Monday, June 12, 2017

Try a Pack #2: 2017 Donruss Baseball

Now before you say anything, I am not becoming a Panini advocate.  I've always preferred products that have a MLB license, and that's not going to change.

But I really like the look of this set.  If I weren't chasing so many damn sets right now, I might be tempted to put this together.

I bought the jumbo pack, 30 cards in total.   I really enjoyed ripping this.

I was always under the impression that the retro versions were a parallel set.   Wrong.  It's an insert, 50 cards total.  That's a shame, because I like these as well.  Pulled some pretty good names though.   If you need one, let me know.

A couple of Hall of Famers in the set, Ryan and Bench.  Nice!
A couple of Davis' in the set, both named Khris/Chris.  Confusing!  (no, not really)

A pretty solid start to a pitching staff here.  I had to check out Carlos Martinez's stats, he's been a solid part of that Cardinals rotation for a couple of years now, and his numbers this year are pretty solid so far: 2.95 ERA, WHIP of 1.042, 99K's to 30 walks.   A 5-5 record obviously doesn't reflect what he's done so far this year...

4 pretty good bats here at first base.  Love the photo of Goldschmidt at what I'm guessing is Wrigley Field. 

Stanton and Yelich make up what I believe to be 2/3 of the best outfield in baseball with Marcell Ozuna.  If you haven't seen the shot that Stanton hit over the batters eye in Pittsburgh on the weekend, check it out here on Twitter. 

I had not heard of Seth Beer, so I looked him up.  He's a first baseman for the Clemson Tigers who won National collegiate player of the year in 2016, the first time a freshman has won the award.  Listen for his name in the next few years.  As you can see I pulled his American Pride insert, 169/999. 

Josh Bell is a player that the Pirates have high hopes for, but he's struggling to keep his average up during his first full season, although he is showing some power with 11 HR's so far.  I may have to send that card up to Bob Walk the Plank...

I like this set.  Not enough to go and build it, but it's not bad.  I've received cards from this set from other bloggers (Jays, of course), but hadn't seen anything else until I decided to try a pack. 

I imagine there's a few people out there that would definitely get some enjoyment out of putting this set together...

thanks for reading, Robert


  1. I think this year's Donruss set is the best one Panini has put out since it re-launched it in 2014. Yeah, the unlicensed thing is kind of annoying but they do the best they can with what they've got.

  2. Thanks for the shout out on the Bell. I just showed a card of his the other day. His production has been really weird this year. Coming into the season everyone thought of him as a high obp guy that can't play defense. Instead he has a low obp and has hit for way more power than expected. His defense has been fine too. Makes me think he will be just fine over the long haul.

  3. I'm in the same boat as you. I like this year's Donruss but not enough to go build it. My favorite cards are the gray borders. They look really nice with this design

  4. I'll probably pick-up the Mariners for this year's team set, but I do really like those retro cards. Might be worth trying to put that insert set together.

  5. Check out the stirrups on Brandon Belt! Must've been some kind of throwback game.

    I like this set as well, but for me it's strictly team/player collection material.

  6. that was a loaded pack! I'd like to see Panini do a completely new design with Donruss and an actual Studio release instead of tucking in as a subset or insert.