2015 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide

2015 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide

The 2015 Donruss Baseball Variations seem to run with the concept. Rather than just using one theme, the 18-Up Digital Form Variations as the company calls them, is a cornucopia of variation greatest hits. From photo swaps to reverse negatives to small changes that might require a second look, 2015 Donruss has them all. There's even a Frank Thomas with no name on the front, a nod to the Hall of Famer's classic 1990 Topps card.

A total of 16 players are represented on the 2015 Donruss Baseball Variations checklist. But there are more variations than that. Mike Trout has three different variations. It's likely that the "18-Up" refers to that number of total variations.

Panini hasn't announced insertion rates or rarity of the variations, but they definitely don't appear to be landing with much regularity.

2015 Donruss Baseball Variations Visual Guide

Please note that this is a work in progress and we'll add to it if any more variations are confirmed. That said, we suspect it's complete.

10 Alex Gordon

Please note that Panini has Gordon listed as #10 on the variation checklist but it appears as though it's for his base card.

Base: Kansas City Baseball Club, white jersey, card #97
Variation: Baseball is back in K.C.!, blue jersey, card #10 on back

Base

Variation

67 Jose Abreu

Base: Chicago Baseball Club, pinstripe jersey
Variation: ROY, grey jersey

Base

Variation

87 Miguel Cabrera

Base: Detroit Tigers
Variation: Florida Marlins

Base

Variation

100 Mike Trout

Base: Los Angeles
Variation 1: reverse negative
Variation 2: "MVP"
Variation 3: fielding

Base

Variation 1

2015 Donruss Variations Mike Trout Reverse Photo

Variation 2

2015 Donruss Variations 100 Mike Trout MVP

Variation 3

2015 Donruss Variations 100 Mike Trout Fielding

104 Clayton Kershaw

Base: white jersey, Los Angeles
Variation: grey jersey, "MVP"

Base

Variation

106 Yasiel Puig

Base: with border accents
Variation: no border accents

Base

Variation

126 Ichiro

Base: Miami
Variation: Seattle

Base

Variation

129 Masahiro Tanaka

Base: pitching
Variation: portrait

Base

Variation

140 Andrew McCutchen

Base:
Variation: black and white photo

Base

Variation

148 Buster Posey

Base: catcher's gear, San Francisco
Variation: batting, "There's a dynasty in the Bay Area"

Base

Variation

176 Bryce Harper

Base: throwing
Variation: mohawk

Base

Variation

185 Frank Thomas

Base: name on front
Variation: no name on front

Base

Variation

187 Kirby Puckett

Base: pinstripe jersey
Variation: PUCK, blue jersey

Base

Variation

2015 Donruss Variations Kirby Pucket Puck

188 Mariano Rivera

Base: color photo
Variation: black and white photo

Base

Variation

192 Pete Rose

Base: 2014 design
Variation: 1981 Donruss design

Base

2015 Donruss Pete RoseB

Variation

2015 Donruss Variations 192 Pete Rose 1981

194 Bo Jackson

Base: color photo
Variation: black and white photo

Base

Variation

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

User Comments

  1. Wait, you can actually tell they’re variations by looking at the front of the card? Well done, Panini.

    My eyes are getting way too old to look for serial numbers or “sparkles” on Topps cards!

    Of course, even with two different Trout variations, that only adds up to 17. If the theory of there being 18 is correct, what the heck is the 18th?

  2. they look stupid without the team names or city on the cards why bother

  3. i really like these variations! i would have never known they existed without this awesome visual guide that you provided. thank you for doing this! they dont need the team names or city to look good. these variations are getting a lot of action on ebay and i am happy that there are other players out there besides topps. panini and donruss put out some great products and ripping these packs combine the right amount of base and inserts to make it fun at a very reasonable price point. can you let us know if you find out any information about the insert rate or rarity of these variations? thanks again!

  4. I just pulled a joe Mauer that is like the Pete rose variation on your list. I also pulled the base card in the same pack. Does anyone know if my mauer is a legit variation? Thanks, I’ll take my response off the air.

  5. If your Mauer has #211 on the back, it’s just part of the regular 1981 subset and not a variation.

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