Friday, January 10, 2014

2005 Donruss Signature Series

Another set by Donruss in 2005 that featured HOFers and active players and had a crap load of parallels. Besides different color and proof parallels there are a bunch of relic, autograph and relic autograph parallels to chase. Working at Donruss in the early to mid-2000's must have been hell for the checklist guys.

While the overall appearance of the card is nice, it's obvious that the card was designed with the relic and autograph parallels in mind. Why else would Rollie be so off center of the card?

Back in 2005 a hobby box had 4 packs and 5 cards per pack with 7 autos and one relic per box on average. That's also not counting parallel base cards. I have no idea how many parallels you got per pack, but if you think 8 of your cards are hits and I'm sure a few of the 12 other cards in the box were parallels of some sort, that doesn't leave a lot of room for base cards. So putting a set together would have been tough, but since base cards tend to be the least desired cards out of the product like this, that scarcity doesn't really translate to worth. That being said I think I got this card for about 75 cents in my COMC Black Friday shopping spree. And a quarter of that was COMC handling. 

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