1990 Donruss

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Description

At 716 cards, the 1990 Donruss release was the largest set ever produced by the company up to that point. The card fronts featured either a portrait or action shot of the player, surrounded by an unmistakable bright red border that were accented by black/grey/white dots and featured a cursive white-text nameplate. The card reverse was horizontal and similar to previous Donruss sets, featuring up to 5 years of career stats, personal information, and career highlights.

There were two subsets, Diamond Kings (cards 1-27) and Rated Rookies (28-47). 1990 marked the 9th straight year the staple Diamond Kings art cards from the Perez-Steele Galleries were featured as subsets within the base set. The Rated Rookies subset returned for the 7th consecutive year. Additionally, cards of players who were All-Stars in 1989 displayed an All-Star logo on the front on their card. The base set also featured several commemorative cards: #643 Mike Schmidt "All Time Greats"; #659 Nolan Ryan "5,000 K'S"; and former Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti, who had passed away in 1989.

Given the large number of cards in the set and the lower quality control standards from the time, 1990 Donruss unfortunately suffered from a large number of printing/text errors that were corrected after the cards were released. Most of these were minor printing flaws and insignificant variations that most collectors have deemed unworthy of price differentials. There were also several double-printed cards, indicated in the checklist below with a "DP" coding.

Notable Rookie Cards of Juan Gonzalez, David Justice, Sammy Sosa, Larry Walker, and Bernie Williams were in this set.

This set is most notable for the the Aqueous Test cards and the Juan Gonzalez Reverse Negative RC. The Gonzalez Reverse Negative card was an accidental printing error that resulted in a player photo of Juan Gonzalez that made him look like a left-handed batter - this error stemmed from the improper use of the photographic negative when printing on the card. This error was quickly identified by Donruss as they re-issued a correction featuring Gonzalez in the correct orientation. Even though the error was corrected quickly, the Reverse Negative Gonzalez is not considered to be rare or even hard to find as Donruss printed hundreds of thousands of each base card overall.

Distribution

Wax: 36 packs per box, 16 cards + 3 pieces of a Carl Yastrzemski puzzle per pack (MSRP $0.50). 20 boxes per case. For the first time, boxes were shrink-wrapped.

Canadian Wax: 36 packs per box, 10 cards + 3 pieces of a Carl Yastrzemski puzzle per pack (MSRP: C$0.50). 12 boxes per case.

Cello: 24 packs per box, 37 cards + two 3-piece Carl Yastrzemski puzzle panels per pack (MSRP: $0.99).

Rack Pack: 48 cards + three, 3-piece Carl Yastrzemski puzzle panels per pack. 72 packs per case.

Blister Packs: 78 cards per pack. 48 packs per case.

Factory Sets (includes set of 12 Grand Slammers)

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 716 - ? ?

Checklist

Promos

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A pack of two cards from a 12-card promotional set were sent to Hobby dealers to preview the set. The front of each card had the same design as the pack-issued versions but the backs were white and featured the words "1990 PREVIEW CARDS/No. XX of 12". These promo packs were only sent to master distributors and dealers that purchased directly from Donruss - thus, cards from this promotional set are some of the tougher ones to find the Junk Wax era.

  • 1 Todd Zeile
  • 2 Ben McDonald
  • 3 Bo Jackson
  • 4 Will Clark
  • 5 Dave Stewart
  • 6 Kevin Mitchell
  • 7 Nolan Ryan
  • 8 Howard Johnson
  • 9 Tony Gwynn
  • 10 Jerome Walton
  • 11 Wade Boggs
  • 12 Kirby Puckett

Base Set

NOTES:

  • There are different versions of the checklist cards. The checklists inserted into packs account for the 26 pack-exclusive MVP inserts ("a" in this checklist below); while the factory set checklists ("b") do not.
  • Most of the All-Star cards have one of two errors (or in the case of Harold Baines's AS, combinations of both). Some AS's have the words "RECENT MAJOR LEAGUE PERFORMANCE" on the back, instead of the proper "ALL-STAR GAME PERFORMANCE." The other error involves the yellow star on the front the card with a black line running through it instead of the star in front of the line behind it.
  • There is a variation where the period behind the Inc. in the copyright statement is missing.
  • The black/grey/white accent dots on the card front that created a paint-splatter" effect differed, depending on how they were distributed - specifically, cards that came from factory sets featured a different pattern from the cards that were pulled from packs.
  • Some player's birth dates were not corrected until the factory set release.
  • On the copyright some cards have a period after " © 1989 LEAF, INC.", while some do not.

Many of these errors were due to the fact that Donruss outsourced production to multiple printing facilities, some of which had never produced baseball cards before. Identified errors are listed in the checklist below.

Diamond Kings

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  • 1 Bo Jackson DK
  • 2 Steve Sax DK
  • 3a Ruben Sierra DK ERR (Missing black "notch" on reverse) (batting avg was .306 in '89)
  • 3b Ruben Sierra DK UER (Batting avg still listed .306 in '89)
  • 4 Ken Griffey, Jr. DK
  • 5 Mickey Tettleton DK
  • 6 Dave Stewart DK
  • 7 Jim Deshaies DK DP
  • 8 John Smoltz DK
  • 9 Mike Bielecki DK
  • 10a Brian Downing DK ERR RevNeg
  • 10b Brian Downing DK COR
  • 11 Kevin Mitchell DK
  • 12 Kelly Gruber DK
  • 13 Joe Magrane DK
  • 14 John Franco DK
  • 15 Ozzie Guillen DK
  • 16 Lou Whitaker DK
  • 17 John Smiley DK
  • 18 Howard Johnson DK
  • 19 Willie Randolph DK
  • 20 Chris Bosio DK
  • 21 Tommy Herr DK DP UER (Only won one World Series, not two)
  • 22 Dan Gladden DK
  • 25 Bryn Smith DK
  • 26 Ed Whitson DK DP
  • 27 DK Checklist DP

Rated Rookies

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  • 28 Robin Ventura RR
  • 29 Todd Zeile RR
  • 30 Sandy Alomar, Jr. RR
  • 31 Kent Mercker RR RC
  • 32 Ben McDonald RR RC UER (Middle name is Benard, not Benjamin)
  • 33b Juan Gonzalez RR RC COR
  • 33a Juan Gonzalez RR RC ERR RevNeg
  • 34 Eric Anthony RR RC
  • 35 Mike Fetters RR RC
  • 36 Marquis Grissom RR RC
  • 37 Greg Vaughn RR
  • 38 Brian DuBois RR RC
  • 39 Steve Avery RR UER (Was born in Michigan, not NJ)
  • 40 Mark Gardner RR RC
  • 41 Andy Benes RR
  • 42 Delino DeShields RR RC
  • 43 Scott Coolbaugh RR RC
  • 44 Pat Combs RR DP
  • 45 Alex Sanchez RR DP
  • 46 Kelly Mann RR RC DP
  • 47 Julio Machado RR RC

