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Oh Super Sweet 90's Inserts.... #3

jam022316

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Jul 31, 2018
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Thought I would bump this thread with a fun acquisition. This one had been teasing me for a while and the price seemed to keep getting a little better. Then with the 10% eBay bucks I took the plunge! I didn’t start out trying to do it but I have a nearly complete set at this point too. Missing a couple of the keys in Will Clark and Frank Thomas but many of the ones I do have are BGS 9s and 9.5s.
What’s the story behind these? Why are they so rare?


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magicpapa

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Aug 7, 2008
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i believe they never were released.
A very limited amount of 5" X 7" cards were produced. These issues were never formally released but these cards were intended to be premiums in retail products. I've also heard they were salesman samples................... so who really knows
 

Therion

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Nov 19, 2008
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Looooooosiana!
I've told this story for years, but I got one of the DKs out of the bottom of a box of 1992 Donruss cards at a gas station. It was just in a white sleeve, totally unmarked. I almost missed that it was even there because it just looked like the bottom of the box. I spent the summer buying all of the packs from this box, grabbing one or two with my allowance when we would go to the lake on the weekend. I asked the gas station attendant how much for it and they just gave it to me. I have no idea where it is, but if I ever find it, there is another Frank Thomas out there.
 

magicpapa

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Aug 7, 2008
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I've told this story for years, but I got one of the DKs out of the bottom of a box of 1992 Donruss cards at a gas station. It was just in a white sleeve, totally unmarked. I almost missed that it was even there because it just looked like the bottom of the box. I spent the summer buying all of the packs from this box, grabbing one or two with my allowance when we would go to the lake on the weekend. I asked the gas station attendant how much for it and they just gave it to me. I have no idea where it is, but if I ever find it, there is another Frank Thomas out there.
you sure it was 1992? 1994 had them as toppers
Each retail waxbox came packaged with a 5" X 7" oversized Diamond King as a box topper, which is serial-numbered to 10,000 copies. also 1993 had Elite Supers, not sure how they were distributed
 

Therion

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Nov 19, 2008
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Looooooosiana!
you sure it was 1992? 1994 had them as toppers
Each retail waxbox came packaged with a 5" X 7" oversized Diamond King as a box topper, which is serial-numbered to 10,000 copies. also 1993 had Elite Supers, not sure how they were distributed
100% sure. I opened so many packs of 1992 Donruss that year, and I don't know how anyone could confuse the design of 1992 with 1994 lol

Also, the 1994 oversized Diamond King cards were marked as such on the envelope. This envelope was just white with nothing on it. It just looked like the bottom of the box.
 

magicpapa

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Why are those 1992? Here is a Juan 1993. Same design


http://juangone.com/pictures.php?cardid=114
1993 had the same design too

also this that year
As part of a contest, collectors 16 years of age and younger could win one of the original Diamond King paintings. All a youngster had to do was to write an essay of 75 words or less explaining who their favorite Diamond King player was and why. Winners were awarded one of 30 framed watercolors at the 1993 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

DK7 Juan Gonzalez
 

Letch77

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Jan 28, 2018
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Midwest
I've told this story for years, but I got one of the DKs out of the bottom of a box of 1992 Donruss cards at a gas station. It was just in a white sleeve, totally unmarked. I almost missed that it was even there because it just looked like the bottom of the box. I spent the summer buying all of the packs from this box, grabbing one or two with my allowance when we would go to the lake on the weekend. I asked the gas station attendant how much for it and they just gave it to me. I have no idea where it is, but if I ever find it, there is another Frank Thomas out there.
If you come across that Thomas...I'm a highly interested party. Get to looking! :lol:
 

WizardofOz1982

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Sep 30, 2017
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Oklahoma
Why are those 1992? Here is a Juan 1993. Same design


https://juangone.com/pictures.php?cardid=114
The design of the front of both 1992 and 1993 were the same. The backs are different colors though. 1992s have blue backgrounds and 1993s have green if memory serves.

The copyright dates are different as well. 1992 has a 1991 copyright and the 1993 set has a 1992 copyright. I can only guess that means they were printed in the previous year (late in the year perhaps?) for release at the beginning of the following year.

Juan wasn't in the 1992 set.
 
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