The Diamond Kings are also available as box toppers; a 25-card jumbo set is found one per box. This is not a parallel of the regular set, although some players appear in both sets. Signed versions of 24 cards are available. Not all 25?
Next is Game Gear, the lone relic set. There are 50 cards in the set, which has a very simple but still appealing design. Almost all the cards in the relic set have a Game Gear Prime parallel version, usually serial numbered to 25.
With a design that reminds me of 1991, just with more color, the No-No's insert set has 10 cards which feature specific no hitters. As you might expect, Nolan Ryan is part of this series, but so is Dwight Gooden and Homer Bailey. Some of the players on the list pitched perfect games.
A set that reminds me a lot of my first collecting days is the 30-card Team MVP insert. They use the simple design of the 1989 Donruss set. It's not my favorite, by any means, but it is a usually pleasant design. Of course, if you have a dresser drawer full of them the design gets dull very quickly.
Last for the inserts, with a somewhat-1988ish border design, The Rookies is back in this 16 card set. It's not as true to the 1988 design as others are to their years, as the '88 set had horizontal and parallel lines with some black mixed in.
Beckett lists 39 different buyback autograph subjects that were randomly inserted in packs, appearing to be numbered between 3 and 86 copies each.
Overall, I like the set. Let's face it, this is a throwback set. And I'm okay with that. I hope that in the future, Panini goes one of two ways. It can move forward, and turn this into its flagship baseball brand, expanding the size of the base set, but I would like for it to drop the throwback edge if they do. Or they can keep it as a throwback set, reusing or re-imagining old designs and keeping the set small. I'd hope if that was the case they bring back Score or another brand to create a full 600+ card set with purely active players. Actually, if Panini could secure an MLB license, that would be a great time to bring back Leaf for a high-quality photo based issue.
As for this Donruss issue, the not-quite-reprint throwback style works for my taste. I have the base set purchased already (without SPs). I collect Diamond Kings so those will be on my want list. It's probably going to be impossible to finish, but I'd like the box toppers too. Panini inserts are difficult to come by in Japan, otherwise I'd probably add several of the other sets to my collection as well! I am really hoping to find a bunch of these cards somewhere in my travels around Tokyo in the next few weeks.