I don’t think Dick Perez made the artwork for this 2019 Diamond King of Ohtani

In the heyday of baseball card production during the 1980s and 1990s, Dick Perez was renowned for contributing his paintings to the Diamond Kings subsets of Donruss. These pieces were known for their eccentric backgrounds, which complemented the vibrant portraits of baseball players. He worked on these Donruss cards from 1982 to 1996, as documented here.

Recently, I stumbled upon a Shohei Ohtani Diamond King card from the 2019 Donruss set.

The portrait bears a resemblance to Dick Perez’s style. The background exhibits a touch of Perez’s whimsy, although it lacks the boldness that Perez typically infused into his work. So, the question arises: who is the artist behind this piece? In the case of Perez’s Diamond Kings, his signature was always a prominent feature, making it clear that he was the creator.

I’d like to believe that this is a tribute to Dick Perez by another artist. However, without a signature to attribute the work, these cards seem to lose their unique character and appear more like generic portraits. If the artist’s signature were present on the card, it would lend authenticity to the work and distinguish it from mere attempts to imitate Perez’s distinctive style.

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