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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Let's Open a Pack of 2002 Donruss Originals

Time to dip into the rainy day pack stash. Up to bat today is  2002 Donruss Originals.  Nothing like a newer set that paid tribute to sets that weren't that old to begin with.  My brain still has a hard time realizing that a set from 2002 is 15 years old.

The whole idea of this set was to pay tribute to the 82,84,86 and 88 sets using 2002 players.

 Guys like Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols tortured the Pirates throughout the 2000's.  Edmonds was sneaky awesome for a long time. If he could have had one or two more peak seasons he would probably be a Hall of Famer.
 I want to go back in time and tell Dusty Baker not to overwork Prior.
 I didn't remember Hansel Izquierdo so I had to look him up.  He only had 20 career appearances in the show. His Wikipedia page also told me that he got a DUI in 2015 with a dual charge of child abuse since three kids were in the backseat.....yikes.
 I like to think Zito is playing an acoustic guitar on a beach somewhere right now.  He always seemed like the kind of guy that does that often.....
Last but not least is awesome TTM guy Juan Gonzalez being featured in one of the first sets I remember using my own money on to purchase.

If you want to find out more about 2002 Donruss Originals click here.  It is a big set with lots of inserts, sps, buybacks and autos.

Thanks for reading!

17 comments:

  1. If I never see another 88 Donruss design I'd be happy - but I do like the 82's.

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    1. Everyone send all your 88 Donruss to Chris!

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  2. The What If inserts were all pretty cool looking.

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    1. Yeah, I had to look that one up. I couldn't remember it.

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  3. Very cool. I barely remember these cards at all.

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    1. I had the Pirates from the set. That is the only way I remembered.

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  4. I had never even heard of this set before. Some interesting design choices.

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    1. Yeah it was a big set too. Lots of interesting names.

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  5. 2002 is 15 years old. That puts a lot of things into perspective. Mainly... it makes me feel old.

    Btw... nice call on Zito. There's a 98% chance he did exactly that today.

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    1. He seems like a guy that is probably enjoying his retirement. He made a shit pile of money so plenty of time for the beach.

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  6. I never thought this set got enough credit. It's like a Donruss version of Topps Heritage...and I don't even mind that they included the '88 design as one of the "classic" sets.

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    1. Just too many sets during that era where some really cool ones just fell off the radar. Someone could do a whole blog on one off sets from the 90s and 2000s.

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  7. The 84 design is growing on me, along with 92 Score. God help me. I wonder how long it will take (years?) for Panini to have a fully new design for their Donruss issue.

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    1. I'm just waiting on them to do something different with their photos so they don't look so fake.

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