Preview – 1997 Pinnacle X-Press

Beckett Set Notes (verbatim from Beckett set page)

The 1997 Pinnacle X-Press set was issued in one series totalling 150 cards and was distributed in two different kinds of packs. The eight-card packs retailed for $1.99. X-Press Metal Works home plate-shaped retail boxes carried a suggested retail price of $14.99 and contained an eight-card regular pack along with a master deck that had eight more cards, plus one Metal Works card. The set contains the topical subsets: Rookies (116-137), Peak Performers (138-147), and Checklists (148-150).”

Box Contents

24 packs with 8 cards per pack


cannot remember, probably around $15 off eBay


Pinnacle was really feeling its oats in 1997.  It was supporting a number of brands – from Pinnacle, Score, and Select to Zenith and New Pinnacle.  This set was kind of an update set for the flagship brand.  The box clearly makes a fuss about documenting McGwire’s trade from Oakland to St. Louis.  While this is a hobby box, I don’t think the retail boxes are any different in terms of contents.

The packs are the same as the box.

Insert / Parallel List (taken from Beckett)

Far and Away – 18 cards – 1:19 (insert)
Melting Pot – 20 cards – 1:288 (insert)
Men of Summer – 150 cards – 1:7 (parallel)
Swing for the Fences – 60 cards – 1:2 (insert)


Ever since reading about Pinnacle product on the now-defunct Wax Heaven blog, I have thought highly of Pinnacle products.  Nothing about this product really stands out as earth shattering, but I’m still looking forward to it.  X-Press looks like a classic brand – modest base set of 150 cards, a parallel, and a few inserts.  It sounds like a winning formula.

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