My collecting goal this year is to beef up my past year's Phillies collections. Sort of at random, I've been working on 1992. I needed 7 (of the 10) Phillies cards in the 1992 Donruss Rookies set and couldn't locate them on eBay. But I did find the entire set for around 10 bucks. I've always like the set and figured the Phillies cards I needed would be just a bit over $1 a piece. Since I didn't have very many of the set, and I liked the set, I decided to go for it.
For what ever reason, there are more Phillies in this set than any other team. It's not like these Phillies had any lasting impact on the team as players, although one of them, Rubin Amaro, would go on to eventually be the Phillies General Manager during the time the Phillies won the 2008 World Series.
A lot of the players in this set would not have cards calling them rookies in today's baseball card world as they hadn't had any MLB playing time before the set was released. A lot of them had some playing time in 1992, but probably after the set was released.
Although I don't think the set is of historical value, there are quite a few impact players included. There is only one ROY in the set but there is one Hall of Famer. I'm going to make 2 posts on the set. This post will feature the top 10 players in terms of longevity. I'm going by longevity as a marker for impact on the game. Not always a reliable marker but it mostly works for this set. The second post will focus on other interesting players in the set.
Collectors often deride 1980s and early 1990s Donruss sets but compare this set to the drab 2016 Donruss set put out by Panini.