2002 Diamond Kings

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Description

2002 Diamond Kings is a 160-card set released in two series. The first 150 cards were issued as part of the Diamond Kings set while the final ten cards were randomly inserted into packs of 2002 Donruss The Rookies.

Designed to compete with Topps' Gallery brand, all 160 base cards and inserts are painted.

Distribution

24 packs per box, four cards per pack (MSRP: $3.99). 20 boxes per case.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 150 - 4:1 4:1
Bronze 150 - 1:6 1:6
Silver 150 400 ? ?
Gold 150 100 ? ?
Timeline 10 - 1:60 1:120
DK Originals 15 1000 ? ?
T204 25 1000 ? ?
Heritage Collections 25 - 1:23 1:46
Diamond Cut Jersey 50 varies DC ?
Diamond Cut Bat 20 varies DC ?
Diamond Cut Autograph 30 varies DC ?
Recollection Collection (Buy Back Autos) 49 varies ? ?

DC: Odds of finding a Diamond Cut: 1:24/Hobby packs.

Checklist

Promos

Beckett Promos

To promote the 2002 Diamond Kings set, one card from the first 150-cards in the base set was randomly inserted into the May and July, 2002 issues of Beckett Baseball. The May issue featured a Gold printed Diamond Kings logo on card. These were later changed for the main set, so Beckett issued the updated SAMPLE versions in the July issue featuring the Diamond Kings logo in Silver foil. Each card has the word "SAMPLE" foil-stamped in silver on the back with ten percent of all cards stamped in gold foil.

These are one of the most popular Beckett SAMPLE cards ever produced.

Hawaii Trade Conference Promos

Attendees of the 2002 Hawaii Trade Conference in February, 2002 received a pack of six Diamond King promo cards. The cards completely parallel the 150-card set, but can be readily distinguished by the "2002 Hawaii Trade Conference" gold foil logo stamped on the front. Randomly seeded into these packs are a parallel which is serial-numbered to 20 copies.

Those who attended a special end-of-conference dinner party thrown by Donruss-Playoff received a special Blue Framed Diamond King. The Blue DKs are are serial-numbered to either five or one copy, and came encased inside a BGS slab.

Chicago National Giveaways

The entire 160-card set (including the 10 yet-to-be-released cards from The Rookies series) were given away at Donruss-Playoff's booth at the 2002 National Sports Collectors Convention. Each card is specially embossed and serial-numbered to five copies.

Also given away were special Chicago National version of the entire 160-card Framed White parallel, and the DK Originals insert. Like the base cards, these too were serial-numbered to only five copies.

