Upon returning to the hobby, I noticed that I don’t fit the mold of the normal collector, for myriad reasons; most notable is my penchant for Panini products. I will admit that when Topps gets it right with a product, that particular release far surpasses other manufacturers. However, Topps so rarely gets it right anymore.
So when I saw the reviews, checklist, and box breaks of 2015 Panini Diamond Kings, I knew that I wanted a box. As Father’s Day approached, my wife asked what I wanted, and I jumped at the chance to beg for cardboard; then proceeded to whine and pout until she caved in and gave me the box early.
I thought I would share it with you guys, and while this isn’t a review, per se, I will give my impressions of the cards.
Before I begin, I must say that in my excitement to open the cards, I didn’t note which cards came out of which packs, so I have organized them by team instead.
Warning: This is a scan heavy post!
Rays: Longo is solo.
Blue Jays: There is actually a fourth, but I am going to wait to show it off.
Red Sox: The Castillo and Williams were exciting pulls.
The excitement surrounding this product centers on this man right here. No, to end any suspense, I didn’t pull any Ruth cut auto or relic. Though this isn’t the only card of his from this particular box.
White Sox: Ramirez is lonely.
Twins: My only duplicate was of Kennys Vargas, coincidentally.
Tigers: Cobb is clearly the best out of this bunch.
Royals: Two Rookies
Rangers: Honestly, is there anybody that doesn’t collect Nolan Ryan cards?
Braves: Now that Gattis is gone, I don’t even pay attention to them.
Mets: This left me wanting.
Cubs: Awesome to see Santo in a recent release.
Cardinals: The Rajah
Reds: “Big Klu” was a surprise when I looked at the checklist.
Pirates: Two of the best for Pirates fans.
Giants: The Posey card is a personal favorite amongst these base cards.
Overall, I was extremely pleased by these base cards. They are gorgeous textured cards. I will be putting together the base set, so none of these are for trade.
However, the inserts, for the most part, are up for grabs.
These were the two minis that I pulled. I have no interest in keeping them, as minis aren’t my bag.
Here are two of the “Also Known As” insert.
The “DK Originals” that I pulled. I am partial to the McCutchen, though if someone wants it, let me know.
Here is the other Ruth card that I pulled. Believe it or not, but I actually collect his cards, but the Robinson is available.
I did pull a Lester Framed Red parallel, and though it pains me to see him on another team, I will keep this one.
This card, numbered out of 99, is a Blue Framed Parallel. I have toyed with the idea of starting a Bumgarner collection, but I have yet to do so. Currently, I don’t trade with any Giants collectors, so this one will probably stay with me for a while.
Here are two “Aficionados” inserts, Kluber and Miggy.
Here is a Kolten Wong Silver Materials dual relic card, not numbered. I have no interest in this card.
The other hit of the box was a Silver Studio Portraits Signature Materials, numbered to 99. The only thing I know about Taylor is that he had to replace an ejected Bryce Harper and hit a grand slam. If you want it, let me know.
Here is the surprise of the box. Though it appears to be a base card, it is actually the “Gold” parallel, numbered 1 0f 25. I almost didn’t notice it, as the gold part is the insignia on the front, which is only slightly different from the base cards.
I have only one complaint about this product, no Carlton Fisk.
On all other fronts, this is a fantastic product and I hope to bust at lest one more box.