1989 Donruss

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Jun 9, 2020 - 3:18PM

The 36 cards that are not affected are:
● 26 Diamond Kings cards
● 7 checklist cards (although checklist card #600 has its own, unrelated variations previously documented here)
● 2 "Award Winner" cards
● 1 Warren Spahn "puzzle" card
That leaves 624 of the 660-card affected.
The variations occur on the backs of the cards. The copyright info has "LEAF INC" (no period after INC) or it has "LEAF INC." (with a period after INC). Also, in the statistics header, cards can be found with " * Denotes " (1 asterisk) or with " * Denotes * " (2 asterisks). This amounts to 4 variations, which have been limited to these versions:
[a] - VAR: "© 1988 LEAF, INC." & "* Denotes" on back
[b] - VAR: "© 1988 LEAF, INC." & "* Denotes *" on back
[c] - VAR: "© 1988 LEAF, INC" & "* Denotes" on back
[d] - VAR: "© 1988 LEAF, INC" & "* Denotes *" on back
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Edited on: Jun 9, 2020 - 3:57PM

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:03PM

A very colorful set that was printed on thin card stock. Loaded
with rookies. Griffey Jr., Sheffield, R. Johnson, Schilling and others.
Overproduced and not worth much if anything.

May 22, 2018 - 8:38AM

I still think this is one of the coolest card designs of any set! I still love looking at these cards.

Jul 7, 2017 - 11:35PM

The first pack of cards I ever opened was a pack of 1989 Donruss, I remember because my older cousin who was super into collecting was mad because my first pack ever had a Ken Griffey Jr. The rest is history lol!

Nov 12, 2015 - 9:32AM

The first set I collected. Ripped hundreds of wax packs from the corner store and built an impressive stack of Norm Charlton rookie cards (not surprised to see now that it was DP). At some point I clued in to the existence of hobby shops, card shows and common boxes, and bought my missing singles.

My set is still in the binder, but those cards were meticulously sorted, counted, read and categorized to the point that most would hardly grade VG.

May 17, 2014 - 6:28PM

I like busting cheap late 80's/early 90's wax, and 89' Donruss is one of the more aesthetically pleasing boxes of the era to sit and rip, even if there's not much of interest value or rarity wise.
Wanted to mention that I'm pretty sure the * vs ** variation is a 50/50 split, usually in a retail box of 36 the top left/bottom right stacks will be the single asterisk, the other two with the 2nd asterisk.

Jul 11, 2010 - 8:26PM

Every regular (non-Diamond King or checklist) card featured four minor printing variations on the back. The copyright notice exists both with, and without, a period after the INC and the Denotes Led League exists with both *Denotes and *Denotes*. Altogether, all four variations exist:



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