2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide

In some sets, variations are tough to pull. However, that is not the case with the 2018 Donruss Baseball variations. Perhaps a letdown for those looking for high values, the flip side to this is a surplus of different cards for some of the top players of past and present. 2018 marks a large increase as far as the size of the checklist in comparison to prior years.

Although the full odds were not provided, 2018 Donruss Baseball variations combine with the Diamond Kings, Rated Rookies and Retro 1984 subset cards to average 60 per box, or roughly two to three per pack. The initial information indicated that each box should also have one variation parallel.

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Because they are not very rare and have the same extensive parallels as the base set, values for the 2018 Donruss Baseball variations should remain on the low side. It also means it can be tricky to know which card is the variation if it is not an obvious change like a nickname in place of the player name, stat reference or nickname instead of the team, or black-and-white version. This is especially true for the 1984 Retro cards.

While Panini did provide the full variation subject list on the 2018 Donruss Baseball checklist, the exact differences were not noted. Some players, including Aaron Judge, have more than one variation under the same card number.

It's also worth pointing out that the Blank Back cards are not variations, but instead these are a full parallel of the base set.

2018 Donruss Baseball Variation Trick

For those looking for a secondary way to identify the short prints, it appears that most 2018 Donruss Baseball variations feature a filled-in black baseball with a white outline in the top-left corner of the card back (shown first below), while base cards have a white baseball with black lines.

However, it appears the reverse is true for the 1984 Retro variations. For these final 10 cards in the lineup, the white ball denotes the variation.

We are adding clean images as they surface. Please reach out by email if you see anything we are missing.

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Checklist

59 Eddie Mathews - Stat
64 Cal Ripken - Nickname
65 Jim Palmer - Black & White
69 Jackie Bradley Jr. - Nickname
86 Jose Abreu - Black & White
87 Frank Thomas - Nickname
92 Joe Morgan - Team Nickname
100 Roberto Alomar - Nickname
104 Charlie Blackmon - Image
108 Reggie Jackson - Image
110 Al Kaline - Nickname
120 George Brett - Black & White
123 Rod Carew - Black & White
134 Marcell Ozuna - Image
141 Anthony Rizzo - Image
142 Kirby Puckett - Stat
143 Giancarlo Stanton - Nickname
144 Noah Syndergaard - Nickname
148 Aaron Judge - ROY
148 Aaron Judge - Nickname
149 Cody Bellinger - ROY
149 Cody Bellinger - Image
150 Gary Sanchez - Nickname
153 Corey Kluber - Nickname
154 Clayton Kershaw - Nickname
155 Mike Trout - Nickname
157 Francisco Lindor - Nickname
158 Corey Seager - Image
159 Andrew McCutchen - Nickname
162 Alex Bregman - Image
163 Carlos Correa - Nickname
165 Tony Gwynn - Nickname
166 Jose Altuve - Nickname
167 Buster Posey - Nickname
167 Buster Posey - Image
169 Andrew Benintendi - Black & White
169 Andrew Benintendi - Nickname
172 Nolan Arenado - Image
173 Jose Ramirez - Image
175 Ken Griffey Jr. - Nickname
176 Yadier Molina - Nickname
183 Kris Bryant - Nickname B/W
183 Kris Bryant - Image
187 Nolan Ryan - Nickname
189 Manny Machado - Image
191 Mookie Betts - Nickname
191 Mookie Betts - Nickname / Image
192 Bryce Harper - Nickname
195 Chipper Jones - Nickname
200 Mickey Mantle - Nickname
225 Anthony Rizzo - Retro 1984 Image
227 Andrew Benintendi - Retro 1984 Image
228 Kris Bryant - Retro 1984 Image
230 Yoan Moncada - Retro 1984 Image
234 Francisco Lindor - Retro 1984 Image
242 Mike Trout - Retro 1984 Image
243 Cody Bellinger - Retro 1984 Image
253 Aaron Judge - Retro 1984 Image
254 Mickey Mantle - Retro 1984 Image
256 Nolan Ryan - Retro 1984 Image

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59 Eddie Mathews - Milwaukee Braves

