Found March 13, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
Despite their popularity among fans, Donruss's Diamond Kings subset (and later, insert set) wasn't included in the company's debut set in 1981. The '81 Donruss set was riddled with errors, and missed out on some of the key rookie cards of the year, like Kirk Gibson and Fernando Valenzuela. But then again, it was the first baseball set that the company had ever made, and these errors were expected. 1982 brought more innovations to Donruss, including one that would become the company's hallmark during its existence: the Diamond Kings. The Diamond Kings were designed to highlight the best players in the league, and instead of the typical posed shot of the player that populated nearly all baseball cards up to that point in time, the Diamond Kings featured paintings done by artist Dick Perez. The cards immediately were a hit with collectors, and were a hallmark of the company until 1996. In this piece (and one more coming tomorrow), and I'm going to look at the ...
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