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A Legend Returns: Panini America Bringing Donruss Back to Baseball in 2014

November 26, 2013

2014 Donruss Baseball Main

In late February, Panini America officials are bringing back a true collecting pioneer and an absolute legend. In late February, Donruss Baseball is back. Donruss, the iconic brand that helped usher in a new collecting era in the early 1980s and then spent more than three decades at the forefront of the hobby, has been tragically absent from the baseball landscape. But that changes in a huge way when 2014 Donruss Baseball releases on February 26, 2014.

For the first time since the 2005 season, collectors will have a Donruss-branded base set to call their very own, complete with so many of the characteristics that have made it such a legendary release to begin with, including Diamond Kings, Rated Rookies RCs, Press Proofs, Stat Lines, The Rookies, Studio inserts and so much more.

And if those aforementioned insert and parallel names don’t shout that Donruss is returning to its resplendent retro roots, the spectacular old-school designs offer overwhelming proof. Each hobby box of 2014 Donruss Baseball (eight cards per pack, 24 packs per box) will deliver two autographs, one Game Gear memorabilia card and an insert stash that includes four Diamond Kings, four Rated Rookies, one Silver Press Proof, two Breakout Hitters, two Breakout Pitchers, two Hall Worthy, two The Rookies, one Team MVP, one No-No, one 5 by 7 Diamond Kings box-topper, one Season Stat Line, one Career Stat Line and three Power Plus.

Other highlights of Donruss’ triumphant return include . . .

  • Recollection Collection autographed buybacks of classic original Donruss cards
  • Some hobby-only 5 by 7 Diamond Kings box-toppers will feature on-card autographs
  • Elite Series and Elite Dominators are both numbered to 999 just like the good, old days, with on-card-autograph versions numbered to just 10

We’ll have much more on the triumphant return of Donruss Baseball in the coming weeks right here on The Knight’s Lance. Until then, though, sit back and enjoy this first extended sneak peek.

All information is accurate at the time of posting. Content is subject to change. Card images are solely for the purpose of design display.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. November 26, 2013 11:14 am

    Ummm, what do the base cards look like? And how big is the base set?

    • November 26, 2013 11:41 am

      Hey, Chris. I’ve added an image of the base-card design to the gallery. The base set is 200 cards: The first 3o are Diamond Kings, the next 15 are Rated Rookies and card #’s 46-200 are the veteran cards.

  2. November 26, 2013 11:16 am

    This is a HUGE announcement, i loved many of the Donruss brands especially Diamond Kings. PLEASE include Tim Hudson so I can collect some PC cards! Thanks Tracy!

  3. November 26, 2013 11:19 am

    So cool! I will be on these in a big way!

  4. November 26, 2013 11:24 am

    NICE! Are the Hall Worthy card going to be a card/card or is it going to be like a plaque type card, maybe like do a Bronze Plaque, Silver Plaque and a Gold Plaque? 🙂 You know what I mean about a “Plaque” type card right? Like the cards that had rings in them, would this be like a miniature Plaque ON a card? Either way…. CAN’T WAIT to get my hands on a box! Thanks for bringing Donruss back!

  5. November 26, 2013 11:33 am

    Yay, Elite Series!!!

    I am a big fan but you don’t have to take my word for it…

  6. Chris permalink
    November 26, 2013 11:41 am

    No painted Diamond Kings? Boooooo

  7. Jonathan permalink
    November 26, 2013 12:02 pm

    I pretty much started with the 89 Donruss boxes. I remember it was my first ever case break. I hit over 15 Ken Griffey Jr’s in the case and a ton of other great rookies. Loved the old Diamond king sets of the mid 80’s. Makes me want to go buy some old boxes soon. Maybe I’ll do a new box and some old one, would be a cool break. Little Past and Present type of thing. The cards look pretty good in the gallery. Nice addition Panini. Hope you and the family have a great Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays to all you guys. P.S. remember the puzzle cards you would get one per pack, it would be neat to see this lil nitch again.

    • November 26, 2013 12:47 pm

      Thanks, Jon. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of our wonderful collectors and your families. Thanks for making it possible for us to do what we do.

    • November 26, 2013 12:49 pm

      Loved the puzzle cards back in the day. I put them together and had them up in my room. Babe Ruth, Yaz, Mantle, etc etc etc. Great stuff

  8. November 26, 2013 12:24 pm

    YES!!!! Nostalgia! Great job

  9. November 26, 2013 12:45 pm

    Memory lane right there!! Looking forward to this release big time!! Especially the buy-back autos!

  10. Rod Davis permalink
    November 26, 2013 5:23 pm

    “Oh my God, that’s Donruss’s music!” — WWE announcer Jim Ross

  11. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    November 27, 2013 4:57 am

    Glad to see it back! Whoop Whoop! The Hall Worthy design is really sweet!

  12. jhs permalink
    November 28, 2013 1:01 pm

    Love the look of the Elite Series. Can we expect both retail and hobby like the good old days of Donruss.

  13. November 30, 2013 7:37 am

    Are the Diamond Kings truly art cards, true to the originals? I’ve enjoyed several of Panini’s baseball offerings over the past couple years and I’m looking forward to this one too.

  14. December 18, 2013 1:36 pm

    Hey Tracey,
    I have to say I’m looking forward to seeing Donruss on the shelves again. I’m a little disappointed that the base set is so small, but I’m glad you guys dug into the Donruss heritage. Are you planning on posting any more examples of the other inserts? I’d be interested to see the No-Nos, Dominators, Team MVP, Breakout Hitters, ect, you get the idea. The teaser gallery is nice, but this is the exact same stuff that’s on the sell sheet.

    • December 18, 2013 2:41 pm

      As soon as we have more images, we’ll share them right here.

      • Shawn permalink
        January 28, 2014 9:43 am

        I am really looking forward to seeing these. Are they still on schedule for a late February release?


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