Break – 1998 Pinnacle (blaster box)

I’ve opened  a 1998 Pinnacle box before, so there is no reason to go through a full preview post again. If you’re interested, here is the original 1998 Pinnacle preview. This is a different box style. The previous box was some kind of display format. This one is an early blaster box – 10 packs plus 2 bonus. The retail price of $29.99 is printed directly on the box. On eBay this box set me back $14.99 – $4.99 auction price plus $10.00 shipping.

The box itself is kind of big [9 x 5 5/8 x 1 5/8″ (LxWxD)] for just twelve packs. I opened it up to find that about half the volume is a sheet of styrofoam. Men and women sometimes stuff their underwear in various places to impress others. Pinnacle stuffs its boxes.

The packs are just like the previous box – 10 cards per pack. Let’s start ripping…

Stats

base cards: 117 of 200 – 59% complete (1 duplicate)
Museum Collection (1:9): 0 of 100 – 0%
Spellbound (1:17): 0 of 50 – 0%
Hit It Here (1:17): 1 of 10 – 10%
EPIX (1:19): 1 of 24 – 5%
Artist’s Proofs (1:39): 0 of 100 – 0%
Press Plates (1:1,250): 0 of 2,272 – 0%

Some base cards with back variations

I already did a full discussion of the cards of this set in my previous 1998 Pinnacle break post. Here are just a couple samples of base cards.

1 – Tony Gwynn (with full season stats back)

9 – Barry Larkin (with away stats back)

Inserts and parallels

There were no Museum Collection, Spellbound, or Press Plate inserts in this box.

Hit It Here insert – H5 Barry Bonds

EPIX insert – E20 Andruw Jones Play Orange

Comments

  • collation
    I can’t complain about collation. The box had 120 cards. Two were inserts, leaving 118 base cards. Of those 118 cards, 117 were different. That’s 58.5% of the base set.
  • card backs
    I wasn’t tuned into the backs of the cards very well for my first break. Since then I decided to maybe put together a master back set. Toward that end, this box was a major disappointment. This box only contained away and season stat backs – not a single home stat in the entire box. Even more interesting (or not at all) is that the first five cards in each pack were away backs. The last five cards were season stats. Not very random. From the last box I thought that the season stats might be twice as common as the other two variations. Now I’m guessing that is right. Half of every pack is season stats. The other half is either away or home. Just a theory.
  • inserts
    I felt a little shorted on this box. I was hoping to find at least one Museum Collection insert in this box. Also, after 30 total packs I still haven’t pulled my first Artist’s Proofs (1:39). The Hit It Here cards were part of a contest. The tie breaker was the serial number on the back of the card. On eBay you often see these cards being sold as a serial numbered insert. That’s not exactly the intent of the serial number. Regardless, sellers often list these as being numbered up to 10,000. The number on my Bonds card is 15,880. Clearly these go over 10,000, but I don’t know what the top end is.

Conclusion

If feel like I’m starting to gain some expertise in 1998 Pinnacle now. The collation is great as long as you’re just looking at the card fronts. The backs are another story. It is enough to make me reconsider whether I want to go after the various backs.

Detailed list of pack contents

Top left stack (packs listed from top to bottom)
Pack 1: 42, 199, 148, 84, 157, 23, 122, 41, 52, 5
Pack 2: 31, 125, 169, 140, H5, 181, 94, 10, 7, 189
Pack 3: 43, 20, 195, 72, 126, 127, 22, 116, 97, 133

Top right stack
Pack 1: 153, 173, 13, 111, 70, 93, 138, 55, 112, 2
Pack 2: 151, 12, 184, 76, E20, 80, 131, 156, 144, 1
Pack 3: 17, 105, 162, 61, 194, 35, 101, 149, 161, 46

Bottom left stack
Pack 1: 44, 81, 154, 9, 64, 29, 68, 139, 11, 178
Pack 2: 33, 142, 167, 104, 57, 134, 152, 187, 155, 32
Pack 3: 102, 85, 53, 19, 166, 21, 40, 197, 65, 49

Bottom right stack
Pack 1: 158, 109, 104, 69, 170, 107, 24, 163, 67, 66
Pack 2: 164, 79, 168, 91, 120, 59, 99, 114, 3, 145
Pack 3: 117, 172, 25, 96, 190, 113, 82, 132, 58, 39

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