lansford

179 Casey Candaele

180 Scott Fletcher

181 Mark McLemore

182 Ivan Calderon

183 Jack Clark

184 Glenn Davis

185 Luis Aguayo

186 Bo Diaz

187 Stan Jefferson

188 Sid Bream

189 Bob Brenly

190 Dion James

191 Leon Durham

192 Jesse Orosco

193 Alvin Davis

194 Gary Gaetti

195 Fred McGriff

196 Steve Lombardozzi

197 Rance Mulliniks

198 Rey Quinones

199 Gary Carter

200 Checklist

201 Keith Moreland

202 Ken Griffey

203 Tommy Gregg

204 Will Clark

205 John Kruk

206 Buddy Bell

207 Von Hayes

208 Tom Herr

209 Craig Reynolds

210 Gary Pettis

211 Harold Baines

212 Vance Law

213 Ken Gerhart

214 Jim Gantner

215 Chet Lemon

216 Dwight Evans

217 Don Mattingly

218 Franklin Stubbs

219 Pat Tabler

220 Bo Jackson

221 Tom Phillips

222 Tim Wallach

223 Ruben Sierra

224 Steve Buechele

225 Frank White

226 Alfredo Griffin

227 Greg Swindell

228 Willie Randolph

229 Mike Marshall

230 Alan Trammell

231 Eddie Murray

232 Dale Sveum

233 Dick Schofield

234 Jose Oquendo

235 Bill Doran

236 Mike Thompson

237 Marvell Wynne

238 Bobby Bonilla

239 Chris Speier

240 Glenn Braggs

241 Wally Backman

242 Ryne Sandberg

243 Phil Bradley

244 Kelly Gruber

245 Tom Brunansky

246 Ron Oester

247 Bobby Thigpen

248 Fred Lynn

249 Paul Molitor

250 Darrell Evans

251 Gary Ward

252 Bruce Hurst

253 Bob Welch

254 Joe Carter

255 Willie Wilson

256 Mark McGwire

257 Mitch Webster

258 Brian Downing

259 Mickey Stanley

260 Carlton Fisk

261 Billy Hatcher

262 Glenn Wilson

263 Ozzie Smith

264 Randy Ready

265 Kurt Stillwell

266 Dave Palmer

267 Mike Diaz

268 Robby Thompson

269 Andre Dawson

270 Lee Guetterman

271 Willie Upshaw

272 Randy Bush

273 Larry Sheets

274 Rob Deer

275 Kirk Gibson

276 Marty Barrett

277 Rickey Henderson

278 Pedro Guerrero

279 Brett Butler

280 Kevin Seitzer

281 Mike Davis

282 Andres Galarraga

283 Devon White

284 Pete O'Brien

285 Jerry Hairston

286 Kevin Bass

287 Carmelo Martinez

288 Juan Samuel

289 Kal Daniels

290 Albert Hall

291 Andy Van Slyke

292 Lee Smith

293 Vince Coleman

294 Tom Niedenfuer

295 Robin Yount

296 Jeff Robinson

297 Todd Benzinger

298 Dave Winfield

299 Mickey Hatcher

300 Checklist

301 Bud Black

302 Jose Canseco

303 Tom Foley

304 Pete Incaviglia

305 Bob Boone

306 Bill Long

307 Willie McGee

308 Ken Caminiti

309 Darren Daulton

310 Tracy Jones

311 Greg Booker

312 Mike LaValliere

313 Chili Davis

314 Glenn Hubbard

315 Paul Noce

316 Keith Hernandez

317 Mark Langston

318 Keith Atherton

319 Tony Fernandez

320 Kent Hrbek

321 John Cerutti

322 Mike Kingery

323 Dave Magadan

324 Rafael Palmeiro

325 Jeff Dedmon

326 Barry Bonds

327 Jeffrey Leonard

328 Tim Flannery

329 Dave Concepcion

330 Mike Schmidt

331 Bill Dawley

332 Larry Andersen

333 Jack Howell

334 Ken Williams

335 Bryn Smith

336 Billy Ripken

337 Greg Brock

338 Mickey Heath

339 Mike Greenwell

340 Claudell Washington

341 Joe Gonzales

342 Mel Hall

343 Jim Eisenreich

344 Tony Bernazard

345 Tim Raines

