1997 Pinnacle

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1997 Pinnacle hobby box


1997 Pinnacle is a 200-card, single-series, set released in February 1997. There were plans for a second series, but a Series Two was replaced by 1997 New Pinnacle. Because of this, many star players appear in the "Clout" subset, but not on a basic player card.


Hobby/Retail: 24 packs per box, 10 cards per pack (MSRP: $2.49).

Magazine: 24 packs per box, seven cards per pack (MSRP: $1.99)


Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds Magazine Odds
Base 200 - ? ? ?
Museum Collection 200 - 1:9 1:9 1:13
Artist's Proof 200 - 1:47 1:47 1:55
Team Pinnacle 10 - 1:90 1:90 ?
Passport to the Majors 25 - 1:36 1:36 ?
Cardfrontations 20 - 1:23 N/A N/A
Shades 10 - N/A 1:23 N/A
Home/Away 24 - N/A N/A 1:33


Base Set

1 Cecil Fielder

2 Garret Anderson

3 Charles Nagy

4 Darryl Hamilton

5 Greg Myers

6 Eric Davis

7 Jeff Frye

8 Marquis Grissom

9 Curt Schilling

10 Jeff Fassero

11 Alan Benes

12 Orlando Miller

13 Alex Fernandez

14 Andy Pettitte

15 Andre Dawson

16 Mark Grudzielanek

17 Joe Vitiello

18 Juan Gonzalez

19 Mark Whiten

20 Lance Johnson

21 Trevor Hoffman

22 Marc Newfield

23 Jim Eisenreich

24 Joe Carter

25 Jose Canseco

26 Bill Swift

27 Ellis Burks

28 Ben McDonald

29 Edgar Martinez

30 Jamie Moyer

31 Chan Ho Park

32 Carlos Delgado

33 Kevin Mitchell

34 Carlos Garcia

35 Darryl Strawberry

36 Jim Thome

37 Jose Offerman

38 Ryan Klesko

39 Ruben Sierra

40 Devon White

41 Brian Jordan

42 Tony Gwynn

43 Rafael Palmeiro

44 Dante Bichette

45 Scott Stahoviak

46 Roger Cedeno

47 Ivan Rodriguez

48 Bob Abreu

49 Darryl Kile

50 Darren Dreifort

51 Shawon Dunston

52 Mark McGwire

53 Tim Salmon

54 Gene Schall

55 Roger Clemens

56 Rondell White

57 Ed Sprague

58 Craig Paquette

59 David Segui

60 Jaime Navarro

61 Tom Glavine

62 Jeff Brantley

63 Kimera Bartee

64 Fernando Vina

65 Eddie Murray

66 Lenny Dykstra

67 Kevin Elster

68 Vinny Castilla

69 Mike Fetters

70 Brett Butler

71 Robby Thompson

72 Reggie Jefferson

73 Todd Hundley

74 Jeff King

75 Ernie Young

76 Jeff Bagwell

77 Dan Wilson

78 Paul Molitor

79 Kevin Seitzer

80 Kevin Brown

81 Ron Gant

82 Dwight Gooden

83 Todd Stottlemyre

84 Ken Caminiti

85 James Baldwin

86 Jermaine Dye

87 Harold Baines

88 Pat Hentgen

89 Frank Rodriguez

90 Mark Johnson

91 Jason Kendall

92 Alex Rodriguez

93 Alan Trammell

94 Scott Brosius

95 Delino DeShields

96 Chipper Jones

97 Barry Bonds

98 Brady Anderson

99 Ryne Sandberg

100 Albert Belle

101 Jeff Cirillo

102 Frank Thomas

103 Mike Piazza

104 Rickey Henderson

105 Rey Ordonez

106 Mark Grace

107 Terry Steinbach

108 Ray Durham

109 Barry Larkin

110 Tony Clark

111 Bernie Williams

112 John Smoltz

113 Moises Alou

114 Alex Gonzalez

115 Rico Brogna

116 Eric Karros

117 Jeff Conine

118 Todd Hollandsworth

119 Troy Percival

120 Paul Wilson

121 Orel Hershiser

122 Ozzie Smith

123 Dave Hollins

124 Ken Hill

125 Rick Wilkins

126 Scott Servais

127 Fernando Valenzuela

128 Mariano Rivera

129 Mark Loretta

130 Shane Reynolds

131 Darren Oliver

132 Steve Trachsel

133 Darren Bragg

134 Jason Dickson

135 Darrin Fletcher

136 Gary Gaetti

137 Joey Cora

138 Terry Pendleton

139 Derek Jeter

140 Danny Tartabull

141 John Flaherty

142 B.J. Surhoff

143 Mike Sweeney

144 Chad Mottola

145 Andujar Cedeno

146 Tim Belcher

147 Mark Thompson

148 Rafael Bournigal

149 Marty Cordova

150 Osvaldo Fernandez

151 Mike Stanley

152 Ricky Bottalico

153 Donne Wall

154 Omar Vizquel

155 Mike Mussina

156 Brant Brown

157 F.P. Santangelo

158 Ryan Hancock

159 Jeff D'Amico

160 Luis Castillo

161 Darin Erstad

162 Ugueth Urbina

163 Andruw Jones

164 Steve Gibralter

165 Robin Jennings

166 Mike Cameron

167 George Arias

168 Chris Stynes

169 Justin Thompson

170 Jamey Wright

171 Todd Walker

172 Nomar Garciaparra

173 Jose Paniagua

174 Marvin Benard

175 Rocky Coppinger

176 Quinton McCracken

177 Amaury Telemaco

178 Neifi Perez

179 Todd Greene

180 Jason Thompson

181 Wilton Guerrero

182 Edgar Renteria

183 Billy Wagner

184 Alex Ochoa

185 Dmitri Young

186 Kenny Lofton CLOUT

187 Andres Galarraga CLOUT

188 Chuck Knoblauch CLOUT

189 Greg Maddux CLOUT

190 Mo Vaughn CLOUT

191 Cal Ripken, Jr. CLOUT

192 Hideo Nomo CLOUT

193 Ken Griffey, Jr. CLOUT

194 Sammy Sosa CLOUT

195 Jay Buhner CLOUT

196 Manny Ramirez CLOUT

197 Matt Williams CLOUT

198 Andruw Jones CL

199 Darin Erstad CL

200 Trey Beamon CL


All 200 base cards are available in the following Dufex parallels.

  • Museum Collection
  • Artist's Proof

Following a similar structure to the 1996 Finest brand, the Artist's Proof parallel was "fractured" into three different groups of cards; 125 Bronze, 50 Silver and 25 Gold. The Gold cards are scarcest with an announced print run of only 300 (non serial-numbered) copies, and silver cards are scarcer than bronze cards. Each group of cards is easy to identify by their bold color-specific backgrounds (i.e. gold cards have gold backgrounds). All three groups share the same Artist's Proof logo on front.

