Here's a Black Diamond card from 2007-08:
Now, here's a Black Diamond card from 2008-09:
I can't show you a standard base card from 2009-10 or 2010-11 because I haven't purchased so much as a pack. In fact, I own just 27 total Black Diamond cards. I generally try to focus on the positive and post about what I like in the hobby, but I just really detest these sets. Year after year, the same dark, foil-covered abominations at a (relatively) high price point with few cards per pack. I'm sure someone can defend these sets in the comments and help me understand what's so great about them. After all, they keep making them year after year so clearly somebody's buying them.
I do have 3 Black Diamond cards that I actually do plan to keep...2 from my Sergei Fedorov collection...
...and this one that I picked up for 99 cents on eBay over a year ago:
Alright, so that last card is actually pretty cool. As a Whalers fan I absolutely couldn't resist a chance to pick up this card. It's not every day you encounter a Bobby Hull Whalers card.
My other 24 Black Diamond cards? I could do without them. Anyone want my 2008-09 Marian Hossa triple diamond?
Because I sure don't.
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