I was going to rip the pack break to coincide with Wax Heaven's tribute to Oddball cards, but I was a little slow. Go check out the post and the site if you enjoy these old goofy cards. This is a pack I've been saving for a while, it's got two of my favorite players showing on the front and back. Rickey Henderson (as you can see and Braves slugger Bob Horner. There's 4 more cards and a Mickey Mantle puzzle card in there too so lets crack it open and see if there's some more good stuff in there.
22 Rickey Henderson - Pretty Rickey. The first card I ever pulled of him was from 1981 Topps. The photo they used was awful (even for '81 Topps) so I didn't like the card and I traded it away for bupkis. When I found out just how good Rickey was I was horrified and I've lovingly hoarded all his cards I can find ever since.
16 Hal McRae - How can such a happy smiley person have such an epic freakout? You wonder if he just put a beatdown on someone with that bat he's holding.
50 Lance Parrish - Dammit Lance, you're an All-Star! Be happy like Hal! On the back it even says "Has pretty well established himself as the no. 1 catcher in the AL". Ahem.
Mickey Mantle Puzzle 46, 47, 48 - This is the only place you can find the Mantle Puzzle from Donruss, and unlike most of Donruss' other cello packs they hid the puzzle piece in the center so you couldn't cherry pick your way to a set. The completed puzzle is actually worth about twice as much as the set according to my price guide. I was lucky enough to pull the Mick's ass and armpit from this pack.
58 Gary Carter - I've never liked Gary and I never will. At least he's in an Expos uniform. He looks like someone just ripped a deadly one too. Whoever smelt it dealt it, Gary.
52 Cal Ripken Jr. - Now that's the ticket! Second year Cal Ripken, the All Star with those pretty eyes that wouldn't necessarily make manly men switch teams, but they'd think about it a little bit. Cal's beautiful baby blues are gazing at his action shot while wondering why the hell Donruss chose a photo of him fouling a ball he obviously got totally fooled on off his ankle.
46 Bob Horner - My absolute favorite hitter growing up. Everyone else loved Murph, but I was a Horner fan. Dude could knock the crap out of the ball ever since jumping to the majors from Arizona State. The back of his card lists 'video games' as a hobby. Why, *I* like video games too! We're like brothers or something. If he only had just one good knee... Just ONE. Damn. Barry would still be chasing his record right now.
There's your in-depth look at an '83 Donruss Action All-Stars pack. Wasn't it beautiful? Now go out and build your own set so you too can stare deeply into Cal Ripken's eyes.