2020 Donruss Baseball Variations Guide and Gallery

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The 2020 Donruss Baseball variations take a familiar path. Like recent years, variations fall under multiple themes, offering up some additional variety to a component of the set’s checklist.

Most of the cards land under one of two types: Photo Variations and Nickname Variations. Both are relatively straightforward.

Photo Variations get their name simply for switching up the image on the front of the card. The base card may have the player batting, the variation fielding. It may be a little more subtle than that. No matter what, the difference is in the photo.

2020 Donruss Baseball Variations - Photo Variations

Nickname Variations are even more obvious. These have an alternate name in place on the front of the card. Pete Alonso becomes ‘Polar Bear.’ Cody Bellinger is ‘Cody Love.’ Rickey Henderson becomes, of course, ‘Man of Steal.’

2020 Donruss Baseball Variations - Nickname

For a handful of cards, the city name is switched out on the back for the area’s nickname (ie Boston becomes Beantown). Some of these have slight differences on the front, but it’s usually a little bit of cropping that can be tough to notice like a slight shift to the side.

2020 Donruss Baseball aren’t all together rare. This is in line with past years.

Parallels

Like the base set, variations also have a fair number of parallels. This includes cards with the debuting emoji-themed borders.

  • Career Stat Line – /# varies
  • Milestone Stat Line – /# varies
  • Season Stat Line – /# varies
  • Baby Shark
  • Blue Holo
  • Independence Day
  • Orange Holo
  • Pink Holo
  • Purple Holo
  • Red Holo
  • Yellow
  • One Hundred – /100
  • On Fire – /75
  • Presidential Collection – /50
  • Look at This – /25
  • Artist Proof – /10
  • Press Proof – /5
  • Number 1 – 1/1
  • Printing Plates – 1/1 (each has Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow versions)

How to Tell a 2020 Donruss Baseball Variation from a Base Card

The Nickname Variations are easy to spot at a glance. Photo Variations? Not so much unless you’ve got them all memorized.

Backs do hold a simple code of sorts that offer some additional certainty, at least for the main player cards. Take a look at the logo. If it’s the black Donruss logo, it’s a base card. If it’s the red icon with the baseball, it’s a variation.

It’s similar but a little different for the Retro 1986 variations at the end of the checklist. The key here is the baseball icon the card number sits in. For regular cards, it’s just an outline. Variations have a black baseball.

2020 Donruss Baseball Variations Checklist

Here’s a list of players with variations in 2020 Donruss Baseball. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the link to see what’s currently available on eBay.

71 Jacob deGrom
77 Mookie Betts
78 Ketel Marte
83 Fernando Tatis Jr.
84 Cody Bellinger
90 Javier Baez
91 Gleyber Torres
94 Shohei Ohtani
102 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
108 Trea Turner
110 Christian Yelich
111 Aaron Judge
112 Alex Bregman
118 Clayton Kershaw
121 Eloy Jimenez
123 Max Scherzer
127 Paul Goldschmidt
129 Mike Trout
132 Anthony Rizzo
146 Josh Bell
148 Francisco Lindor
159 Jose Altuve
162 Juan Soto
164 Rafael Devers
170 Ronald Acuna Jr.
180 Kris Bryant
193 Bryce Harper
204 Pete Alonso

Retro 1986

217 Kirby Puckett
218 Tony Gwynn
219 Rickey Henderson
224 Cal Ripken
242 Bobby Bradley
243 Logan Allen
247 Zack Collins
250 Travis Demeritte
258 Adbert Alzolay
259 Yu Chang

2020 Donruss Baseball Variations Gallery

71 Jacob deGrom, New York Mets


Name – The deGrominator


Base


77 Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox


Variation – white jersey


Base – navy blue jersey


78 Ketel Marte, Arizona Diamondbacks


Nickname – The Pike


Base – Ketel Marte


83 Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres


2020 Donruss Baseball Variations Fernando Tatis Jr.
Nickname – El Nino


Base – Fernando Tatis Jr.


84 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers


Nickname – Cody Love


Base – Cody


90 Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs


Nickname – El Mago


Base – Javier Baez


91 Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees


Variation – batting


Base – fielding


94 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Variation – pitching


Base – batting


102 Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays


Variation – throwing


Base – batting


108 Trea Turner, Washington Nationals


Variation – batting


Base – fielding


110 Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers


Nickname – Yeli


Base – Christian Yelich


111 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


Variation – bat in one hand


Base – bat in two hands


112 Alex Bregman, Houston Astros


Nickname – A-Breg


Base – Alex Bregman


118 Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers


Variation – Chavez Ravine


Base – Los Angeles


121 Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox


Variation – The South Side


Base – Chicago


123 Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals


Variation – red jersey


Base – white jersey


127 Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals


Variation – gray jersey


Base – baby blue jersey


129 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


Variation Back – City of Angels


Base Back – Los Angeles


132 Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs


Variation – Chi-Town


Base – Chicago


146 Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates


Variation – Steel City


Base – Pittsburgh


148 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians


Nickname – Paquito


Base – Francisco Lindor


159 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros


Nickname – Gigante


Base – Jose Altuve


162 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals


Batting


Fielding


164 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox


Variation – Beantown


Base – Boston


170 Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves


Nickname – El de La Sabana


Base – Ronald Acuna Jr.


180 Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs


Variation – fielding


Base – batting


193 Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies


Nickname – Bam Bam


Base – Bryce Harper


204 Pete Alonso, New York Mets


Name – Polar Bear


Base – Pete Alonso


217 Kirby Puckett, Minnesota Twins


Variation – HOF


Base – MIN


218 Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres


Name – Anthony


Base – Tony


219 Rickey Henderson, New York Yankees


Variation – Man of Steal


Base – Rickey Henderson


224 Cal Ripken, Baltimore Orioles


Variation – batting stance


Base – swinging


242 Bobby Bradley, Cleveland Indians


Nickname – B2


Base – Bobby Bradley


243 Logan Allen, Cleveland Indians


Variation – ball behind back


Base – ball over head


247 Zack Collins, Chicago White Sox


Variation – black jersey


Base – white pinstripe jersey


250 Travis Demeritte, Detroit Tigers


Variation – no number on jersey front


Base – ’50’ on jersey front


258 Adbert Alzolay, Chicago Cubs


Variation – facing forward


Base – turned to side


259 Yu Chang, Cleveland Indians


Variation – gray jersey


Base – red jersey


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Ryan Cracknell

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7 comments

  1. RIcky Jones 7 March, 2020 at 14:27

    Seems like the ’86 Rookie Photo Variation of Travis Demeritte also has a flip stock on the back of the card. Is it like this for the rest of the set?

  2. Brian Boltz 23 May, 2020 at 21:59

    I have a Pete Alonso “Polar Bear” Star ? Emoji that is definitely a flip stock. My 1984 Travis Demeritte variation doesn’t have the flip stock

  3. coybazar 26 September, 2020 at 18:44

    I have a donruss Anthony Rendon #154…on the card it has LA as the team and on the back is Los angeles,but he is in a washington uniform as should be..is this an err card???please assist

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