2021 Donruss Baseball Goes for Fun and Funky


2021 Donruss Baseball features the brand’s usual mix of variety. It’s a bit of a throwback but there are plenty of modern elements. Collectors will find their autographs and memorabilia cards in every hobby box but they’re also land lots of base cards and inserts. Familiar inserts that go way back collide with new ones. You get the idea.

Hobby boxes have three total hits — two autographs and one memorabilia card. There’s also nearly 30 parallels seeded in the 24-pack boxes.

2021 Donruss Baseball Checklist Overview

Rated Rookies are a core part of the base set. More than 30 Rookie Cards are part of the checklist, drawing from the large number of top prospects who made their MLB debuts during the shortened 2020 season.

2021 Donruss Baseball Rated Rookie Holo Blue

Collectors can look for a lot of parallels across the product. The most common in hobby packs are Holo Blue, which average out to one per pack. Getting a little more historic are the one per box Liberty parallels and Independence Day, which land four per box.

Donruss’ insert lineup sees Elite Series, Dominator and The Rookies return for another year. All three a part of the brand’s legacy, particularly in the ’90s.

Whammy and its trademark caricature illustrations get a new batch of players. Rated Prospects are also back, putting a slightly different spin on top players still working up to the majors.

New Unleashed inserts take players out into the wild with an illustrated backdrop.

2021 Donruss Baseball Unleashed

Trending is another debut in 2021 Donruss.

The 1987 Donruss Baseball design is the foundation for both autographs and memorabilia cards. According to Panini, the Retro 1987 Materials checklist is a big one with nearly 100 cards covering vets, prospects and legends.

Other autograph themes include Classified Signatures, Signature Series, Short and Sweet Signatures, and Classics Autographs.

Fans of the San Diego Chicken will find near cards of the iconic mascot (and star of The Baseball Bunch), including autographs.

2021 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 5, 2021

Shop for 2021 Donruss Baseball boxes on eBay:

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs – 2
  • Memorabilia Cards – 1
  • Parallels – 29

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The full 2021 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. Joseph Abrams 18 January, 2021 at 19:14

    I have to wait for the price to see whether I’ll buy this or not. 2020/21 Donruss Basketball is at $800 plus per box. That’s crazy. If this is anywhere near that price then I like most people will be done with the hobby.

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