Friday, August 23, 2019

2019 Diamond Kings Baseball

While I'm not a fan of the no logo thing I do find I like the Diamond Kings cards year in and year out and finally found a pack of the 2019 Diamond Kings cards.  I enjoy the art/painting feel of these as highlighted by this Johnny Bench card.  They do a good job minimizing the lack of logo.  It isn't always possible of course but still I like the looks of this set.
    You really get a sense of these cards being from days gone by.  The design also gives plenty of room for the photos to shine.  As always Panini shies away from the fielding photos.    
The current players aren't out of place but they have a different vibe to me when looking at them in this format.  I still like them but just different is all.  Goldy and Perez will go directly to the personal collection.  Nice additions.  The backs are fine with decent write-ups  
I liked the Hall of Fame and Team Heroes inserts but the DK 205 falls a bit flat.  I'm not saying it's not a good card just not a design I'm hugely fond of.  
I like the Squires card design.  I'm not really sure if it is a nod to something or they just thought Squires was a cool name.
The DiMaggio red framed card is a nice touch. I don't normally like the frames per se but even though it doesn't jive with the Yankees' team colors I like it.  The price point on these will keep me from buying more packs but I'll definitely look for singles and and inserts.  I really enjoy seeing the retired greats in sets and there are some nice looking inserts here to be had that I didn't pull.

20 – Total Cards
6 – RC
6 – Retired Greats
2 – Team Heroes
1 – DK 205
1 – Squires
1 – Red Frame Parallel
1 – Hall of Fame Heroes



  1. Nice cards! I wanted to get a 20-card pack the other day but couldn't justify it when compared to the prices of Topps2 hanger boxes and 2019 Score football fat packs.

    1. I get it. The price point is tough. I still try to get one pack if I can but this will be my last one for that reason. I'll concentrate on the football releases where I get more bang for my buck.

  2. I've got a good bit of extra base cards of these if you're needing any Braves or other players. Just LMK. You know where to find me!

  3. I kind of liked this series when it was introduced, but after a few years now, they all kind of blend together. That Bench is a good looking card though, I can definitely see why you led the post off with it.

  4. You are right in that the design can be repetitive but still one I like. It'll be interesting to see if they can vary things up in the future.

  5. Beautiful set! I like my logos, but I gotta say this set looks amazing. That Ted Williams is my favorite.

    1. Yeah that iconic follow through of his swing is pretty cool.