Monday, April 29, 2013
You've Come a Long Way, Baby: 2002 Diamond Kings
I really like the design here. The new DK logo looks great in silver foil. The card has a bit of thickness to it as well as a slight canvas texturing. All that combined with the understated framing of the portrait make for a pretty good-looking card.
Now this is still a Diamond King we're talking about, so we mustn't suspend criticism entirely. I will admit that Griffey looks a little weird - his left eye is a bit droopy like that of a stroke victim, and the proportions of his face seem a little off. Still, the lighting and shadow are great, the pose and background look good, and the detail is solid. Overall, I've seen worse Diamond King cards. Ahem. Yeah.
It's owners were very proud of the storied (and polarizing) Diamond King brand, so in addition to all the regular set variants and solitary insert, there are a buttload of promotional variants. Here's all the Griffeys from 2002 Diamond Kings I still need:
#86 Framed White
#86 Framed Grey #/400
#86 Framed Black #/100
#86 Beckett promo Silver
#86 Beckett promo Gold
#86 2002 Hawaii Trade Conference
#86 2002 Hawaii Trade Conference Parallel #/20
#86 2002 Hawaii Trade Conference Blue Border (#/1 or #/5)
#86 2002 Chicago National Sports Collectors Convention #/5
#86 2002 Chicago National Sports Collectors Convention Framed White Parallel #/5
T204 #RC25 #/1000
I have no intention of nabbing all those Griffeys. I only include them here as I am a fiercely anal completist (don't tell any of my friends I referred to myself as "fiercely anal" - I'll never hear the end of it).
In closing. Mondays suck. Have a great week.