Back this year, after a successful 2014 is a base Donruss release from Panini. I was skeptical last year, as many seemed to be, but the release became a popular nostalgic release. Currently, Topps has an exclusive license with Major League Baseball to use team names and logos in their product, but they do not have exclusive rights to the players. This release is MLBPA licensed, though, so you will see your favorite players and cities, but no team names or logos. I’d prefer it had the full license, but I’ll take whatever alternative we can get right now.
The base cards have a definite Donruss feel to the design, and a complicated set of parallels depending on which portion of the set we’re talking about. There are 150 regular base cards, joined once again by 30 short print Diamond Kings and 15 short print Rated Rookies. Additionally this year, there are 50 short print cards at the end released in the style of the 1981 Donruss set. All the short prints will make it pretty hard to make this set from packs.
We see from favorite insert sets return, from Elite cards and The Elite Series, through Donruss Preferred. Each box promises three autographs or relics per box.
136 Base (131 different for 87.3% of the base set)
2 Base Career Stat Line Parallel
2 Base Silver Press Proof Parallel
1 Base Gold Press Proof Parallel
4 Diamond King SP (13.3% of set)
4 Rated Rookie SP (26.7% of set)
4 1981 Design SP (8% of set)
1 Elite Gold Die-Cut
12 Donruss Preferred
1 Donruss Preferred Red
2 The Rookies
1 The Rookies Silver Press Proof
1 Tony Gwynn Tribute
1 Longball Leaders
1 All-Time Diamond Kings
1 Production Line Blue
1 USA Collegiate National Team
1 Elite Dominator
1 The Elite Series
2 Signature Series
1 Bat Kings Studio