A tribute to the 2002 Donruss Diamond Kings set


Bench Warmer
2002 Donruss Diamond Kings was the inaugural issue
of a set dedicated solely to artists portraits of MLB
players. While the Diamond Kings had existed since
1982, this was the first release that was issued as
a complete set. It was by anyone's standard a small
set, 150 cards (160 with the update released 5 months
later in December 2002).

There were 6 artists contracted to portray the players
featured in the set.

Don Adair
Ron Adair (identical twins!)
Mark Chickinelli
Frank Scicchitano
Mike Schroeder
Mark Turnes

Here is my small tribute to Donruss and these fine
artists . . .

More in the next post . . .

Collect Hard!,


Bench Warmer

At this point in time, I have had the pleasure to acquire:

All 150 base cards and short prints (101-150) in multiple quantities
All 10 of the Update set (issued in Dec. 2002) in multiple quantities
All subsets, Heritage, Timeline, T 204's et al.
All 150 + 10 card Update Bronze (not numbered, but 5-6 per box), Silver (#'d to 400) & Gold (#'d to 100) Parallels and here is where it gets a little scary!
All 100 Diamond Cut Collection, 30 Autographs (from Vlad to Pujols), 50 jerseys and 20 bats (including Ruth & Clemente)
15 of the 48 Recollection Collection Diamond Kings Buy backs (on-card autographs numbered ridiculously low). These are by far the toughest cards from this glorius set.
2 of the original 2002 Diamond Kings Paintings- Soriano & Kerry Wood
3 1 of 1's from the 2002 Chicago National Sports Collectors Convention
Nolan Ryan 1 of 1 GU Jersey Card
Bo Jackson 1 of 1 GU Jersey Card
Curt Schilling 1 of 1 GU Jersey Card

90 Different Silver Beckett Sample Cards
41 Different Gold Beckett Sample Cards
46 Bronze Foil Chicago NSSC Cards #'d to 5 + 6 Dupes (can't very well call them dupes when they are foil stamped to 5) 3 Hildago's, 2 Ramirez's & 2 Dewon Brazelton's
44 Hawaii Trade Conference ( The Hawaii Trade Conference show used to be owned by Kit Young, the finest vintage baseball card collector and salesman on this planet, the show has since been sold to Krause Publishing (Tuff-Stuff).
59 #'d Hawaii Trade Conference cards#'d to 20 or less
Unopened pack of Hawaii Trade Conference cards.

Thanks for the looks & Collect Hard!,


Mr. Baseball
Staff Member
Wow! That is a sweet collection.


TP9 | VC15
Staff Member
Richard, words cannot explain how amazingly incredible that collection is. I also LOVE this set. It almost makes me want to collect baseball cards. :p


Bench Warmer

Richard, do ever see any of the buybacks on ebay of forums?

I used to keep an eye out for the Recollection Collection Auto's
from the set when I was hard-core addicted to eBay. I burnt out
real bad, especially after we closed Steve's Collectibles.

I appreciate the nods folks but these fine artists and
Donruss are the ones that deserve the accolades.

God, I miss Donruss!

Collect Hard!,