10 Most Valuable 1991 Donruss Baseball Cards

Unopened Box of 1991 Donruss Baseball CardsThe 1991 Donruss baseball card set marked the first time that the company had released its cards in more than one series.

Series 1 cards featured blue borders while Series 2 cards featured green borders.

And it seemed like collectors either loved or hated these cards…

There weren’t any significant rookie cards in this set which really put a drag on it.

However, as you can see by the names on this list, the 1991 Donruss set was absolutely loaded with star power.

And in this guide, we take a look at the 10 most valuable 1991 Donruss baseball cards.

Let’s jump right in…

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Let's be clear: most of the cards from this set do not have any value these days.

Like the 1991 Fleer and Topps sets, far too many were printed and the market is over-saturated with them.

So, for the cards on this list to be worth much, they'll have to be graded by PSA to be in perfect, gem mint condition.

That means the card needs to be basically flawless.

And even then, they'll likely only sell between $10 - $25 at most.

Now that we got that out of the way, let's take a look at the top ten:

1991 Donruss #77 Ken Griffey Jr.

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $25

First on our list, and it should come as no surprise, is Ken Griffey Jr.

This set lacked any significant rookie cards and given that Griffey was the biggest star of the day, he automatically shoots to the top of the list.

Donruss did provide us with some great images in this set and this card is no exception: we're getting a look at one of the sweetest swings the game has ever seen unfolding before us.

In top PSA 10 condition, these cards will likely sell for between $20 and $25.

1991 Donruss Baseball Card #77 Ken Griffey Jr.

1991 Donruss #477 Frank Thomas

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $16

The "Big Hurt" was part of the Series 2 release that year and I've always loved how intimidating Thomas looks on this card.

Imagine being on the pitcher's mound and having this giant stare you down, ready to knock whatever you throw his way over the fence.

I love those old White Sox jerseys with the cursive writing and that old team logo, too.

Overall, this is a nice card featuring one of the biggest sluggers of the '90s.

1991 Donruss #477 Frank Thomas Baseball Card

1991 Donruss #648 Rickey Henderson

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

Rickey Henderson was absolutely electric on the base paths.

The all-time leader in stolen bases and runs scored was arguably the game's best leadoff hitter who ever played.

Henderson occasionally displayed some good power, too, as there were a couple of seasons when he put up 28 home runs.

His compact stance and swing are clearly on display in this card.

1991 Donruss Baseball Card #648 Rickey Henderson

1991 Donruss #49 Ken Griffey Jr. All-Star

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $15

Ken Griffey Jr.'s All-Star card also lands a spot near the top of our list, that's how popular he was and still is in the collecting community.

The All-Star cards were easily distinguishable by the star next to the players' names and the American or National League logo at the bottom depending in when league the player played.

This particular card also gives us a nice close-up look at Griffey's signature swing.

However, I always felt the photo quality on his All-Star card wasn't all the great and has kind of dark and gloomy feel to it as a result.

1991 Donruss #49 Ken Griffey Jr. All-Star Baseball Card

1991 Donruss #89 Nolan Ryan

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $13

Up next is the all-time leader in strikeouts: Nolan Ryan.

Here we see him pitching for the Texas Rangers, his fourth team, and ready to absolutely unload one of his iconic fastballs.

Even during the 1991 season, Nolan Ryan was able to amass over 200 strikeouts after he was well past his prime.

That goes to show you just how tough he was and with what kind of determination he played.

1991 Donruss #89 Nolan Ryan Baseball Card

1991 Donruss #223 Cal Ripken Jr.

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $12

The "Iron Man" was one of my favorite players to watch as a kid and I am still stunned at how he played in 2,632 consecutive games.

He redefined how a shortstop approached the game, bringing power to the plate.

1991 was a career year for Ripken as he would put up career bests in home runs (34) and RBI (114) on his way to winning his second MVP award.

Oh, and he won a Gold Glove that year.

Ripken was an unbelievably talented ballplayer.

1991 Donruss #223 Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball Card

1991 Donruss #107 Don Mattingly

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $12

Growing up in Indiana, Don Mattingly was also one of my favorite players just because he, too, was from Indiana.

But, he could also play the game of baseball at a top tier level.

Mattingly's cards were always high on collectors' wish lists during the '80s as his production year after looked like he would be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame one day.

However, injuries really put a damper on Mattingly's career and his production dropped off substantially in the '90s and he did not end up being a Hall of Famer.

With guys like Harold Baines (and no offense to Harold Baines) being voted in afterall, will Mattingly someday be reconsidered?

1991 Donruss #107 Don Mattingly Baseball Card

1991 Donruss #374 Greg Maddux

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $11

Guys like Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson may have been incredibly exciting to watch based on their power but Maddux was fun to watch for his craftsmanship.

He didn't have overpowering stuff but his pinpoint accuracy allowed him to break down hitter after hitter.

In his second to last season with the Cubs in 1991, Maddux was clearly emerging as one of the game's top pitchers.

And then he would go on that monster run from 1992-1995 when he won four consecutive Cy Young awards cementing his legacy as one of the all-time greats.

1991 Donruss #374 Greg Maddux Baseball Card

1991 Donruss #632 Bo Jackson

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $10

Remember how popular Bo Jackson was back in the late '80s and early '90s?

Nike was running their "Bo Knows" advertising campaign all over the television and he was tearing up defenses with ease on Nintendo's Tecmo Bowl videogame.

Bo Jackson was an extremely talented baseball player...not necessarily one of the best of his era but he did earn a trip to the All-Star game once his career.

He was more famous for the fact that he was able to play both professional baseball and football at such a high level.

Kids from that era loved Bo Jackson and his cards remain popular to this day.

1991 Donruss #632 Bo Jackson Baseball Card

1991 Donruss #495 Barry Bonds

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $10

Last but no least on our list is Barry Bonds.

Bonds was a pure talent and was no doubt one of the game's best players whoever lived.

He could hit, he could run, he could field...he could do it all.

But, because of the PED controversy that overshadows his career, his baseball cards will likely never be worth as much as they could have been.

1991 Donruss #495 Barry Bonds Baseball Card

1991 Donruss Baseball Cards In Review

So there you have it, the ten most valuable 1991 Donruss cards.

As you can see, it will require them to be professionally graded in gem mint condition to be worth much.

This set was a monster and contained a 770 card checklist in total.

Within the set were also several different subsets, including:

  • Diamond Kings
  • Rated Rookies
  • All-Stars
  • MVPs

The cards was met with very little enthusiasm and excitement as collectors felt like the set really didn't include much creativity.

But for those of us who grew up collecting these as kids, they'll always have a huge nostalgic factor to them despite not having the most monetary value.

Ross Uitts
 

Ross is the founder of Old Sports Cards and has been collecting sports cards for over 30 years. He also loves to write about the hobby and has written for Beckett, Topps, SABR and of course, this website. Need help buying or selling cards or have a general question about the hobby? Contact him at [email protected]

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