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A total of 23 sets were produced under the banner name Donruss from 1981 until 2005. The set was the flagship of the Donruss Leaf Playoff group through various companies and interests throughout the years. The set differentiated itself from Topps by including puzzle pieces in each pack, rather than gum. Beginning in 1992 the puzzle pieces were removed from the sets.

Beginning in 1991, the Elite inserts first made their appearance and were one of the early Chase Cards found in baseball card packs. In 1992 Donruss began to shift towards a more mid-tier set with higher quality materials and photography, coinciding with the development of the Triple Play sets (which subsequently targeted the lower end of the market).

After purchasing the Donruss brands, Panini reintroduced the flagship Donruss brand in 2014.


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2005 DonrussEdit

The last set for the regular Donruss release after DLP lost their license with Major League Baseball

2014 DonrussEdit


After a nine year hiatus and three years after Panini purchased Donruss, they brought back the flagship Donruss set. Former mainstays in the set, Diamond Kings and Rated Rookies were included in the base set. Insert sets such as The Elite Series, Team MVPs, The Rookies and Recollection Autographs were included as well. The old Stat Line Career and Season parallel sets were also brought back. The set was issued in two series. At the end of the year, a factory set of the base set including the short prints was available for sale. This created a significant controversy regarding the value and scarcity of the short prints that had been pulled from packs.

2015 DonrussEdit


In 2015, Panini brought back virtually the same formula as 2014. But the base card fronts looked more like a mix of 2005 Bowman White parallels and 1985 Donruss.

2016 DonrussEdit

For the third consecutive year, Panini released a Donruss set.

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