PP1 Cecil Fielder B

PP2 Garret Anderson B

PP3 Charles Nagy B

PP4 Darryl Hamilton B

PP5 Greg Myers B

PP6 Eric Davis B

PP7 Jeff Frye B

PP8 Marquis Grissom S

PP9 Curt Schilling B

PP10 Jeff Fassero B

PP11 Alan Benes S

PP12 Orlando Miller B

PP13 Alex Fernandez B

PP14 Andy Pettitte G 300

PP15 Andre Dawson B

PP16 Mark Grudzielanek B

PP17 Joe Vitiello B

PP18 Juan Gonzalez G 300

PP19 Mark Whiten B

PP20 Lance Johnson B

PP21 Trevor Hoffman B

PP22 Marc Newfield B

PP23 Jim Eisenreich B

PP24 Joe Carter S

PP25 Jose Canseco S

PP26 Bill Swift B

PP27 Ellis Burks B

PP28 Ben McDonald B

PP29 Edgar Martinez S

PP30 Jamie Moyer B

PP31 Chan Ho Park S

PP32 Carlos Delgado S

PP33 Kevin Mitchell B

PP34 Carlos Garcia B

PP35 Darryl Strawberry G 300

PP36 Jim Thome G 300

PP37 Jose Offerman B

PP38 Ryan Klesko S

PP39 Ruben Sierra B

PP40 Devon White B

PP41 Brian Jordan G 300

PP42 Tony Gwynn S

PP43 Rafael Palmeiro S

PP44 Dante Bichette B

PP45 Scott Stahoviak B

PP46 Roger Cedeno B

PP47 Ivan Rodriguez G 300

PP48 Bob Abreu S

PP49 Darryl Kile B

PP50 Darren Dreifort B

PP51 Shawon Dunston B

PP52 Mark McGwire S

PP53 Tim Salmon S

PP54 Gene Schall B

PP55 Roger Clemens B

PP56 Rondell White S

PP57 Ed Sprague B

PP58 Craig Paquette B

PP59 David Segui B

PP60 Jaime Navarro B

PP61 Tom Glavine S

PP62 Jeff Brantley B

PP63 Kimera Bartee B

PP64 Fernando Vina B

PP65 Eddie Murray S

PP66 Lenny Dykstra B

PP67 Kevin Elster B

PP68 Vinny Castilla B

PP69 Mike Fetters S

PP70 Brett Butler B

PP71 Robby Thompson B

PP72 Reggie Jefferson B

PP73 Todd Hundley S

PP74 Jeff King B

PP75 Ernie Young S

PP76 Jeff Bagwell G 300

PP77 Dan Wilson B

PP78 Paul Molitor G 300

PP79 Kevin Seitzer B

PP80 Kevin Brown S

PP81 Ron Gant S

PP82 Dwight Gooden S

PP83 Todd Stottlemyre B

PP84 Ken Caminiti G 300

PP85 James Baldwin B

PP86 Jermaine Dye S

PP87 Harold Baines B

PP88 Pat Hentgen B

PP89 Frank Rodriguez B

PP90 Mark Johnson B

PP91 Jason Kendall S

PP92 Alex Rodriguez G 300

PP93 Alan Trammell B

PP94 Scott Brosius B

PP95 Delino DeShields B

PP96 Chipper Jones S

PP97 Barry Bonds S

PP98 Brady Anderson S

PP99 Ryne Sandberg S

PP100 Albert Belle G 300

PP101 Jeff Cirillo B

PP102 Frank Thomas G 300

PP103 Mike Piazza S

PP104 Rickey Henderson B

PP105 Rey Ordonez S

PP106 Mark Grace S

PP107 Terry Steinbach B

PP108 Ray Durham B

PP109 Barry Larkin S

PP110 Tony Clark S

PP111 Bernie Williams G 300

PP112 John Smoltz G 300

