In my collection: 10 regular, 1 Museum Collection, 2 Team Pinnacle, 1 of every other insert, no Artist's Proof :-(
Here's a few base cards from the ol' binders:
|Javy Lopez! Hm? Anyone? This guy is underappreciated.....|
|More great catchers|
As you can see it's a sharp-looking set with great photography. Pinnacle included one key stat per card in lieu of a proper blurb so as not to interfere with the two-picture aesthetic (AB per HR came up a lot). In 1994 I would have been buying pack after pack of this stuff.
Now to the Griffeys:
|Oh......hey! Uhhh, what's up?|
Pinnacle started employing a printing technology called Dufex that utilizes gnome kisses and baby polar bear fur to give the surface of the card an etched-sheen quality that looks frickin’ awesome. It could be found on the Museum Collection parallels as well as a few of the inserts.
Where on the regular set there is that speckled white field, here you see the green and purple Museum Collection logo. Besides that the back is the same as the regular.
Let's peep some inserts.
|Team Pinnacle Insert (1:90)|
The rarest insert you can pull. Yesssssss! And it’s the Griffey! WOO-HOO!!!!! He’s….on the back? Hm. Okay, who’s on the front?
1994 was totally trying to hook these two up like crazy. Check out that Topps All Stars card from the same year.
As a Griffey fan, I choose to believe that it is because Griffey is so very awesome that his inclusion is meant to balance out a card’s desireability. Like if this card featured Lenny Dykstra and, say, Ron Kittle. How excited would you be? You wouldn’t, because 2+3=5. On the other hand, 2+10=12. Yep, Dykstra is a 2, Kittle a 3. Baseless, unreasonable Griffey math - you heard it here first.
Still, a great-looking insert with a neat titular logo and nice fonts. Also, is it just me or does it seem like just about everybody paints better than Diamond King artist Dick Perez?
[We give Perez a hard time, but really he's a talented artist and a good sport. Check out his stuff here. I'd give my left nipple for one of those action shot originals.]
|Tribute Insert (1:18)|
This is the greatest and best player in the world…..tribute. Not a bad design, and the name bar along the bottom matches my blog background perfectly.
And look at that clean-cut, all-American guy on the back. It's called freedom, middle east. Look it up.
|Run Creators Insert 1:4 Superpacks|
Griffey looks spinny like he's in a washing machine.
Pinnacle released two different 25-card boxed hobby sets in 1994. I tend to pigeon-hole sets like these as money-grabs, but both are actually pretty decent:
This thing is positively decked out in Dufex bling. The crazy waves in the background are one thing, but look at the detail in his uniform. It’s just awesome. Plus the back is very shiny and lightningy. It's is a set I would love to go back and buy.
Well played, Pinnacle. I miss you.