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  • 48 Pete Incaviglia
  • 49 Shawon Dunston
  • 50 Jeff Treadway
  • 51 Jeff Ballard
  • 52 Claudell Washington
  • 53 Juan Samuel
  • 54 John Smiley
  • 55 Rob Deer
  • 56 Geno Petralli
  • 57 Chris Bosio
  • 58 Carlton Fisk
  • 59 Kirt Manwaring
  • 60 Chet Lemon
  • 61 Bo Jackson
  • 62 Doyle Alexander
  • 63 Pedro Guerrero
  • 64 Allan Anderson
  • 65 Greg W. Harris
  • 66 Mike Greenwell
  • 67 Walt Weiss
  • 68 Wade Boggs
  • 69 Jim Clancy
  • 70 Junior Felix
  • 71 Barry Larkin
  • 72 Dave LaPoint
  • 73 Joel Skinner
  • 74 Jesse Barfield
  • 75 Tommy Herr
  • 76 Ricky Jordan
  • 77 Eddie Murray
  • 78 Steve Sax
  • 79 Tim Belcher
  • 80 Danny Jackson
  • 81 Kent Hrbek
  • 82 Milt Thompson
  • 83 Brook Jacoby
  • 84 Mike Marshall
  • 85 Kevin Seitzer
  • 86 Tony Gwynn
  • 87 Dave Stieb
  • 88 Dave Smith
  • 89 Bret Saberhagen
  • 90 Alan Trammell
  • 91 Tony Phillips
  • 92 Doug Drabek
  • 93 Jeffrey Leonard
  • 94 Wally Joyner
  • 95 Carney Lansford
  • 96 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 97 Andres Galarraga
  • 98 Kevin Mitchell
  • 99 Howard Johnson
  • 100a Checklist 28-129 (Packs)
  • 100b Checklist 28-125 (Factory Sets)
  • 101 Melido Perez
  • 102 Spike Owen
  • 103 Paul Molitor
  • 104 Geronimo Berroa
  • 105 Ryne Sandberg
  • 106 Bryn Smith
  • 107 Steve Buechele
  • 108 Jim Abbott
  • 109 Alvin Davis
  • 110 Lee Smith
  • 111 Roberto Alomar
  • 112 Rick Reuschel
  • 113b Kelly Gruber COR
  • 113a Kelly Gruber ERR (Incorrect birthdate; was born 2/26)
  • 114 Joe Carter
  • 115 Jose Rijo
  • 116 Greg Minton
  • 117 Bob Ojeda
  • 118 Glenn Davis
  • 119 Jeff Reardon
  • 120 Kurt Stillwell
  • 121 John Smoltz
  • 122 Dwight Evans
  • 123 Eric Yelding RC
  • 124 John Franco
  • 125 Jose Canseco
  • 126 Barry Bonds
  • 127 Lee Guetterman
  • 128 Jack Clark
  • 129 Dave Valle
  • 130 Hubie Brooks
  • 131 Ernest Riles
  • 132 Mike Morgan
  • 133 Steve Jeltz
  • 134 Jeff Robinson
  • 135 Ozzie Guillen
  • 136 Chili Davis
  • 137 Mitch Webster
  • 138 Jerry Browne
  • 139 Bo Diaz
  • 140 Robby Thompson
  • 141 Craig Worthington
  • 142 Julio Franco
  • 143 Brian Holman
  • 144 George Brett
  • 145 Tom Glavine
  • 146 Robin Yount
  • 147 Gary Carter
  • 148 Ron Kittle
  • 149 Tony Fernandez
  • 150 Dave Stewart
  • 151 Gary Gaetti
  • 152 Kevin Elster
  • 153 Gerald Perry
  • 154 Jesse Orosco
  • 155 Wally Backman
  • 156 Dennis Martinez
  • 157 Rick Sutcliffe
  • 158 Greg Maddux
  • 159 Andy Hawkins
  • 160 John Kruk
  • 161 Jose Oquendo
  • 162 John Dopson
  • 163 Joe Magrane
  • 164 Billy Ripken
  • 165 Fred Manrique
  • 166 Nolan Ryan
  • 167 Damon Berryhill
  • 168b Dale Murphy
  • 168a Dale Murphy VAR (Black Line extends into the "D" of Dale on front)
  • 169 Mickey Tettleton
  • 170a Kirk McCaskill ERR (Incorrect birthdate; was born 4/9)
  • 170b Kirk McCaskill COR (Stray glove string airbruished out)
  • 171 Dwight Gooden
  • 172 Jose Lind
  • 173 B.J. Surhoff
  • 174 Ruben Sierra
  • 175 Dan Plesac
  • 176 Dan Pasqua
  • 177 Kelly Downs
  • 178 Matt Nokes
  • 179 Luis Aquino
  • 180 Frank Tanana
  • 181 Tony Pena
  • 182 Dan Gladden
  • 183 Bruce Hurst
  • 184 Roger Clemens
  • 185 Mark McGwire
  • 186 Rob Murphy
  • 187 Jim Deshaies
  • 188 Fred McGriff
  • 189 Rob Dibble
  • 190 Don Mattingly
  • 191 Felix Fermin
  • 192 Roberto Kelly
  • 193 Dennis Cook
  • 194 Darren Daulton
  • 195 Alfredo Griffin
  • 196 Eric Plunk
  • 197 Orel Hershiser
  • 198 Paul O'Neill
  • 199 Randy Bush
  • 200a Checklist 130-231 (Packs)
  • 200b Checklist 126-223 (Factory Sets)
  • 201 Ozzie Smith
  • 202 Pete O'Brien
  • 203 Jay Howell
  • 204 Mark Gubicza
  • 205 Ed Whitson
  • 206 George Bell
  • 207 Mike Scott
  • 208 Charlie Leibrandt
  • 209 Mike Heath
  • 210 Dennis Eckersley
  • 211 Mike LaValliere
  • 212 Darnell Coles
  • 213 Lance Parrish
  • 214 Mike Moore
  • 215 Steve Finley
  • 216 Tim Raines
  • 217a Scott Garrelts ERR (Incorrect birthdate; was born 10/30)
  • 217b Scott Garrelts COR
  • 218 Kevin McReynolds
  • 219 Dave Gallagher
  • 220 Tim Wallach
  • 221 Chuck Crim
  • 222 Lonnie Smith
  • 223 Andre Dawson
  • 224 Nelson Santovenia
  • 225 Rafael Palmeiro
  • 226 Devon White
  • 227 Harold Reynolds
  • 228 Ellis Burks
  • 229 Mark Parent
  • 230 Will Clark
  • 231 Jimmy Key
  • 232 John Farrell
  • 233 Eric Davis
  • 234 Johnny Ray
  • 235 Darryl Strawberry
  • 236 Bill Doran
  • 237 Greg Gagne
  • 238 Jim Eisenreich
  • 239 Tommy Gregg
  • 240 Marty Barrett
  • 241 Rafael Ramirez
  • 242 Chris Sabo
  • 243 Dave Henderson
  • 244 Andy Van Slyke
  • 245 Alvaro Espinoza
  • 246 Garry Templeton
  • 247 Gene Harris
  • 248 Kevin Gross
  • 249 Brett Butler
  • 250 Willie Randolph
  • 251 Roger McDowell
  • 252 Rafael Belliard
  • 253 Steve Rosenberg
  • 254 Jack Howell
  • 255 Marvell Wynne
  • 256 Tom Candiotti
  • 257 Todd Benzinger
  • 258 Don Robinson
  • 259 Phil Bradley
  • 260 Cecil Espy
  • 261 Scott Bankhead
  • 262 Frank White
  • 263 Andres Thomas
  • 264 Glenn Braggs
  • 265 David Cone
  • 266 Bobby Thigpen
  • 267 Nelson Liriano
  • 268 Terry Steinbach
  • 269 Kirby Puckett
  • 270 Gregg Jefferies
  • 271 Jeff Blauser
  • 272 Cory Snyder
  • 273 Roy Smith
  • 274 Tom Foley
  • 275 Mitch Williams
  • 276 Paul Kilgus
  • 277 Don Slaught
  • 278 Von Hayes
  • 279 Vince Coleman
  • 280 Mike Boddicker
  • 281 Ken Dayley
  • 282 Mike Devereaux
  • 283 Kenny Rogers
  • 284 Jeff Russell
  • 285 Jerome Walton
  • 286 Derek Lilliquist
  • 287 Joe Orsulak
  • 288 Dick Schofield
  • 289 Ron Darling
  • 290 Bobby Bonilla
  • 291 Jim Gantner
  • 292 Bobby Witt
  • 293 Greg Brock
  • 294 Ivan Calderon
  • 295 Steve Bedrosian
  • 296 Mike Henneman
  • 297 Tom Gordon
  • 298 Lou Whitaker
  • 299 Terry Pendleton
  • 300a Checklist 232-333 (Packs)
  • 300b Checklist 224-321 (Factory Sets)
