Staying true to a reputation for having some of the most basic short prints in the hobby, the 2017 Donruss Optic Baseball variations include a few elite players with text alterations and also an image swap for an all-time legend.
Even less subtle than the 2016 set, the 2017 Donruss Optic Baseball Variations are hard to miss with the big nameplate at the top of the card. Nicknames and awards provide the inspiration for the changes. This means "The Mick" instead of Mickey Mantle and "MVP" in place of Mike Trout. While most don't change the image from the base, Mantle is the exception.
Because they were included on the final 2017 Donruss Optic checklist, the uncertainly for collectors is not who the variations are for, but rather, how they are different. That is easily cleared up with our detailed visual guide below.
Although the base versions don't seem to be incredibly rare, collectors looking for more of a challenge can attempt to build the Prizm variation rainbow with available Blue (#/149), Red (#/99), Gold (#/10), Green (#/5), and Gold Vinyl (1/1) parallel versions.
2017 Donruss Optic Baseball Variations Checklist Gallery
Click on the listings to shop for cards on eBay. Some cards feature parallels but the images are the same.
81 Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cub
83 Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
107 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
109 Corey Seager - Los Angeles Dodgers
165 Mickey Mantle - New York Yankees
Base Image: Batting
Variation Image: Holding jersey on hanger