Base 

Variation - 12x All-Star

64 Cal Ripken - Baltimore Orioles

Base 

Variation - Iron Man

65 Jim Palmer - Baltimore Orioles

Base 

Variation - Black & White

69 Jackie Bradley Jr. - Boston Red Sox

Base 

Variation - JBJ

86 Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox

Base 

Variation - Black & White

87 Frank Thomas - Chicago White Sox

Base 

Variation - Big Hurt

92 Joe Morgan - Cincinnati Reds

Base 

Variation - Big Red Machine

100 Roberto Alomar - Cleveland Indians

Base 

Variation - Robbie Alomar

104 Charlie Blackmon - Colorado Rockies

Base - Post-swing

Variation  - Pre-swing

108 Reggie Jackson - Oakland A's

Base - Green jersey

Variation  - White jersey

110 Al Kaline - Detroit Tigers

Base 

Variation - Kaline

120 George Brett - Kansas City Royals

Base 

Variation - Black & White

123 Rod Carew - California Angels

Base 

Variation - Black & White

134 Marcell Ozuna - St. Louis Cardinals

Base - Looking up

Variation - Batting

141 Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs

Base - Batting

Variation - Running 

142 Kirby Puckett - Minnesota Twins

Base 

Variation - 10x All-Star

143 Giancarlo Stanton - New York Yankees

Base 

Variation - Mike Stanton

144 Noah Syndergaard - New York Mets

Base 

Variation - Lion

148 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees

Base 

Variation - ROY

Variation - NY 12th Judicial District - All Rise

149 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers

Base - Batting

Variation - Unanimous ROY

Variation - Running

150 Gary Sanchez - New York Yankees

Base 

Variation - The Kraken

153 Corey Kluber - Cleveland Indians

Base 

Variation - Klubot

154 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers

Base 

Variation - The Humanitarian

155 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels

Base 

Variation - Millville Meteor

157 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians

Base 

Variation - Mr. Smile

158 Corey Seager - Los Angeles Dodgers

Base - Dirty

Variation - Sunglasses

159 Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates

Base 

Variation - Cutch

162 Alex Bregman - Houston Astros

Base - White uniform

Variation - Gray uniform

163 Carlos Correa - Houston Astros

Base 

Variation - Showrrea

165 Tony Gwynn - San Diego Padres

Base 

Variation - Gwynn

166 Jose Altuve - Houston Astros

Base 

Variation - Tuve (2017 MVP)

167 Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants

Base - Standing

Variation - Gerald Dempsey Posey

Variaton - Throwing

169 Andrew Benintendi - Boston Red Sox

Base - Batting

Variation - Black & White

Variation - Benny Baseball

172 Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies

Base - Purple jersey

Variation - Gray uniform

173 Jose Ramirez - Cleveland Indians

Base - Blue jersey

Variation - Red uniform

175 Ken Griffey Jr. - Seattle Mariners

Base 

Variation - The Kid

176 Yadier Molina - St. Louis Cardinals

Base 

Variation - Yadi

183 Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs

Base 

Variation - KB

Variation - No sunglasses

187 Nolan Ryan - Texas Rangers

Base 

Variation - The Ryan Express

189 Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles

Base - Catching

Variation - Batting

191 Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox

Base 

Variation - Perfect 300

Variation - Markus Lynn Betts

192 Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals

Base 

Variation - Mondo

195 Chipper Jones - Atlanta Braves

Base 

Variation - Larry Wayne Jones

200 Mickey Mantle - New York Yankees

Base 

Variation - The Commerce Comet

2018 Donruss Baseball 1984 Retro Variations

225 Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs

Base

Variation

227 Andrew Benintendi - Boston Red Sox

Base

Variation

228 Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs

Base

Variation

230 Yoan Moncada - Chicago White Sox

Base

Variation

234 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians

Base

Variation

242 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels

Base

Variation

243 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers

Base

Variation

253 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees

Base

Variation

254 Mickey Mantle - New York Yankees

Base

Variation

256 Nolan Ryan - New York Mets

Base

Variation

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User Comments

  1. I pulled 51/54 variations out of my only hobby box. Is this the norm or did I just get lucky?

  2. They appear to be very common.

  3. Probably not a big deal, but noticed the title above reads, 2018 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations Checklist, instead of 2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Checklist.

  4. Thanks, Jim!

  5. Hey, Trey!…any idea why some HOFers have a Hall of Fame logo on the back of their 2018 Donruss cards and some don’t?….Just curious

  6. Hey Rick, that is odd but I don’t know why that is the case.

  7. I GOT a Aaron Judge DK with nothing on the back but the bottom normal data, the rest is blank. What do you know about this?

  8. It’s the Blank Back parallel.

  9. I found an error on card #241, George Brett’s 1984 retro card. The stats on the back are not for him, but rather the career stats for Al Kaline. Does anyone know if this is was corrected or if this is an honest error on Donruss’s part?

  10. Looks to be an uncorrected error that applies to all the Retro cards for Brett.

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