  • 301 Juan Berenguer
  • 302 Mark Davis
  • 303 Nick Esasky
  • 304 Rickey Henderson
  • 305 Rick Cerone
  • 306 Craig Biggio
  • 307 Duane Ward
  • 308 Tom Browning
  • 309 Walt Terrell
  • 310 Greg Swindell
  • 311 Dave Righetti
  • 312 Mike Maddux
  • 313 Lenny Dykstra
  • 314 Jose Gonzalez
  • 315 Steve Balboni
  • 316 Mike Scioscia
  • 317 Ron Oester
  • 318 Gary Wayne
  • 319 Todd Worrell
  • 320 Doug Jones
  • 321 Jeff Hamilton
  • 322 Danny Tartabull
  • 323 Chris James
  • 324 Mike Flanagan
  • 325 Gerald Young
  • 326 Bob Boone
  • 327 Frank Williams
  • 328 Dave Parker
  • 329 Sid Bream
  • 330 Mike Schooler
  • 331 Bert Blyleven
  • 332 Bob Welch
  • 333 Bob Milacki
  • 334 Tim Burke
  • 335 Jose Uribe
  • 336 Randy Myers
  • 337 Eric King
  • 338 Mark Langston
  • 339 Ted Higuera
  • 340 Oddibe McDowell
  • 341 Lloyd McClendon
  • 342 Pascual Perez
  • 343 Kevin Brown UER ("Signeed thru 1990" on back)
  • 344 Chuck Finley
  • 345 Erik Hanson
  • 346 Rich Gedman
  • 347 Bip Roberts
  • 348 Matt Williams
  • 349 Tom Henke
  • 350 Brad Komminsk
  • 351 Jeff Reed
  • 352 Brian Downing
  • 353 Frank Viola
  • 354 Terry Puhl
  • 355 Brian Harper
  • 356 Steve Farr
  • 357 Joe Boever
  • 358 Danny Heep
  • 359 Larry Andersen
  • 360 Rolando Roomes
  • 361 Mike Gallego
  • 362 Bob Kipper
  • 363 Clay Parker
  • 364 Mike Pagliarulo
  • 365 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 366 Rex Hudler
  • 367 Pat Sheridan
  • 368b Kirk Gibson COR
  • 368a Kirk Gibson ERR (Incorrect birthdate; was born 5/28)
  • 369 Jeff Parrett
  • 370 Bob Walk
  • 371 Ken Patterson
  • 372 Bryan Harvey
  • 373 Mike Bielecki
  • 374 Tom Magrann RC
  • 375 Rick Mahler
  • 376 Craig Lefferts
  • 377 Gregg Olson
  • 378 Jamie Moyer
  • 379 Randy Johnson
  • 380 Jeff Montgomery
  • 381 Marty Clary
  • 382 Bill Spiers
  • 383 Dave Magadan
  • 384 Greg Hibbard
  • 385 Ernie Whitt
  • 386 Rick Honeycutt
  • 387 Dave West
  • 388 Keith Hernandez
  • 389 Jose Alvarez
  • 390 Joey Belle
  • 391 Rick Aguilera
  • 392 Mike Fitzgerald
  • 393 Dwight Smith
  • 394 Steve Wilson
  • 395 Bob Geren
  • 396 Randy Ready
  • 397 Ken Hill
  • 398 Jody Reed
  • 399 Tom Brunansky
  • 400b Checklist 322-419 (Factory Sets)
  • 400a Checklist 334-435 (Packs)
  • 401 Rene Gonzales
  • 402 Harold Baines
  • 403 Cecilio Guante
  • 404 Joe Girardi
  • 405b Sergio Valdez RC
  • 405a Sergio Valdez VAR RC (Black Line extends into the "S" of Sergio on front)
  • 406 Mark Williamson
  • 407 Glenn Hoffman
  • 408 Jeff Innis RC
  • 409 Randy Kramer
  • 410 Charlie O'Brien
  • 411 Charlie Hough
  • 412 Gus Polidor
  • 413 Ron Karkovice
  • 414 Trevor Wilson
  • 415 Kevin Ritz RC
  • 416 Gary Thurman
  • 417 Jeff Robinson
  • 418 Scott Terry
  • 419 Tim Laudner
  • 420 Dennis Rasmussen
  • 421 Luis Rivera
  • 422 Jim Corsi
  • 423 Dennis Lamp
  • 424 Ken Caminiti
  • 425 David Wells
  • 426 Norm Charlton
  • 427 Deion Sanders
  • 428 Dion James
  • 429 Chuck Cary
  • 430 Ken Howell
  • 431 Steve Lake
  • 432 Kal Daniels
  • 433 Lance McCullers
  • 434 Lenny Harris
  • 435 Scott Scudder
  • 436 Gene Larkin
  • 437 Dan Quisenberry UER (Missing league leader "*" for G and SV in '85)
  • 438 Steve Olin RC
  • 439 Mickey Hatcher
  • 440 Willie Wilson
  • 441 Mark Grant
  • 442 Mookie Wilson
  • 443 Alex Trevino
  • 444 Pat Tabler
  • 445 Dave Bergman
  • 446 Todd Burns
  • 447 R.J. Reynolds
  • 448 Jay Buhner
  • 449 Lee Stevens RC
  • 450 Ron Hassey
  • 451 Bob Melvin
  • 452 Dave Martinez
  • 453 Greg Litton
  • 454 Mark Carreon
  • 455 Scott Fletcher
  • 456 Otis Nixon
  • 457 Tony Fossas RC
  • 458 John Russell
  • 459 Paul Assenmacher
  • 460 Zane Smith
  • 461 Jack Daugherty RC
  • 462 Rich Monteleone
  • 463 Greg Briley
  • 464 Mike Smithson
  • 465 Benito Santiago
  • 466 Jeff Brantley
  • 467 Jose Nunez
  • 468 Scott Bailes
  • 469 Ken Griffey, Sr.
  • 470 Bob McClure
  • 471 Mackey Sasser
  • 472 Glenn Wilson
  • 473 Kevin Tapani RC
  • 474 Bill Buckner
  • 475 Ron Gant
  • 476 Kevin Romine
  • 477 Juan Agosto
  • 478 Herm Winningham
  • 479 Storm Davis
  • 480 Jeff King
  • 481 Kevin Mmahat RC
  • 482 Carmelo Martinez
  • 483 Omar Vizquel
  • 484 Jim Dwyer
  • 485 Bob Knepper
  • 486 Dave Anderson
  • 487 Ron Jones
  • 488 Jay Bell
  • 489 Sammy Sosa RC (Incorrect birth date; was born 11/12)
  • 490 Kent Anderson
  • 491 Domingo Ramos
  • 492 Dave Clark
  • 493 Tim Birtsas
  • 494 Ken Oberkfell
  • 495 Larry Sheets
  • 496 Jeff Kunkel
  • 497 Jim Presley
  • 498 Mike Macfarlane
  • 499 Pete Smith
  • 500b Checklist 420-517 (Factory Sets)
  • 500a Checklist 436-537 (Packs) DP
  • 501 Gary Sheffield
  • 502 Terry Bross RC
  • 503 Jerry Kutzler RC
  • 504 Lloyd Moseby
  • 505 Curt Young
  • 506 Al Newman
  • 507 Keith Miller
  • 508 Mike Stanton RC
  • 509 Rich Yett
  • 510 Tim Drummond RC
  • 511 Joe Hesketh
  • 512 Rick Wrona
  • 513 Luis Salazar
  • 514 Hal Morris
  • 515 Terry Mulholland
  • 516 John Morris
  • 517 Carlos Quintana
  • 518 Frank DiPino
  • 519 Randy Milligan
  • 520 Chad Kreuter
  • 521 Mike Jeffcoat
  • 522 Mike Harkey
  • 523a Andy Nezelek ERR (Incorrect birthdate; was born in 1965)
  • 523b Andy Nezelek COR
  • 524 Dave Schmidt
  • 525 Tony Armas
  • 526 Barry Lyons
  • 527 Rick Reed RC
  • 528 Jerry Reuss
  • 529 Dean Palmer RC
  • 530 Jeff Peterek RC
  • 531 Carlos Martinez
  • 532 Atlee Hammaker
  • 533 Mike Brumley
  • 534 Terry Leach
  • 535 Doug Strange RC
  • 536 Jose DeLeon
  • 537 Shane Rawley
  • 538 Joey Cora
  • 539 Eric Hetzel
  • 540 Gene Nelson
  • 541 Wes Gardner
  • 542 Mark Portugal
  • 543 Al Leiter
  • 544 Jack Armstrong
  • 545 Greg Cadaret
  • 546 Rod Nichols
  • 547 Luis Polonia
  • 548 Charlie Hayes
  • 549 Dickie Thon
  • 550 Tim Crews
  • 551 Dave Winfield
  • 552 Mike Davis
  • 553 Ron Robinson
  • 554 Carmen Castillo
  • 555 John Costello
  • 556 Bud Black
