2009 Donruss Classics goes live today. Each pack carries a $6 M.S.P. pricetag and contains 5 cards. A box will get you 18 packs for a total of 90 cards, including 3 autographs or memorabilia cards (1 guaranteed auto) as well as 2 rookies and 2 legends. Donruss Classics is chop full of inserts sets, including Timeless Tributes, School Colors, Classic Singles, Classic Combos, Classic Triples, Classic Quads, Membership, Saturday Stars, Sunday’s Best, Monday Night Heroes, Dress Code, and Classic Cuts, many of which were featured in previous releases of Donruss Classics. As is the case with EVERY Donruss product, expect an agonizing number of parallels for each insert set, which often include silver, gold, and platinum, as well as autographed and memorabilia variations.
Some points of interest are the new Classic Cuts set, which features cut autographs of some of the game’s greatest past stars, including several who have already been featured in my HOF Spotlight. Also, Donruss has made its first attempt at getting on-card autos, although it looks like they need some work. A dull silver sharpie marker may not have been the best option for these autos, but I suppose any on-card auto is better than a sticker.
I was very happy with this product last year and bought 2 boxes of it. I didn’t pull any huge hits, but I did get an Emmitt Smith out of each box and a few decent jerseys, including a dual jersey of Tom Landry and Hank Stram. Currently, box prices are sitting at an $80-$90 range, depending where you look (blowoutcards.com looks to be the cheapest right now). I wasn’t going to get any boxes this year, but with some great college themed inserts (and a few key Penn State rookies) and a chance to pull fresh Emmitt cards, I might have to break down and get a box afterall.
UPDATE: After seeing some base card scans, I think I am going to hold off on buying any Classics. I usually only buy a box of something if I really like the base card since that is mostly what you get, and that brown background is awful. Maybe I’ll try to pick up a few singles (read: Emmitt Smith) on eBay or wait until boxes come down to $40-50 each, but I won’t be buying anything for now.