Base Set

1 Vladimir Guerrero

2 Adam Dunn

3 Tsuyoshi Shinjo

4 Adrian Beltre

5 Troy Glaus

6 Albert Pujols

7 Trot Nixon

8 Alex Rodriguez

9 Tom Glavine

10 Alfonso Soriano

11 Todd Helton

12 Joe Torre MGR

13 Tim Hudson

14 Andruw Jones

15 Shawn Green

16 Aramis Ramirez

17 Shannon Stewart

18 Barry Bonds

19 Sean Casey

20 Barry Larkin

21 Scott Rolen

22 Barry Zito

23 Sammy Sosa

24 Bartolo Colon

25 Ryan Klesko

26 Ben Grieve

27 Roy Oswalt

28 Kazuhiro Sasaki

29 Roger Clemens

30 Bernie Williams

31 Roberto Alomar

32 Bob Abreu

33 Robert Fick

34 Bret Boone

35 Rickey Henderson

36 Brian Giles

37 Richie Sexson

38 Bud Smith

39 Richard Hidalgo

40 C.C. Sabathia

41 Rich Aurilia

42 Carlos Beltran

43 Raul Mondesi

44 Carlos Delgado

45 Randy Johnson

46 Chan Ho Park

47 Rafael Palmeiro

48 Chipper Jones

49 Phil Nevin

50 Cliff Floyd

51 Pedro Martinez

52 Craig Biggio

53 Paul LoDuca

54 Cristian Guzman

55 Pat Burrell

56 Curt Schilling

57 Orlando Cabrera

58 Darin Erstad

59 Omar Vizquel

60 Derek Jeter

61 Nomar Garciaparra

62 Edgar Martinez

63 Moises Alou

64 Eric Chavez

65 Mike Sweeney

66 Frank Thomas

67 Mike Piazza

68 Gary Sheffield

69 Mike Mussina

70 Greg Maddux

71 Juan Gonzalez

72 Hideo Nomo

73 Miguel Tejada

74 Ichiro Suzuki

75 Matt Morris

76 Ivan Rodriguez

77 Mark Mulder

78 J.D. Drew

79 Mark Grace

80 Jason Giambi

81 Mark Buehrle

82 Jose Vidro

83 Manny Ramirez

84 Jeff Bagwell

85 Magglio Ordonez

86 Ken Griffey, Jr.

87 Luis Gonzalez

88 Jim Edmonds

89 Larry Walker

90 Jim Thome

91 Lance Berkman

92 Jorge Posada

93 Kevin Brown

94 Joe Mays

95 Kerry Wood


Rookie Subset

96 Mark Ellis

97 Austin Kearns

98 Jorge De La Rosa RC

99 Brandon Berger

100 Ryan Ludwick

101 Marlon Byrd SP

102 Brandon Backe SP RC

103 Juan Cruz SP

104 Anderson Machado SP RC

105 So Taguchi SP RC

106 Dewon Brazelton SP

107 Josh Beckett SP

108 John Buck SP

109 Jorge Padilla SP RC

110 Hee Seop Choi SP

111 Angel Berroa SP

112 Mark Teixeira SP

113 Victor Martinez SP

114 Kazuhisa Ishii SP RC

115 Dennis Tankersley SP

116 Wilson Valdez SP RC

117 Antonio Perez SP

118 Ed Rogers SP

119 Wilson Betemit SP

120 Mike Rivera SP

121 Mark Prior SP


Retired Subset

122 Roberto Clemente SP

123 Roberto Clemente SP

124 Roberto Clemente SP

125 Roberto Clemente SP

126 Roberto Clemente SP

127 Babe Ruth SP

128 Ted Williams SP

129 Andre Dawson SP

130 Eddie Murray SP

131 Juan Marichal SP

132 Kirby Puckett SP

133 Alan Trammell SP

134 Bobby Doerr SP

135 Carlton Fisk SP

136 Eddie Mathews SP

137 Mike Schmidt SP

138 Catfish Hunter SP

139 Nolan Ryan SP

140 George Brett SP

141 Gary Carter SP

142 Paul Molitor SP

143 Lou Gehrig SP

144 Ryne Sandberg SP

145 Tony Gwynn SP

146 Ron Santo SP

147 Cal Ripken, Jr. SP

148 Al Kaline SP

149 Bo Jackson SP

150 Don Mattingly SP


Donruss The Rookies Series

151 Chris Snelling RC

152 Satoru Komiyama RC

153 Oliver Perez RC

154 Kirk Saarloos RC

155 Rene Reyes RC

156 Runelvys Hernandez RC

157 Rodrigo Rosario RC

158 Jason Simontacchi RC

159 Miguel Asencio RC

160 Aaron Cook RC


Parallels

Each card is available in the following framed parallels.

  • Bronze (white frame)
  • Silver (gray frame; Cards #1-150, serial-numbered to 400 copies; Cards #151-160, serial-numbered to 250)
  • Gold (black frame; serial-numbered to 100 copies)

Inserts

DK Originals

Each DK Original insert is serial-numbered to 1000 copies.

DK1 Alex Rodriguez

DK2 Kazuhisa Ishii

DK3 Pedro Martinez

DK4 Nomar Garciaparra

DK5 Albert Pujols

DK6 Chipper Jones

DK7 So Taguchi

DK8 Jeff Bagwell

DK9 Vladimir Guerrero

DK10 Derek Jeter

DK11 Sammy Sosa

DK12 Ichiro Suzuki

DK13 Barry Bonds

DK14 Jason Giambi

DK15 Mike Piazza


Heritage Collection

HC-1 Lou Gehrig

HC-2 Nolan Ryan

HC-3 Ryne Sandberg

HC-4 Ted Williams

HC-5 Roberto Clemente

HC-6 Mike Schmidt

HC-7 Roger Clemens

HC-8 Kirby Puckett

HC-9 Andre Dawson

HC-10 Carlton Fisk

HC-11 Don Mattingly

HC-12 Juan Marichal

HC-13 George Brett

HC-14 Bo Jackson

HC-15 Eddie Mathews

HC-16 Randy Johnson

HC-17 Alan Trammell

HC-18 Tony Gwynn

HC-19 Paul Molitor

HC-20 Barry Bonds

HC-21 Eddie Murray

HC-22 Catfish Hunter

HC-23 Rickey Henderson

HC-24 Cal Ripken, Jr.