  • 557 Rick Dempsey
  • 558 Jim Acker
  • 559 Eric Show
  • 560 Pat Borders
  • 561 Danny Darwin
  • 562 Rick Luecken RC
  • 563 Edwin Nunez
  • 564 Felix Jose
  • 565 John Cangelosi
  • 566 Bill Swift
  • 567 Bill Schroeder
  • 568 Stan Javier
  • 569 Jim Traber
  • 570 Wallace Johnson
  • 571 Donell Nixon
  • 572 Sid Fernandez
  • 573 Lance Johnson
  • 574 Andy McGaffigan
  • 575 Mark Knudson
  • 576 Tommy Greene RC
  • 577 Mark Grace
  • 578 Larry Walker RC
  • 579 Mike Stanley
  • 580 Mike Witt DP
  • 581 Scott Bradley
  • 582 Greg Harris
  • 583a Kevin Hickey VAR (Black Line extends into the "K" of Kevin on front)
  • 583b Kevin Hickey
  • 584 Lee Mazzilli
  • 585 Jeff Pico
  • 586 Joe Oliver
  • 587 Willie Fraser DP
  • 588 Carl Yastrzemski (Puzzle Card)
  • 589 Kevin Bass DP
  • 590 John Moses DP
  • 591 Tom Pagnozzi DP
  • 592 Tony Castillo DP
  • 593 Jerald Clark DP
  • 594 Dan Schatzeder
  • 595 Luis Quinones DP
  • 596 Pete Harnisch DP
  • 597 Gary Redus
  • 598 Mel Hall
  • 599 Rick Schu
  • 600a Checklist 538-639 (Packs)
  • 600b Checklist 518-617 (Factory Sets)
  • 601 Mike Kingery DP
  • 602 Terry Kennedy DP
  • 603 Mike Sharperson DP
  • 604 Don Carman DP
  • 605 Jim Gott
  • 606 Donn Pall DP
  • 607 Rance Mulliniks
  • 608 Curt Wilkerson DP
  • 609 Mike Felder DP
  • 610 Guillermo Hernandez DP
  • 611 Candy Maldonado DP
  • 612 Mark Thurmond DP
  • 613 Rick Leach DP
  • 614 Jerry Reed DP
  • 615 Franklin Stubbs
  • 616 Billy Hatcher DP
  • 617 Don August DP
  • 618 Tim Teufel
  • 619 Shawn Hillegas DP
  • 620 Manny Lee
  • 621 Gary Ward DP
  • 622 Mark Guthrie DP RC
  • 623 Jeff Musselman DP
  • 624 Mark Lemke DP
  • 625 Fernando Valenzuela
  • 626 Paul Sorrento DP RC
  • 627 Glenallen Hill DP
  • 628 Les Lancaster DP
  • 629 Vance Law DP
  • 630 Randy Velarde DP
  • 631 Todd Frohwirth DP
  • 632 Willie McGee
  • 633 Oil Can Boyd DP
  • 634 Cris Carpenter DP
  • 635 Brian Holton
  • 636 Tracy Jones DP
  • 637a Terry Steinbach AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 637b Terry Steinbach AS COR
  • 638 Brady Anderson
  • 639b Jack Morris
  • 639a Jack Morris VAR (Black line extends into the "J" of Jack on front)
  • 640 Jaime Navarro
  • 641 Darrin Jackson
  • 642 Mike Dyer RC
  • 643 Mike Schmidt "All-Time Great"
  • 644 Henry Cotto
  • 645 John Cerutti
  • 646 Francisco Cabrera
  • 647 Scott Sanderson
  • 648 Brian Meyer
  • 649 Ray Searage
  • 650a Bo Jackson AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 650b Bo Jackson AS COR
  • 651 Steve Lyons
  • 652 Mike LaCoss
  • 653 Ted Power
  • 654a Howard Johnson AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 654b Howard Johnson AS COR
  • 655 Mauro Gozzo RC
  • 656 Mike Blowers RC
  • 657 Paul Gibson
  • 658 Neal Heaton
  • 659a Nolan Ryan 5000K COR
  • 659b Nolan Ryan "King of Kings" ERR (5000K back)
  • 660d Harold Baines AS COR
  • 660c Harold Baines AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 660b Harold Baines AS VAR (Black line extends through star on front)
  • 660a Harold Baines AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header; black line extends
  • 661 Gary Pettis
  • 662 Clint Zavaras RC
  • 663b Rick Reuschel AS COR
  • 663a Rick Reuschel AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 664 Alejandro Pena
  • 665a Nolan Ryan "King of Kings" COR
  • 665b Nolan Ryan 5000K ERR ("King of Kings" back)
  • 666 Ricky Horton
  • 667 Curt Schilling
  • 668 Bill Landrum
  • 669 Todd Stottlemyre
  • 670 Tim Leary
  • 671 John Wetteland
  • 672 Calvin Schiraldi
  • 673b Ruben Sierra AS COR
  • 673a Ruben Sierra AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 674a Pedro Guerrero AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 674b Pedro Guerrero AS COR
  • 675 Ken Phelps
  • 676a Cal Ripken, Jr. AS COR
  • 676b Cal Ripken, Jr. AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 677 Denny Walling
  • 678 Rich Gossage
  • 679 Gary Mielke RC
  • 680 Bill Bathe
  • 681 Tom Lawless
  • 682 Xavier Hernandez RC
  • 683a Kirby Puckett AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 683b Kirby Puckett AS COR
  • 684 Mariano Duncan
  • 685 Ramon Martinez
  • 686 Tim Jones
  • 687 Tom Filer
  • 688 Steve Lombardozzi
  • 689 Bernie Williams RC
  • 690 Chip Hale RC
  • 691 Beau Allred RC
  • 692b Ryne Sandberg AS COR
  • 692a Ryne Sandberg AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 693 Jeff Huson RC
  • 694 Curt Ford
  • 695b Eric Davis AS COR
  • 695a Eric Davis AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 696 Scott Lusader
  • 697a Mark McGwire AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 697b Mark McGwire AS COR
  • 698 Steve Cummings RC
  • 699 George Canale RC
  • 700a Checklist 640-BC26 COR (Packs)
  • 700b Checklist 618-716 (Factory Sets)
  • 700c Checklist 640-BC26 ERR (Packs: no card #716)
  • 701a Julio Franco AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 701b Julio Franco AS COR
  • 702 Dave Johnson RC
  • 703a Dave Stewart AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 703b Dave Stewart AS COR
  • 704 David Justice RC
  • 705a Tony Gwynn AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 705b Tony Gwynn AS COR
  • 706 Greg Myers
  • 707a Will Clark AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 707b Will Clark AS COR
  • 708a Benito Santiago AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 708b Benito Santiago AS COR
  • 709 Larry McWilliams
  • 710a Ozzie Smith AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 710b Ozzie Smith AS COR
  • 711 John Olerud RC
  • 712a Wade Boggs AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 712b Wade Boggs AS COR
  • 713 Gary Eave RC
  • 714 Bob Tewksbury
  • 715a Kevin Mitchell AS ERR ("Recent Major League Performance" stats header)
  • 715b Kevin Mitchell AS COR
  • 716 Bart Giamatti Commissioner (in memoriam)

