The fabled Donruss Baseball franchise has been an essential part of the collecting landscape for almost 40 years. But when 2018 Donruss Baseball arrives in hobby shops across North America in early March, it will include something no other Donruss launch in history ever has: Japanese baseball sensation Shohei Ohtani. The outstanding pitcher-outfielder will bring his immense two-way talents to America this season — and his first Panini America autograph and memorabilia cards will be featured in the company’s landmark baseball release.
Arguably the most highly anticipated international player since Ichiro, Ohtani sat down with Panini America officials last week for a productive, enlightening and entertaining signing session during which he signed all of his autographs (including some with elaborate inscriptions requiring translation) for inclusion in 2018 Donruss Baseball. But in addition to his first autograph and memorabilia cards, Ohtani also will appear in the product’s Whammy!, Foundations, Dominators, Mound Marvels and Out of this World insert sets. He will have on-card autographs in Private Signings and Rated Prospects Signatures, and will also appear in Signature Series, Promising Pros Materials and Promising Pros Materials Signatures.
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