PP113 Moises Alou B

PP114 Alex Gonzalez B

PP115 Rico Brogna B

PP116 Eric Karros B

PP117 Jeff Conine S

PP118 Todd Hollandsworth G 300

PP119 Troy Percival S

PP120 Paul Wilson S

PP121 Orel Hershiser B

PP122 Ozzie Smith S

PP123 Dave Hollins B

PP124 Ken Hill B

PP125 Rick Wilkins B

PP126 Scott Servais B

PP127 Fernando Valenzuela B

PP128 Mariano Rivera G 300

PP129 Mark Loretta B

PP130 Shane Reynolds S

PP131 Darren Oliver B

PP132 Steve Trachsel B

PP133 Darren Bragg B

PP134 Jason Dickson B

PP135 Darren Fletcher B

PP136 Gary Gaetti B

PP137 Joey Cora B

PP138 Terry Pendleton B

PP139 Derek Jeter G 300

PP140 Danny Tartabull B

PP141 John Flaherty B

PP142 B.J. Surhoff B

PP143 Mike Sweeney B

PP144 Chad Mottola B

PP145 Andujar Cedeno B

PP146 Tim Belcher B

PP147 Mark Thompson B

PP148 Rafael Bournigal B

PP149 Marty Cordova S

PP150 Osvaldo Fernandez B

PP151 Mike Stanley B

PP152 Ricky Bottalico B

PP153 Donne Wall B

PP154 Omar Vizquel B

PP155 Mike Mussina S

PP156 Brant Brown B

PP157 F.P. Santangelo S

PP158 Ryan Hancock B

PP159 Jeff D'Amico B

PP160 Luis Castillo B

PP161 Darin Erstad G 300

PP162 Ugueth Urbina B

PP163 Andruw Jones G 300

PP164 Steve Gibralter B

PP165 Robin Jennings S

PP166 Mike Cameron B

PP167 George Arias S

PP168 Chris Stynes B

PP169 Justin Thompson B

PP170 Jamey Wright B

PP171 Todd Walker G 300

PP172 Nomar Garciaparra B

PP173 Jose Paniagua B

PP174 Marvin Benard B

PP175 Rocky Coppinger B

PP176 Quinton McCracken B

PP177 Amaury Telemaco B

PP178 Neifi Perez B

PP179 Todd Greene B

PP180 Jason Thompson B

PP181 Wilton Guerrero B

PP182 Edgar Renteria S

PP183 Billy Wagner S

PP184 Alex Ochoa G 300

PP185 Dmitri Young B

PP186 Kenny Lofton B

PP187 Andres Galarraga B

PP188 Chuck Knoblauch G 300

PP189 Greg Maddux S

PP190 Mo Vaughn S

PP191 Cal Ripken, Jr. G 300

PP192 Hideo Nomo S

PP193 Ken Griffey, Jr. G 300

PP194 Sammy Sosa S

PP195 Jay Buhner S

PP196 Manny Ramirez G 300

PP197 Matt Williams B

PP198 Andruw Jones B

PP199 Darin Erstad B

PP200 Trey Beamon CL

Press Plate Previews

As a way to promote the new Press Plate concept, the actual plates used to print 1997 Pinnacle Baseball were distributed within sealed cases of 1997 New Pinnacle. Both the plates and the cases were serial-numbered. Dealers lucky enough to have been sent a case where the serial number on the case matches the serial number on the Press Plate would win a prize for their store.

