While building my new Vintage Card Binder, I came across these cards:
1984 Donruss #A Gaylord Perry & Rollie Fingers
Perry & Fingers were paired on this card in honor of the 1978 season together on the San Diego Padres... a season that saw Perry become the first pitcher in MLB history win a Cy Young Award in both leagues... and Fingers tie the (then) NL single season save record with 37 saves, which earned him the 1978 NL Rolaids Relief Award.
1984 Donruss #B Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski
Donruss used this card to honor the retirement of two baseball legends... both 1st ballot HOFer's (as predicted on the back of the card).
The Bench/Yastrzemski card was recently purchased off of COMC for $.50, but the Perry/Fingers has been in my collection since the day I freed it from it's wax wrapper back in 1984. I remember sitting at my family room table thinking, "what the heck is this card?". And, "why is there a letter instead of a card number?".
Back then there weren't any card shops in my neighborhood and I didn't own a price guide with information on this set. As for checklists... I don't remember exactly which ones I owned. But even if I did have the last unnumbered one, it only lists cards numbered up to #651 (The San Diego Chicken).
Which means... I was one confused kid. In fact, I'm still confused.
Do you consider the two Living Legends cards from the 1984 Donruss set to be base cards or inserts?
According to Beckett, these two cards were "issued as bonus cards in wax packs, but were not issued in the factory sets sold to hobby dealers". Sounds like insert cards to me. Either way... all four of these Living Legends ended up in Cooperstown. Hopefully, Mr. Chicken will receive his call to the hall in the near future.
Okay... it's your turn to share:
Do you remember the first insert you ever pulled? If so, what is it?
What's the oldest insert card in your collection?
Happy Friday! Hope everyone has a safe holiday weekend. Sayonara!