There's an unmistakable air of royalty surrounding Panini America's fabled, still-majestic-after-all-these-years Diamond Kings Baseball franchise. It's been that way from the very beginning in the early 1980s. It remains that way today. Although so much has changed in the more than 30 years since Diamond Kings first made its presence felt by leading off every Donruss Baseball release, the high-art look and feel of the brand remains spectacularly intact.
There’s an unmistakable air of royalty surrounding Panini America’s fabled, still-majestic-after-all-these-years Diamond Kings Baseball franchise. It’s been that way from the very beginning in the early 1980s. It remains that way today. Although so much has changed in the more than 30 years since Diamond Kings first made its presence felt by leading off every Donruss Baseball release, the high-art look and feel of the brand remains spectacularly intact.
An iconic part of baseball-card history, Diamond Kings has aged gracefully by transitioning over the years from a subset to an insert set to a standalone brand. It’s a legendary brand full of legendary players — and enough new-breed potential to satiate even the most astute prospectors. In early April, the brand returns for the 2019 season boasting the first autograph memorabilia cards of the new rookie class and remember-where-you-were-when-you-pulled-it collection-makers.
On average, each hobby box of 2019 Diamond Kings Baseball (eight cards per pack, 12 packs per box, 12 boxes per inner case, two inner cases per master case) will deliver one autograph, one memorabilia card, three Framed parallels, one Artist Proof and 12 inserts.
As you’ll see in the preview gallery below, the highlights of 2019 Diamond Kings Baseball are many and include . . .
- DK Material Signatures featuring the first autographed memorabilia cards of the 2019 rookie class.
- Legendary memorabilia has long been a calling card for Diamond Kings and you can expect more in the DK Materials, Jersey Kings, Bat Kings and Diamond Cuts.
- Throwback treasures in Retro 1983 DK Materials Signatures featuring fan-favorite players from today and yesterday.
- New this year is DK 205 featuring current and retired stars on cards inspired by the timeless T205 design.
- DK Signatures features autographs of retired legends, veteran stars and prospects with four parallels numbered to 99 or less.
- The 300 pays homage to 10 of the greatest pitchers in baseball history who achieved the career “gold standard” of 300 wins.
- DK Flashbacks honors 20 players with photography from their early seasons in the majors.
- A throwback to 1983, Retro 1983 DK Material Signatures pairs an autograph with two pieces of memorabilia from former stars and legends.
We’ll have much more on 2019 Diamond Kings in the coming weeks. Until then, enjoy this extended sneak peek, including a look at some of the retail-exclusive inclusions:
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