HC-25 Babe Ruth


T204

This set is patterned after 1909 Ramly (a.k.a. T-204) and is serial-numbered to 1000 copies. The set shares the same 2" X 2 1/2" dimensions as the originals.

RC-1 Vladimir Guerrero

RC-2 Jeff Bagwell

RC-3 Barry Bonds

RC-4 Rickey Henderson

RC-5 Mike Piazza

RC-6 Derek Jeter

RC-7 Kazuhisa Ishii

RC-8 Ichiro Suzuki

RC-9 Chipper Jones

RC-10 Sammy Sosa

RC-11 Don Mattingly

RC-12 Shawn Green

RC-13 Nomar Garciaparra

RC-14 Luis Gonzalez

RC-15 Albert Pujols

RC-16 Cal Ripken, Jr.

RC-17 Todd Helton

RC-18 Hideo Nomo

RC-19 Alex Rodriguez

RC-20 So Taguchi

RC-21 Lance Berkman

RC-22 Tony Gwynn

RC-23 Roger Clemens

RC-24 Jason Giambi

RC-25 Ken Griffey, Jr.


Timeline

TL1 Lou Gehrig / Don Mattingly

TL2 Hideo Nomo / Ichiro Suzuki

TL3 Cal Ripken / Alex Rodriguez

TL4 Mike Schmidt / Scott Rolen

TL5 Ichiro Suzuki / Albert Pujols

TL6 Curt Schilling / Randy Johnson

TL7 Chipper Jones / Eddie Mathews

TL8 Lou Gehrig / Cal Ripken

TL9 Derek Jeter / Roger Clemens

TL10 Kazuhisa Ishii / So Taguchi


Autographs & Game-Used

Diamond Cuts

DC1 Vladimir Guerrero AU 400

DC2 Mark Prior AU 400

DC3 Victor Martinez AU 500

DC4 Marlon Byrd AU 500

DC5 Bud Smith AU 400

DC6 Joe Mays AU 500

DC7 Troy Glaus AU 500

DC8 Ron Santo AU 500

DC9 Roy Oswalt AU 500

DC10 Angel Berroa AU 500

DC11 Mark Buehrle AU 500

DC12 John Buck AU 500

DC13 Barry Larkin AU 250

DC14 Gary Carter AU 250

DC15 Mark Teixeira AU 300

DC16 Alan Trammell AU 500

DC17 Kazuhisa Ishii AU 100

DC18 Rafael Palmeiro AU 125

DC19 Austin Kearns AU 500

DC20 Joe Torre AU 125

DC21 J.D. Drew AU 400

DC22 So Taguchi AU 400

DC23 Juan Marichal AU 500

DC24 Bobby Doerr AU 500

DC25 Carlos Beltran AU 500

DC26 Robert Fick AU 500

DC27 Albert Pujols AU 200

DC28 Shannon Stewart AU 500

DC29 Antonio Perez AU 500

DC30 Wilson Betemit AU 500

DC31 Alex Rodriguez JSY 500

DC32 Curt Schilling JSY 500

DC33 George Brett JSY 300

DC34 Hideo Nomo JSY 100

DC35 Ivan Rodriguez JSY 500

DC36 Don Mattingly JSY 200

DC37 Joe Mays JSY 500

DC38 Lance Berkman JSY 400

DC39 Tony Gwynn JSY 500

DC40 Darin Erstad JSY 400

DC41 Adrian Beltre JSY 400

DC42 Frank Thomas JSY 500

DC43 Cal Ripken, Jr. JSY 300

DC44 Jose Vidro JSY 500

DC45 Randy Johnson JSY 300

DC46 Carlos Delgado JSY 500

DC47 Roger Clemens JSY 400

DC48 Luis Gonzalez JSY 500

DC49 Marlon Byrd JSY 500

DC50 Carlton Fisk JSY 500

DC51 Manny Ramirez JSY 500

DC52 Vladimir Guerrero JSY 500

DC53 Barry Larkin JSY 500

DC54 Aramis Ramirez JSY 500

DC55 Todd Helton JSY 300