346 Bob Brower

347 Larry Parrish

348 Thad Bosley

349 Dennis Eckersley

350 Cory Snyder

351 Rick Cerone

352 John Shelby

353 Larry Herndon

354 John Habyan

355 Chuck Crim

356 Gus Polidor

357 Ken Dayley

358 Danny Darwin

359 Lance Parrish

360 Jim Steels

361 Al Pedrique

362 Mike Aldrete

363 Juan Castillo

364 Lenny Dykstra

365 Luis Quinones

366 Jim Presley

367 Lloyd Moseby

368 Kirby Puckett

369 Eric Davis

370 Gary Redus

371 Dave Schmidt

372 Mark Clear

373 Dave Bergman

374 Charlie Hudson

375 Calvin Schiraldi

376 Alex Trevino

377 Tom Candiotti

378 Steve Farr

379 Mike Gallego

380 Andy McGaffigan

381 Kirk McCaskill

382 Oddibe McDowell

383 Floyd Bannister

384 Denny Walling

385 Don Carman

386 Todd Worrell

387 Eric Show

388 Dave Parker

389 Rick Mahler

390 Mike Dunne

391 Candy Maldonado

392 Bob Dernier

393 Dave Valle

394 Ernie Whitt

395 Juan Berenguer

396 Mike Young

397 Mike Felder

398 Willie Hernandez

399 Jim Rice

400 Checklist

401 Tommy John

402 Brian Holton

403 Carmen Castillo

404 Jamie Quirk

405 Dwayne Murphy

406 Jeff Parrett

407 Don Sutton

408 Jerry Browne

409 Jim Winn

410 Dave Smith

411 Shane Mack

412 Greg Gross

413 Nick Esasky

414 Damaso Garcia

415 Brian Fisher

416 Brian Dayett

417 Curt Ford

418 Mark Williamson

419 Bill Schroeder

420 Mike Henneman

421 John Marzano

422 Ron Kittle

423 Matt Young

424 Steve Balboni

425 Luis Polonia

426 Randy St. Claire

427 Greg Harris

428 Johnny Ray

429 Ray Searage

430 Ricky Horton

431 George Young

432 Rick Schu

433 Paul O'Neill

434 Goose Gossage

435 John Cangelosi

436 Mike LaCoss

437 Gerald Perry

438 Dave Martinez

439 Darryl Strawberry

440 John Moses

441 Greg Gagne

442 Jesse Barfield

443 George Frazier

444 Garth Iorg

445 Edwin Nunez

446 Rick Aguilera

447 Jerry Mumphrey

448 Rafael Ramirez

449 John Smiley

450 Atlee Hammaker

451 Lance McCullers

452 Guy Hoffman

453 Charlie James

454 Terry Pendleton

455 Dave Meads

456 Bill Buckner

457 John Pawlowski

458 Bob Sebra

459 Jim Dwyer

460 Jay Aldrich

461 Frank Tanana

462 Oil Can Boyd

463 Dan Pasqua

464 Tim Crews

465 Andy Allanson

466 Bill Pecota

467 Steve Ontiveros

468 Hubie Brooks

469 Paul Kilgus

470 Dale Mohorcic

471 Dan Quisenberry

472 Dave Stewart

473 Dad Clarke

474 Joel Skinner

475 Dave Anderson

476 Dan Petry

477 Carl Nichols

478 Ernest Riles

479 George Hendrick

480 John Morris

481 Manny Hernandez

482 Jeff Stone

483 Charlie Brown

484 Mike Bielecki

485 Dave Dravecky

486 Rick Manning

487 Bill Almon

488 Jim Sundberg

489 Ken Phelps

490 Tom Henke

491 Dan Gladden

492 Barry Larkin

493 Fred Manrique

494 Mike Griffin

495 Mark Knudson

496 Bill Madlock

497 Tim Stoddard

498 Sam Horn

499 Tracy Woodson

500 Checklist

501 Ken Schrom

502 Angel Salazar

503 Eric Plunk

504 Joe Hesketh

505 Greg Minton

506 Geno Petralli

507 Bob James

508 Robbie Wine

509 Jeff Calhoun

510 Steve Lake

511 Mark Grant

512 Frank Williams

513 Jeff Blauser

514 Bob Walk

