30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Monday, October 23, 2017

I'm Going Platinum

It's Monday and I'm tired.  So before I show off one of my rarest Greg Maddux cards, here's a little mood music (beware: explicit lyrics) to jumpstart this blog post and work week...

Twenty years ago baseball, football, and hockey card collectors were introduced to Donruss Preferred and their unique tin packaging.  Each tin contained five cards and had a suggested retail price of $4.99.

The 200 card set was broken down into four different colors: bronze, silver (1:3 packs), gold (1:12 packs), and platinum (1:48 packs).  If that weren't enough, Donruss produced Cut to the Chase die-cut parallels for each card in the set.  The rare Platinum Cut to the Chase parallels were hot commodities back in the day.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to find any pack odds for these, but they were inserted into football packs at a rate of one per 756 packs.  Talk about a tough pull.

Like most inserts and parallels from the 90's, these haven't held their value over the years.  In fact with the sheer number of inserts and parallels produced during that era, a lot of cool cards get buried and forgotten.

Back in August, I was digging through my Maddux collection at my parent's house when I stumbled across this nugget:

1997 Donruss Preferred Platinum Cut to the Chase #6

I don't remember how much I paid... or when I added it to the collection... but if I were a betting man, I'd say I paid a pretty penny.  It doesn't matter though.  I have no interest in selling my copy for the price of a blaster box.  I'd rather keep it in my collection and brag about owning some platinum... even if it's only platinum colored foil.

Happy Monday and sayonara!


  1. Nice Maddux! Donruss Preferred was such a cool brand, and the tins were neat, too.

  2. True but why does it seem so hard to find them

  3. Love it! These are right up my wheel house and I remember these specific cards well. I'm hoping that when I start digging through some old boxes at my house that one of these will pop up.

  4. I wasn't collecting back then and I've never heard of them. Ihave heard of Greg Maddux. Nice.

  5. One in 756 packs, huh?
    That's tougher than a case hit photo variant by Topps these days. Nice card!!!

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