It's become a running thing on this blog that a box of the previous year's Diamond Kings gets broken on here once it becomes cheap enough. Well...it's cheap enough, so I got one.
I really only collect DK as a nostalgia thing. I loved the old inserts, the old sets from the 2000s. This isn't...nominally DK, though; it's a bit more similar to Topps Gallery, which is kinda ironic because this new incarnation of Topps Gallery is actually more similar to Diamond Kings than anything. Which is slightly backwards, but a subject for an editorial rather than a box break post.
Anyway, 12 cards, with 8 cards per pack. Because we've got time, I'll try and knock everything out in one post.
There are two guaranteed hits, and other fun things to keep aware of, but we'll get there when we get there.
The set's peppered with rookies, so here are two.
First ANOTHER Lindor, this one from the painstakingly beautiful Aurora set. Then a Portraits insert of Ken Griffey, which look cool but...again, brings back to the Topps Gallery comparison.
Pack 5- A modern legend and a guy that likes to strike out.
...of Nick Williams. Of the Philadelphia Phillies.
...just as a notice, I never usually pull hits of people who play for my teams. It is very rare, especially considering that there are 28 other teams out there with many other players. So getting a hit of Nick, and not only that but one that's numbered to 99, is kinda nice. I know he's hugging the bench this year, but he's still a fine player, and a member of this team nonetheless.
Still, a fine hit. And I'm happy I got this box, not some box with a Cardinals hit or something.
Additionally, Andrew Benintendi's card is a sepia short print/photo variation. So not a bad pull there, either.
And Pedroia-Doerr Past and Present.
So...that's 2018 Diamond Kings. I think it's an improvement on the last few, and it's intricate enough to allow a real baseball fan some genuine smiles.