Friday, May 28, 2010
1998 Pinnacle Mint Collection
Okay, its time for another oversized pack break from your friend the Troll… This rip is of 1998 Pinnacle Mint. I believe these were a hobby exclusive and were pretty pricey back then. The oversized pack promises 3 cards and 1 minted coin. I had bought a pack of this a few years back so I should have known what I was in for, but one of the thrills of having no short term memory is that everyday is full of surprises! Here is what I got… The packaging is oversized, but it turns out the cards are normal card size. First out is card #30 of Scott Rolen the heir to Mike Schmidt’s throne in Philadelphia. This one is a Minted Rookies and has an embossed Phillies logo in bronze on it. Next up is #10 of the mulletted Mariner Randy Johnson. The third card is #16 of Yankees starter Andy Pettitte. This card lacks the bronze embossed logo that the other two cards had; rather it has a 1.25” hole in it instead. Next is an oversized checklist showing the 30 base cards and the 7 different chase programs. It’s a little weird to make a whole pack oversized just to accommodate a checklist, but Pinnacle was into the weird. The final card out of the pack was also oversized. It is a solid black, no photos, 3” by 5” card with the Pinnacle Mint Logo in the center and a 1-1/4” coin glued to it. The coin in question is of Tigers first baseman Tony Clark. Even though I don’t get to keep any of these I was hoping for a more exciting coin. I could have pulled Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn, Chipper Jones or Ken Griffey Jr. Oh well. To give a size comparison here is the coin I pulled myself last year of Mo Vaughn compared against a silver dollar, half dollar and a quarter. The Pinnacle coin is .050 larger than a half dollar. This was the only pack of Mint that I had but it IS part of the 2010 CT Group Break! Thanks for reading. This hobby is habit forming. Go Rays! Troll out.