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2018 Donruss Variation Guide

Release Date: March 7

Donruss jumped on the variation bandwagon this year with the amount of variations included in this set combined with how easy they were able to pull. Collectors have gotten used to variations holding their value, not in the case of 2018 Donruss. Too many variations in this set to seem like a special pull. Variation “subjects” doubled from the previous year. A great entry set for beginners in the hobby, or folks looking to come back and not spend a lot. Obviously the big drawback here is the no logos.

What to Look For?

One fun thing about the Donruss variations is that they are easier to identify than the competitors. Though the value may not be there, the instant gratification of pulling a variation might be. One thing I learned from Cardboard Connection was a “Variation Trick” for Donruss (image below). On the back of the card, there is a baseball graphic on the top left-hand corner. Variations will feature a black filled-in baseball graphic. The base will have a white filled in baseball. This shouldn’t come in handy too much because of the other easy identifiers of the front of the cards. There are no codes to search on the back but here is the list of variations to look for.

PHOTO VARIATION

NICKNAME VARIATION

NOTABLE STATS VARIATION - printed on front

BLACK & WHITE VARIATION

1984 RETRO PHOTO VARIATION

MULTIPLE VARIATION - multiple changes on one card

*** VARIATION “TRICK” - black shaded baseball is variation (opposite for 84 retro)

2018 Donruss Variation Checklist

59 Eddie Mathews - Stat

64 Cal Ripken - Nickname

65 Jim Palmer - Black & White

69 Jackie Bradley Jr. - Nickname

86 Jose Abreu - Black & White

87 Frank Thomas - Nickname

92 Joe Morgan - Team Nickname

100 Roberto Alomar - Nickname

104 Charlie Blackmon - Image

108 Reggie Jackson - Image

110 Al Kaline - Nickname

120 George Brett - Black & White

123 Rod Carew - Black & White

134 Marcell Ozuna - Image

141 Anthony Rizzo - Image

142 Kirby Puckett - Stat

143 Giancarlo Stanton - Nickname

144 Noah Syndergaard - Nickname

148 Aaron Judge - ROY

148 Aaron Judge - Nickname

149 Cody Bellinger - ROY

149 Cody Bellinger - Image

150 Gary Sanchez - Nickname

153 Corey Kluber - Nickname

154 Clayton Kershaw - Nickname

155 Mike Trout - Nickname

157 Francisco Lindor - Nickname

158 Corey Seager - Image

159 Andrew McCutchen - Nickname

162 Alex Bregman - Image

163 Carlos Correa - Nickname

165 Tony Gwynn - Nickname

166 Jose Altuve - Nickname

167 Buster Posey - Nickname

167 Buster Posey - Image

169 Andrew Benintendi - Black & White

169 Andrew Benintendi - Nickname

172 Nolan Arenado - Image

173 Jose Ramirez - Image

175 Ken Griffey Jr. - Nickname

176 Yadier Molina - Nickname

183 Kris Bryant - Nickname B/W

183 Kris Bryant - Image

187 Nolan Ryan - Nickname

189 Manny Machado - Image

191 Mookie Betts - Nickname

191 Mookie Betts - Nickname / Image

192 Bryce Harper - Nickname

195 Chipper Jones - Nickname

200 Mickey Mantle - Nickname

225 Anthony Rizzo - Retro 1984 Image

227 Andrew Benintendi - Retro 1984 Image

228 Kris Bryant - Retro 1984 Image

230 Yoan Moncada - Retro 1984 Image

234 Francisco Lindor - Retro 1984 Image

242 Mike Trout - Retro 1984 Image

243 Cody Bellinger - Retro 1984 Image

253 Aaron Judge - Retro 1984 Image

254 Mickey Mantle - Retro 1984 Image

256 Nolan Ryan - Retro 1984 Image

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