There was once a time when Pinnacle Brands products flowed through my collector veins. I was the ultimate Pinnace Brands fan, blogging about them over and over again. To me, they could do no wrong. With the amount of traffic the original Wax Heaven was pulling in, I believe I helped get them back on card shelves. What and how Panini America did with their 2013 comeback, is their own business.
That being said, it was heartbreaking to see Pinnacle Brands file for bankruptcy in 1998, leaving behind new cards and ideas to perish. Thankfully, and I say that without sarcasm, someone or some people were smart enough to take home at least a few cards. I don’t condone theft but for baseball card history, 1998 Pinnacle Brands cards NEED to see the light of day and thanks to eBay, they have.
One such card is this 1998 Select ‘Numbers’ insert which looks like any card you would have pulled out of a pack of 1998 baseball cards. There’s no official number (and there won’t be) of just how many of these cards exist but a Randy Johnson ‘Numbers’ insert sold for $130 dollars recently. That’s a card featuring no game-used relic, certified autograph, or even a serial number.
These cards are extremely desirable to many collectors. I would give ANYTHING to speak with ANYONE on Pinnacle’s original design team. While Upper Deck and Topps Company were hitting home runs left and right in the 90s, it was Fleer/Skybox and Pinnacle Brands who were completely out in left field putting out some of the most unique cards collectors have ever seen.
Thank you, Pinnacle Brands.
*to read more on unreleased baseball cards, click HERE.
*to read about what 1998 Select would have looked like, click HERE.