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Diamond Kings take to the basketball court in June by Chris Olds

The famed line of Diamond Kings paintings cards, which Donruss debuted in 1982 have had a rich and memorable place in the hobby but they’ve never hit the basketball court.

Until now.

Panini America unveiled on Monday plans for 2009-10 Court Kings, a high-end art-driven basketball set that will arrive on June 2 packing 11 cards per pack and a $100-per pack suggested retail price.

Each pack will include four autograph or memorabilia cards (a minimum of one autograph), three base cards  (all limited to 325) one bronze parallel, one 5×7 Box Topper and three other cards.

Among the highlights for this one? Redemptions for one of 120 16×20 lithographs signed by Panini spokesman Kobe Bryant.

See more after the jump.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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Is this set really needed?

Comment by John Bateman

Hey John, you’re probably one of the people who like the idea of only one company making cards for a particular sport, and now Panini is the only company making basketball and you’re questioning a gorgeous-looking product like this? Thanks for contributing to the ruin of the hobby.

Comment by Jeremy Morrison

A great looking card. At that price a man could get killed for a box of cards. Prices like that can create blackmarkets. Shop owners invest in some old fashioned security.

Comment by Randy Hampton




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