  • NNOc Nolan Ryan "King of Kings" UER (NNO on back; factory sets only)

Parallels

Aqueous Test

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Donruss produced a high-gloss, or "Aqueous" test issue prior to the official printing of the base set that were not intended to be released to the public. These Aqueous Test cards were identical to the 1990 Donruss base set except for three features:

  • A glossy coating on the front
  • The words "AQUEOUS TEST" printed (not stamped) on the back
  • The "." in "INC" in the copyright line in the upper-right of the card back is missing

Identifying Fakes/Counterfeits:

  • There are strictly 264 cards from the base set that have an Aqueous Test "parallel" and can be seen in the checklist below. No new Aqueous Test cards have surfaced in the years since these first started appearing on the secondary market in the mid-to-late 1990s. Thus, any player not on the checklist below should be approached with extreme caution.
  • The words "AQUEOUS TEST" are 'printed' diagonally across the back, not stamped. Thus, the ink from each letter should seem flush with other text on the back, rather than an overlay on top of the existing text. Additionally, these words should not be faded.
  • All Aqueous Test cards feature a missing "." in "INC" in the copyright line on the card back.

Only 264 of the 716 base cards officially have an Aqueous Test "parallel" as only two specific 132-card sheets were printed for this test run:

  • 236 base cards
  • 9 Diamond King subset cards
  • 9 Rated Rookie subset cards
  • 10 MVP subset cards (only available in factory sets)

These cards came about because Donruss was testing out new card coatings/finishes that were less harmful to the environment than ultra-violet (UV) coatings, which used toxic chemicals to create the glossy finish to cards. The testing of this new coating - identified as "aqueous" in the printing industry - was used by Donruss to examine the viability of this finish on cards. Aqueous coatings are water-based (hence the name), less harmful to the environment, and produced a semi-glossy finish to a card (though not as glossy a finish as a UV finish). Today, aqueous coatings are the preferred method of applying gloss to ink on sheets of cards.

According to Hobby legend, these cards were issued in packs, however they weren't released to the public in general distribution. Several boxes were purchased by a card shop when a former Donruss employee - a packaging director - sold them off along with some other Donruss unopened wax boxes. Among some of the late-'80s and early '90s Donruss wax boxes were a few plain white cardboard boxes with a memo, something to the effect of "Donruss Canada" written on the side. These boxes contained 1990 Donruss cello packs which were loaded with the Aqueous cards. Other unopened Aqueous boxes claimed to have turned up at a card shop in the Midwest.

In late August of 2012, an eBay seller sold eight unopened Aqueous packs for $200-$250 each. According to a few of the buyers, these packs contained 15 cards and one puzzle piece even though the wrapper stated only ten cards in each pack.

The PSA set registry officially acknowledges that slightly over 5000 total Aqueous Test copies exist (i.e., approximately 20 copies of each player). This follows a natural progression of the Standard Catalog, which officially stated approximately 2000 - 2500 back in 2005.

