2020 Donruss Baseball Gets Emoji-nal


Emojis seem to be just about everywhere you look. And now, that includes baseball cards. 2020 Donruss Baseball is adding some emoji-inspired designs to its mix of modern and nostalgic themes. On the modern side, that means three autographs or memorabilia cards in every hobby box. For the retro fans, there are several classic designs and familiar names synonymous with Donruss’ past.

2020 Donruss Baseball Retro 1986 Look At This

2020 Donruss Baseball Base Set Basics

Donruss remains one of Panini’s flagship-style baseball releases. In the base set, that means a couple of subsets joining the main player cards. Rated Rookies return, featuring RCs of 30 players.

The Retro subset moves to 1986 Donruss Baseball.

On the hobby side, parallels start with Independence Day cards, which are four per box. As for the emoji-fied parallels, names include Baby Shark, One Hundred, On Fire, Presidential Collection, Look At This, and Number 1.

2020 Donruss Baseball Rated Rookie On Fire

Autographs, Memorabilia Cards and Other Inserts

Signatures come in a variety of styles and themes. This includes three new sets: Classics Autographs, Classified Signatures, and Sky High Signatures.

It’s not just MLB players that have cards in 2020 Donruss. The San Diego Chicken and Domingo Ayala both have new autographs in the product (and memorabilia cards for The Chicken).

Recollection Collection autographs are randomly inserted in packs. These are original Donruss cards from the past that have on-card signatures. Current and past players are on the checklist.

Memorabilia cards include Donruss Materials, which include vets, young players and retired stars.

On the regular insert front, the caricature-inspired Whammy! returns. These not only rank among the boldest looking cards in 2020 Donruss, but some of the toughest. These land approximately one per hobby case.

2020 Donruss Baseball Whammy

Now Playing (12 cards) and As Seen (six cards) are among the other inserts available in hobby packs.

2020 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 4, 2020

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs or Memorabilia Cards – 3 Total
  • Inserts – 5
  • Independence Day Parallels – 4
  • Additional Parallels – 7

The full 2020 Donruss Baseball checklist and team set lists will be added as soon as they’re available, likely shortly before the set’s release.


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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  1. JJ 16 November, 2019 at 08:57

    I’ve collected cards for most of my life and I’m a graphic designer. This set makes the 1988 Topps set look like Picassos best work. Sorry Donruss. This set is a swinging strikeout. Using emojis feels lazy and unimaginative.

  2. Stu 22 November, 2019 at 17:28

    Long time fan of Donruss, but agree with previous comment. The emoji graphics are garish and distract from the photography. Will still buy my usual hobby box because I do like the product, sometimes the product looks better in hand than on a website. 2019 Topps was like that for me.

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