Tuesday, April 10, 2018

2018 Donruss Baseball Cards (Blaster Box)

I usually enjoy these so I didn't hesitate to grab a blaster box of the 2018 Donruss baseball cards.  The standard design is a nod to the 1984 Donruss set.  The design isn't bad.  Nice photos on these cards though you won't see many with players in the field as with rival Topps.  Still these are nice looking cards though maybe not flashy.
The backs are the dull black and white with some stats and a write-up.  Pretty boring and as someone who isn't 20 anymore I'd definitely prefer a bigger font.  These aren't complete disasters as there are some touches I like but it seems like just a small addition of some colors could make a big difference.  
The nickname variation cards are pretty cool and you'll also see the familiar Rated Rookie cards.  As a Braves guy I'm excited to pull an Ozzie Albies card.  A favorite for me in these sets are the retired greats which included Atlanta Hall of Famer Chipper Jones.  I also pulled his nickname variation which was cool.  I will say it seems we are seeing the same retired greats every year and I'd like to see some new names added each year to change things up.  By the way I pulled three different George Brett cards.  I'm not complaining of course. 
The '84 variations are pretty cool.  I would have been happy if that was their standard design.  I'm a big fan of the '84 set so this particular throwback design is right in my wheelhouse.  A couple different green parallels shown here.    
I'm a huge Diamond Kings fan from way back but lately they've lost their luster.  The George Perez art just made the cards special.  Maybe it isn't cost effective to do the art but these just don't have any excitement to them.  Also shown here is a Combo Card which was a cool moment from the all-star game and a black and white George Brett card.  No idea what variation it is.  It isn't numbered and the photo being black and white seems to be the only difference from his base card.   I'm stumped.
Again those cool '84 retro variations.  Very stoked to pull this Trout.  Overall this was a fun box.  Seemed to have plenty of star power and I like the designs.  You obviously have to be ok with non-MLB licensed cards which I finally got over a few years back.  Nice cards with some different inserts this year and a nice throwback design which all in all should appeal to many.  

60 – Total Cards
10 – Retro 1984 (3 – Green Parallel, 2 – Retired Greats)
6 – Base Retired Greats (1 – Green Parallel)
4 – Diamond Kings
4 – Multiplayer (2 – Retired Greats)
2 – Nickname Variations
2 – Rated Rookie
1 – Black & White


  1. I actually hadn't seen any of this year's Donruss offering yet - looks pretty solid! I do enjoy the nod to '88, probably because I had so many of those in my childhood collection. I might just have to go grab a few packs myself.

    1. Always nice when they do sets that are a variations of our childhood favorites.