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2020 Donruss Baseball Hobby Box Review, Top 10 Cards, and Checklist

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2020 Donruss Baseball Hobby BoxReleased March 2020, the latest Donruss Baseball set has a mix of ‘Rated Rookies’ and rare parallels, while the Retro 1986 goes back 34 years to honor the ’86 Donruss design.


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They’ve gone with emojis for the base parallels, which is a strange design choice, but it’s set to make 2020 an unforgettable year.

The new parallels are as follows;

  • Baby Shark 
  • Look At This 
  • Number 1 
  • One Hundred 
  • On Fire 
  • Presidential Collection

Here’s a rundown with 10 top cards to look for in the 2020 Donruss Baseball set.  

Top 10 2020 Donruss Baseball Cards 

There are 264 cards overall in the base set. They are;

  • Diamond Kings – #1-30 
  • Rated Rookies – #31-60 
  • Veterans – #61-210 
  • Retro 1986 – #211-260 
  • The Famous San Diego Chicken – #261 
  • Domingo Ayala – #262 
  • Rated Rookies – #263-264

 

Almost every subset is represented below, and the cards come in at a range of different values. There’s an investment piece to suit every budget, so let’s begin with one of the hottest players in the baseball card hobby right now.

 

2020 Panini Donruss Elite Series Ronald Acuna Jr. #E-8 (buy on eBay)

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Ronald Acuna Jr. made his MLB debut in 2018, going on to be named as the NL Rookie of the Year. In 2019, he was an All-Star, the NL stolen base leader, and also earned the Silver Slugger award. His cards are always valued highly by collectors.

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The first card on the list is from the Elite series set, of which all of the 13 base cards are serial-numbered to 999. Acuna Jr’s card features an action shot of the player after a successful swing, with a unique background design that actually cuts one of his legs off slightly. As with the majority of the cards on this list, parallels are plentiful.

Parallels: Diamond, Pink Fireworks, Rapture, Vector, Silver (/349), Blue (/249), Red /149), Gold (/99), Green (/25), Black (1/1)

 

2020 Panini Donruss Baseball Alec Bohm #89 (buy on eBay)

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Alec Bohm is a prospect who was picked third overall by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2018 draft. He made his MLB debut in August 2020, going on to hit his first MLB home run a week later.

We’re looking at Bohm’s Retro 1986 Signatures Set card, which features a simple image of the player waiting to bat. It has a grey and black lined border which is more susceptible to chipping than normal options, and it has a large auto found at the base of the card.

Parallels: Pink Fireworks /(199), Red (/99), Gold (/25), Black (1/1)

 

2020 Panini Donruss Baseball Mike Trout #10 (buy on eBay)

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The undisputed GOAT, Mike Trout is a LA Angels legend who has been with the team since being drafted in 2011. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2012 and has been an All-Star every season since 2012.

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From the Highlights subset, the base version has only 999 copies, with a great action shot of Trout doing what he does best. It’s not his most expensive card, but there’s a good chance of profit if you’re willing to hold onto it as a long-term investment.

Parallels: Diamond, Pink Fireworks, Rapture, Vector, Silver (/349), Blue (/249), Red /149), Gold (/99), Green (/25), Black (1/1)

 

2020 Panini Donruss Baseball Bo Bichette #12 (buy on eBay)

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The son of four-time MLB All-Star outfielder Dante Bichette, Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette is another hyped youngster who made his debut in 2019. 

This card is also from the Highlights subset, featuring an image of the player as he stands ready at the plate. One of the more affordable options, we’d lookout for high graded versions of the rarer parallels.

Parallels: Diamond, Pink Fireworks, Rapture, Vector, Silver (/349), Blue (/249), Red /149), Gold (/99), Green (/25), Black (1/1)

 

2020 Panini Donruss Baseball Alex Bregman/Spencer Torkelson #8 (buy on eBay)

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Coming from the American Pride USA Baseball Set, this double-sided card features two great players in Alex Bregman and Spencer Torkelson. Each player has a side devoted to an image of the player in their collegiate national team jerseys, with Torkelson on the front.

