1998 Pinnacle Plus

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Description

1998 Pinnacle Plus is a 200-card set printed on foil-board and released in August, 1998. Like most mid-level Pinnacle Brands sets of the era, it follows the same formula: 150 players with the super stars doubled-up in a subset or two mixed in with a couple dozen of non-rookie "rookies"; inserts; and a $3/pack price point.

This product was the last baseball card set Pinnacle Brands would ever release, as they went out of business just a few weeks later.

Distribution

24 packs per box, 10 cards per pack (MSRP: $2.99).

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds
Base 200 - 10:1
Artist's Proof 60 - 1:35
Gold Artist's Proof 60 100 ?
Mirror Artist's Proof 60 one of one ?
Lasting Memories 30 - 1:5
Yard Work 15 - 1:9
Piece of the Game 10 - 1:19
Team Pinnacle 15 - 1:71
Gold Team Pinacle 15 - 1:199
Mirror Gold Team Pinnacle 15 25 ?
All-Star Epix Orange 12 - 1:24
All-Star Epix Purple 12 - 1:120
All-Star Epix Emerald 12 - 1:240
Nolan Ryan Autographed Baseball Redemption 1 1000 ?
Interleague Game-Used Baseball Redemption 1 100 ?

Checklist

Promos

Six "Sample" cards were distributed in two-card sealed cello packs within dealer order forms and in Hobby media releases about four to six weeks prior to the release of 1998 Pinnacle Plus baseball.

NOTE: The samples are similar in design, but not completely identical, to the regular issue Pinnacle Plus cards. The samples share the same photographs, but the cards are printed on basic four-color UV coated cardstock. The actual Pinnacle Plus base set was printed on silver foil board.

