2018 Panini Diamond Kings Variations Gallery and What to Look For

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The 2018 Panini Diamond Kings variations are big in number and they cover several fronts. All told, there are 50 different cards that bring things like different photos, color changes and name swaps.

2018 Diamond Kings Variations

With two landing in every hobby box, 2018 Diamond Kings variations shouldn’t be too hard to find. But they’re probably not as plentiful as the ones found in 2018 Donruss Baseball.

The 2018 Diamond Kings variations fall under four categories: Photo, Name, Black and White, and Sepia.

2018 Panini Diamond Kings Photo Variations

The Photo Variations in 2018 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball are standard fair. The concept is a simple one. Put the base card and the variation side-by-side and you’ll see the images are different.

The checklist for these is mostly retired legends. The only active player is Shohei Ohtani. Both of his base cards, pitching and hitting, are in all four of the variation groupings.

Name Variations

2018 Diamond Kings Name Variations don’t change the image. Rather, the difference is in the nameplate. Variations replace the player’s name with a nickname or saying that they’re famous for.

For Ohtani’s pitching card, it shows Japanese Kanji script.

Sepia/Black and White Variations

The approach for both the Sepia and the Black and White variations is the same, although the end result is a little different.

These cards jump out quickly due to the coloring of the image. The photos are switched up as well, but it’s the color that’s most noticeable.




Black and White cards are all rookies while Sepia cards are mainly veterans.

Parallels

In addition to the base versions, all 2018 Diamond Kings variations come with several levels of parallels. These match those found in the base set:


Artist Proof Red
Blue Frame
Red Frame
Artist Proof Gold – /99
Gray Frame – /99


Brown Frame – /49
Artist Proof Blue – /25
Green Frame – /5
Artist Proof Masterpiece – 1/1
Black Frame – 1/1


2018 Diamond Kings Variations Checklist

Here’s a master list of all the 2018 Diamond Kings variations for quick reference. If you’re looking for a specific card, click on the links to see what’s on eBay.


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
34 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


2018 Diamond Kings Variations Gallery

Use the tabs to navigate between the various variation types. We’ll be adding images to fill in the gaps until it’s complete.

Photo

2018 Diamond Kings Baseball Photo Variations

2 Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates


Photo Variation – swinging


Base – holding bat up


3 Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals


Photo Variation – batting stance


Base – swinging


4 Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees


Photo Variation – swinging


Base – batting stance


7 Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees


Photo Variation – swinging, grass in background


Base – batting stance, stands in background


8 Harry Hooper, Boston Red Sox


Photo Variation – looking up


Base – looking down


9 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox


Photo Variation – gray jersey


Base – white jersey


10 Joe Cronin, Boston Red Sox


Photo Variation – black cap


Base – blue cap


11 Joe DiMaggio, New York Yankees


Photo Variation – gray uniform


Base – white uniform


13 Lloyd Waner, Pittsburgh Pirates


Photo Variation – blue cap


Base – black cap


18 Paul Waner, Pittsburgh Pirates


Photo Variation – grass in background, looking to left of card


Base – no grass in background, facing right of card


19 Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates


Photo Variation – smiling, gray jersey


Base – white jersey


20 Roger Maris, New York Yankees


Photo Variation – turned to side


Base – facing front


23 Pee Wee Reese, Brooklyn Dodgers


Photo Variation – fielding


Base – batting


25 Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs


Photo Variation – pinstripe jersey


Base – dugout and crowd in background


27 Lefty Gomez, New York Yankees


Photo Variation – glove fully visible


Base – glove partially visible


28 Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Dodgers


Photo Variation – facing forward, TV 9 sign in background


Base – swinging


30 Joe Jackson, Chicago White Sox


Photo Variation – batting stance


Base – looking up


34 Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers


Photo Variation – bat upright


Base – swinging, pinstripe jersey


73 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Photo Variation – knee up


Base – straight arm


76 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Photo Variation – batting stance


Base – swinging


Name

2018 Diamond Kings Baseball Name Variations

1 Babe Ruth, New York Yankees


Name Variation – The Sultan of Swat


Base – Babe Ruth


2 Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates


Name Variation – The Flying Dutchman


Base – Honus Wagner


7 Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees


Name Variation – The Mick


Base – Mickey Mantle


9 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox


Name Variation – Splendid Splinter


Base – Ted Williams


25 Ernie Banks, Chicago Cubs


Name Variation – Let’s Play Two


Base – Ernie Banks


49 Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox


Name Variation – The Big Hurt


Base – Frank Thomas


73 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Name Variation – Kanji


Base – Shohei Ohtani


76 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Name Variation – Japanese Babe Ruth


Base – Shohei Ohtani


80 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


Name Variation – All Rise


Base – Aaron Judge


136 Nolan Ryan, Houston Astros


Name Variation – The Ryan Express


Base – Nolan Ryan


Black & White

2018 Diamond Kings Baseball Black and White Variations

73 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Black and White Variation


Base


76 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Black and White Variation


Base


100 Victor Robles, Washington Nationals


Black and White Variation


Base


104 Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox


Black and White Variation


Base


105 Francisco Mejia, Cleveland Indians


Black and White Variation


Base


108 Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers


Black and White Variation


Base


116 Amed Rosario, New York Mets


Black and White Variation


Base


117 Clint Frazier, New York Yankees


Black and White Variation


Base


118 Miguel Andujar, New York Yankees


Black and White Variation


Base


121 Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies


Black and White Variation


Base


Sepia

2018 Diamond Kings Baseball Sepia Variations

65 Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians


Sepia Variation


Base


69 Jose Altuve, Houston Astros


Sepia Variation


Base


70 Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels


Sepia Variation


Base


73 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Sepia Variation


Base


76 Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels


Sepia Variation


Base


78 Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals


Sepia Variation


Base


79 Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants


Sepia Variation


Base


80 Aaron Judge, New York Yankees


Sepia Variation


Base


81 Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox


Sepia Variation


Base


82 Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers


Sepia Variation


Base


Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks or by email.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

2 comments

  1. Curtis Page 15 June, 2018 at 00:21

    If i find an error on a card in the diamond king where do i find out if it.is one. Thanks

    • Ryan Cracknell 15 June, 2018 at 18:08

      @Curtis – It depends what it is. If it’s something like a typo, the set has not had any corrections.

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