In 1981, Donruss produced the greatest set of baseball cards imaginable. Not great for stylistic reasons, but great because it was rife with mistakes. Bizarre mistakes. Like it's possible that Oscar Gamble's head was on Lenn Sakata's body – that sort of thing. Names were misspelled, statistics were wrong, pictures were reversed, players were misidentified. It was boldly amateurish. Basically, it was the set of baseball cards that you and your friends would have produced if you'd been given a Polaroid One Step, a Baseball Encyclopedia, and 48 hours to design 600 cards.
But at some point during the set's distribution, all the errors were corrected. Ken Forsch's face stopped appearing on Vern Ruhle's card, "Paul Spitglorp" was changed to "Paul Splittorff," and – with his image no longer reversed – Buck Martinez suddenly looked like a right-handed hitting porn star instead of a left-handed hitting porn star.
The Donruss set then became just like any other set: glossy and odd-smelling, butRead More »from Showdown: Steals vs. Home Runs