Eight press plates for each card (four front plates and four back plates) were included for all 200 base cards plus all ten Shades inserts.

A total of 1680 Press Plates were distributed.


Team Pinnacle

For the sixth consecutive year, Pinnacle Brands selected an All-Star team of the best players in each league at each position on a ten-card, dual-fronted, all-Dufex set. The tenth card is a mosaic of all 18 players.

1 Frank Thomas / Jeff Bagwell

2 Chuck Knoblauch / Eric Young

3 Ken Caminiti / Jim Thome

4 Alex Rodriguez / Chipper Jones

5 Mike Piazza / Ivan Rodriguez

6 Barry Bonds / Albert Belle

7 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Ellis Burks

8 Juan Gonzalez / Gary Sheffield

9 John Smoltz / Andy Pettitte

10 All 18 players

Passport to the Majors

This 25-card set features players on a folding miniature passport card design and honors the rise to fame of some of the League's most high profile superstars.

1 Greg Maddux

2 Ken Griffey, Jr.

3 Frank Thomas

4 Cal Ripken, Jr.

5 Mike Piazza

6 Alex Rodriguez

7 Mo Vaughn

8 Chipper Jones

9 Roberto Alomar

10 Edgar Martinez

11 Javy Lopez

12 Ivan Rodriguez

13 Juan Gonzalez

14 Carlos Baerga

15 Sammy Sosa

16 Manny Ramirez

17 Raul Mondesi

18 Henry Rodriguez

19 Rafael Palmeiro

20 Rey Ordonez

21 Hideo Nomo

22 Mac Suzuki

23 Chan Ho Park

24 Larry Walker

25 Ruben Rivera


Exclusive to Hobby packs, this 20-card set features a top pitcher one side with a top home run hitter on the flip side. Both sides are covered with an opaque "peel and reveal" protective cover that must be removed.

1 Mike Piazza / Greg Maddux

2 Tom Glavine / Ken Caminiti

3 Cal Ripken, Jr. / Randy Johnson

4 Mark McGwire / Kevin Appier

5 Juan Gonzalez / Andy Pettitte

6 Albert Belle / Pat Hentgen

7 Chipper Jones / Hideo Nomo

8 Sammy Sosa / Ismael Valdes

9 Mike Mussina / Manny Ramirez

10 Jay Buhner / David Cone

11 Mark Wohlers / Gary Sheffield

12 Barry Bonds / Andy Benes

13 Ivan Rodriguez / Roger Clemens

14 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Mariano Rivera

15 Frank Thomas / Dwight Gooden

16 Darin Erstad / John Wetteland

17 John Smoltz / Brian Jordan

18 Jeff Bagwell / Kevin Brown

19 Alex Rodriguez / Jack McDowell

20 Charles Nagy / Bernie Williams


Exclusive to retail packs, this 10-card, die-cut, "mirror mylar" set feature the player's picture appearing in the lens of a pair of sunglasses.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

2 Juan Gonzalez

3 John Smoltz

4 Gary Sheffield

5 Cal Ripken, Jr.

6 Mo Vaughn

7 Brian Jordan

8 Mike Piazza

9 Frank Thomas

10 Alex Rodriguez


Exclusive to magazine packs, this 24-card set features 12 players on a card die-cut into the shape of the player's home of away jersey. The odd numbered cards represent the Away jersey, while the evens the Home.

1 Chipper Jones

2 Chipper Jones

3 Ken Griffey, Jr.

4 Ken Griffey, Jr.

5 Mike Piazza

6 Mike Piazza

7 Frank Thomas

8 Frank Thomas

9 Jeff Bagwell

10 Jeff Bagwell

11 Alex Rodriguez

12 Alex Rodriguez

13 Barry Bonds

14 Barry Bonds

15 Mo Vaughn

16 Mo Vaughn

17 Derek Jeter

18 Derek Jeter

19 Mark McGwire

20 Mark McGwire

21 Cal Ripken, Jr.

22 Cal Ripken, Jr.

23 Albert Belle

24 Albert Belle