1998 Pinnacle Baseball Box (factory sealed) (Epix Inside)
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1998 Pinnacle Inside

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Description

1998 Pinnacle Inside was a 150-card set, released in July 1998 and was one of the last products the Donruss/Leaf/Pinnacle parent brand released before going bankrupt later that month. Once again, each 10-card pack was housed inside a cellophane wrapper and placed inside one of 23 different collectible player/team soup cans and thus to open the "pack", collectors needed to use a can opener.

20 players in the set and 3 teams (Arizona Diamondbacks, Florida Marlins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays) were featured on the soup cans, making the can itself a collectible item, opened or unopened. Because of this, player and set collectors commonly objected to the "cards in a can" concept due to the possibility that hard to find cards (e.g., the Diamond Edition parallel) could still be housed in unopened cans that other collectors bought for display only.

Pinnacle Brands, Inc. continued the cards in a can" for a second consecutive year to market the product and distinguish it from other baseball card offerings on a Hobby shelf or retail store section. However, this marketing idea fell flat again as the presentation was large and took up space, which made the product difficult to display in card stores/shows or keep on retail store shelves.

There were 2 subsets and Checklists at the end of the set:

  • Rookies
  • Inside Tips

There were no notable Rookie Cards in the set.

Distribution

48 cans per case, 10 cards per can (MSRP: $2.99).

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Odds
Base 150 - ?
Club Edition 150 - 1:7
Diamond Edition 150 - 1:67
Behind the Numbers 20 - 1:23
Stand-Up Guys 50 - one-per-can

Checklist

Base Set

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  • 1 Darin Erstad
  • 2 Derek Jeter
  • 3 Alex Rodriguez
  • 4 Bob Higginson
  • 5 Nomar Garciaparra
  • 6 Kenny Lofton
  • 7 Ivan Rodriguez
  • 8 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 9 Todd Hundley
  • 10 Chipper Jones
  • 11 Barry Larkin
  • 12 Roberto Alomar
  • 13 Mo Vaughn
  • 14 Sammy Sosa
  • 15 Sandy Alomar, Jr.
  • 16 Albert Belle
  • 17 Scott Rolen
  • 18 Pokey Reese
  • 19 Ryan Klesko
  • 20 Andres Galarraga
  • 21 Justin Thompson
  • 22 Gary Sheffield
  • 23 Dave Justice
  • 24 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 25 Andruw Jones
  • 26 Jeff Bagwell
  • 27 Vladimir Guerrero
  • 28 Mike Piazza
  • 29 Chuck Knoblauch
  • 30 Rondell White
  • 31 Greg Maddux
  • 32 Andy Pettitte
  • 33 Larry Walker
  • 34 Bobby Estalella
  • 35 Frank Thomas
  • 36 Tony Womack
  • 37 Tony Gwynn
  • 38 Barry Bonds
  • 39 Randy Johnson
  • 40 Mark McGwire
  • 41 Juan Gonzalez
  • 42 Tim Salmon
  • 43 John Smoltz
  • 44 Rafael Palmeiro
  • 45 Mark Grace
  • 46 Mike Cameron
  • 47 Jim Thome
  • 48 Neifi Perez
  • 49 Kevin Brown
  • 50 Craig Biggio
  • 51 Bernie Williams
  • 52 Hideo Nomo
  • 53 Bob Abreu
  • 54 Edgardo Alfonzo
  • 55 Wade Boggs
  • 56 Jose Guillen
  • 57 Ken Caminiti
  • 58 Paul Molitor
  • 59 Shawn Estes
  • 60 Edgar Martinez
  • 61 Livan Hernandez
  • 62 Ray Lankford
  • 63 Rusty Greer
  • 64 Jim Edmonds
  • 65 Tom Glavine
  • 66 Alan Benes
  • 67 Will Clark
  • 68 Garret Anderson
  • 69 Javy Lopez
  • 70 Mike Mussina
  • 71 Kevin Orie
  • 72 Matt Williams
  • 73 Bobby Bonilla
  • 74 Ruben Rivera
  • 75 Jason Giambi
  • 76 Todd Walker
  • 77 Tino Martinez
  • 78 Matt Morris
  • 79 Fernando Tatis
  • 80 Todd Greene
  • 81 Fred McGriff
  • 82 Brady Anderson
  • 83 Mark Kotsay
  • 84 Raul Mondesi
  • 85 Moises Alou
  • 86 Roger Clemens
  • 87 Wilton Guerrero
  • 88 Shannon Stewart
  • 89 Chan Ho Park
  • 90 Carlos Delgado
  • 91 Jose Cruz, Jr.
  • 92 Shawn Green
  • 93 Robin Ventura
  • 94 Reggie Sanders
  • 95 Orel Hershiser
  • 96 Dante Bichette
  • 97 Charles Johnson
  • 98 Pedro Martinez
  • 99 Mariano Rivera
  • 100 Joe Randa
  • 101 Jeff Kent
  • 102 Jay Buhner
  • 103 Brian Jordan
  • 104 Jason Kendall
  • 105 Scott Spiezio
  • 106 Desi Relaford
  • 107 Bernard Gilkey
  • 108 Manny Ramirez
  • 109 Tony Clark
  • 110 Eric Young
  • 111 Johnny Damon
  • 112 Glendon Rusch