  • 211 Mike Lavalliere
  • 1 Bo Jackson DK
  • 3 Ruben Sierra DK
  • 6 Dave Stewart DK
  • 9 Mike Bielecki DK
  • 11 Kevin Mitchell DK
  • 14 John Franco DK
  • 16 Lou Whitaker DK
  • 18 Howard Johnson DK
  • 22 Dan Gladden DK
  • 24 Pete O'Brien
  • 28 Robin Ventura
  • 29 Todd Zeile
  • 30 Sandy Alomar, Jr RR
  • 31 Kent Mercker
  • 32 Ben Mcdonald RR
  • 33 Juan Gonzalez RR
  • 34 Eric Anthony RR
  • 35 Mike Fetters RR
  • 48 Pete Incaviglia
  • 49 Shawon Dunston
  • 50 Jeff Treadway
  • 51 Jeff Ballard
  • 52 Claudell Washington
  • 53 Juan Samuel
  • 54 John Smiley
  • 55 Rob Deer
  • 56 Geno Petralli
  • 57 Chris Bosio
  • 58 Carlton Fisk
  • 59 Kirt Manwaring
  • 60 Chet Lemon
  • 61 Bo Jackson
  • 62 Doyle Alexander
  • 63 Pedro Guerrero
  • 64 Allan Anderson
  • 65 Greg Harris
  • 66 Mike Greenwell
  • 67 Walt Weiss
  • 68 Wade Boggs
  • 69 Jim Clancy
  • 70 Junior Felix
  • 71 Barry Larkin
  • 72 Dave Lapoint
  • 73 Joel Skinner
  • 74 Jesse Barfield
  • 75 Tommy Herr
  • 76 Ricky Jordan
  • 77 Eddie Murray
  • 78 Steve Sax
  • 79 Tim Belcher
  • 80 Danny Jackson
  • 81 Kent Hrbek
  • 82 Milt Thompson
  • 83 Brook Jacoby
  • 84 Mike Marshall
  • 85 Kevin Seitzer
  • 86 Tony Gwynn
  • 87 Dave Stieb
  • 88 Dave Smith
  • 89 Bret Saberhagen
  • 90 Alan Trammell
  • 91 Tony Phillips
  • 92 Doug Drabek
  • 93 Jeff Leonard
  • 94 Wally Joyner
  • 95 Carney Lansford
  • 96 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 97 Andres Galarraga
  • 98 Kevin Mitchell
  • 99 Howard Johnson
  • 100 Checklist
  • 101 Melido Perez
  • 102 Spike Owen
  • 103 Paul Molitor
  • 104 Geronimo Berroa
  • 105 Ryne Sandberg
  • 106 Bryn Smith
  • 107 Steve Buechele
  • 108 Jim Abbott
  • 109 Alvin Davis
  • 110 Lee Smith
  • 111 Roberto Alomar
  • 112 Rick Reuschel
  • 113 Kelly Gruber
  • 114 Joe Carter
  • 115 Jose Rijo
  • 116 Greg Minton
  • 118 Glenn Davis
  • 119 Jeff Reardon
  • 120 Kurt Stillwell
  • 121 John Smoltz
  • 122 Dwight Evans
  • 123 Eric Yelding
  • 124 John Franco
  • 125 Jose Canseco
  • 126 Barry Bonds
  • 127 Lee Guetterman
  • 128 Jack Clark
  • 129 Dave Valle
  • 130 Hubie Brooks
  • 131 Ernest Riles
  • 132 Mike Morgan
  • 133 Steve Jeltz
  • 134 Jeff Robinson
  • 135 Ozzie Guillen
  • 136 Chili Davis
  • 137 Mitch Webster
  • 138 Jerry Browne
  • 139 Bo Diaz
  • 140 Robby Thompson
  • 141 Craig Worthington
  • 142 Julio Franco
  • 143 Brian Holman
  • 144 George Brett
  • 145 Tom Glavine
  • 146 Robin Yount
  • 147 Gary Carter
  • 148 Ron Kittle
  • 149 Tony Fernandez
  • 150 Dave Stewart
  • 151 Gary Gaetti
  • 152 Kevin Elster
  • 153 Gerald Perry
  • 154 Jesse Orosco
  • 155 Wally Backman
  • 156 Dennis Martinez
  • 157 Rick Sutcliffe
  • 158 Greg Maddux
  • 159 Andy Hawkins
  • 160 John Kruk
  • 161 Jose Oquendo
  • 162 John Dopson
  • 163 Joe Magrane
  • 164 Bill Ripken
  • 165 Fred Manrique
  • 166 Nolan Ryan
  • 167 Damon Berryhill
  • 168 Dale Murphy
  • 169 Mickey Tettleton
  • 170 Kirk Mccaskill
  • 171 Dwight Gooden
  • 172 Jose Lind
  • 173 B.J. Surhoff
  • 174 Ruben Sierra
  • 175 Dan Plesac
  • 176 Dan Pasqua
  • 177 Kelly Downs
  • 178 Matt Nokes
  • 179 Luis Aquino
  • 180 Frank Tanana
  • 181 Tony Pena
  • 182 Dan Gladden
  • 183 Bruce Hurst
  • 184 Roger Clemens
  • 185 Mark Mcgwire
  • 186 Rob Murphy
  • 187 Jim Deshaies
  • 188 Fred Mcgriff
  • 189 Rob Dibble
  • 190 Don Mattingly
  • 191 Felix Fermin
  • 192 Roberto Kelly
  • 193 Dennis Cook
  • 194 Darren Daulton
  • 195 Alfredo Griffin
  • 196 Eric Plunk
  • 197 Orel Hershiser
  • 198 Paul O'Neill
  • 199 Randy Bush
  • 200 Checklist 138-247
  • 201 Ozzie Smith
  • 202 Pete O'Brien
  • 203 Jay Howell
  • 204 Mark Gubicza
  • 205 Ed Whitson
  • 206 George Bell
  • 207 Mike Scott
  • 208 Charlie Liebrandt
  • 209 Mike Heath
  • 210 Dennis Eckersley
  • 212 Darnell Coles
  • 213 Lance Parrish
  • 214 Mike Moore
  • 215 Steve Finley
  • 216 Tim Raines
  • 217 Scott Garrelts
  • 218 Kevin Mcreynolds
  • 219 Dave Gallagher
  • 220 Tim Wallach
  • 221 Chuck Crim
  • 222 Lonnie Smith
  • 223 Andre Dawson
  • 224 Nelson Santovenia
  • 225 Rafael Palmeiro
  • 226 Devon White
  • 227 Harold Reynolds
  • 228 Ellis Burks
  • 229 Mark Parent
  • 230 Will Clark
  • 231 Jimmy Key
  • 232 John Farrell
  • 233 Eric Davis
  • 234 Johnny Ray
  • 235 Darryl Strawberry
  • 236 Bill Doran
  • 237 Greg Gagne
  • 238 Jim Eisenreich
  • 239 Tommy Gregg
  • 240 Marty Barrett
  • 241 Rafael Ramirez
  • 242 Chris Sabo
  • 243 Dave Henderson
  • 244 Andy Van Slyke
  • 245 Alvaro Espinoza
  • 246 Garry Templeton
  • 247 Gene Harris
  • 248 Kevin Gross
  • 249 Brett Butler
  • 250 Willie Randolph
  • 251 Roger Mcdowell
  • 252 Rafael Belliard
  • 253 Steve Rosenberg
  • 254 Jack Howell
  • 255 Marvell Wynne
  • 256 Tom Candiotti
  • 257 Todd Benzinger
  • 258 Don Robinson
  • 259 Phil Bradley
  • 260 Cecil Espy
  • 261 Scott Bankhead
  • 262 Frank White
  • 263 Andres Thomas
  • 264 Glenn Braggs
  • 265 David Cone
  • 266 Bobby Thigpen
  • 267 Nelson Liriano
  • 268 Terry Steinbach
  • 269 Kirby Puckett
  • 270 Gregg Jefferies
  • 271 Jeff Blauser
  • 272 Cory Snyder
  • 273 Roy Smith
  • 274 Tom Foley
  • 275 Mitch Williams
  • 276 Paul Kilgus
  • 277 Don Slaught
  • 278 Von Hayes
  • 279 Vince Coleman
  • 280 Mike Boddicker
  • 281 Ken Dayley
  • 282 Mike Devereaux
  • 283 Kenny Rogers
  • BC1 Bo Jackson MVP
  • BC2 Howard Johnson MVP
  • BC3 Dave Stewart MVP
  • BC4 Tony Gwynn MVP
  • BC5 Orel Hershiser MVP
  • BC6 Pedro Guerrero MVP
  • BC7 Tim Raines MVP
  • BC8 Kirby Puckett MVP
  • BC9 Alvin Davis MVP
  • BC10 Ryne Sandberg MVP
  • 117 Bobby Ojeda

Blue & White Test

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Not much is known about the 1990 Donruss Blue & White Test cards. It is believed that these cards - which have the look of a 1990 Donruss base card, but with blue borders (instead of red) on the front and an all-white bordered card on the back - were never intended to be released.

228 unique cards have emerged, with some being double-printed (DP). It is believed that the fewer than five or six copies of each card exist.

