So, when you get to open a random pack of 1991 Donruss baseball cards, it's still pretty fun, even if there is no money to be made. There are only 3 picture cards and 3 puzzle pieces per pack. I acquired this one pack at an extremely low bid at auction, so I was happy to rip it open to see what was inside.
It wasn't very exciting.
The three players that I got were Dick Schofield of the Angels, Les Lancaster of the Cubs, and Rob Murphy of the Red Sox.
However, Rob actually started out very strong in his first four seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. He was traded to the Red Sox along with Nick Esasky in the 1988-1989 offseason for Todd Benzinger and Jeff Sellers.
This trade actually worked out great for the Red Sox and not at all for the Reds. Benzinger was not really that great for the Reds and Jeff Sellers never pitched in the Major Leagues again. Nick Esasky had one amazing year for the Red Sox with 30 HR and over 100 RBI. Then he left in free agency and pretty much evaporated, due to his unfortunate development of vertigo.
The Reds would be OK though as they'd win the World Series in 1990 in spite of a terrible year from Benzinger. Ironically, Murphy was fantastic for the Red Sox in 1989 and dreadful in 1990. After leaving Boston in a trade for the mediocre Mike Gardiner, and having a good year for Seattle, he never really was good again, although he'd hang on until 1995.
So, there you have it. From a collector's standpoint, this is a pretty terrible pack. But from a baseball fan point of view, these three guys definitely belonged in the Major Leagues. It's always cool to look up the guys you don't really know. That's part of the fun with baseball cards. You never know who's going to turn up in a pack.