The 2020 Donruss Baseball variations continue to operate on the belief that variations don't need to be rare to have a place in the Panini MLBPA lineup. The cards make simple changes—normally nicknames or image swaps—and they are not very hard to find.
This lack of rarity doesn't appeal to everyone, but it does provide a very cheap option when tracking down the variation(s) for your favorite player or team.
2020 Donruss Baseball Variations Details
Helping the process immensely, all 38 variations were listed on the 2020 Donruss Baseball checklist. The problem is figuring out which is the variation and which is the base card. The fact that both the base cards and variations come in the same 19 (!) parallels doesn't make it any less confusing.
However, it appears Panini added a helpful cheat to spot the variations. If you flip the card to the back, the variations feature a retro Donruss logo in red instead of the standard black-and-white version. A circle has been added below to indicate where you should be looking.
Some also change the team name on the back, like the "City of Angels" text variant for Trout.
For the Retro 1986 subset cards, it utilizes a different design, but the same basic idea applies. The base card has a stencil baseball image that displays the card number in black text. The variation also uses the ball, but it features white text filled in with a black background.
As mentioned, all the variations come in the full parallel assortment, so collectors can go about this in several different ways.
2020 Donruss Baseball Variations Parallels
- Blue Holo
- Orange Holo
- Pink Holo
- Purple Holo
- Red Holo
- Independence Day
- Baby Shark
- Milestone Stat Line - #/650 or less
- Career Stat Line - #/500 or less
- Season Stat Line - #/400 or less
- One Hundred - #/100
- On Fire - #/75
- Presidential Collection - #/50
- Look at This - #/25
- Artist Proof - #/10
- Press Proof - #/5
- Number One - 1/1
- Printing Plates - 1/1
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2019 Donruss Baseball Variations Checklist
71 Jacob deGrom - New York Mets
77 Mookie Betts - Boston Red Sox
78 Ketel Marte - Arizona Diamondbacks
83 Fernando Tatis Jr. - San Diego Padres
84 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers
90 Javier Baez - Chicago Cubs
91 Gleyber Torres - New York Yankees
94 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels
102 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. - Toronto Blue Jays
108 Trea Turner - Washington Nationals
110 Christian Yelich - Milwaukee Brewers
111 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees
112 Alex Bregman - Houston Astros
118 Clayton Kershaw - Los Angeles Dodgers
121 Eloy Jimenez - Chicago White Sox
123 Max Scherzer - Washington Nationals
127 Paul Goldschmidt - St. Louis Cardinals
129 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels
132 Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
148 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians
159 Jose Altuve - Houston Astros
162 Juan Soto - Washington Nationals
164 Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox
170 Ronald Acuna Jr. - Atlanta Braves
180 Kris Bryant - Chicago Cubs
193 Bryce Harper - Philadelphia Phillies
204 Pete Alonso - New York Mets
217 Kirby Puckett - Minnesota Twins
218 Tony Gwynn - San Diego Padres
219 Rickey Henderson - New York Yankees
224 Cal Ripken - Baltimore Orioles
242 Bobby Bradley - Cleveland Indians
243 Logan Allen - Cleveland Indians
247 Zack Collins - Chicago White Sox
250 Travis Demeritte - Detroit Tigers
258 Adbert Alzolay - Chicago Cubs
259 Yu Chang - Cleveland Indians