Monday, March 10, 2014

Donruss 2014 Cubs

So Panini brings back another name from the past.  Two years ago they resurrected Triple Play.  Now its the Donruss name that has returned.

Donruss hasn't been seen since 2005, when it lost it's MLB license.  Panini got the name when they bought Playoff-Donruss in 2009.  I'm actually surprised that it took so long for the brand to return.  I really thought Panini would have used it sooner since it is such a recognizable name.

Though lacking an MLB license, Panini does have a license with the players association, giving up current players with no logos.


The 2014 Donruss set has a total of 200 cards.  There are 155 base cards, 15 rated rookies, and 30 Diamond Kings.

The Cubs were given three slots in the base set, right on average.


Castro and Rizzo are no-brainers to include.  Wood was the only Cubs All Star last season, so his inclusion makes sense, too.

The design has a retro look to it.  There is no foil or anything shiny.  The city font on the card is similar to Topps' 1978 cards.  I might actually like these if not for the lack of logos.

The back of the cards has the traditional look that Donruss used throughout the 1980s and early 90s.  That's a nice touch.

Overall, I'd say the the Donruss set was worth the buck 29 that I paid, and that's about it.


  1. As a design, they did a nice job replicating the feel of the early 90s Donruss. Too bad the logos, as always.

  2. One cool thing they did was add Recollection autographs. The checklist has Mark Grace, Joe Girardi, and Joe Carter from '84. You might want to keep an eye out for those for that auto collection of yours - not sure if that complies with the rule or not - the card was printed in a year they played, but not signed and certified then.

  3. I always liked the inclusion of the player's full name on the back. I didn't know that Starlin's middle name was (Ivan) DeJesus.