The base version is numbered to 999 copies, while there are various rare parallels to be on the lookout for.

Parallels: Diamond, Pink Fireworks, Rapture, Vector, Silver (/349), Blue (/249), Red /149), Gold (/99), Green (/25), Black (1/1)

 

2020 Panini Donruss Elite Series Christian Yelich #E-1 (buy on eBay)

Next up is Christian Yelich. Originally signed with the Miami Marlins, he joined the Brewers in 2018, and he has made two All-Star appearances in as many years. The NL batting champion in 2018 and 2019, Yelich is currently in the form of his life.

His card from the Elite Series is an affordable option, even when looking at colored parallels. It has a strong image of Yelich, with his legs making way for the card logo found at the bottom.

Parallels: Diamond, Pink Fireworks, Rapture, Vector, Silver (/349), Blue (/249), Red /149), Gold (/99), Green (/25), Black (1/1)

 

2020 Panini Donruss Baseball Chipper Jones #21 (buy on eBay)

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The only retired player to make the list, Chipper Jones is an eight-time All-Star who spent his entire career with the Atlanta Braves. He’s the only switch hitter to accumulate 5,000 at-bats and finish with at least a .300 batting average, .400 on-base percentage, and .500 slugging percentage. 

From the ‘86 Signatures Set, it features a great vintage image of Jones with a bat in hand, staring at a successful hit as it soars through the air. You’ll find a stickered auto at the bottom, with the familiar Donruss ‘20 logo at the top. 

Parallels: Pink Fireworks /(199), Red (/99), Gold (/25), Black (1/1)

 

2020 Panini Donruss Baseball Shohei Ohtani #1 (buy on eBay)

The AL Rookie of the Year in 2018, Shohei Ohtani made the switch from Japan to join the LA Angels in 2018. Another popular player, his rarer cards are typically good long-term investment pieces.

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His Sky High Signatures card is another great option, with a crisp landscape design and a signature from ‘Sho Time’ found at the bottom. It’s meant to look like a billboard, with a blue sky background and a smaller image of the player. Unlike others from the set, his Gold parallel is numbered to 10 copies rather than 25. 

Parallels: Blue (/99), Gold (/10), Black (1/1)

 

2020 Panini Donruss Baseball Fernando Tatis Jr. #8 (buy on eBay)

Fernando Tatis Jr. is a hyped rookie who made his debut with the San Diego Padres in 2020. Rated as one of the top prospects in the sport by the likes of MLB Pipeline, ESPN, Baseball America, and Baseball Prospectus, he has a lot to live up to.

The Classified Signatures Set has a dossier style-design, mimicking classified spy documents. There’s a great shot of Tatis Jr. in the top left corner, with a stickered auto-filled in blue ink, and a serial number found on the front for the rare parallels.

Parallels: Blue (/99), Gold (/25), Black (1/1)

 

2020 Panini Donruss Baseball Classified Cody Bellinger #2 (buy on eBay)

Last, but by no means least, Cody Bellinger is a two-time All-Star and the 2017 NL Rookie of the Year. He won both the Gold Glove Award and the Silver Slugger in 2019 and set a new MLB record for a player in his first year of arbitration when he agreed to an $11.5 million, one-year contract with the Dodgers for the 2020 season.

Part of the Classified Signatures Set, it has the same dossier design found with the others, along with an action shot of the player in the top corner after a successful hit. There’s a stickered auto at the bottom which drives further interest, and there is also a trio of low numbered parallels. 

