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.

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 1

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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

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Gallery

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59 Eddie Mathews - Milwaukee Braves

Base 

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Variation - 12x All-Star

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64 Cal Ripken - Baltimore Orioles

Base 

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Variation - Iron Man

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 5

65 Jim Palmer - Baltimore Orioles

Base 

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Variation - Black & White

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 7

69 Jackie Bradley Jr. - Boston Red Sox

Base 

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 8

Variation - JBJ

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86 Jose Abreu - Chicago White Sox

Base 

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Variation - Black & White

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 11

87 Frank Thomas - Chicago White Sox

Base 

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Variation - Big Hurt

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 13

92 Joe Morgan - Cincinnati Reds

Base 

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Variation - Big Red Machine

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100 Roberto Alomar - Cleveland Indians

Base 

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Variation - Robbie Alomar

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104 Charlie Blackmon - Colorado Rockies

Base - Post-swing

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Variation  - Pre-swing

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108 Reggie Jackson - Oakland A's

Base - Green jersey

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Variation  - White jersey

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110 Al Kaline - Detroit Tigers

Base 

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Variation - Kaline

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 23

120 George Brett - Kansas City Royals

Base 

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Variation - Black & White

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 25

123 Rod Carew - California Angels

Base 

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Variation - Black & White

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 27

134 Marcell Ozuna - St. Louis Cardinals

Base - Looking up

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Variation - Batting

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 29

141 Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs

Base - Batting

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Variation - Running 

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142 Kirby Puckett - Minnesota Twins

Base 

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Variation - 10x All-Star

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143 Giancarlo Stanton - New York Yankees

Base 

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Variation - Mike Stanton

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 35

144 Noah Syndergaard - New York Mets

Base 

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Variation - Lion

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 37

148 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees

Base 

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Variation - ROY

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 39

Variation - NY 12th Judicial District - All Rise

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149 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers

Base - Batting

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 41

Variation - Unanimous ROY

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 42

Variation - Running

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 43

150 Gary Sanchez - New York Yankees

Base 

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Variation - The Kraken

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153 Corey Kluber - Cleveland Indians

Base 

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Variation - Klubot

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 47

154 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers

Base 

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 48

Variation - The Humanitarian

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 49

155 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels

Base 

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 50

Variation - Millville Meteor

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 51

157 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians

Base 

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 52

Variation - Mr. Smile

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 53

158 Corey Seager - Los Angeles Dodgers

Base - Dirty

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 54

Variation - Sunglasses

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 55

159 Andrew McCutchen - Pittsburgh Pirates

Base 

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Variation - Cutch

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 57

162 Alex Bregman - Houston Astros

Base - White uniform

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 58

Variation - Gray uniform

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 59

163 Carlos Correa - Houston Astros

Base 

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Variation - Showrrea

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 61

165 Tony Gwynn - San Diego Padres

Base 

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Variation - Gwynn

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 63

166 Jose Altuve - Houston Astros

Base 

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Variation - Tuve (2017 MVP)

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 65

167 Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants

Base - Standing

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 66

Variation - Gerald Dempsey Posey

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 67

Variaton - Throwing

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 68

169 Andrew Benintendi - Boston Red Sox

Base - Batting

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 69

Variation - Black & White

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 70

Variation - Benny Baseball

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 71

172 Nolan Arenado - Colorado Rockies

Base - Purple jersey

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 72

Variation - Gray uniform

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 73

173 Jose Ramirez - Cleveland Indians

Base - Blue jersey

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 74

Variation - Red uniform

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 75

175 Ken Griffey Jr. - Seattle Mariners

Base 

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Variation - The Kid

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176 Yadier Molina - St. Louis Cardinals

Base 

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Variation - Yadi

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 79

183 Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs

Base 

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Variation - KB

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 81

Variation - No sunglasses

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187 Nolan Ryan - Texas Rangers

Base 

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Variation - The Ryan Express

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 84

189 Manny Machado - Baltimore Orioles

Base - Catching

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 85

Variation - Batting

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 86

191 Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox

Base 

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 87

Variation - Perfect 300

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 88

Variation - Markus Lynn Betts

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 89

192 Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals

Base 

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Variation - Mondo

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 91

195 Chipper Jones - Atlanta Braves

Base 

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 92

Variation - Larry Wayne Jones

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 93

200 Mickey Mantle - New York Yankees

Base 

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Variation - The Commerce Comet

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 95

2018 Donruss Baseball 1984 Retro Variations

225 Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs

Base

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Variation

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 97

227 Andrew Benintendi - Boston Red Sox

Base

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 98

Variation

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 99

228 Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs

Base

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 100

Variation

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 101

230 Yoan Moncada - Chicago White Sox

Base

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 102

Variation

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 103

234 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians

Base

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 104

Variation

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 105

242 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels

Base

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 106

Variation

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 107

243 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers

Base

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 108

Variation

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 109

253 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees

Base

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 110

Variation

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 111

254 Mickey Mantle - New York Yankees

Base

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 112

Variation

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide 113

256 Nolan Ryan - New York Mets

Base

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

  3. 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

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

  5. 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?

  6. 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?

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

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