Buzz Break: 2016 Panini Diamond Kings baseball cards (blaster box)

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Miguel-Sano-2016-panini-diamond-kingsThe box: 2016 Panini Diamond Kings baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: (for hobby)

Packs per box: 7
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 42
Base set completion: 
33 of 185 (18 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Andrew McCutchen, Yu Darvish, Carlos Correa, Ken Griffey Jr., Rickey Henderson.

Rookie Cards (7)  Miguel Sano, Luis Severino, Max Kepler, Gary Sanchez, Jorge Lopez, Pedro Severino, Kelby Tomlinson.

Stan-Musial-2016-panini-diamond-kingsInsert cards: 8
(1) – Carlos Rodon
Rookie variation (1) – Miguel Sano
Aficionado (1) – A.J. Pollock
DK Originals (1) – Bo Jackson
Expressionists (1) – Jose Bautista
Heritage Collection (1) Dennis Eckersley
Memorable Feats (1) – Stan Musial
Red-framed parallel (1) – Yu Darvish (/99)

Frank-Thomas-2016-panini-diamond-kingsAutographs/Memorabilia: 1
Masters of the Game Materials (1) – Frank Thomas (/99)

What’s Buzz-worthy: Buzz had waited to dig in on this one because of the painted look, but the results and cards themselves looked better than expected. Simply put, this is a set that looks better in-person than in scans. … The mix of legends and today’s players really makes this one work with an insert card in every pack (at least here) and a good mix of Rookie Cards as well. We’re not sure every blaster includes a hit, but finding a simple Frank Thomas card in our final pack was a plus. … The canvas surface that DK fans remember from the past is here, adding a simple touch to a base set that feels more deep and cleaner than other sets — it really just comes down to whether you’re into the painted look. A blaster box is perhaps the best way to try this one if you’re not sure, though a hobby box will deliver more stuff guaranteed.

Product Grade: B+
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: B+

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