Rookies

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  • 113 Ben Grieve
  • 114 Homer Bush
  • 115 Miguel Tejada
  • 116 Lou Collier
  • 117 Derrek Lee
  • 118 Jacob Cruz
  • 119 Raul Ibanez
  • 120 Ryan McGuire
  • 121 Antone Williamson
  • 122 Abraham Nunez
  • 123 Jeff Abbott
  • 124 Brett Tomko
  • 125 Richie Sexson
  • 126 Todd Helton
  • 127 Juan Encarnacion
  • 128 Richard Hidalgo
  • 129 Paul Konerko
  • 130 Brad Fullmer
  • 131 Jeremi Gonzalez
  • 132 Jaret Wright

Inside Tips

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  • 133 Derek Jeter
  • 134 Frank Thomas
  • 135 Nomar Garciaparra
  • 136 Kenny Lofton
  • 137 Jeff Bagwell
  • 138 Todd Hundley
  • 139 Alex Rodriguez
  • 140 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 141 Sammy Sosa
  • 142 Greg Maddux
  • 143 Albert Belle
  • 144 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 145 Mark McGwire
  • 146 Chipper Jones
  • 147 Charles Johnson

Checklists

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  • 148 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 149 Jose Cruz, Jr.
  • 150 Larry Walker

Parallels

All 150 base cards were available in the following parallels:

  • Club Edition
  • Diamond Edition

Club Edition

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Each Club Edition parallel utilized same photo and design as the base set but featured a foil finish with a gold foil nameplate and "Club Edition" text on the front of the card.

Diamond Edition

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Each Diamond Edition parallel utilized same photo and design as the base set but featured a dot matrix holographic finish with a gold foil nameplate and "Diamond Edition" text on the front of the card.

Inserts

Cans

Each pack of Pinnacle Inside came packaged inside one of 23 different collectible soup cans. Each can featured replicas of 20 base set cards printed directly on the metal, acting as the can label. To honor the two expansion teams - the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays - and 1997 World Series Champion Florida Marlins, Pinnacle featured cans for these 3 teams.

  • 1 Roger Clemens
  • 2 Jose Cruz, Jr.
  • 3 Nomar Garciaparra
  • 4 Juan Gonzalez
  • 5 Ben Grieve
  • 6 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 7 Vladimir Guerrero
  • 8 Tony Gwynn
  • 9 Derek Jeter
  • 10 Andruw Jones
  • 11 Chipper Jones
  • 12 Greg Maddux
  • 13 Mark McGwire
  • 14 Hideo Nomo
  • 15 Mike Piazza
  • 16 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 17 Alex Rodriguez
  • 18 Scott Rolen
  • 19 Frank Thomas
  • 20 Larry Walker
  • 21 Arizona Diamondbacks
  • 22 Florida Marlins
  • 23 Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Gold Cans

Each of the 23 cans were also available in a Gold Can parallel that was inserted at the rate of 2 per 48-can case.

Behind the Numbers

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This 20-card set detailed the backstory of the featured player's jersey number selection on a holographic foil card that was die cut to resemble the player's number.

  • 1 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 2 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 3 Alex Rodriguez
  • 4 Jose Cruz, Jr.
  • 5 Mike Piazza
  • 6 Nomar Garciaparra
  • 7 Scott Rolen
  • 8 Andruw Jones
  • 9 Frank Thomas
  • 10 Mark McGwire
  • 11 Ivan Rodriguez
  • 12 Greg Maddux
  • 13 Roger Clemens
  • 14 Derek Jeter
  • 15 Tony Gwynn
  • 16 Ben Grieve
  • 17 Jeff Bagwell
  • 18 Chipper Jones
  • 19 Hideo Nomo
  • 20 Sandy Alomar, Jr.

Stand-Up Guys

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This 50-card set featured some of the most respected players in the game on a unique card design: four different players were printed on half of the card front and card back (i.e., 2 players on front, 2 players on back) with a slit that was cut down the middle of the card; thus, each card could be matched to its pair to form a three-dimensional "stand up" card.

Samples of this entire insert set were distributed to Hobby dealers with their order forms and were identical to the base set, but with the word "SAMPLE" printed vertically along the side of the card.

