Box two – 2017 Diamond Kings

Yeah I did mention I bought two boxes of Diamond Kings – but for ease’s sake, I broke them up into two posts.

Not those Minnesota Twins.


I lucked out and pulled the Adalberto Mejia rookie! Even pulled an extra Kirby Puckett so I’ve got one for the team binder, and the set binder. Team set minus inserts complete! Speaking of inserts, we pulled a DK Originals Paul Molitor. Finally, there’s a surprise pull later on. :).

#ThanksPanini – Collation.

Much like the last box, I didn’t pull any duplicate cards minus the SPs. Across both boxes opened so far, I ended up with 37 dupes.

Gimmicks – Short-Prints/Serials.

In addition to the pictured SPs, I also pulled a second set of Carson Fulmer, Dansby Swanson, and Yoan Moncada. Not a bad group of dupes to have, but I wish I could’ve finished the set. Naturally. I pulled two numbered cards in this box – one an Artist’s Proof #38/99 Jake Arrieta, and the other was a framed parallel #88/99 of 1925 World Series Senators-killer Max Carey – he batted .458/.552/.625 against the franchise that October!

Cardboard Quirks – Inserts.

I’m not sure why there were less inserts in this box. For Memorable Moments I knocked out Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, a great group. Heritage Collection yielded Phil Niekro, Rickey Henderson, Mike Piazza, and Juan Marichal. In Aurora, I added Paul Goldschmidt, and Max Scherzer. For DK Originals I pulled the aforementioned Paul Molitor, Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg, and Reggie Jackson. Not a bad name in the bunch.

Picassos – Framed Parallels.

This box only had four non-numbered framed border cards – three “base” and one rookie. Corey Seager, Fergie Jenkins, Don Larsen, and Teoscar Hernandez. However, the Don Larsen is the short-printed image variation! Not sure the rarity of that, as it’s not listed anywhere I’ve seen.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, but what about the hits? – Hits, duh.

This is where this box went from good to great! Our first hit was Yankee legend Don Mattingly. Nothing too special to see here, your basic bat relic and jersey relic with an excellent pose that removes the logo branding problem. My second hit however, check out this gorgeous #/49 dual patch auto:

The only thing that’s a negative with this card is the poor autograph!

Up next are a few retail blasters of Heritage, with their free packs of S1, a Zelda retail set, and the one year anniversary of owning a Babe Ruth relic!

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