515 Craig Lefferts

516 Manny Trillo

517 Jerry Reed

518 Rick Leach

519 Mark Davidson

520 Jeff Ballard

521 Dave Stapleton

522 Pat Sheridan

523 Al Nipper

524 Steve Trout

525 Jeff Hamilton

526 Tommy Hinzo

527 Lonnie Smith

528 Greg Cadaret

529 Bob McClure

530 Chuck Finley

531 Jeff Russell

532 Steve Lyons

533 Terry Puhl

534 Eric Nolte

535 Kent Tekulve

536 Pat Pacillo

537 Charlie Puleo

538 Tom Prince

539 Greg Maddux

540 Jim Lindeman

541 Pete Stanicek

542 Steve Kiefer

543 John Morrill

544 Spike Owen

545 Jay Buhner

546 Mike Devereaux

547 Jerry Don Gleaton

548 Jose Rijo

549 Dennis Martinez

550 Mike Loynd

551 Darrell Miller

552 Dave LaPoint

553 John Tudor

554 Rocky Childress

555 Wally Ritchie

556 Terry McGriff

557 Dave Leiper

558 Jeff Robinson

559 Jose Uribe

560 Ted Simmons

561 Les Lancaster

562 Keith Miller

563 Harold Reynolds

564 Gene Larkin

565 Cecil Fielder

566 Roy Smalley

567 Duane Ward

568 Bill Wilkinson

569 Howard Johnson

570 Frank DiPino

571 Pete Smith

572 Darnell Coles

573 Don Robinson

574 Gene Nelson

575 Dennis Rasmussen

576 Steve Jeltz

577 Tom Pagnozzi

578 Ty Gainey

579 Gary Lucas

580 Ron Hassey

581 Herm Winningham

582 Rene Gonzales

583 Brad Komminsk

584 Doyle Alexander

585 Jeff Sellers

586 Bill Gullickson

587 Tim Belcher

588 Doug Jones

589 Melido Perez

590 Rick Honeycutt

591 Pascual Perez

592 Curtis Wilkerson

593 Steve Howe

594 John Davis

595 Steve Davis

596 Sammy Stewart

597 Neil Allen

598 Alejandro Pena

599 Mark Thurmond

600 Checklist

601 Jose Mesa RC

602 Don August

603 Terry Leach SP

604 Tom Newell

605 Randy Byers SP

606 Jim Gott

607 Harry Spilman

608 John Candelaria

609 Mike Brumley

610 Mickey Brantley

611 Jose Nunez SP

612 Tom Nieto

613 Rick Reuschel

614 Lee Mazzilli SP

615 Scott Lusader

616 Bob Meacham

617 Kevin McReynolds SP

618 Gene Garber

619 Barry Lyons SP

620 Randy Myers

621 Donnie Moore

622 Domingo Ramos

623 Ed Romero

624 Greg Myers

625 Ripken Baseball Family

626 Pat Perry

627 Andres Thomas SP

628 Matt Williams RC

629 Dave Hengel

630 Jeff Musselman SP

631 Tim Laudner

632 Bob Ojeda SP

633 Rafael Santana

634 Wes Gardner

635 Roberto Kelly SP, RC

636 Mike Flanagan SP

637 Jay Bell

638 Bob Melvin

639 Damon Berryhill

640 David Wells

641 Stan Musial Puzzle Card

642 Doug Sisk

643 Keith Hughes

644 Tom Glavine RC

645 Al Newman

646 Scott Sanderson

647 Scott Terry

648 Tim Teufel SP

649 Garry Templeton SP

650 Manuel Lee SP

651 Roger McDowell SP

652 Mookie Wilson SP

653 David Cone

654 Ron Gant RC

655 Joe Price SP

656 George Bell SP

657 Gregg Jefferies RC

658 Todd Stottlemyre RC

659 Geronimo Berroa RC

660 Jerry Royster SP

Errors and Variations

Most cards from the factory sets, but not all, have different border orientations than their wax/rack counterparts. Listed below are a few of the known border variation cards.

6A Ron Darling DK ERR (Black corners in upper right and lower left on front)

