Enter 2014 Donruss baseball cards. Over the years, a lot has happened with the Donruss name. Donruss, as a company, was purchased by the folks at Panini America and, to my understanding, many of those formerly employed by Donruss were brought over to join the team at Panini America. While this 2014 Donruss release holds the Donruss mark, it's actually a Panini release and I think they did a fine job with it.
The design, both front and back, takes elements from the 1987 Donruss release and adds the modern touch of parallels and varied design updates as needed. The white cardstock and amazingly vibrant photography on these cards really makes them stand out. I like the simplicity here. It's nothing too flashy. The high contrast colors make these cards easy to read and identify. I also like that the base cards are of standard 20pt thickness just like they were in the 1980s and 1990s.
Every card in this 355-card set has four unique parallels over the base card. You'll notice some familiar titles brought back in 2014 Donruss. If you're chasing the run of parallels for a specific player in the set, here's what to expect:
- Base: This is the standard card found in the set.
- Press Proof Silver: These feature the words, "Press Proof" in holo-silver foil on the footer of the card fronts. These have a stated print run of 199.
- Press Proof Gold: These feature the words, "Press Proof" in holo-gold foil on the footer of the card fronts. These have a stated print run of 99.
- Stat Line Career: These are printed with a holo-foil finish and showcase the player's career statistic on the footer of the card fronts. Print runs vary.
- Stat Line Season: These are printed with a holo-foil finish and showcase the player's single season statistic on the footer of the card fronts. Print runs vary.
Depending on the player, you may or may not run into challenges when pulling together a full run. Some of the Stat Line Season parallels have significantly minimal print runs, sometimes as little as just 3 copies. No matter the case, however, 2014 Donruss Baseball is sure to be an entertaining pursuit. For novice and seasoned collectors alike, 2014 Donruss Baseball is an excellent product with lots of interesting parallels and inserts. Try a box today.