2018 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Variations

2018 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Variations

Mixing in nicknames, black-and-white photos, sepia photos, and artistic image swaps, the 2018 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball variations provide a detailed extension to the base set for legends such as Babe Ruth and surging rookies like Shohei Ohtani. In fact, Ohtani alone has eight different variations split between batting and hitting images.

The final 2018 Diamond Kings checklist revealed all 50 short print variations, which should average 1:6 packs, or two per Hobby box. On top of that, both the base set and variations have the same selection of parallels, which includes multiple Artist Proof and framed versions.

Trick to Spot the 2018 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Variations

According to information from Panini, there is a second way to determine the variations other than the image on the front. Using Shohei Ohtani as an example, every card back has a frame around the image and the square frame with the rounded interior apparently indicates the variations. Base cards go with a circle frame.

Base Back

Variation Back

At this point, we aren't sure if it applies across the whole lineup, but it's still worth noting.

Please be aware that images are being added as quickly as possible. Email us directly if you come across something that is missing.

The 2018 Diamond Kings variations checklist below offers a quick rundown of the choices, while the gallery under that provides side-by-side comparisons with each base and short print card.

2018 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Variations Checklist

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
35 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 Baseball Variations Gallery

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1 Babe Ruth - New York Yankees

Base 

Name Variation

2 Honus Wagner - Pittsburgh Pirates

Base 

Name Variation

2 Honus Wagner - Pittsburgh Pirates

Base 

Photo Variation

3 Stan Musial - St. Louis Cardinals

Base 

Photo Variation

4 Lou Gehrig - New York Yankees

Base 

Photo Variation

7 Mickey Mantle - New York Yankees

Base 

Name Variation

7 Mickey Mantle - New York Yankees

Base 

Photo Variation

8 Harry Hooper - Boston Red Sox

Base 

Photo Variation

9 Ted Williams - Boston Red Sox

Base 

Name Variation

9 Ted Williams - Boston Red Sox

Base 

Photo Variation

10 Joe Cronin - Boston Red Sox

Base 

Photo Variation

11 Joe DiMaggio - New York Yankees

Base 

Photo Variation

13 Lloyd Waner - Pittsburgh Pirates

Base 

Photo Variation

18 Paul Waner - Pittsburgh Pirates

Base 

Photo Variation

19 Roberto Clemente - Pittsburgh Pirates

Base 

Photo Variation

20 Roger Maris - New York Yankees

Base 

Photo Variation

23 Pee Wee Reese - Brooklyn Dodgers

Base 

Photo Variation

25 Ernie Banks - Chicago Cubs

Base 

Name Variation

25 Ernie Banks - Chicago Cubs

Base 

Photo Variation

27 Lefty Gomez - New York Yankees

Base 

Photo Variation (bigger glove)

28 Jackie Robinson - Brooklyn Dodgers

Base 

Photo Variation

30 Joe Jackson - Chicago White Sox

Base 

Photo Variation

35 Ty Cobb - Detroit Tigers

Base 

Photo Variation

49 Frank Thomas - Chicago White Sox

Base 

Name Variation

65 Francisco Lindor - Cleveland Indians

Base 

Sepia Variation

69 Jose Altuve - Houston Astros

Base 

Sepia Variation

70 Mike Trout - Los Angeles Angels

Base 

Sepia Variation

73 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels (Pitching)

Base 

B/W Variation

73 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels (Pitching)

Base 

Name Variation

73 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels (Pitching)

Base 

Photo Variation

73 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels (Pitching)

Base 

Sepia Variation

76 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels (Batting)

Base 

B/W Variation

76 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels (Batting)

Base 

Name Variation

76 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels (Batting)

Base 

Photo Variation

76 Shohei Ohtani - Los Angeles Angels (Batting)

Base 

Sepia Variation

78 Bryce Harper - Washington Nationals

Base 

Sepia Variation

79 Buster Posey - San Francisco Giants

Base 

Sepia Variation

80 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees

Base 

Name Variation

80 Aaron Judge - New York Yankees

Base 

Sepia Variation

81 Andrew Benintendi - Boston Red Sox

Base 

Sepia Variation

82 Cody Bellinger - Los Angeles Dodgers

Base 

Sepia Variation

100 Victor Robles - Washington Nationals

Base 

B/W Variation

104 Rafael Devers - Boston Red Sox

Base SP

B/W Variation

105 Francisco Mejia - Cleveland Indians

Base SP

B/W Variation

108 Walker Buehler - Los Angeles Dodgers

Base SP

B/W Variation

116 Amed Rosario - New York Mets

Base SP

B/W Variation

117 Clint Frazier - New York Yankees

Base SP

B/W Variation

118 Miguel Andujar - New York Yankees

Base SP

B/W Variation

121 Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies

Base SP

B/W Variation

136 Nolan Ryan - Houston Astros

Base SP

Name Variation

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User Comments

  1. I pulled an Ohtani card No. 145 with him hitting from the left side. Does not show in your guide. An SSP, perhaps?

  2. Card #145 is the high-number base short print. Only #73 and #76 have variations.

  3. The Honus Wagner and Lou Gherig variation photo are the same. It think the Lou Gherig one is incorrect – that doesnt look like him.

  4. I have found a few dozen base cards that are glossy on front and back. These appear similar to the non-canvas Diamond King variations from years ago. All these glossy cards came from one batch of boxes. I have seen dozens of boxes opened and have not seen any of these cards other than from this specific batch. Any info?

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