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The box: 2016 Panini Diamond Kings baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)
Packs per box: 7
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 42
Base set completion: 33 of 185 (18 percent)
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.
Insert cards: 8
Mini (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)
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: A
Fun Grade: B+
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