Buzz Break: 1986 Donruss MLB pack

Do you like Buzz Breaks? We recently launched 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. This is a single-pack break in that style — but not the launching of a new 12 in 12. (We’ll perhaps have one of those next month. Click the logo below to see the previous posts in the series.)

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1986 Donruss MLB wax pack
The cost now: 
The cost then: Less than $1

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …

Cards per pack: 15 and puzzle piece (gallery below)
Base set completion: 15 of 660 (2 percent)
Duplicates: 2

Inserts: Hank Aaron puzzle piece

Autographs/Memorabilia: No chance

What’s Buzz-worthy: This pack didn’t deliver the two biggest Rookie Cards — Jose Canseco and Fred McGriff — but it did present two pretty big names’ RCs from past years in Andres Galarraga (no accent on back version) and Cecil Fielder. From there, there were a couple notables in the past, Ken Griffey and Juan Nieves, and a number of common names who were big-leaguers for years but ultimately are commons now. This pack was a fun surprise with the names and it’s one that shows there’s some potential there. The pack price was low — these boxes are finally starting to dry up — but there’s not a ton of “big” left here all these years later. The color and design isn’t helped by the wax pack format — you’ll find chipping and corner issues here — so if you’re chasing slabbable cards it’s an option but factory sets would be safer. The Canseco card was once one of the hobby’s most-expensive cards — a $100-plus card at one point — but now it’s just a memorable shell of its past self. This collector remains a fan of this design and set and this pack shows glimpses as to why it’s still one of the better 1980s Donruss releases.

Product Grade: A
Pack Grade:
Fun Grade: B

What do you want to see next time during 12 in 12? Tell us in the comments or on Twitter. We’ll mix in more full boxes and newer stuff if we see that you like it.

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One thought on “Buzz Break: 1986 Donruss MLB pack

  1. David Johnson March 20, 2017 / 3:23 pm

    I love seeing the 80s packs being opened again. For the next 12 in 12, how about a wax pack of 1984 Fleer, a cello or rack pack of 1987 Topps, a cello or rack of 1989 Fleer, and a jumbo pack of 1990 Topps. I would also enjoy seeing breaks of some of the more oddball packs like 1992 Topps Kids and 1989 Topps Big. As for other sports, how about a pack of 87-88 Fleer basketball, some mid-90s football (1985 or 1986 Topps), and some Action Packed football.


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