6B Ron Darling DK COR (Black corners in upper left and lower right on front)

58A DeWayne Buice ERR (Black corners in upper left and lower right on front)

58B DeWayne Buice COR (Black corners in upper right and lower left on front)

86A Mike Witt ERR (Black corners in upper right and lower left on front)

86B Mike Witt COR (Black corners in upper left and lower right on front)

135A Willie Fraser ERR (Black corners in upper right and lower left on front)

135B Willie Fraser COR (Black corners in upper left and lower right on front)

167A Zane Smith ERR (Black corners in upper right and lower left on front)

167B Zane Smith COR (Black corners in upper left and lower right on front)

181A Mark McClemore ERR (Black corners in upper right and lower left on front)

181B Mark McClemore COR (Black corners in upper left and lower right on front)

192A Jesse Orosco ERR (Black corners in upper right corner and lower left on front)

192B Jesse Orosco COR (Black corners in upper left and lower right on front)

316A Keith Hernandez ERR (Black corners in upper right and lower left on front)

316B Keith Hernandez COR (Black corners in upper left and lower right on front)

437A Gerald Perry ERR (Black corners in upper right and lower left on front)

437B Gerald Perry COR (Black corners in upper left and lower right on front)

543 Jim Morrison UER (Lifetime batting average on back missing decimal point)

627A Andres Thomas SP ERR (Black corners in upper right and lower left on front)

627B Andres Thomas SP COR (Black corners in upper left and lower right on front)

Parallels

Super DKs

This 26-player card set was available through a mail-in offer detailed on the wax packs. The set was sent in return for 8.00 and three wrappers plus 1.50 postage and handling. The set features the popular Diamond Kings in large (approximately 4 7/8" by 6 13/16") form.

Inserts

Bonus MVPs

Numbered with the prefix "BC" for bonus card, this 26-card set featuring the most valuable player from each major league team was randomly inserted in packs. The cards are distinguished by the MVP logo in the upper left corner of the obverse, and cards BC14-BC26 are considered to be very slightly more difficult to find than cards BC1-BC13.

BC1 Cal Ripken

BC2 Eric Davis

BC3 Paul Molitor

BC4 Mike Schmidt

BC5 Ivan Calderon

BC6 Tony Gwynn

BC7 Wade Boggs

BC8 Andy Van Slyke

BC9 Joe Carter

BC10 Andre Dawson

BC11 Alan Trammell

BC12 Mike Scott

BC13 Wally Joyner

BC14 Dale Murphy SP

BC15 Kirby Puckett SP

BC16 Pedro Guerrero SP

BC17 Kevin Seitzer SP

BC18 Tim Raines SP

BC19 George Bell SP

BC20 Darryl Strawberry SP

BC21 Don Mattingly SP

BC22 Ozzie Smith SP

BC23 Mark McGwire SP

BC24 Will Clark SP

BC25 Alvin Davis SP

BC26 Ruben Sierra SP

Kirby Puckett Blister Pack Card

A Kirby Puckett card issued as the package back of Donruss blister packs; it uses a different photo from both of Kirby's regular and Bonus MVP cards and is unnumbered on the back.

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