|Shout out to The Card Papoy|
Gorgeous cards!! Nice mix of veterans and newbies. The framed Chapman is an unnumbered version. I wanted a nice Matt Szczur RC. At 25, this is his time to break out. Matt made an impression on me when I learned he'd given a life-saving bone marrow donation to a patient on another continent.
Two insert series here: DK Originals - a design I personally don't care for. This Abreu is a parallel version numbered 22/25 and HOF Sluggers - da Babe! Nice design and a keeper!
Another HOF Slugger! Such a colorful lot, printed on canvas-feel cardboard. I'm still likin' 'em!
DK Originals McCutchen and one of them fancy cards - I haven't picked up a Texas accent but it does show itself at times when writing - a framed Adrian Gonzalez dual patch auto numbered 42/49. This is a great pack of cards! Ripken, Feller, Appling and the young Bogaerts.
What have we here? A traitorous Max $cherzer, at home with the politician$ of Washington. A new insert series Aficianado - Gerald Dempsey Posey. Buster it is! I recently began adding his cards to my collection. Our first little card, a MINI Mauer! I'm not sure of the print run except to say minis are definitely not one per pack!
Ok - WOW! My Giants' trade pals are going to want this one, no doubt! Madison Bumgarner, super thick Studio Portraits holofoil. This gem is numbered 01/10! Super nice card! I'm holding on to it for now but at some point it may be used to fund a nice Tiger exchange.
We are halfway through
I've said more times than not - I'm a sucker for the old guys. This pack has some familiar faces: Lajoie, O'Doul and Gehrig - and dupes from pack five. I can live with a handful of doubles but 96 cards per box should be 96 different paper heroes at this price level. My LCS - $70 cash price.
Well, I'm not sure what to think - except YESSS! Another nice dual patch auto relic! Deven Marrero is paper framed and numbered 16/49. Let's not overlook the new insert: Also Known As. This AKA is the Revered Rivera. Mariano was an amazing closer! What opponent looked forward to facing the Sandman? Kevin Millar? No, not even him.
Joe Jackson, you are forgiven and beloved. A simple pack splashed with color!
A mini sighting! Eric Hosmer. Bryce Harper - how did I not own a rookie card? Picked one up this weekend, a nice Chrome. Nothing fancy but it is MINTy! One more HOF Slugger Frank Thomas, and an AKA Lou Gehrig! I've already decided to complete both of these insert sets.
We're down to the last two packs...
Our second framed parallel, an unnumbered Corcino. Inserts: HOF Slugger Mel Ott and Aficianado Mike Trout. Maris and Crawford are welcome pack mates. Nice cards.
I have to congratulate Panini for an elegant and affordable product. At an average of $6 per pack with boxes selling in a $70 price range, I'm comfortable with the cards pulled so far. An extra relic card helped of course. Let's finish this thang!
THE TWELFTH AND FINAL PACK:
BUTTER MY FREAKIN' BISCUITS!!! I think we have a hot box! or a fluke. I'll take either any day. Kelly, Goldschmidt and Freeman were a nice finish but who is the attractively framed mini???? Super thick, acrylic backed Robert Refsnyder and patch. This card is numbered almost as low as they come... 4/5!
Nachos Grande Chris chose a DK box as part of his five box break coming later this week. I can't wait to see what he hits! The box we just opened had some sweet pulls. None are for trade just yet while I investigate the product a bit more, and then decide what to part with. Thanks for joining me in the anatomy of 2015 Diamond Kings!
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