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A Guide To The 2023-24 Donruss Elite Basketball Checklist

Donruss Elite Baseball is a brand with a lot of legacy, but at a release price of $325, is it a good buy? 

In this article, we will take a look at how the latest version of this basketball release stands out.

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Pricing and contents of 2024 Donruss Elite Basketball

Donruss Elite hobby boxes are running around $325.

This product’s typically a bit earlier release than this, and that’s also part of its popularity, but an appeal that’s absent this year. 

For the $325 price tag, you can expect to find 6 packs of 8 cards. This will include: 

  • 2 Autographs
  • 10 Inserts/Parallels
  • 6 Base Or Base Rookie Parallels
  • 2 Base Rookies

This set does a good job blending parallels and autographs with unique variations, but it is not a great product for rookie card collectors. With only two a box, you don’t have great odds of pulling the particular rookie you’re chasing.

That said, the low print run of rookies will help keep them in demand for a while, especially if you’re lucky enough to pull a Wemby (it just won’t be an autograph, as those aren’t found in this product. 

Also, note that despite the name, Donruss Elite is a bit less-chased than Donruss. The Donruss Rated Rookies have become iconic rookie cards. Donruss Elite doesn’t have an answer for that, but it is, at least, cheaper. 

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2023-24 Donruss Elite Baseketball checklist information 

Over the last couple of years, the checklist has swelled from 150 to 250 cards, meaning there are a lot more cards of players you may not want to pull. 

Here’s a list of the parallels in Donruss Elite Basketball.

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Parallels

  • Aspirations – Print runs vary.
  • Status – Print runs vary.
  • Hyper Red and Green International
  • International
  • Mixorama
  • Orange
  • Blue – /99
  • Hyper Red International – /88
  • Neon Green – /75
  • Purple – /49
  • Black – /25
  • Hyper Green International – /24
  • Pink FOTL – /17
  • Gold – /10
  • Hyper Gold International – /10
  • Lucky Envelopes International – /8
  • Platinum FOTL – /3
  • Elite – 1/1

Autos, Inserts and Jerseys

2023-24 Donruss Elite Basketball returns with a diverse lineup of Inserts, Parallels, and Autographs.

Explore familiar favorites like the Status and Aspirations Die-Cut parallels, now joined by new Hobby-Exclusive Base and Base Rookies parallels, featuring options such as Neon Green (#’d/75) and Black (#’d/25), along with the elusive Mixorama short-print.

As always, the Passing the Torch Signatures set is back, offering autograph combinations featuring basketball legends and rising stars on one card.

We also see the return of Super-Short Printed Lenticular cards, available in sets like Dimensions, Next Up, and Titlists, promising rare finds for collectors.

There will also be autographs from top rookies of the 2023 NBA Draft in returning sets like Pen Pals, New Breed Autographs, Impact Impressions, and Rookie Yearbook Autographs.

Value of 2023-24 Donruss Elite

The big question: is 2023-24 Elite Basketball worth the box price?

Let’s assume you buy the box at $325. Most of the box’s value is in the rookie cards and autographs, and when there are only 2 rookie cards per box, it is tough to recoup your investment in the price of the box if you’re ripping the box. Especially without Wemby autos

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The takeaway? Be careful.

Unless you pull a monster low-numbered rookie, you won’t be making much money back on rookie cards, and that means your autographs will most likely have to be the moneymaker. 

If you’re buying to hold, be wary about that, too. Here’s the value of the last few years based on recent sales (as of 3/14/2023)

  • 2023-24: $325
  • 2022-23: $237
  • 2021-22: $271
  • 2020-21: $400
  • 2019-20: $300

With only one box over the last 5 years selling for more than this year’s is selling for, it’s a clear stay-away. 

Final thoughts on 2023-24 Donruss Elite Basketball

If you’re interested in making money, don’t bother opening 2023-24 Donruss Elite basketball. Your odds of making a profit are not good. 

But if this is a nostalgic product you’ve been collecting for years, don’t let us talk you out of grabbing a box. Compared to some, they’re not overly expensive. 

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