Don't ask me how I managed to collect for this long without owning one of these until now, because I just dunno, man:
Tony Gwynn 1983 Donruss RC
I'd say 1983 was a good year for me. I was born, so I had that going for me. Cal Ripken's Jr.'s Orioles won their most recent World Series with the Iron Man following up his '82 Rookie of the Year award with an MVP season and the first of 19 straight All-Star appearances. And most relevant to today's post, a pretty impressive RC crop could be found in packs of Donruss, Fleer, and Topps, namely Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg, and some guy named Tony Gwynn.
I've long since picked up the Fleer
issues, but for whatever reason I hadn't made it a priority to chase the Donruss card until recently. Fortunately for me, all it took was a mere $3 on COMC to right that wrong. It's a Hall of Fame-caliber addition to my baseball RC collection and now has a place of honor in my growing Gwynn PC as well ("growing" as in I have a LOT of stuff to scan). For a price that'll pretty much get you a disappointing low-end pack these days, I finished off the RC trifecta of Mr. Padre. Money well spent? I certainly think so!
Stay tuned for more COMC scores soon (including a whole new package due to arrive tomorrow), focusing more heavily on the Tigers!