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Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Best Donruss Set Countdown - #'s 24-21

Everybody is starting to get a look at the return of Donruss.  Will it be a long-lasting return like Bowman in 1989 or will it be a forgettable return like Fleer in 2006?  Who knows?  Right now I am skeptical of this being a long term return, but I am hopeful that Panini can bring Donruss back to glory.  Anyway, let's go ahead and start The Best Donruss Set Countdown with the bottom 4 sets of all time.  Feel free to share your opinions in the comments section.

24. 1996

PLUSES - To be honest with you, there is no such thing as a plus for this set.

MINUSES - The card number is in an odd location.  The photo on the back is very cumbersome and doesn't add that much to the overall package.  The worst thing is the platinum loin cloth on the front.  It is possibly the single worst design element ever added to a set by any company.

23. 1986

PLUSES - The front design really worked in 1986 when Max Headroom was all the rage.

MINUSES - It stopped working ever since Max Headroom has been all but forgotten which was around 1988.  The back of the card is upside down compared to all other Donruss sets of the time which really annoys me.
22. 1990

PLUSES - It is different which was a big plus at the time because Donruss was in a rut design-wise. 

MINUSES - The cursive writing is just too hard to read.  The odd paint splotches down the sides are quite ugly.  The red borders are okay, but just a bit too bright.
21. 1991

PLUSES - Green borders were a nice change of pace.  The logo-player name-position diagonal really looks good.

MINUSES - How many freaking colors are needed on the sidebars?  I have no clue what it is supposed to mean.  I really didn't like that Series 1 had blue borders and Series 2 had green borders.  It made them look like two different sets.

What do you think?  Did I grade a set a little too harshly?  Are there any sets that should have been in the bottom four instead?  Let me know.

Thanx for reading.


Dan said...

Is this just based off of design? Even if it is or isn't, I still think 2001 Donruss is a candidate for the worst set ever by any brand.

I agree with 3 of your 4 choices for being in the bottom. I've always had a soft spot for 1990 Donruss.

The Junior Junkie said...

I'm so full of emotion about this countdown. I can't even. I just cant.

Looking forward to the rest.