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Rare Japanese Versions of Masahiro Tanaka 2014 Donruss Rated Rookie Cards Surface

April 14, 2014

Panini America 2014 Donruss Baseball Tanaka Japanese (1)

Collectors keeping a close eye on Panini America’s 2014 Donruss Baseball Rated Rookie Trade-In promotion have no doubt discovered that the cards have finally started arriving into the hands of waiting collectors. And collectors likely have also noticed a previously unannounced surprise hiding in some of those three-card silver packs: An extremely rare Japanese version of Masahiro Tanaka’s card that sent the Twitterverse buzzing when the first one surfaced last Friday.

In the few days since, just three copies of Tanaka’s Japanese-version card have surfaced, including one that featured a staggering Buy It Now price of $799.95. Currently, there are three versions of the card live on eBay ranging in list price from $349.65 or Best Offer to $299.99 or Best Offer.

The rare Tanaka variation has thrust the 2014 Donruss Baseball Rated Rookie Trade-In promotion back into the collecting spotlight. Collectors interested in participating in the promotion will receive one three-card Rated Rookie Extra Trade-In pack — while supplies last, and they are limited — for every 24 hobby wrappers they send to:

2014 Donruss Rated Rookie Trade-In
Panini America
5325 FAA Boulevard, Suite 100
Irving, Texas 75061-3601

Canadian collectors also can participate in the promotion by submitting their wrappers through Universal Distribution’s two offices:

2014 Donruss Rated Rookie Trade-In
Universal Distribution
2441 Guenette
Montreal, QC H4R 2E9

2014 Donruss Rated Rookie Trade-In
Universal Distribution
#102 13125 78A Avenue
Surrey, BC V3W 9B6

Tanaka is joined in the Trade-In set by White Sox slugger Jose Abreu and Kansas City pitcher Yordano Ventura.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2014 3:12 pm

    Cool. Good to have some variety in the packs, even if it is rare.

  2. Ron S. permalink
    April 14, 2014 4:16 pm


    I sent in 48 wrappers but only got 1 pack back. Who should I contact about this?


  3. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    April 15, 2014 5:43 am

    I like the thrown in surprises!

  4. April 15, 2014 6:00 am

    Nice added chase to the program, those are some very large returns for a few wrappers. Thanks Tracy!

  5. April 16, 2014 8:15 pm

    Wonder if we’ll ever get the odds on one of those…

  6. Al Hathaway permalink
    April 18, 2014 10:46 am

    I did two batches of 24 wrappers and received both rated rookie extra packs in the same envelope when they got to my house. Unfortunately, both of them are just the standard version of the card. That’s okay though, I will sell one and keep one.

  7. April 30, 2014 7:00 pm

    Any idea on overall print run of these??

  8. Pat M permalink
    October 31, 2014 10:34 pm

    Are you still redeeming these?


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