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2018 Donruss Optic Variation Guide

Release Date: 7/18/18

Optic is a "chromed" version of the base Donruss product, and usually it's a lot of fun to open. This set mimics the base Donruss set in a lot of ways but with the higher quality card. There are a lot of different types of variations to look for, but they should be pretty easy to spot and aren't that rare. There isn't really a method to how the variations are rolled out. They feature many different changes such as: Team Nickname, Player Nickname, Image, one Image/Nickname Variation and there is one Back Text Variation. Back Text Variation and and Team Nickname are both cool ideas to put in there. 

What to Look For?

Donruss helps collectors a lot when it comes to identifying variations with their "Variation Trick". Simply check the back of the card and check the baseball that is above the card number. White Ball = Base. Black Ball = Variation. They do this instead of doing the different codes on the bottom. Thank you Panini! Here are the types of variations to look for in Donruss Optic. Ohtani features two card numbers. They list #176 as a variation, though there is no base card with it. Seems more like a bonus or extra card for the set. Not doing two variations of the #56 is interesting. 

PHOTO VARIATION

NICKNAME VARIATION

TEAM NICKNAME VARIATION

BACK TEXT VARIATION (Walker Buehler #41)

IMAGE/NICKNAME VARIATION (Giancarlo Stanton #109)

2018 Donruss Optic Variation Checklist

31 Miguel Andujar – Team
32 Nick Williams – Nickname
33 Clint Frazier – Nickname
35 Rafael Devers – Nickname
36 Ozzie Albies – Team
37 Amed Rosario – Team
38 Rhys Hoskins – Nickname
39 Ryan McMahon – Photo
40 Willie Calhoun – Nickname
41 Walker Buehler – Back
42 Victor Robles – Photo
51 Chance Sisco – Team
56 Shohei Ohtani – Photo

65 Gleyber Torres – Nickname
109 Giancarlo Stanton – Team
114 Aaron Judge – Photo
115 Cody Bellinger – Photo
121 Mike Trout – Photo
122 Miguel Cabrera – Nickname
123 Francisco Lindor – Team
125 Andrew McCutchen – Nickname
135 Andrew Benintendi – Photo
148 Adrian Beltre – Team
165 Mickey Mantle – Nickname
176 Shohei Ohtani

Base
Variations
#56
#176
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