2019 Donruss Baseball: Some Things Borrowed, Lots of Things New


2019 Donruss Baseball has lots that should be familiar to the nostalgic collector. But much of that’s in the names and themes that run throughout the checklist. The cards themselves bring in plenty of modern elements and fresh looks. That includes autographs and memorabilia cards, which combine to land three per hobby box.

2019 Donruss Baseball Base 150th Anniversary

2019 Donruss Baseball Overview

Although the exact size of the base set hasn’t been announced, Panini is promising the “deepest” since the brand was relaunched. Much of the expanded content comes from a larger number of veterans on the checklist.

Rated Rookies and the artful Diamond Kings both return in 2019 Donruss Baseball.

2019 Donruss Baseball Diamond Kings

The list of parallels is large. Among them is 150th Anniversary, honoring the landmark birthday of professional baseball. These are done as a throwback with clay coat card stock. Other parallels include 42 Tribute, Holo Backs, Press Proofs, Artist Proofs, Mother’s Day Ribbon, Season Stat Line and Career Stat Line.

On the insert front, Whammy! returns with five new players. As they’ve been in the past, Whammy! cards are extremely tough to pull. 2019 Donruss Baseball has a couple of other familiar inserts. Elite Series and Dominators, staples from the ’90s, both have ten-card checklists and bright designs.

2019 Donruss Baseball Elite Series

Other inserts include Action All-Stars, Franchise Features and Highlights.

Continuing with the modern line’s habit of looking directly to Donruss’ past are Retro 1985 cards. These use a design based on that year’s baseball set.

Autographs and Memorabilia Cards

Signature Series is one of the main autograph inserts in 2019 Donruss Baseball. These center on the game’s young players. Versions include Blue (/99 or less), Red (/25 or less), Gold (/10 or less), Green (/5 or less) and Black (1/1).

Like the regular cards, Retro 1985 Signatures look to the past. Besides the base versions are five parallels: Blue (/99 or less), Red (/25 or less), Gold (/10 or less), Green (/5 or less) and Black (1/1).

2019 Donruss Baseball Retro 1985 Signatures

Recollection Collection cards feature autograph on buybacks, original Donruss cards from the past.

Among the memorabilia inserts in 2019 Donruss Baseball are Majestic Materials and Rated Prospects Materials.

There’s also a fresh batch of autographs and relics from the San Diego Chicken.

2019 Donruss Baseball cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 8
Packs per box: Hobby – 24
Boxes per case: Hobby – 16
Set size: TBA
Release date: March 6, 2019

What to expect in a hobby box:

• Autographs or Memorabilia Cards – 3 Total
• Parallels – 5
• Inserts – 5 (approximately)
• Variations – 24 (approximately)

2019 Donruss Baseball Dominators


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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