Posted by Mastrova on December 3, 2012 - 4:00 pm
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This past summer saw some record sales for the 1990 Donruss Aqueous Test set, with a bulk of the cards coming from eBay seller langessports. Well last week they were back with some high grade Aqueous cards as well as over 100 of the much rarer Blue/White Test cards. Not only that, but they had over 50 of another 1990 Donruss test issue, that we've dubbed the "Red/Red Test"

The stars of the auction were definitely the Blue/White test cards. These unusual cards feature a player on each side of the card and use the same design and photography as the normal set. Instead of a red border on the front, this set features a dark blue border. The back side is printed on the rough cardboard stock and features a white border, which can make it difficult to read the player name. Many cards have been found with their matching inverse, meaning that if one card features Player A on the blue side, and player B on the white side, there may also exist a card where Player B is on the blue side, and Player A is on the white side. It is estimated that only about 1-3 copies exist for each card. Click here for the 1990 Donruss Blue/White Test checklist

The recent auctions also introduced another 1990 Test variant that we've named the Red/Red Test. Like it's Blue/White cousin, this set features a player on each side of the card, however, both sides use the standard 1990 Donruss red border. It also appears that many of player pairs also have an inverse that exists too. Fifty unique cards were offered from this set with the main prize being the Craig Lefferts / Ken Griffey, Jr. card, bringing in a whopping $2,550.02! While this set doesn't have much star power aside from Griffey, many of the commons sold for between $20 and $35. Beyond that, not much else is known about this set. Where did they originate from? How many more players exist? Is there an inverse for the Griffey? Were these just intended to be printer's scrap? Who knows if we can get answers to those questions. At any rate, these sales show that there is definitely collector interest and value in these obscure cards. Click here for the 1990 Red/Red Test checklist

With all the recent auctions, some people were worried that the 1990 Aqueous Test market was becoming flooded and their value would drop, but looking at the prices from this weekend there is obviously still quite a bit of interest in this set. Quite a few of the cards were listed as being "Near Mint" and judging from the scans it looks like most would have a great shot at getting graded a 8 or higher. Nolan Ryan and Will Clark collectors once again showed off their deep pockets and their love for their player. Two #166 Ryan's were listed, one as Near Mint and one as Ex-Mint and brought in $1,530.55 and $721.17 respectively. Two #230 Will Clark's were also listed, both as Near Mint, and sold for $722.25 and $654.50. All told, 21 Aqueous Test cards sold for over $200.00 each. Click here for the 1990 Donruss Aqueous Test checklist

Blue/White Test Auction Highlights:

Ozzie Guillen / Nolan Ryan (King of Kings) - $3,250.99
Carmen Castillo / Nolan Ryan (5,000 K's) - $2,949.00
Kevin Hickey / Will Clark (AS) - $1,941.56
Kevin Hickey / Will Clark (AS) - $1,890.77
Dean Palmer / Ryne Sandberg (AS) - $1,376.01
Luis Quinones / Ozzie Smith (AS) - $258.30
Oil Can Boyd / Mark McGwire (AS) - $255.05
Manny Lee / Tony Gwynn (AS) - $255.00
Tony Gwynn (AS) / Manny Lee - $200.01
Dave Justice / Ed Whitson (DK) - $163.00
Dave Justice / Ed Whitson (DK) - $158.06
Oil Can Boyd / Mark McGwire - $157.50
Jim Traber / Bo Jackson (AS) - $141.50
Ed Whitson (DK) / Dave Justice - $137.50
Larry Walker / Jack Morris - $125.88

Red/Red Test Auction Highlights:

Craig Lefferts / Ken Griffey, Jr. - $2,550.02
Pat Sheridan / Randy Johnson - $72.12
Randy Johnson / Pat Sheridan - $72.11
Brian Downing / Paul Molitor - $51.00
Steve Farr / Albert Belle - $45.00

Aqueous Test Auction Highlights:

