Saturday, October 24, 2015
2015 Panini Diamond Kings: Box Break & Review
Ah, finally, something topical being ripped on this blog.
Big of a confession. Back in the day? Loved Diamond Kings. The ones they put out in the early 2000's, before they became massively-inclusive mega-sets. Those were fun. Loved them putting only a few players per team, so I could collect all the Phillies or Yankees easily, before they made 20 per in '04.
Diamond Kings are very near and dear to my heart.
Seeing this product on Panini's call-sheet this year...I was initially surprised. Confused. It was a product that didn't need to be remade, retouched. It's bad enough that the new Donruss sets suck, but I didn't want Diamond Kings to be altered. Plus, the whole no-logos thing was putting me off.
A month or so D&A had a sale, so I nabbed a box. Let's see what I thought of it.
12 packs, 8 cards per. 2 hits per box.
Love this set because of the mix of current stars and legends. Ted Kluszewski is in this set. That doesn't happen everyday.
We've gotten to the first hit, and....
Yeah, its the holy trinity of blah. A rookie that sort of underwhelmed, with two white swatches and a sticker auto. This is the definition of a crappy hit.
And...we've reached our second hit. And it's a much better one.
So...getting a Starling Marte hit is not that bad. It's pretty good, actually. I'm impressed.
Final Thoughts: This set has some charm, with a very nice checklist, good inserts, and decent enough hits. Only problem is this set, while Diamond Kings in name, is not Diamond Kings in substance. This is a completely different product, engineered by Panini to be similar to Allen and Ginter with a touch of Finest, instead of just trying to be Diamond Kings.
There are things to like here, but they're outweighed by the flaws. I did, however, enjoy the break.
Final Grade: C+