I pulled a pretty rare black refractor from my two packs of 2014 Heritage the other day, thus I saved the Donruss packs I purchased at the same time for another day's post. Today is that day!
Mr. Puig, here, isn't as rare as a serial numbered card to /65, but he does have his own number:132/319. He's super shiny, which I'm normally a fan of, but all all the other Diamond Kings in my collection are anything but shiny. It just seems wrong.
Speaking of things that aren't quite right... I know this has been stated before on the Blogosphere, but I wish the Diamond Kings were painted. I realize Dick Perez, the original artist, probably wasn't available/interested, but there are plenty of other artists out there looking for work.
Below are a couple of images I stole from eBay so you can compare:
The sides of the cards remind me quite a bit of the 1987 version. Bo knows what I'm talking about.
The logo used on the 2014 product is from the early '80s. Outside of those two details, there isn't a whole heck of a lot I can place.
The checklist features some retired players, which I definitely like. Nomaaaah! And the Big Hurt!
I pulled a couple of Yankees. Normally, I don't post players from the Evil Empire, but I liked Rivera and I almost miss Soriano. Again, I said, "almost."
The backs of the cards are similar to previous iterations of Donruss as well. Let's take a look at Bo again:
And here's your 2014 version. The blue backs were done in 1988 and 1991 if my memory is correct.
In some ways, I can see a pretty easy comparison of this set to Topps Archives. Archives takes "the best" from a series of Topps sets and makes a nice little compilation set. This version of Donruss, produced by Panini, is in the same fold for sure. Albeit, without the logos. Sigh.