Parallels: Blue (/49), Gold (/25), Black (1/1)

 

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2020 Donruss Baseball Checklist

Diamond Kings
1 Fernando Tatis Jr. – San Diego Padres
2 Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
3 Cody Bellinger – Los Angeles Dodgers
4 Eugenio Suarez – Cincinnati Reds
5 Christian Yelich – Milwaukee Brewers
6 Brian Anderson – Miami Marlins
7 Pete Alonso – New York Mets
8 Ronald Acuna Jr. – Atlanta Braves
9 Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
10 Marcus Semien – Oakland A’s
11 Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers
12 Lucas Giolito – Chicago White Sox
13 Nelson Cruz – Minnesota Twins
14 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Toronto Blue Jays
15 Austin Meadows – Tampa Bay Rays
16 Rafael Devers – Boston Red Sox
17 Trey Mancini – Baltimore Orioles
18 Shane Bieber – Cleveland Indians
19 Jorge Soler – Kansas City Royals
20 Alex Bregman – Houston Astros
21 Lance Lynn – Texas Rangers
22 Marco Gonzales – Seattle Mariners
23 Juan Soto – Washington Nationals
24 Bryce Harper – Philadelphia Phillies
25 Paul Goldschmidt – St. Louis Cardinals
26 Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
27 Josh Bell – Pittsburgh Pirates
28 Ketel Marte – Arizona Diamondbacks
29 Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
30 Aaron Judge – New York Yankees
Rated Rookies
31 Bryan Abreu – Houston Astros
32 Dustin May – Los Angeles Dodgers
33 Mauricio Dubon – San Francisco Giants
34 Jesus Luzardo – Oakland A’s
35 Jordan Yamamoto – Miami Marlins
36 Brendan McKay – Tampa Bay Rays
37 Bo Bichette – Toronto Blue Jays
38 Nico Hoerner – Chicago Cubs
39 Aristides Aquino – Cincinnati Reds
40 Brock Burke – Texas Rangers
41 Justin Dunn – Seattle Mariners
42 Sean Murphy – Oakland A’s
43 Trent Grisham – San Diego Padres
44 Gavin Lux – Los Angeles Dodgers
45 Yordan Alvarez – Houston Astros
46 Sam Hilliard – Colorado Rockies
47 Patrick Sandoval – Los Angeles Angels
48 Isan Diaz – Miami Marlins
49 A.J. Puk – Oakland A’s
50 Logan Webb – San Francisco Giants
51 Randy Arozarena – St. Louis Cardinals
52 Anthony Kay – Toronto Blue Jays
53 Dylan Cease – Chicago White Sox
54 Zac Gallen – Arizona Diamondbacks
55 Adrian Morejon – San Diego Padres
56 Kyle Lewis – Seattle Mariners
57 Nick Solak – Texas Rangers
58 Brusdar Graterol – Minnesota Twins
59 Tony Gonsolin – Los Angeles Dodgers
60 Matt Thaiss – Los Angeles Angels
Base 
61 Eduardo Rodriguez – Boston Red Sox
62 Walker Buehler – Los Angeles Dodgers
63 Michael Conforto – New York Mets
64 Ozzie Albies – Atlanta Braves
65 Eric Hosmer – San Diego Padres
66 Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies
67 Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals
68 Nick Senzel – Cincinnati Reds
69 Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
70 Jean Segura – Philadelphia Phillies
71 Jacob deGrom – New York Mets
72 Hunter Dozier – Kansas City Royals
73 Luis Severino – New York Yankees
74 Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees
75 Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
76 Lucas Giolito – Chicago White Sox
77 Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox
78 Ketel Marte – Arizona Diamondbacks
79 Hyun-Jin Ryu – Toronto Blue Jays
80 Lorenzo Cain – Milwaukee Brewers
81 Corey Kluber – Texas Rangers
82 Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds
83 Fernando Tatis Jr. – San Diego Padres
84 Cody Bellinger – Los Angeles Dodgers
85 Aroldis Chapman – New York Yankees
86 Robbie Ray – Arizona Diamondbacks
