Saturday, April 22, 2017
Box Break: 2016 Panini Diamond Kings (Part 1)
I grew up with a ton of admiration for Diamond Kings.
It was Donruss' way of taking legitimate effort and sketching and saying 'these are the real stars of the show'. '03 Diamond Kings is still a very classy, very well-designed set that I still love finding singles from. Now, '04-05 DK was a bit overexposed, with a bit too much emphasis on hits and not enough emphasis on design, but it was still welcome.
The new incarnation of Diamond Kings is...interesting, to say the least. It's only really Diamond Kings nominally- all the base cards feature action shots that have just been filtered over, rather than just having well-hired artists do sketches. The effort put into the early releases, even the subsets from the 80's, is gone. Now it's just a premium, hit-based product that's just an excuse for Panini to act artsy.
I still wanted to check out last year's issue, even if I knew what was coming. Here's what I got:
Each pack comes with 2 rookies. One of these two has done pretty well for themselves so far. The other hasn't really gotten much of a chance.
Two rookies who haven't made it yet.
Two semi-unknown rookies. Also, some packs come with Minis because Panini's trying to rip off Allen and Ginter. This one's of Carlos Correa.
Sidenote...why couldn't this be the base design???
Two Rockies rookies...both are injured currently. Gray's probably gonna have some more nice seasons.
Two pretty underwhelming rookies.
That swatch is suspect. Hodges never played for a team that used a full-on orange color scheme. He played for, and managed, the Mets, but they never used orange as a base color. Soo...unless Hodges wore a orange uniform at some other point, I'm not entirely sure this swatch belongs to him. So...I'm not sure what to think about this.
I'll post the last half of this tomorrow, with a less suspect hit in there.