- Card Design:
Want another higher end hit-only product? Here is another one: Topps Diamond Icons. Another product with just a few cards per box (10-cards) and all consisting of Autos and Relics. Each card has a sharp design (it should for $2200 per hobby box) with the gold Diamond Icons logo at the top of the card and the player name and team at the bottom of the card also in gold lettering. The background color of the card matches the color of the parallel and backdrops an action shot of the player.
- Checklist Review:
Diamond Icons does not have a traditional checklist since it is only Autos and Relics. Each 10-card hobby box consists of 7 Autos, 2 Auto Relics and 1 Relic card. As with any other product, Diamond Icons does consist of current stars, recent stars and Hall of Famers to chase.
Like many higher end products, the term collectability can better be defined with another word: keeper. There are some who will open this or jump in a break and get an Auto or Relic that they will cherish because it fits their team or player PC or it fits the bill to stay in their collection. I am afraid there are more folks out there that will get their hands on one of the coveted pieces and either are only in it for the flip or the market dictates that you have to move on from it for a nice profit.
- Favorite Parallel/Insert Set:
There are some Parallels in Diamond Icons but since there is no Base, those Parallels that are found will be those with Autos or Relics. Look for Purple (numbered to 10), Red (numbered to 5) and Gold (numbered 1/1). Also, there are no true Insert sets in Diamond Icons.
Welcome to the Diamond Icons wheelhouse as this is what the set consists of. From an Autos standpoint, there are 6 sets available to chase: Autos (89-card set numbered to 25 or less with Purple, Red and Gold Parallels), Cut Signatures (135-card set numbered to 4 with Gold Parallels), Red Ink Signatures (62-card set numbered to 25 or less with Purple, Red and Gold Parallels), Diamond Icons Autos (46-card set numbered to 25 or less with Purple, Red and Gold Parallels), Silver Ink Autos (35-card set numbered to 25 or less with Purple, Red and Gold Parallels) and Immortal Cut Signatures (22-card set numbered 1/1). There are 5 true Relic sets: Player Relics (53-card set numbered to 10 with Red and Gold Parallels), Preeminent Pieces (22-card set numbered to 10 with Spikes 1/1 Parallels), MLB Batter Log Patches (35-card set all numbered 1/1), Dual Player Relic Books (13-card set numbered to 10 with Red and Gold Parallels) and Diamond Relics (12-card set numbered to 5 with Gold Parallels).
There are also 8 sets that are a combination of Autos and Relics: Autographed Relics (46-card set numbered to 10 or less with Red and Gold Parallels), Autographed Jumbo Patches (40-card set numbered to 25 or less with Purple, Red and Gold Parallels), Autographed Diamond Relics (16-card set numbered to 10 or less with Gold Parallels), Dual Autographed Diamond Relic Books (16-card set numbered to 3 with Gold Parallels), Dual Player Autographed Relics (11-card set numbered to 10 or less with Red and Gold Parallels), Autographed Dual Relics (8-card set numbered to 10 or less with Red and Gold Parallels), Autographed Preeminent Pieces (8-card set numbered to 3 with Gold Parallels) and Dual Team Autographed Relics (8-card set numbered to 10 or less with Red and Gold Parallels).
Diamond Icons is another purely chase product. It is for those looking to flip that only want a hit to move on from for a profit or might keep it because it might fit in their PC. I would venture to say it would be tough to find a collector building a set of this or many other big-time chase products like Diamond Icons. Look to dip in the Diamond Icons pool but not really stay in to swim for a while.
Overall Score 3.69/5.00