87 Josh Donaldson – Atlanta Braves
88 Khris Davis – Oakland A’s
89 Jeff McNeil – New York Mets
90 Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
91 Gleyber Torres – New York Yankees
92 Marcus Semien – Oakland A’s
93 Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
94 Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels
95 Mike Minor – Texas Rangers
96 German Marquez – Colorado Rockies
97 Yu Darvish – Chicago Cubs
98 Charlie Morton – Tampa Bay Rays
99 Max Muncy – Los Angeles Dodgers
100 Mitch Haniger – Seattle Mariners
101 Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants
102 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Toronto Blue Jays
103 Matt Olson – Oakland A’s
104 Shane Bieber – Cleveland Indians
105 Jorge Polanco – Minnesota Twins
106 Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers
107 Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox
108 Trea Turner – Washington Nationals
109 Justin Turner – Los Angeles Dodgers
110 Christian Yelich – Milwaukee Brewers
111 Aaron Judge – New York Yankees
112 Alex Bregman – Houston Astros
113 Nelson Cruz – Minnesota Twins
114 Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox
115 Gerrit Cole – New York Yankees
116 Michael Brantley – Houston Astros
117 Madison Bumgarner – Arizona Diamondbacks
118 Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
119 DJ LeMahieu – New York Yankees
120 Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees
121 Eloy Jimenez – Chicago White Sox
122 Cavan Biggio – Toronto Blue Jays
123 Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals
124 Eugenio Suarez – Cincinnati Reds
125 Jordan Hicks – St. Louis Cardinals
126 Aaron Nola – Philadelphia Phillies
127 Paul Goldschmidt – St. Louis Cardinals
128 Luke Weaver – Arizona Diamondbacks
129 Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
130 Nomar Mazara – Chicago White Sox
131 Hunter Renfroe – Tampa Bay Rays
132 Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
133 Josh Hader – Milwaukee Brewers
134 Marcell Ozuna – St. Louis Cardinals
135 Brandon Woodruff – Milwaukee Brewers
136 Luis Castillo – Cincinnati Reds
137 Jonathan Villar – Miami Marlins
138 David Fletcher – Los Angeles Angels
139 Tim Anderson – Chicago White Sox
140 David Dahl – Colorado Rockies
141 Max Kepler – Minnesota Twins
142 Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs
143 Max Fried – Atlanta Braves
144 Austin Meadows – Tampa Bay Rays
145 Yoan Moncada – Chicago White Sox
146 Josh Bell – Pittsburgh Pirates
147 Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
148 Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians
149 Matt Chapman – Oakland A’s
150 Willie Calhoun – Texas Rangers
151 Tyler Glasnow – Tampa Bay Rays
152 Mike Soroka – Atlanta Braves
153 Kevin Newman – Pittsburgh Pirates
154 Anthony Rendon – Los Angeles Angels
155 Trevor Bauer – Cincinnati Reds
156 Elvis Andrus – Texas Rangers
157 Justin Verlander – Houston Astros
158 Jose Ramirez – Cleveland Indians
159 Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
160 Bryan Reynolds – Pittsburgh Pirates
161 Eddie Rosario – Minnesota Twins
162 Juan Soto – Washington Nationals
163 Chris Paddack – San Diego Padres
164 Rafael Devers – Boston Red Sox
165 Brian Anderson – Miami Marlins
166 Trevor Story – Colorado Rockies
167 Jose Berrios – Minnesota Twins
168 Brandon Lowe – Tampa Bay Rays
169 Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
170 Ronald Acuna Jr. – Atlanta Braves
171 Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates
