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Pack – 1996 Denny’s

Beckett Set Notes (from set page)

“This 28-card set was produced by Pinnacle for Denny’s and features a star player from each of the Major League baseball teams. The fronts feature a full motion hologram player image. The backs carry player information. By ordering anything on the menu, a customer could buy two packs. Each Denny’s also sponsored a drawing to win all 48 cards (the regular set and both insert sets).”

Pack Contents

1 card


$0.25 (part of a large group of packs picked up at a show)


This blue foil pack was irresistible in a bargain bin at a local show.  Somehow I resisted buying the 50 or so that were in the box.

Insert / Parallel List

Grand Slam inserts – 10 cards – 1:56 packs
Artist’s Proofs inserts – 10 cards – 1:360 packs


13 – Barry Larkin (front and back)

information card


At one time I had a bunch of rules on what I considered to be a set.  This Denny’s pack would not have made the grade.  I’m glad I got over those rules.

As Beckett tells us, these packs could be bought if you ate food at Denny’s.  You’d think they’d throw then in as a promo, but apparently you had to buy them.  With 28 cards per set, that’s a lot of French toast to get a full set.  What kills me is that this issue included insert sets.  The Artist’s Proofs are inserted at a rate of 1:360.  Scarce inserts just don’t seem to fit with the distribution of these cards.

Enough about the particulars of this set, the cards themselves contain a holographic image.  If you get the light just right (no easy task), then you are treated to a color motion clip of the player featured on the card.  Getting the light correct is pretty hard – so hard, in fact, that each pack includes a special instruction card.  The instructions do not say anything about patience or luck.  This is a serious omission in my opinion.

Other 1996 Denny’s pack rips or box breaks

Pack Rip by A Pack To Be Named Later


Pack – 1996 Topps 2

Beckett Set Notes (verbatim from Beckett pack page)

This set consists of 440 standard-size cards. These cards were issued in 12-card foil packs with a suggested retail price of $1.29. The fronts feature full-color photos surrounded by a white background. Information on the backs includes a player photo, season and career stats and text. First series subsets include Star Power (1-6, 8-12), Draft Picks (13-26), AAA Stars (101-104), and Future Stars (210-219). A special Mickey Mantle card was issued as card number 7 (his uniform number) and became the last card to be issued as card number 7 in the Topps brand set. Rookie Cards in this set include Sean Casey, Geoff Jenkins and Daryle Ward.

Pack Contents

12 cards


$0.88 (part of a group of packs bought off eBay)


This is a nice, shiny foil pack.

Insert / Parallel List (taken from pack)

Mickey Mantle Finest – 1:18 packs
Finest Refractor – 1:144 packs
Profiles – 1:12 cards


289 – Roberto Alomar
314 – Andy Benes

396 – Ricky Bones
316 – Jim Bullinger

245 – Brian Buchanan (front and back)

392 – Norm Charlton (front and back)

418 – Shawn Green
255 – Charlie Hayes

414 – Ken Hill
353 – Bob Wolcott

318 – Greg Maddux (front and back)

233 – Craig Wilson (front and back)


What is wrong with me? I just can’t seem to like most of Topps designs. These cards just don’t do a thing for me. For the most part they’re pretty bland – not great but nothing to really dislike either. The only serious flaw I see is the goofball slanty picture in a blue shaded trapezoid. The gold foil name over the same blue background is also a dud. Unless the card is held at the right angle, the name is hard to read. Features like this are OK in a tricked out parallel or insert, but not a base card.

Here’s what really chafes me about these cards – I’ve lost them. Since scanning them, I can’t put my hands on them. All I can do is say how much they suck, and then it bothers me that I can find them. Stupid.

25 Years of Baseball ripped a pack of 1996 Topps 2 back in 2009. I’m guessing that others have ripped one of these packs, but that’s the only one I could find with a quick Yahoo! search.