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2018 Diamond Kings Variation Guide

Release Date: April 11

Diamond Kings offers just about every kind of variation we have seen in the past and it makes for a really fun box to rip open. This season the big variation draw was that of Shohei Ohtani and his 8 different variants between hitting and pitching images, nicknames, and color changes. DK continues to offer a number of parallels to their set, all of the variations will come with the same selection of parallels.

What to Look For?

Fifty Short Print variations that feature Black & White Images, Sepia Images, Image Swap Variations, and Nicknames. These are pretty easy to spot, aside from the Image Swap Variation. Panini indicated a second trick to finding variations on the back of the card. Base cards will feature an oval frame around the players image on the back. Variations will feature a square frame around the players image. This is NOT confirmed to be the case for all variations yet, though.

VARIATION BREAKDOWN

Photo Variation - Other than Ohtani, Photo Variations all feature legends.

 

Nickname Variation - Also features an Ohtani with Japanese script on the card

 

Black & White Variation - Different Photo, Black & White Image and color scheme


Sepia Variation - Different Photo, Sepia Image and color scheme

2018 Diamond Kings Variation Checklist

1 Babe Ruth - Name

2 Honus Wagner - Name

2 Honus Wagner - Photo

3 Stan Musial - Photo

4 Lou Gehrig - Photo

7 Mickey Mantle - Name

7 Mickey Mantle - Photo

8 Harry Hooper - Photo

9 Ted Williams - Name

9 Ted Williams - Photo

10 Joe Cronin - Photo

11 Joe DiMaggio - Photo

13 Lloyd Waner - Photo

18 Paul Waner - Photo

19 Roberto Clemente - Photo

20 Roger Maris - Photo

23 Pee Wee Reese - Photo

25 Ernie Banks - Name

25 Ernie Banks - Photo

27 Lefty Gomez - Photo

28 Jackie Robinson - Photo

30 Joe Jackson - Photo

35 Ty Cobb - Photo

49 Frank Thomas - Name

65 Francisco Lindor - Sepia

69 Jose Altuve - Sepia

70 Mike Trout - Sepia

73 Shohei Ohtani - Black and White

73 Shohei Ohtani - Name

73 Shohei Ohtani - Photo

73 Shohei Ohtani - Sepia

76 Shohei Ohtani - Black and White

76 Shohei Ohtani - Name

76 Shohei Ohtani - Photo

76 Shohei Ohtani - Sepia

78 Bryce Harper - Sepia

79 Buster Posey - Sepia

80 Aaron Judge - Name

80 Aaron Judge - Sepia

81 Andrew Benintendi - Sepia

82 Cody Bellinger - Sepia

100 Victor Robles - Black and White

104 Rafael Devers - Black and White

105 Francisco Mejia - Black and White

108 Walker Buehler - Black and White

116 Amed Rosario - Black and White

117 Clint Frazier - Black and White

118 Miguel Andujar - Black and White

121 Rhys Hoskins - Black and White

136 Nolan Ryan - Name

Just for fun - let’s look at all the Ohtani Variations
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