I have always been enamored with the Donruss Elite inserts. The were first released in 1991 Donruss and were a very rare pull despite having a very high serial number by today's standards /10,000. Donruss included these inserts for 8 years.
I believe I have a couple Rickey Henderson and Barry Bonds Elite cards in my collection but recently picked up 2 Matt Williams Elite inserts. This first one is from that inaugural 1991 set. There were only 10 cards in the set. 2 of which are autos of Ryne Sandberg and Nolan Ryan.
In checking out the values in Beckett, I was surprised a little that Williams books for the lowest amount at $25. I totally get why Bonds, Brett, Canseco, Dawson and Henderson are higher but a little surprised that Doug Drabek and Cecil Fielder out book Williams. Another reason why I should pay little to no attention to book value.
The other pick up from the same Sportslot auctioneers is from 1995.
This is a pretty nice design with the die cut borders and shiny silver. This time we see an action batting photo of Williams. The die cutting almost gets me there but I am still a little more of a fan of the 1991 design.
There is a pretty nice checklist in 1995 and again Williams is alone at the bottom in book value. The other 11 are: Jeff Bagwell, Paul O'Neill, Greg Maddux, Mike Piazza, Ken Griffey Jr., Frank Thomas, Barry Bonds, Kirby Puckett and Fred McGriff. I might argue that Williams should be on par with O'Neill and maybe McGriff but I wouldn't put up that hard of an argument.
Very happy to add these two "rare" cards to my collection. If you have any Elite cards, I would love to see a post and/or link to them in your blog.