Retail Therapy: 2020 Panini Diamond Kings Blaster Box

There are some boxes that you are more excited to open than others. For me, this box was one of the boxes I didn’t have high expectations for.

I love old school Diamond Kings, however since Panini doesn’t have a license for Major League Baseball Cards, they can’t use the team logos. This has always been a big negative for me. There is usually something about the airbrushed/photoshopped images that just take away from the overall appeal of the card.

Each blaster box contains 7 packs with 5 cards per pack. The retail cost is $19.99. There is 1 exclusive Blue Frame Parallel, 3 Artists Proof Blue Parallels and 1 Insert/Parallel per box on average.

Here’s a look at what we got from our box:

Pack 1:

Pete Rose All-Time Diamond Kings Artist Proof, Honus Wagner 3,000, Bo Bichette Rookie, Tres Barrera, Manny Machado.

Pack 2:

Vladimir Guerrero Jr Gallery of Stars, Brendan McKay Rookie, Frank Thomas, Johnny Bench, Fernando Tatis Jr.

Pack 3:

Gavin Lux Dual Material Card, Ken Griffey Jr DK 206, Michael King Rookie, Deivy Grullon Rookie, Brusdar Graterol Rookie.

Pack 4:

Christian Yelich Artist Proof, Ken Griffey Jr Artist’s Palette, Evan Longoria All Time Diamond King, Mookie Betts, Nolan Arenado.

Pack 5:

Christian Yelich In the Zone, Justin Dunn Rookie, Ichiro, Bryce Harper, Ken Griffey Jr.

Pack 6:

Brendan McKay Blue Border, Rhys Hoskins Aficionado, Sam Crawford, Ronald Acuna Jr, Nolan Ryan.

Pack 7:

Jimmie Foxx Artist Proof, George Brett DK 206, Ronald Bolanos Rookie, Michel Baez Rookie, Whit Merrifield.

Grade: A-

Wow, what a fun box to open. I was really not expecting this to be the case. From the first pack pulling the Pete Rose All-Time Diamond King Artist Proof and a Bo Bichette Rookie I was hooked. There were enough subset and insert cards to keep me interested and looking up the odds that I had a blast. There were also a ton of rookie cards in the product that added another level of value to the box. Also, pulling a Gavin Lux Double Jersey Card was a nice bonus.

I will definitely be looking to find more of this product. It was a blast to open and the cards are really nice looking, even without the team logos due to Panini’s licensing issues with MLB. The artistic element of the design really did a good job of taking away from the usual photoshopped feel that Panini baseball crds have.

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