  • 1AB Mike Piazza / Ken Griffey, Jr. / Tony Gwynn / Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 1CD Mike Piazza / Ken Griffey, Jr. / Tony Gwynn / Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 2AB Nomar Garciaparra / Andruw Jones / Scott Rolen / Alex Rodriguez
  • 2CD Nomar Garciaparra / Andruw Jones / Scott Rolen / Alex Rodriguez
  • 3AB Chipper Jones / Andruw Jones / Javy Lopez / Greg Maddux
  • 3CD Chipper Jones / Andruw Jones / Javy Lopez / Greg Maddux
  • 4CD Alex Rodriguez / Jay Buhner / Ken Griffey, Jr. / Randy Johnson
  • 4AB Alex Rodriguez / Jay Buhner / Ken Griffey, Jr. / Randy Johnson
  • 5AB Mo Vaughn / Frank Thomas / Mark McGwire / Jeff Bagwell
  • 5CD Mo Vaughn / Frank Thomas / Mark McGwire / Jeff Bagwell
  • 6AB Barry Larkin / Nomar Garciaparra / Alex Rodriguez / Derek Jeter
  • 6CD Barry Larkin / Nomar Garciaparra / Alex Rodriguez / Derek Jeter
  • 7CD Javy Lopez / Mike Piazza / Charles Johnson / Ivan Rodriguez
  • 7AB Javy Lopez / Mike Piazza / Charles Johnson / Ivan Rodriguez
  • 8AB Scott Rolen / Cal Ripken, Jr. / Ken Caminiti / Chipper Jones
  • 8CD Scott Rolen / Cal Ripken, Jr. / Ken Caminiti / Chipper Jones
  • 9AB Jose Guillen / Jose Cruz, Jr. / Andruw Jones / Vladimir Guerrero
  • 9CD Jose Guillen / Jose Cruz, Jr. / Andruw Jones / Vladimir Guerrero
  • 10AB Neifi Perez / Larry Walker / Ellis Burks / Dante Bichette
  • 10CD Neifi Perez / Larry Walker / Ellis Burks / Dante Bichette
  • 11CD Manny Ramirez / Juan Gonzalez / Vladimir Guerrero / Sammy Sosa
  • 11AB Manny Ramirez / Juan Gonzalez / Vladimir Guerrero / Sammy Sosa
  • 12AB Randy Johnson / Greg Maddux / Hideo Nomo / Roger Clemens
  • 12CD Randy Johnson / Greg Maddux / Hideo Nomo / Roger Clemens
  • 13AB Fernando Tatis / Ben Grieve / Jose Cruz, Jr. / Paul Konerko
  • 13CD Fernando Tatis / Ben Grieve / Jose Cruz, Jr. / Paul Konerko
  • 14CD Craig Biggio / Ryne Sandberg / Roberto Alomar / Chuck Knoblauch
  • 14AB Craig Biggio / Ryne Sandberg / Roberto Alomar / Chuck Knoblauch
  • 15AB Roberto Alomar / Cal Ripken, Jr. / Rafael Palmeiro / Brady Anderson
  • 15CD Roberto Alomar / Cal Ripken, Jr. / Rafael Palmeiro / Brady Anderson
  • 16AB Garrett Anderson / Darin Erstad / Tim Salmon / Jim Edmonds
  • 16CD Garrett Anderson / Darin Erstad / Tim Salmon / Jim Edmonds
  • 17AB Eric Karros / Mike Piazza / Raul Mondesi / Hideo Nomo
  • 17CD Eric Karros / Mike Piazza / Raul Mondesi / Hideo Nomo
  • 18CD Rusty Greer / Ivan Rodriguez / Will Clark / Juan Gonzalez
  • 18AB Rusty Greer / Ivan Rodriguez / Will Clark / Juan Gonzalez
  • 19AB Andy Pettitte / Derek Jeter / Tino Martinez / Bernie Williams
  • 19CD Andy Pettitte / Derek Jeter / Tino Martinez / Bernie Williams
  • 20AB Bernie Williams / Kenny Lofton / Brady Anderson / Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 20CD Bernie Williams / Kenny Lofton / Brady Anderson / Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 21AB Rickey Henderson / Paul Molitor / Ryne Sandberg / Eddie Murray
  • 21CD Rickey Henderson / Paul Molitor / Ryne Sandberg / Eddie Murray
  • 22AB Mark McGwire / Will Clark / Jeff Bagwell / Frank Thomas
  • 22CD Mark McGwire / Will Clark / Jeff Bagwell / Frank Thomas
  • 23CD Sandy Alomar, Jr. / Manny Ramirez / Dave Justice / Jim Thome
  • 23AB Sandy Alomar, Jr. / Manny Ramirez / Dave Justice / Jim Thome
  • 24AB Dante Bichette / Barry Bonds / Jeff Bagwell / Albert Belle
  • 24CD Dante Bichette / Barry Bonds / Jeff Bagwell / Albert Belle
  • 25AB Andruw Jones / Ken Griffey, Jr. / Alex Rodriguez / Frank Thomas
  • 25CD Andruw Jones / Ken Griffey, Jr. / Alex Rodriguez / Frank Thomas