DC56 Carlos Beltran JSY 250

DC57 Jeff Bagwell JSY 250

DC58 Larry Walker JSY 500

DC59 Al Kaline JSY 200

DC60 Chipper Jones JSY 500

DC61 Bernie Williams JSY 500

DC62 Bud Smith JSY 500

DC63 Edgar Martinez JSY 500

DC64 Pedro Martinez JSY 500

DC65 Andre Dawson JSY 200

DC66 Mike Piazza JSY 100

DC67 Barry Zito JSY 500

DC68 Bo Jackson JSY 300

DC69 Nolan Ryan JSY 400

DC70 Troy Glaus JSY 500

DC71 Jorge Posada JSY 500

DC72 Ted Williams JSY 100

DC73 Nomar Garciaparra JSY 500

DC74 Catfish Hunter JSY 100

DC75 Gary Carter JSY 500

DC76 Craig Biggio JSY 500

DC77 Andruw Jones JSY 500

DC78 Rickey Henderson JSY 300

DC79 Greg Maddux JSY 400

DC80 Kerry Wood JSY 500

DC81 Alex Rodriguez BAT 500

DC82 Don Mattingly BAT 425

DC83 Craig Biggio BAT 500

DC84 Kazuhisa Ishii BAT 375

DC85 Eddie Murray BAT 500

DC86 Carlton Fisk BAT 500

DC87 Tsuyoshi Shinjo BAT 500

DC88 Bo Jackson BAT 500

DC89 Eddie Mathews BAT 100

DC90 Chipper Jones BAT 500

DC91 Adam Dunn BAT 375

DC92 Tony Gwynn BAT 200

DC93 Kirby Puckett BAT 500

DC94 Andre Dawson BAT 500

DC95 Bernie Williams BAT 500

DC96 Roberto Clemente BAT 300

DC97 Babe Ruth BAT 100

DC98 Roberto Alomar BAT 500

DC99 Frank Thomas BAT 500

DC100 So Taguchi BAT 500


Recollection Collection

1 Roberto Alomar 1991 39

2 Johnny Bench 1983 4

3 Craig Biggio 1991 5

4 Wade Boggs 1984 6

5 Wade Boggs 1992 2

6 George Brett 1982 11

7 George Brett 1987 6

8 Rod Carew 1982 21

9 Steve Carlton 1983 10

10 Gary Carter 1982 4

11 Will Clark 1988 24

12 Carlton Fisk 1982 18

13 Carlton Fisk 1989 5

14 Andres Galarraga 1989 10

15 Nomar Garciaparra 2001 3

16 Tony Gwynn 1985 12

17 Tony Gwynn 1989 11

18 Orel Hershiser 1986 12

19 Bo Jackson 1990 5

20 Reggie Jackson 1983 2

21 Fred Lynn 1984 14

22 Fred Lynn 1987 28

23 Greg Maddux 2001 Retro "2000" 1

24 Edgar Martinez 1991 30

25 Don Mattingly 1985 12

26 Don Mattingly 1989 13

27 Paul Molitor 1988 18

28 Joe Morgan 1983 10

29 Eddie Murray 1984 8

30 Roy Oswalt 2001 RDK Black Ink 48

31 Roy Oswalt 2001 RDK Blue Ink 2

32 Jim Palmer 1983 14

33 Dave Parker 1982 11

34 Dave Parker 1991 2

35 Kirby Puckett 1987 23

36 Nolan Ryan 1990 COR 2

37 Nolan Ryan 1990 ERR 3

38 C.C. Sabathia 2001 RDK 23

39 Ryne Sandberg 1985 6

40 Ryne Sandberg 1991 15

41 Tom Seaver 1982 9

42 Ozzie Smith 1982 14

43 Ozzie Smith 1987 15

44 Frank Thomas 1992 3

45 Alan Trammell 1982 COR 14

46 Alan Trammell 1982 ERR 8

47 Alan Trammell 1988 110

48 Dave Winfield 1982 7

49 Dave Winfield 1987 15


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