Thursday, July 3, 2014

1980 Donruss Dan Quisenberry

Kansas City Royals CTNW Favorites #5

Here is another installment in my on again off again running theme, the top 5 "Fan Favorites" set. Just as a reminder, these are not necessarily the 5 best players from the franchise. They are just cards I decided to make of players that I like. So as David Letterman used to say before Stupid Pet Tricks, "This is only an exhibition. This is not a competition. Pleaseno wagering."

To be honest I have been waiting for the opportunity to make one of these ever since I learned of their existence a few years back.  This is Donruss's 1980 baseball card design that they were using as a prototype in anticipation of the antitrust ruling that would eventually break Topps monopoly.

Dan Quisenberry was called up by the Royals in July of 1979 going 3-2 with 5 saves. That was good enough for Topps to put him on a "Future Stars" card but not enough to get his own card. I have always been a fan of the sidearm style pitchers, and Quiz was the best. 1980 was his first full season and he led the A.L. in saves with 33 and won The Sporting News Fireman of the Year Award. He would win again in 1982, 83, 84 and 85.


  1. Nice custom! Ever since I saw the 1980 Donruss design a few years ago, I've been wondering why they didn't uses that design for the 1981 set... especially since the 1981 set looks sort of "thrown together".

  2. I wonder if it wasn't used because it is so similar looking to the 1980 Topps set.