Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2015 Donruss - Don't get me started

Last year I bought  a hobby box of 2014 Donruss. I was not going to make that mistake again this year. Instead I bought a 30-card rack pack at Walmart for about half the price I paid per card last year. 30 cards is more than enough.

Here's the first card out of the pack.

2015 Donruss #113 Jose Fernandez
The design is little changed from last year. My biggest problem last year was not the design however. It was that the cards are fundamentally boring. All the batters are in virtually the same pose and all the pitchers are pretty much in the same pose as the Fernandez card. Dull, dull, dull. At least last year there were some catcher cards to elevate the tedium but I didn't see any in this pack. 

The designers must have put in long hours on the design, especially in coming up with the horrible mottled orange color for the back. called the design 'bizarre'. In case you've forgotten, here's what last years cards looked like.

2014 Donruss #94 Roy Halladay

The set was expanded from 200 cards to 245. The last 45 cards are in the Donruss 1981 design.

Of course, where this card says "Atlanta" the 1981 Donruss card said "Braves".

There are a lot of new inserts this year, with many of them having different colored parallels. The parallels may be black, blue, gold, green, red, silver or platinum. Not every insert has the same combination of parallels. The curious thing is, that while the black parallels are always numbered to 1, the other colors are not consistently numbered. The Red parallel may be numbered to 5 in one insert set and numbered to 499 in another. All of the inserts I got this year are new to 2015 except one.

2015 Donruss All Time Diamond Kings #7

Many of the inserts are based on some of the many different sets that Donruss produced in the 1990s and early 2000.

2015 Donruss Elite Inserts #29 R. A. Dickey
I pulled one of this 36 card set. This also comes in black, gold and red.

2015 Donruss Preferred Bronze #25 Giancarlo Stanton
This 40-card set also comes in black, gold and red.

2015 Donruss Studio #6 Rusney Castillo
 A 10-card set that also comes in Press Proof Silver and Press Proof Gold.

2015 Donruss The Rookies #15 Daniel Norris
This 15-card set makes a return from 2014 but has picked up Press Proof, Stat Line Career and Stat Line Season parallels.

The other former Donruss set, Donruss Signatures is also represented. There do not appear to be any relic cards in this year's set.

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