Nolan Ryan #166 - $1,530.55
Will Clark #230 - $722.25
Nolan Ryan #166 - $721.17
Will Clark #230 - $654.50
George Brett #144 - $648.56
Don Mattingly #190 - $460.66
Checklist #200 - $416.11
Cal Ripken #96 - $412.65
Ryne Sandberg #105 - $410.56
Don Mattingly #190 - $406.01
Kirby Puckett #269 - $405.00
Kirby Puckett #269 - $401.00
Ryne Sandberg (MVP) #BC-10 - $306.12
Ryne Sandberg (MVP) #BC-10 - $300.55
Jose Canseco #125 - $261.60
Kirby Puckett (MVP) #BC-8 - $251.15
Wade Boggs #68 - $226.50
Greg Maddux #158 - $207.55
Barry Bonds #126 - $207.50
Tony Gwynn (MVP) #BC-4 - $202.49
Tony Gwynn (MVP) #BC-4 - $202.49
Cal Ripken #96 - $192.50
Kirby Puckett (MVP) #BC-8 - $188.08
Tony Gwynn #86 - $162.74
Dale Murphy #168 - $160.75
Dale Murphy #168 - $158.15
Barry Larkin #71 - $155.50
Checklist #100 - $152.51
Tony Gwynn #86 - $152.50
Mark McGwire #185 - $147.50
Juan Gonzales #33 - $147.50
Juan Gonzales #33 - $147.50
Ozzie Smith #201 - $128.50
Ozzie Smith #201 - $119.50

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(Images used with permission of Todd Lange of Lange's Sports)














Cal Ripken - 1990 Donruss Aqueous Test #96 - Rare Scarce Promo/Sample
$27.95

1990 DONRUSS AQUEOUS TEST RUBEN SIERRA DIAMOND KINGS #3
$15.00

1990 DONRUSS AQUEOUS TEST PAUL O'NEILL #198
$25.00

1990 Donruss Blue-White Test Proof: Scott Bradley Mariners/ Oil Can Boyd Red Sox
$15.00

Roger Clemens 1990 Donruss Aqueous Test Glossy #184 PSA 9 RARE CENTERED BEAUTY
$199.99

1990 Donruss Blue-White Test Proof: Glenn Davis Astros / Scott Lusander Tigers
$15.00

1990 DONRUSS AQUEOUS TEST DARREN DAULTON #194
$15.00

1990 DONRUSS AQUEOUS WADE BOGGS MINT TEST ISSUE
$151.00

1990 Donruss Blue-White Test Proof: Danny Darwin Astros / Howard Johnson AS Mets
$15.00

1990 DONRUSS AQUEOUS TEST CHECKLIST 28-129 #100 PSA GRADED 10 GEM MINT 22979724
$850.00

1990 Donruss Blue-White Test Proof: Atlee Hammaker Giants / Mariano Duncan Reds
$15.00

1990 DONRUSS AQUEOUS TEST GREGG JEFFERIES #270
$12.00

1990 DONRUSS BLUE/WHITE TEST ISSUE.. BOTH CARDS.. WADE BOGGS HOF
$619.99

1990 Aqueous Test Donruss Dennis Eckersley Oakland A's HOF RARE
$32.99

1990 DONRUSS AQUEOUS TEST ELLIS BURKS #228
$12.00

1990 Donruss Aqueous Test Card #153 Gerald Perry Bottom Corners Soft / Ding
$0.99

1990 DONRUSS AQUEOUS TEST KIRBY PUCKETT #269 PSA GRADED 10 GEM MINT 22979713
$3400.00

1990 Donruss blue/white test Billy Hatcher, Don Carman
$11.95

1990 Donruss AL Best Blue Test Proof Keith Hernandez, Clev Indians NO RESERVE
$9.95

1990 DONRUSS AQUEOUS TEST DON MATTINGLY #190 PSA GRADED 10 GEM MINT 2297945
$6800.00
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