Who knew that Donruss would be foreshadowing what would eventually happen to Panini cards of today? Well, the 2004 Studio set does just that. No action shots!
All the cards from 2004 Studio are shot portrait-style with the backdrop of the city they play in behind. Sound familiar?
In 2004, Donruss still had its agreement with Major League Baseball to use team logos on the jerseys, hats and the cardboard itself. So these are completely terrible like the major leaguers in the 2011 Elite Extra Edition series.
Before you call me a hypocrite, let me just say I am collecting the 2011 Elite Extra Edition set because it is very small, relatively inexpensive and just plain weird without the logos.
Anyway, with only five of the 270 cards to call it a complete set, I'm offering what I do have from the '04 Studio for trade.
Here's what I've got:
3 Tim Salmon
28 Javy Lopez
80 Juan Pierre
157 Akinori Otsuka
199 Roy Halladay