2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Gallery

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For some sets, variations are a major chase element where rarity plays a significant factor. The 2018 Donruss Baseball variations are more set on just getting collectors to look at their cards a little closer. A chase is there in the fact that the variations make for new cards but they’re not going to be terribly hard to find.

Like past years, the 2018 Donruss Baseball variations take a smorgasbord approach. They don’t stick with any one particular theme. Rather, they integrate a few different elements. Alternate photos, nicknames, notable stats on the front, color alterations are some of the possibilities. Some of the variants mix multiple elements at the same time.

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations

They’re generally not hard to spot and they make regular appearances. But the sheer number of 2018 Donruss Baseball variations requires some tracking to keep them sorted out.

Panini released a full list of players with variations in 2018 Donruss Baseball. All told, 54 cards. However, what the original checklist from the manufacturer didn’t show is that some of those 54 cards have multiple variations.

Because of the multiple approaches to the cards, there’s no one easy way to spot a variant at first glance. However, when you see a nickname on the front or a black and white photo, it’s a flag of sorts that something’s up. With these cards, you’re not looking for a hidden object or something so subtle that even a CSI investigator might miss. For the most part, they’re meant to be obvious.

The fact that there are multiple 2018 Donruss Baseball variations in every box, even blasters, is a sign that rarity isn’t the main priority with these.

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Parallels

Variations get a full slate of parallels in addition to the regular cards. These include Blank Back, Career Stat Line, Game Day Stat Line, Teal Border (/199), Gold Press Proof (/99), Father’s Day Ribbon (/49), Mother’s Day Ribbon (/25), Artist Proof (/10), Press Proof (/5) and one-of-one Printing Plates.

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Checklist

Here’s a quick checklist of all the 2018 Donruss Baseball variations. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the links to see what’s currently available on eBay.

2018 Donruss Baseball Variations Gallery

We will be looking to fill in the gaps over the next couple of days. If any additional variations pop up, those will be added as well. Many spots below have missing images but note what to look for on the variation.

59 Eddie Mathews, Milwaukee Braves


Variation – 12x All-Star


Base – Milwaukee


64 Cal Ripken, Baltimore Orioles


Variation – Iron Man


Base – Cal Ripken


65 Jim Palmer, Baltimore Orioles


Variation – black and white photo


Base – color photo


69 Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox


Variation – JBJ


Base – Jackie Bradley Jr.


86 Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox


Variation – black and white photo


Base – color photo


87 Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox


Variation – Big Hurt


Base – Frank Thomas


92 Joe Morgan, Cincinnati Reds


Variation – Big Red Machine


Base – Cincinnati


100 Roberto Alomar, Cleveland Indians


Variation – Robbie Alomar


Base – Roberto Alomar


104 Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies


Variation – 42 on jersey


Base – 19 on jersey


108 Reggie Jackson, Oakland Athletics


Variation – white jersey


Base – green jersey


110 Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers


Variation – Kaline


Base – Al Kaline


120 George Brett, Kansas City Royals


Variation – black and white photo


Base – color photo


123 Rod Carew, California Angels


Variation – black and white photo


Base – color photo


134 Marcell Ozuna, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – batting


Base – pointing up


141 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs


Variation – running


Base – batting


142 Kirby Puckett, Minnesota Twins


Variation – 10x All-Star


Base – Minnesota


143 Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees


Variation – Mike Stanton


Base – Giancarlo Stanton


144 Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets


Variation – Lion


Base – Noah Syndergaard


148 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


Variation – NY 12th Judicial District, All Rise

Variation – ROY


Base – Aaron Judge


149 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – Unanimous ROY

Variation – Running


Base – Los Angeles


150 Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees


Variation – The Kraken


Base – Gary Sanchez


153 Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians


Variation – Klubot


Base – Corey Kluber


154 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – The Humanitarian


Base – Los Angeles


155 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


Variation – Millville Meteor


Base – Mike Trout


157 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians


Variation – Mr. Smile, orange jersey


Base – Francisco Lindor, dark jersey


158 Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – sunglasses on cap


Base – no sunglasses on cap


159 Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates


Variation – Cutch


Base – Andrew McCutchen


162 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros


Variation – pink sleeve. pink 2 on jersey


Base – blue 2 on jersey, no sleeve


163 Carlos Correa, Houston Astros


Variation – Showrrea, batting


Base – fielding, Carlos Correa


165 Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres


Variation – Gwynn


Base – Tony Gwynn


166 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros


Variation – Tuve, 2017 MVP, pink bat


Base – orange jersey


167 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants


Variation – Gerald Dempsey Posey

Variation – red sleeves


Base – no undershirt


169 Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox


Variation – Benny Baseball

Variation – sepia photo


Base – color photo, Andrew Benintendi


172 Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies


Variation – gray jersey


Base – purple jersey


173 Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians


Variation – orange jersey


Base – dark jersey


175 Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners


Variation – The Kid


Base – Ken Griffey Jr.


176 Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – Yadi


Base – Yadier Molina


183 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs


Variation – no sunglasses

Variation – Sepia, KB


Base – color photo, wearing sunglasses


187 Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers


Variation – The Ryan Express


Base – Nolan Ryan


189 Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles


Variation – batting


Base – fielding


191 Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox


Variation – Markus Lynn Betts

Variation – Perfect 300


Base – Mookie Betts


192 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals


Variation – Mondo


Base – Bryce Harper


195 Chipper Jones, Atlanta Braves


Variation – Larry Wayne Jones


Base – Chipper Jones


200 Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees


Variation – The Commerce Comet


Base – Mickey Mantle


225 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs – Retro 1984


Variation – waist-up photo


Base – full-body photo


227 Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox – Retro 1984


Variation – back of jersey


Base – full-body photo


228 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs – Retro 1984


Variation – batting


Base – throwing


230 Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox – Retro 1984


Variation – black jersey


Base – white jersey


234 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians – Retro 1984


Variation – fielding


Base – batting


242 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels – Retro 1984


Variation – gray jersey


Base – red jersey


243 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers – Retro 1984


Variation – running


Base – batting


253 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees – Retro 1984


Variation – black jerey, All Rise


Base – running


254 Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees – Retro 1984


Variation – wearing cap


Base – wearing helmet


256 Nolan Ryan, New York Mets – Retro 1984


Variation – number on back of jersey visible


Base – knee up


Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks or by email.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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10 comments

  1. Paul K 22 March, 2018 at 18:13

    Looks like the variations for the non-1984s have a black baseball on the back and the 1984s have a white baseball on the back???

  2. Greg Edwards 2 April, 2018 at 23:17

    Wanted to let you know I pulled a Mookie Betts #191 variation that you don’t have listed. Where is has BOSTON in the bottom right hand corner, this one has PERFECT 300.

  3. David Renshaw 25 April, 2018 at 21:30

    Paul, you are correct about the baseballs in the backs. That makes for a super fast way to quickly pull all variations from packs.

  4. Giles Solly 30 April, 2018 at 18:11

    Is there any value to buying these cards? I have a Charlie Blackmon card that is blank on the back, was this done on purpose?

  5. Matthew Hemstrought 10 January, 2020 at 11:17

    Does anyone have any clue what number print run the blank backs are out of in 2018??

  6. John Sabo 8 June, 2020 at 22:17

    I have Marcus Lynn Betts (Mookie Betts) and back of card is blank beside some writing at the bottom. Got it listed on EBay right now and never seen any info or any listed??

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