Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Group Break: The Entire Pinnacle Xpress Box!

The 1997 Pinnacle Xpress box has 1 metal works card, 1 8 card master deck, and 1 8 card hobby pack, plus two game cards (according to the front of the box).  Let's rip this puppy open in one swoop, shall we?

First, the 8 card Master Deck:
28.  Dante Bichette - Rockies

57.  Cal Ripken Jr. - Orioles
77.  Travis Fryman - Tigers

88.  Mo Vaughn - Red Sox
93.  John Jaha - Brewers
127.  Brooks Kieschnick - Cubs
133.  Matt Morris - Cardinals
145.  Tony Clark - Tigers

Home runs 37

You needed to get the card of the home run champion and the card with the correct number in order to win a prize, that's as much as I get out of the game rules.  As for the master deck, the Bichette is a standard base card.  only the Fryman was gold foiled (a Men of Summer card seeded 1:7 packs) and the Clark was the only card with a special team logo gold stamp.  Weirdness. 

Next up, the 8 card Hobby pack.
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11.  Cecil Fielder - Yankees
26.  Garret Anderson - Angels
72.  Dean Palmer - Rangers
92.  Ryan Klesko - Braves
104.  Raul Mondesi - Dodgers
114.  Michael Tucker - Braves
126.  Jose Cruz Jr. - Mariners
145.  Tony Clark - Tigers (again)
Swing for the Fences:  Larry Walker - Rockies

The Swing for the Fences player cards are inserted 1:2 packs.  

Finally, the biggest reason that I bought the box and put it as part of the group break - the metal card!

9.  Juan Gonzalez - Rangers

This is the bronze version (the common version) which is actually a good thing since I believe the silver and gold versions were redemptions (which would mean we'd get no metal card).  The card itself (if you want to call it that) is actually a huge, heavy hunk of metal!  In fact, I'm guessing you could melt that card down and make some sort of bronze* object out of it if you really wanted to.

*to be fair, I have no idea if it really is bronze, but it is really heavy like bronze.

So, the big question:  Who gets the pack win for this box?  I think I have to give it to the Rangers - that metal card is simply too awesome - especially since it is the box hit!


P-town Tom said...

I can't tell, does Juan-Gone have a mustache on that bronze card?

Scott Sawyer said...

Finally some decent Tiger cards!

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