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    1992 Donruss Back Variation

    Does anyone know what the 1992 Donruss variation is (shown at the bottom of the picture)? It's like the regular issue (shown at the top), except the background color is a tan/gray and a "Donruss" watermark is featured, diagonally, in a repeating pattern. I figured it must be a factory set card, but am not seeing anything online about that. Thanks for any help you can offer!
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    you sure the top one doesn't have faint watermarks? I've got a couple like the top but they all have watermarks on them. Only variation I know of are the INC vs INC.
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    Not that I could see... Are you proposing that there’s no variation here, but one was just printed darker or something?

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    This is the only 1992 Donruss variation I know and the period after inc. And no period after inc
    Reg version is the name is silver. The more rare version is the name is dark gray. Here they are.

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    I have never noticed that middle name before. Wow! I think that takes the price for oddest middle name I have seen.

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    Are you saying that the Dark Front Letters, the Inc. (w/ the period), and the darker back w/ “Donruss” watermark all go together as a particular variation? Or, they are independent variations (not featured together necessarily)?

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    Yeah... they even nicknamed Clark’s game face “The Nuschler”. I think it was a family name. Pretty unique!!!

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    All cards should have the Donruss watermark but it’s pretty hard to see unless you’ve got it at just the right angle. I wonder if the card on the bottom was exposed to something that discolored the back like a chemical from a cheap card holder, excessive sunlight, or smoke damage or something


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    several people (myself included) have found a very small handful of various leaf/donruss cards from 1992 and 1993 (and possibly 1991) printed on stock that had no watermarks on the back...as i recall , i had/have a 92 donruss griffey and larry walker plus 3 commons from 1992 leaf ....as for the examples in the op , i'm thinking just dingy (yellowed) stock....
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    It appears the bottom card has been exposed to a slightly acidic environment and has toned with age. All 1992 Donurss cards I've seen have the watermark, though I have found examples with a darker, more visible watermarks than average. This one looks cool because whatever toned the card failed to tone the ink of the watermark so it's actually lighter. Pretty neat.

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    I bought a couple hundred mcgwires and thought I found a few of these. There was quite the display of deteriorating stamps from fully bold to virtually unseeable. It took a lot of light but always found the top left corner (in the white space between Mac's name and the blue line) had almost an opaque stamp but nowhere else it was visible at a certain angle (but not anywhere else on the card).

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