Here is a recent purchase:
It's the Donruss 1988 Team Collection book. Inside there are three pages of Cubs cards from the 1988 set.
As you can see from the scans, the cards are nine to a page. The weird thing is that there are no perforations to separate the cards. It's just one full sheet of cardboard. I think that I will leave these in the book and not try to cut each card out.
Now here is an even stranger thing. If you notice the upper right hand corner of the book cover, it says, "Updated for '88 Trades." Eight of the twenty-seven cards featured updated Cubs cards of players who were on other teams in Donruss' base set. That isn't too unusual.
The odd thing is the way Donruss numbered the cards. They didn't use the same number from the base set and add a T to it like Topps did in 1974 and 1976. And they didn't use a separate traded numbering system like Topps did with their traded sets. Instead, Donruss didn't use a number at all! Look in the upper left hand corner of the card and check out what they did:
Instead of numbers, the eight updated cards were designated as "New." How bizarre is that?? So in the title of the post, when I said I got some new cards, I really got some "New" cards!
Chances are that very few of you have ever seen these new cards, so here are the eight updated, "NEW" cards: