Flashback Friday: 1992 McDonald’s Donruss MVP Baseball Card Set

After getting all nostalgic reading Mop Up Duty’s great post on baseball cards earlier this week, I couldn’t help but think back to some of my favourite cards from back in my childhood. While the actual value on these cards isn’t particularly high, the sentimental value is priceless.

For this week’s trip down memory lane during Flashback Friday, let’s focus in particular on the 1992 McDonald’s Donruss MVP Baseball Card set.

The traditional way to obtain these cards was by purchasing the little four or five card packs at McDonald’s. I can’t remember the exact price (probably around 99 cents), and each pack came with one of the special gold foil cards above.


Admittedly, I kind of cheated to complete my set. I remember buying these for a cool $1.75 at the Ilderton Fair. The vendor was asking $3 dollars but my father refused to pay such a steep price for six baseball cards, so he handed over $1.75 to his ten-year old son, and I proceeded to haggle the vendor.

Knowing that I was just a little kid who loved the Blue Jays, the guy probably felt sorry for me and let me have the cards for $1.75. It felt like I had just won the lottery.

Anyway, enough with my inconsequential anecdotes … whether it was this set in particular or another baseball card, it’s always great to look back at old collections and reminisce about a much more simple time where the only two things we looked forward to were playing baseball, and spending recess looking at baseball cards.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

7 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: 1992 McDonald’s Donruss MVP Baseball Card Set

  • March 12, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Love the set. I think I only had the Devon White. As a former card collector, I really miss the simplicity in cards. The last couple of baseball cards I bought were Roy Halladay cards and I spent triple digits on them. Ouch.

  • March 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Especially those recesses where it rained, and you got to spend the time inside the gym/cafeteria. Those were great card-swapping times, since that asshat Marco didn't have anywhere to run after he tried to steal your cards…

  • March 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    HLF, if you ever need to complete the set, they are pretty cheap on eBay. I still don't have a Roy Halladay card, but I would probably be willing to spend just as much as you did if I found one I liked. Those things will be worth big money one day.

    Hilleraj, it sure beat playing with POGS. Remember POGS? Baseball cards were much better … and I always loved that horrible tasting gum that came with the packaged. Good times!

  • April 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    I've got the complete set from that year. All 6 of the MVP cards and the 26 others. I even have the check list.
    I also have the set from 1993.

  • April 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Does anyone know if they made a different set for each McDonald's region in North America?

  • April 4, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Scott, I'm not too sure – it's definitely possible that there are different series for different regions of the country.

  • December 27, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    I have the full set PLUS an error card with the front of one card and the rear of another card…that must make the set of some kind of collector value?

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