2019 Donruss Racing Adds Optic

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2019 Donruss Racing keeps the retro stylings the line is known for. However, it’s adding some additional shine with Optic inserts, the first for NASCAR. And it’s not just a scattering here and there. Every hobby pack has an Optic card along with at least one additional insert and one parallel.

2019 Donruss Racing

At the hobby box level, there’s an autograph and a pair of memorabilia cards.

2019 Donruss Racing Overview

Variety is key to 2019 Donruss Racing. It’s found throughout the checklist, including the base set.

2019 Donruss Racing Base

In addition to regular racer cards, there are also thematic subsets. Race Kings return, putting a NASCAR spin on the original Diamond Kings. For those wanting to play a round of ‘What If?’, Retro Rated Rookies imagine early cards of racing legends like Jimmie Johnson and Richard Petty.

Donruss Optic cards keep the same general design as the base set. However, these are done on Opti-chrome stock. Panini has done Prizm NASCAR sets in the past with similar features and shine but this is the first spin around the track for Optic.

Autographs and Memorabilia Cards

2019 Donruss Racing autographs cover current drivers, young up-and-comers and NASCAR legends. They also come with a variety of designs and themes.

Limited Spotlight Signatures has a small checklist of just five racers. Among them? Bubba Wallace and William Byron.

2019 Donruss Racing Signatures

Signature Series gets more expansive. These cards also come with parallels that have smaller print runs.

Adding some autographed memorabilia cards to the 2019 Donruss Racing checklist are Signature Swatches cards. These have race-used material embedded in them.

1986 Retro Relics are a bit of a throwback design-wise. Cards get their inspiration from 1986 Donruss Baseball.

2019 Donruss Racing 1986 Retro Relics

As far as racing memorabilia goes, there’s also Race Day Relics.

2019 Donruss Racing Race Day Relics

2019 Donruss Racing at a glance:

Cards per pack: 8
Packs per box: 24
Boxes per case: 20
Set size: TBA
Release date: February 6, 2018

What to expect in a hobby box:

• Autographs – 1
• Memorabilia Cards – 2
• Optic Cards – 24
• Parallels – 24
• Additional Inserts – 24

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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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