1989 Donruss

Total Cards: 660

Rating: 6.0 (119 votes)
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Notes: The four variations are differentiated by the copyright info either having a period after "Inc." or not having a period (Inc) and the header above the stats that says "Recent Major League Performance"... more


  1   Mike Greenwell DK   Boston Red Sox
  2   Bobby Bonilla DK, DP   Pittsburgh Pirates
  3   Pete Incaviglia DK   Texas Rangers
  4   Chris Sabo DK, DP   Cincinnati Reds
  5   Robin Yount DK   Milwaukee Brewers
  6   Tony Gwynn DK, DP   San Diego Padres
  7   Carlton Fisk DK, UER
UER: Says "Outfielder" on back
  Chicago White Sox
  8   Cory Snyder DK   Cleveland Indians
  9   David Cone DK, UER
UER: "hurlers" misspelled "hurdlers" on back.
  New York Mets
  10   Kevin Seitzer DK   Kansas City Royals


  • All regular cards in the set (aside from Diamond Kings and Checklists), had the following variations with regard to the "Denotes Led League" having asterisks on one side or both of "Denotes", and "LEAF CO, INC." either with or without the dot after INC. All four combinations exist:

  • 15 cards and 3 puzzle pieces per pack, 36 packs per box, and 20 boxes per case.

User Comments

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.


Posted by: nc14
Apr 21, 2022 - 4:21PM


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