172 Adalberto Mondesi – Kansas City Royals
173 Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets
174 Tommy Pham – San Diego Padres
175 Blake Snell – Tampa Bay Rays
176 George Springer – Houston Astros
177 Trey Mancini – Baltimore Orioles
178 Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs
179 Ramon Laureano – Oakland A’s
180 Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
181 Rhys Hoskins – Philadelphia Phillies
182 Marco Gonzales – Seattle Mariners
183 J.D. Martinez – Boston Red Sox
184 Keston Hiura – Milwaukee Brewers
185 Manny Machado – San Diego Padres
186 Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians
187 David Peralta – Arizona Diamondbacks
188 Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels
189 Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants
190 Yandy Diaz – Tampa Bay Rays
191 Sandy Alcantara – Miami Marlins
192 Jack Flaherty – St. Louis Cardinals
193 Bryce Harper – Philadelphia Phillies
194 Yusei Kikuchi – Seattle Mariners
195 Giancarlo Stanton – New York Yankees
196 Joey Gallo – Texas Rangers
197 Willson Contreras – Chicago Cubs
198 Mitch Garver – Minnesota Twins
199 Christian Vazquez – Boston Red Sox
200 Luis Arraez – Minnesota Twins
201 Sonny Gray – Cincinnati Reds
202 Jorge Soler – Kansas City Royals
203 Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
204 Pete Alonso – New York Mets
205 Whit Merrifield – Kansas City Royals
206 John Means – Baltimore Orioles
207 Eduardo Escobar – Arizona Diamondbacks
208 Kirby Yates – San Diego Padres
209 Mike Yastrzemski – San Francisco Giants
210 Tommy Edman – St. Louis Cardinals
Retro 1986
211 Barry Larkin – Cincinnati Reds
212 Jose Canseco – Oakland A’s
213 Andres Galarraga – Montreal Expos
214 Kevin Mitchell – New York Mets
215 Wade Boggs – Boston Red Sox
216 Don Mattingly – New York Yankees
217 Kirby Puckett – Minnesota Twins
218 Tony Gwynn – San Diego Padres
219 Rickey Henderson – New York Yankees
220 Roger Clemens – Boston Red Sox
221 Bert Blyleven – Minnesota Twins
222 Dwight Gooden – New York Mets
223 Nolan Ryan – Houston Astros
224 Cal Ripken – Baltimore Orioles
225 Alan Trammell – Detroit Tigers
226 Jim Rice – Boston Red Sox
227 Keith Hernandez – New York Mets
228 Eddie Murray – Baltimore Orioles
229 George Brett – Kansas City Royals
230 Gary Carter – New York Mets
231 Darryl Strawberry – New York Mets
232 Dave Winfield – New York Yankees
233 Robin Yount – Milwaukee Brewers
234 Dale Murphy – Atlanta Braves
235 Paul Molitor – Milwaukee Brewers
236 Willi Castro – Detroit Tigers
237 Andres Munoz – San Diego Padres
238 Jonathan Hernandez – Texas Rangers
239 Josh Rojas – Arizona Diamondbacks
240 Sheldon Neuse – Oakland A’s
241 Yonathan Daza – Colorado Rockies
242 Bobby Bradley – Cleveland Indians
243 Logan Allen – Cleveland Indians
244 Joe Palumbo – Texas Rangers
245 Jaylin Davis – San Francisco Giants
246 Jake Fraley – Seattle Mariners
247 Zack Collins – Chicago White Sox
248 Danny Mendick – Chicago White Sox
249 Edwin Rios – Los Angeles Dodgers
250 Travis Demeritte – Detroit Tigers
251 Lewis Thorpe – Minnesota Twins
252 Donnie Walton – Seattle Mariners
253 Tyrone Taylor – Milwaukee Brewers
254 Aaron Civale – Cleveland Indians
255 Domingo Leyba – Arizona Diamondbacks
256 Michael King – New York Yankees
257 Abraham Toro – Houston Astros
258 Adbert Alzolay – Chicago Cubs
259 Yu Chang – Cleveland Indians
260 Jake Rogers – Detroit Tigers
Rated Rookies
263 Yoshitomo Tsutsugo – Tampa Bay Rays *
264 Luis Robert – Chicago White Sox

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