  • Nolan Ryan (King of Kings) / Ozzie Guillen (DK)
  • Bo Jackson (AS) / Jim Traber
  • Ray Searage / Stan Javier
  • Brian Meyer / Bill Schroeder
  • Scott Sanderson / John Cangelosi
  • Francisco Cabrera / Felix Jose
  • John Cerutti / Mark Knudson
  • Henry Cotto / Andy McGaffigan
  • Mike Schmidt (ATG) / Lance Johnson
  • Mike Dyer / Sid Fernandez
  • Darrin Jackson / Donell Nixon
  • Jaime Navarro / Wallace Johnson
  • Jack Morris / Larry Walker
  • Steve Lyons / Jim Acker
  • Mike LaCoss / Eric Show
  • Alejandro Pena / Charlie Hayes
  • Rick Reuschel (AS) / Luis Polonia
  • Clint Zavaras / Rick Dempsey
  • Gary Pettis / Bud Black
  • Harold Baines (AS) / John Costello
  • Nolan Ryan (5000K) / Carmen Castillo
  • Neal Heaton / Ron Robinson
  • Paul Gibson / Mike Davis
  • Mike Blowers / Edwin Nunez
  • Mauro Gozzo / Rick Luecken
  • Howard Johnson (AS) / Danny Darwin
  • Ted Power / Pat Borders
  • Brady Anderson / Mark Grace
  • Terry Steinbach (AS) / Tommy Greene
  • Tracy Jones / Eric Davis (MVP) DP
  • Paul Sorrento / Tony Castillo DP
  • Fernando Valenzuela / Tom Pagnozzi
  • Mark Lemke / John Moses DP
  • Jeff Musselman / Kevin Bass DP
  • Mark Guthrie / Bob Tewksbury
  • Mark Guthrie / Rick Schu
  • Gary Ward / Greg Myers
  • Gary Ward / Mel Hall
  • Manny Lee / Tony Gwynn (AS)
  • Shawn Hillegas / Pete Harnisch DP
  • Tim Teufel / Luis Quinones
  • Don August / Greg Swindell (MVP) DP
  • Glenallen Hill / Jerald Clark DP
  • Les Lancaster / Dan Schatzeder
  • Brian Holton / George Canale
  • Chris Carpenter / Steve Cummings
  • Chris Carpenter / Greg A. Harris
  • Oil Can Boyd / Scott Bradley
  • Oil Can Boyd / Mark McGwire (AS)
  • Willie McGee / Carl Yastrzemski (Puzzle)
  • Todd Frohwirth / Jeff Pico
  • Todd Frohwirth / Larry McWilliams
  • Randy Velarde / Dave Johnson
  • Randy Velarde / Lee Mazzilli
  • Vance Law / Checklist (DK) DP
  • Les Lancaster / Julio Franco (AS)
  • Billy Hatcher / Don Carman DP
  • Alan Trammell (MVP) / Mike Stanley
  • Benito Santiago (AS) / Jim Gott
  • Will Clark (AS) / Kevin Hickey
  • Greg Myers / Gary Ward
  • Tony Gwynn (AS) / Manny Lee
  • Dave Justice / Ed Whitson (DK)
  • Dave Stewart (AS) / Mike Sharperson
  • Dave Johnson / Randy Velarde
  • Julio Franco (AS) / Les Lancaster
  • George Canale / Brian Holton
  • Steve Cummings / Chris Carpenter
  • Mark McGwire (AS) / Oil Can Boyd
  • Scott Lusader / Glenn Davis (MVP)
  • Larry McWilliams / Todd Frohwirth
  • Ozzie Smith (AS) / Luis Quinones
  • Von Hayes (MVP) / Willie Fraser DP
  • Greg Swindell (MVP) / Don August DP
  • Eric Davis (MVP) / Tracy Jones DP
  • Steve Sax (MVP) / Bill Swift
  • Steve Sax (MVP) / Kirby Puckett (AS)
  • Glenn Davis (MVP) / Scott Lusader
  • Bart Giamatti / Julio Machado (RR)
  • Kevin Mitchell (AS) / Carl Yastrzemski (Puzzle)
  • Bob Tewksbury / Mark Guthrie
  • Gary Eave / Rance Mulliniks
  • Wade Boggs (AS) / Tom Pagnozzi
  • John Olerud / Gary Redus
  • Eric Davis (AS) / Andy Nezelek
  • Curt Ford / Mike Harkey
  • Jeff Huson / Mike Jeffcoat
  • Goose Gossage / Joey Cora
  • Denny Walling / Shane Rawley
  • Cal Ripken (AS) / Jose DeLeon
  • Ken Phelps / Doug Strange
  • Pedro Guerrero / Rod Nichols
  • Ruben Sierra (AS) / Greg Cadaret
  • Calvin Schiraldi / Jack Armstrong
  • John Wetteland / Al Leiter
  • Tim Leary / Mark Portugal
  • Todd Stottlemyre / Wes Gardner
  • Bill Landrum / Dave Winfield
  • Curt Schilling / Tim Crews
  • Gary Mielke / Eric Hetzel
  • Bill Bathe / Gene Nelson
  • Ryne Sandberg (AS) / Dean Palmer
  • Beau Allred / Jerry Reuss
  • Chip Hale / Rick Reed
  • Bernie Williams / Barry Lyons
  • Steve Lombardozzi / Tony Armas
  • Tom Filer / Dave Schmidt
  • Tim Jones / Terry Leach
  • Ramon Martinez / Mike Brumley
  • Mariano Duncan / Atlee Hammaker
  • Kirby Puckett / Steve Sax (MVP)
  • Xavier Hernandez / Carlos Martinez
  • Tom Lawless / Jeff Peterek
  • Ricky Horton / Dickie Thon
  • Rick Luecken / Mauro Gozzo
  • Luis Polonia / Rick Reuschel (AS)
  • Rod Nichols / Pedro Guerrero (AS)
  • Greg Cadaret / Ruben Sierra (AS)
  • Jack Armstrong / Calvin Schiraldi
  • Al Leiter / John Wetteland
  • Mark Portugal / Tim Leary
  • Wes Gardner / Todd Stottlemyre
  • Gene Nelson / Bill Bathe
  • Eric Hetzel / Gary Mielke
  • Joey Cora / Goose Gossage
  • Shane Rawley / Denny Walling
  • Jose Deleon / Cal Ripken (AS)
  • Charlie Hayes / Alejandro Pena
  • Dickie Thon / Ricky Horton
  • Danny Darwin / Howard Johnson (AS)
  • Pat Borders / Ted Power
  • Eric Show / Mike LaCoss
  • Jim Acker / Steve Lyons
  • Rick Dempsey / Clint Zavaras
  • Bud Black / Gary Pettis
  • John Costello / Harold Baines (AS)
  • Carmen Castillo / Nolan Ryan (5,000 K's)
  • Ron Robinson / Neal Heaton
  • Mike Davis / Paul Gibson
  • Dave Winfield / Bill Landrum
  • Tim Crews / Curt Schilling
  • Doug Strange / Ken Phelps
  • Terry Leach / Tim Jones
  • Mike Brumley / Ramon Martinez
  • Julio Machado (RR) / Mike Witt
  • Kelly Mann (RR) / Checklist (538-585) DP
  • Alex Sanchez (RR) / Brian Downing (DK)
  • Alex Sanchez (RR) / John Smoltz (DK)
  • Pat Combs (RR) / Tommy Herr (DK) DP
  • Checklist (DK) / Vance Law DP
  • Ed Whitson (DK) / Dave Justice
  • Ed Whitson (DK) / Joe Oliver
  • Tommy Herr (DK) / Pat Combs (RR) DP
  • Ozzie Guillen (DK) / Nolan Ryan (King of Kings)
  • Brian Downing (DK) / Alex Sanchez (RR)
  • John Smoltz (DK) / Alex Sanchez (RR)
  • Julio Machado (RR) / Bart Giamatti
  • Checklist (436-483) / Rick Leach DP
  • Atlee Hammaker / Mariano Duncan
  • Carlos Martinez / Xavier Hernandez
  • Jeff Peterek / Tom Lawless
  • Dean Palmer / Ryne Sandberg (AS)
  • Jerry Reuss / Beau Allred
  • Rick Reed / Chip Hale
  • Barry Lyons / Bernie Williams
  • Tony Armas / Steve Lombardozzi
  • Dave Schmidt / Tom Filer
  • Andy Nezelek / Eric Davis (AS)
  • Mike Harkey / Curt Ford
  • Mike Jeffcoat / Jeff Huson
  • Jim Deshaies (DK) / Mark Thurmond DP
  • Franklin Stubbs / Mike Sharperson
  • Mike Kingery / Candy Maldonado DP
  • Checklist (538-585) / Kelly Mann (RR) DP
  • Rick Schu / Mark GuthriE
  • Mel Hall / Gary Ward
  • Gary Redus / John Olerud
  • Pete Harnisch / Shawn Hillegas DP
  • Luis Quinones / Tim Teufel
  • Luis Quinones / Ozzie Smith (AS)
  • Dan Schatzeder / Les Lancaster
  • Jerald Clark / Glenallen Hill DP
  • Tony Castillo / Paul Sorrento DP
  • Tom Pagnozzi / Wade Boggs (AS)
  • Terry Kennedy / Jerry Reed DP
  • Mike Sharperson / Franklin Stubbs
  • Jerry Reed / Terry Kennedy DP
  • Rick Leach / Checklist (436-483) DP
  • Mark Thurmond / Jim DeShaies (DK) DP
  • Candy Maldonado / Mike Kingery DP
  • Guillermo Hernandez / Guillermo Hernandez DP
  • Mike Felder / Mike Felder DP
  • Curt Wilkerson / Curt Wilkerson DP
  • Rance Mullliniks / Gary Eave
  • Don Pall / Don Pall DP
  • Jim Gott / Benito Santiago (AS)
  • Don Carman / Billy Hatcher DP
  • Mike Sharperson / Dave Stewart (AS)
  • Tom Pagnozzi / Fernando Valenzuela
  • John Moses / Mark Lemke DP
  • Kevin Bass / Jeff Musselman DP
  • Mark Knudson / John Cerutti
  • Andy McGaffigan / Henry Cotto
  • Lance Johnson / Mike Schmidt (ATG)
  • Sid Fernandez / Mike Dyer
  • Donnell Nixon / Darrin Jackson
  • Wallace Johnson / Jaime Navarro
  • Jim Traber / Bo Jackson (AS)
  • Stan Javier / Ray Searage
  • Bill Schroeder / Brian Meyer
  • Bill Swift / Steve Sax (MVP)
  • John Cangelosi / Scott Sanderson
  • Felix Jose / Francisco Cabrera
  • Tommy Greene / Terry Steinbach (AS)
  • Mark Grace / Brady Anderson
  • Carl Yastrzemski (Puzzle) / Willie McGee
  • Carl Yastrzemski (Puzzle) / Kevin Mitchell (AS)
  • Willie Fraser / Von Hayes (MVP) DP
  • Joe Oliver / Ed Whitson (DK)
  • Jeff Pico / Todd Frohwirth
  • Lee Mazzilli / Randy Velarde
  • Kevin Hickey / Will Clark (AS)
  • Greg A Harris / Chris Carpenter
  • Scott Bradley / Oil Can Boyd
  • Mike Witt / Julio Machado (RR)
  • Mike Stanley / Alan Trammell (MVP)
  • Larry Walker / Jack Morris
  • Edwin Nunez / Mike Blowers

