Thursday, January 13, 2022

Raiding set builds - giving up on Diamond Kings

 So if anyone actually reads the drivel I put on this blog, you will know that I have a section of my collection that I consider my keepers.  Both individual cards, and completed sets.

Then I also have set builds that are in progress.  I am not very good at completing these.  I mean at all!  I have had partial insert/parallel sets from the Donruss and Diamond Kings issues from the early 2000s going for 15 years.  And in the last 5 years, I have probably only acquired 2-3 total cards toward completing them.  I rarely ever see them at shows, and they are too expensive for my cheap rear end to go pick them up individually online.

So I have decided to raid those partial sets for keepers!  Here are the cards that have moved from the partial sets part of my collection to the Keepers part:

They are all parallels or inserts from various Diamond Kings issues.


Here are closer shots of some that I really like.
The 'Artists Proof' Cabrera is #d /100.  The color of the Artists Proof logo is not my favorite.  Kind of jarring contrast to the rest of the card.  The 'Season Stat Line' Helton is #d /337.  Very, very shiny.  And the 'Studio Series' Rolen is a very nice looking card as well.  It is #d /250.

I really, really like the look of these 2001 inserts.  They look great!  Probably hard to see in the scan, but the logo in the bottom-center of these cards has a bit of depth to it.  Looks like it isn't just a flat card, but a little 3-D.   Piazza /2500, Rodriguez 250/, Helton /250, Ripken /2500.

All four of these are #d /2500.  The 2 on the right are similar to the cards above, with the 3-D look to the logo. 


All framed parallels here.  The Glavine, Guerrero and Martinez are all #d /400, and the Black framed Gonzalez is /100.

Like I said, I never see any of these anymore, especially any of the serial numbered ones.  Anyone got any of them hiding around that you want to trade me?

7 comments:

  1. I've looked at your want list for these before, but just about all of them came out when I was not collecting.

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    1. Me too, unfortunately. I have been picking them up over the last 10-12 years. Might have been easier back when they came out...

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  2. Those framed DK cards are beautiful. I wasn't opening packs when they came out, so I don't have very many sitting in my collection. Heading to a show in two weeks. If I find any in dime or quarter boxes, I'll pull them for you.

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    1. Sounds good, thanks. You know I will find something for you!

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  3. Unfortunately I wasn't a big collector back then, so its highly doubtful I have any of these laying around waiting to be purged.

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    1. I wasn't collecting then either, but I wish I was! Lot's of cards that I like in those years, Diamond Kings and not.

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  4. Not sure if i have any or not lol. Hard to remember

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