Break – 1998 Pinnacle (hobby box) – big hit

This is the third Pinnacle box broken in the short life of this blog. The previous boxes were a display model (18 packs) and some sort of early blaster box (10 packs + 2 bonus). This is a straight-up hobby box with a hefty 20 packs. The box measures 8.75 x 5.25 x 1.25″ (L x W x D). It ran $20.50 on eBay ($13.55 auction close plus $6.95 shipping).

Just like the past two boxes, the packs contained have 10 cards.

Stats

base cards: 191 of 200 – 95.5% complete (4 duplicates)
Museum Collection (1:9): 2 of 100 – 2%
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): 1 of 2,272 – 0.04%

Some base cards with back variations

In the previous 1998 Pinnacle posts I have covered the base cards as much as is needed. On to the more interesting cards…

Inserts and parallels

There were no Spellbound or Artist’s Proofs in this box.

Hit It Here insert – H8 Mark McGwire

EPIX insert – E24 Eddie Murray Play Orange

Museum Collection – PP17 Bobby Jones

Museum Collection – MC33 Will Clark

Press Plates – 82 Front Cyan Doug Drabek

Comments

  • collation
    Like the other 1998 Pinnacle boxes, the collation was rigged to give as few duplicates as possible. The 200 cards in this box had 195 base cards and 5 inserts. The 195 base cards only had 4 duplicates.
  • card backs
    When I bought this box, I was toying with the idea of picking up a master base set. Cards 1 through 157 have three different back variations of home, away, and season stats. I wasn’t paying attention to the backs in the first box I broke. In the second box I found that every lousy pack had 5 away cards on top and 5 season cards on the bottom – not a single home card in the box. This box had two types of packs. One was like the previous box, just away and season stat backs (10 packs). The other had just home stat backed cards (10 packs). In total I had about twice as many home stat cards as the other two varieties in this box.
  • inserts
    What is there to say? This box coughed up a Press Plate. Drabek isn’t going to the Hall of Fame, but it’s still a great card to pull (1:1,250). The plate was packed in a soft sleeve. As for the other inserts, the Museum Collection cards all seem to have the full season stat back variation. I can’t complain with a Press Plate, but after three boxes, I still haven’t pulled an Artist’s Proof (1:39). One final note, each insert was the fifth card in the pack. Pinnacle seemed to put the big cards right in the middle of each pack.

Conclusion

I got a press plate. Very cool. That is a 1:1,250 hit – by far the toughest card I have pulled in the brief lifetime of this blog. Check out the back of the press plate – 1998 Pinnacle Series 1. Was Pinnacle planning a second series of this product? Did the demise of Pinnacle cut this product short? I think so, and I’ll do a post on that next week.

After three boxes of this product, I’m not inclined to hunt down a Power Pack box. Still, the press plate has made me feel a little cocky – like Lady Luck might be on my side again. My wallet says that the price had better be right.

Detailed list of pack contents

Back left stack (packs listed from top to bottom)
Pack 1: 173, 13, 111, 70, E24, 113, 82, 132, 58, 39
Pack 2: 139, 11, 178, 21, MC33, 87, 14, 110, 146, 176
Pack 3: 17, 105, 162, 61, 194, 152, 134, 187, 155, 32
Pack 4: 40, 197, 65, 49, 6, 60, 15, 115, 4, 121
Pack 5: 31, 169, 125, 140, 158, 183, 129, 18, 27, 90

Back right stack
Pack 1: 41, 52, 5, 127, 22, 20, 81, 9, 154, 64
Pack 2: 130, 185, 36, 159, 136, 94, 10, 7, 189, 161
Pack 3: 116, 97, 133, 59, 99, 102, 85, 53, 19, 137
Pack 4: 88, 37, 74, 153, plate, 107, 24, 163, 67, 66
Pack 5: 114, 3, 145, 68, 29, 38, 141, 191, 75, 160

Front left stack
Pack 1: 57, 135, 73, 63, 118, 48, 196, 174, 56, 124
Pack 2: 77, 45, 80, 119, 131, 72, 126, 164, 79, 168
Pack 3: 128, 179, 30, 165, MC17, 93, 138, 55, 112, 2
Pack 4: 156, 144, 1, 23, 122, 91, 120, 44, 123, 171
Pack 5: 51, 193, 8, 177, 95, 35, 101, 149, 46, 181

Front right stack
Pack 1: 106, 54, 86, 198, 192, 4, 121, 16, 192, 98
Pack 2: 172, 25, 96, 190, HH8, 108, 143, 180, 47, 34
Pack 3: 78, 100, 89, 71, 54, 151, 12, 184, 76, 42
Pack 4: 83, 150, 186, 200, 147, 148, 199, 84, 157, 43
Pack 5: 33, 142, 167, 104, 26, 62, 50, 28, 175, 103

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