Super Diamond Kings

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This 27-card, oversize parallel set of the Diamond Kings subset was available through a mail-in offer detailed on the wax packs. It was also available directly from Donruss for $12 and three 1990 Donruss wrappers. Each card measures 4 7/8" by 6 13/16".

In addition to the 26 Diamond Kings, a jumbo sized Nolan Ryan "King of Kings" card was also included in the set. Like all Super DK sets, singles remain sought-after by through-the-mail (TTM) autograph collectors.

  • 1 Bo Jackson
  • 2 Steve Sax
  • 3 Ruben Sierra
  • 4 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 5 Mickey Tettleton
  • 6 Dave Stewart
  • 7 Jim Deshaies
  • 8 John Smoltz
  • 9 Mike Bielecki
  • 10 Brian Downing
  • 11 Kevin Mitchell
  • 12 Kelly Gruber
  • 13 Joe Magrane
  • 14 John Franco
  • 15 Ozzie Guillen
  • 16 Lou Whitaker
  • 17 John Smiley
  • 18 Howard Johnson
  • 19 Willie Randolph
  • 20 Chris Bosio
  • 21 Tommy Herr
  • 22 Dan Gladden
  • 23 Ellis Burks
  • 24 Pete O'Brien
  • 25 Bryn Smith
  • 26 Ed Whitson
  • NNO Nolan Ryan KING

Inserts

Bonus MVPs

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This 26-card set featured the most valuable player from each team and featured the same red borders and white nameplate, but with the acronym "MVP" printed consecutively in orange against a brown backdrop behind the player photo. These were randomly inserted in all 1990 Donruss packs and were printed at the same rate as any of the other base cards. The factory sets were distributed without the Bonus MVPs. Early printings depicted Tom Glavine on John Smoltz's card. This was corrected very early in the production run.

  • BC1 Bo Jackson
  • BC2 Howard Johnson
  • BC3 Dave Stewart
  • BC4 Tony Gwynn
  • BC5 Orel Hershiser
  • BC6 Pedro Guerrero
  • BC7 Tim Raines
  • BC8 Kirby Puckett
  • BC9 Alvin Davis
  • BC10 Ryne Sandberg
  • BC11 Kevin Mitchell
  • BC12a John Smoltz ERR (Photo is of Tom Glavine)
  • BC12b John Smoltz COR
  • BC13 George Bell
  • BC14 Julio Franco
  • BC15 Paul Molitor
  • BC16 Bobby Bonilla
  • BC17 Mike Greenwell
  • BC18 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • BC19 Carlton Fisk
  • BC20 Chili Davis
  • BC21 Glenn Davis
  • BC22 Steve Sax
  • BC23 Eric Davis
  • BC24 Greg Swindell
  • BC25 Von Hayes
  • BC26 Alan Trammell

Grand Slammers

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This 12-card set recognized the players who connected for a grand slam home run during the 1989 season. Cards featured the same design as the base card, but with a powder-blue triangle in the bottom-left of the card front that featured the insert name. The back of the card described the grand slam hit by each player. One Grand Slammer card was inserted into each 37-card cello pack and an entire set was included into each factory set.

  • 1 Matt Williams
  • 2 Jeffrey Leonard
  • 3 Chris James
  • 4 Mark McGwire
  • 5 Dwight Evans
  • 6 Will Clark
  • 7 Mike Scioscia
  • 8 Todd Benzinger
  • 9 Fred McGriff
  • 10 Kevin Bass
  • 11 Jack Clark
  • 12 Bo Jackson

Carl Yastrzemski Puzzle

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This year's subject for the Donruss Puzzle was Carl Yastrzemski. Due to licensing issues, each pack of 1990 Donruss Baseball was required to contain a three-piece panel of a 63-piece jigsaw puzzle. When assembled, the puzzle featured an original Dick Perez painting of Yastrzemski. The assembled puzzle appears on card #588 in the base set.

Additionally, there is a variation puzzle that has all puzzle pieces with a dot in front of the number. However, this variation is not considered to be rare.

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