Show and Tell #58: They Were Diamond Kings?

I received a bunch of Diamond Kings toward my project to collect all the DKs from 1982-1992 from Mike D. When I looked at some of the cards I was struck with the feeling "they were a Diamond King?"

I love the confetti design but Diamond King worthy? In 1986, Rhoden was 15-12 but who else are you going to have from the Pirates?

1987 Donruss #10 Rick Rhoden Diamond Kings

Mike's 1989 record was 18-7 which is definitely Diamond King worthy. After that great year he had mostly forgettable seasons with the Braves, Indians, Braves again, Angels, and the Braves one more time.

1990 Donruss #9 Mike Bielecki Diamond Kings

Jeff's 1987 record was 9-6 which isn't too shabby for a rookie pitcher. His '88 record improved to 13-6 but by the end of 1992 season Jeff would be out of the majors.

1988 Donruss #18 Jeff Robinson Diamond Kings

Who doesn't love Glenn Hubbard and his appearance on possibly the greatest card ever [or just check out Cardboard Junkie's masthead image]. But a Diamond King...really? Glenn's '87 season was pretty lackluster batting .264 with five home runs and 38 RBIs. He did lead the National League in assists though.

1988 Donruss #22 Glenn Hubbard Diamond Kings

I think I can honestly say that I have never heard of Ed Whitson. Which is surprising since he had cards out during my initial card collecting days and I had stacks and stacks of 1990 Donruss. Ed was 16-11 in '89 and had an impressive 2.66 ERA.

1990 Donruss #26 Ed Whitson Diamond Kings


mike said…
Good post, glad I could help. I bet if you put an ad up on your page, someone would be able to come up with the rest of those DKs. I took out the 5000 count boxes from the closet floor and made my way through the Germany-Uruguay game finding your stacks. Continued success!!!