I am a collector who loves flash. I make no attempt to hide my love for Topps’ Refractor technology and Pinnacle’s Dufex parallels from the late-90’s, which brought so much life to otherwise dull card board.
That being said, nothing to this day has impressed me more than 1998’s Donruss Crusade line, an insert that just may be the most beloved of all-time, for a card not signed or featuring a relic.
Below is one of the best looking Crusade cards I have ever seen. It features a young, less obnoxious Manny Ramirez sandwiched between those two weird lions. See one in person and you’ll know why it blows the competition away.
Jose Canseco was included in 1998’s Crusade checklist but unfortunately it features a lousy photograph. Even if I wanted one, the big spenders would never allow me to take one home considering the final selling prices on these cards.
Looking at this great Donruss card makes me wish they were still in the game. No, not the guys from 2008 that produced Threads and Prime Cuts but the old school Donruss responsible for Crusade and the historic 1991 Donruss Elite series.
With Upper Deck out of the way, it would make sense for Panini to find a way to obtain rights to produce baseball cards again. If only the design team responsible for Crusade and other 90’s Donruss classics were still around. It would make for one hell of a battle for card supremacy against Topps.
The only thing collectors love more than an underdog is Donruss Crusade.