8 Nomar Garciaparra

9 Ken Griffey, Jr.

24 Frank Thomas

33 Mike Piazza

56 Chipper Jones

72 Larry Walker


Base Set

1 Roberto Alomar

2 Sandy Alomar, Jr.

3 Brady Anderson

4 Albert Belle

5 Jeff Cirillo

6 Roger Clemens

7 David Cone

8 Nomar Garciaparra

9 Ken Griffey, Jr.

10 Jason Dickson

11 Edgar Martinez

12 Tino Martinez

13 Randy Johnson

14 Mark McGwire

15 Dave Justice

16 Mike Mussina

17 Chuck Knoblauch

18 Joey Cora

19 Pat Hentgen

20 Randy Myers

21 Cal Ripken, Jr.

22 Mariano Rivera

23 Jose Rosado

24 Frank Thomas

25 Alex Rodriguez

26 Justin Thompson

27 Ivan Rodriguez

28 Bernie Williams

29 Pedro Martinez

30 Tony Clark

31 Garret Anderson

32 Travis Fryman

33 Mike Piazza

34 Carl Pavano

35 Kevin Millwood RC

36 Miguel Tejada

37 Willie Blair

38 Devon White

39 Andres Galarraga

40 Barry Larkin

41 Al Leiter

42 Moises Alou

43 Eric Young

44 John Jaha

45 Bernard Gilkey

46 Freddy Garcia

47 Ruben Rivera

48 Robb Nen

49 Ray Lankford

50 Kenny Lofton

51 Joe Carter

52 Jason McDonald

53 Quinton McCracken

54 Kerry Wood

55 Mike Lansing

56 Chipper Jones

57 Barry Bonds

58 Brad Fullmer

59 Jeff Bagwell

60 Rondell White

61 Geronimo Berroa

62 Magglio Ordonez RC

63 Dwight Gooden

64 Brian Hunter

65 Todd Walker

66 Frank Catalanotto RC

67 Tony Saunders

68 Travis Lee

69 Michael Tucker

70 Reggie Sanders

71 Derrek Lee

72 Larry Walker

73 Marquis Grissom

74 Craig Biggio

75 Kevin Brown

76 J.T. Snow

77 Eric Davis

78 Jeff Abbott

79 Jermaine Dye

80 Otis Nixon

81 Curt Schilling

82 Enrique Wilson

83 Tony Gwynn

84 Orlando Cabrera

85 Ramon Martinez

86 Greg Vaughn

87 Alan Benes

88 Dennis Eckersley

89 Jim Thome

90 Juan Encarnacion

91 Jeff King

92 Shannon Stewart

93 Roberto Hernandez

94 Raul Ibanez

95 Darryl Kile

96 Charles Johnson

97 Rich Becker

98 Hal Morris

99 Ismael Valdes

100 Orel Hershiser

101 Mo Vaughn

102 Aaron Boone

103 Jeff Conine

104 Paul O'Neill

105 Tom Candiotti

106 Wilson Alvarez

107 Mike Stanley

108 Carlos Delgado

109 Tony Batista

110 Dante Bichette

111 Henry Rodriguez

112 Karim Garcia

113 Shane Reynolds

114 Ken Caminiti

115 Jose Silva

116 Juan Gonzalez

117 Brian Jordan

118 Jim Leyritz

119 Manny Ramirez

120 Fred McGriff

121 Brooks Kieschnick

122 Sean Casey

123 John Smoltz

124 Rusty Greer

125 Cecil Fielder

126 Mike Cameron

127 Reggie Jefferson

128 Bob Higginson

129 Kevin Appier

130 Robin Ventura

131 Ben Grieve

132 Wade Boggs

133 Jose Cruz, Jr.

134 Jeff Suppan

135 Vinny Castilla

136 Sammy Sosa

137 Mark Wohlers

138 Jay Bell

139 Brett Tomko

140 Gary Sheffield

141 Tim Salmon

142 Jaret Wright

143 Kenny Rogers

144 Brian Anderson

145 Darrin Fletcher

146 John Flaherty

147 Dmitri Young

148 Andruw Jones

149 Matt Williams

150 Bobby Bonilla

151 Mike Hampton

152 Al Martin

153 Mark Grudzielanek

154 Dave Nilsson

155 Roger Cedeno

156 Greg Maddux

157 Mark Kotsay

158 Steve Finley

159 Wilson Delgado

160 Ron Gant

161 Jim Edmonds

162 Jeff Blauser

163 Dave Burba

164 Pedro Astacio

165 Livan Hernandez

166 Neifi Perez

167 Ryan Klesko

168 Fernando Tatis

169 Richard Hidalgo

170 Carlos Perez

171 Bob Abreu

172 Francisco Cordova

173 Todd Helton

174 Doug Glanville

175 Brian Rose

176 Yamil Benitez

177 Darin Erstad

178 Scott Rolen

179 John Wetteland

180 Paul Sorrento

181 Walt Weiss

182 Vladimir Guerrero

183 Ken Griffey, Jr. NAT

184 Alex Rodriguez NAT

185 Cal Ripken, Jr. NAT

186 Frank Thomas NAT

187 Chipper Jones NAT

188 Hideo Nomo NAT

189 Nomar Garciaparra NAT

190 Mike Piazza NAT

191 Greg Maddux NAT

192 Tony Gwynn NAT

193 Mark McGwire NAT

194 Roger Clemens NAT

195 Mike Piazza FV

196 Mark McGwire FV

197 Chipper Jones FV

198 Larry Walker FV

199 Hideo Nomo FV

200 Barry Bonds FV


Parallels

Artist's Proofs

Artist Proof is a 60-card partial-parallel of the Pinnacle Plus base set printed on dot-matrix holographic foil.

Each card is also available in the following parallels.

  • Gold Artist's Proofs (serial-numbered to 100 copies)
  • Mirror Gold Artist's Proofs (one-of-one)

PP1 Roberto Alomar

PP2 Albert Belle

PP3 Roger Clemens

PP4 Nomar Garciaparra

PP5 Ken Griffey, Jr.

PP6 Tino Martinez

PP7 Randy Johnson

PP8 Mark McGwire

PP9 Dave Justice

PP10 Chuck Knoblauch

PP11 Cal Ripken, Jr.

PP12 Frank Thomas

PP13 Alex Rodriguez

PP14 Ivan Rodriguez

PP15 Bernie Williams

PP16 Pedro Martinez

PP17 Tony Clark

PP18 Mike Piazza

PP19 Miguel Tejada

PP20 Andres Galarraga

PP21 Barry Larkin

PP22 Kenny Lofton

PP23 Chipper Jones

PP24 Barry Bonds

PP25 Brad Fullmer

PP26 Jeff Bagwell

PP27 Todd Walker

PP28 Travis Lee

PP29 Larry Walker

PP30 Craig Biggio

PP31 Tony Gwynn

PP32 Jim Thome

PP33 Juan Encarnacion

PP34 Mo Vaughn

PP35 Karim Garcia

PP36 Ken Caminiti

PP37 Juan Gonzalez

PP38 Manny Ramirez

PP39 Fred McGriff

PP40 Rusty Greer

PP41 Bob Higginson

PP42 Ben Grieve

PP43 Wade Boggs

PP44 Jose Cruz

PP45 Sammy Sosa

PP46 Gary Sheffield

PP47 Tim Salmon

PP48 Jaret Wright

PP49 Andruw Jones

PP50 Matt Williams

PP51 Greg Maddux

PP52 Jim Edmonds

PP53 Livan Hernandez

PP54 Neifi Perez

PP55 Fernando Tatis

PP56 Richard Hidalgo

PP57 Todd Helton

PP58 Darin Erstad

PP59 Scott Rolen

PP60 Vladimir Guerrero


Inserts

Lasting Memories

1 Nomar Garciaparra

2 Ken Griffey, Jr.

3 Livan Hernandez

4 Hideo Nomo

5 Ben Grieve

6 Scott Rolen

7 Roger Clemens

8 Cal Ripken, Jr.

9 Mo Vaughn

10 Frank Thomas

11 Mark McGwire

12 Barry Larkin

13 Matt Williams

14 Jose Cruz

15 Andruw Jones

16 Mike Piazza

17 Jeff Bagwell

18 Chipper Jones

19 Juan Gonzalez

20 Kenny Lofton

21 Greg Maddux

22 Ivan Rodriguez

23 Alex Rodriguez

24 Derek Jeter

25 Albert Belle

26 Barry Bonds

27 Larry Walker

28 Sammy Sosa

29 Tony Gwynn

30 Randy Johnson


Yardwork

1 Mo Vaughn

2 Frank Thomas

3 Albert Belle

4 Nomar Garciaparra

5 Tony Clark

6 Tino Martinez

7 Ken Griffey, Jr.

8 Juan Gonzalez

9 Sammy Sosa

10 Jose Cruz

11 Jeff Bagwell

12 Mike Piazza

13 Larry Walker

14 Mark McGwire

15 Barry Bonds


Piece of the Game

NOTE: Despite the name, none of the cards in this set feature any game-used material.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

2 Frank Thomas

3 Alex Rodriguez

4 Chipper Jones

5 Cal Ripken, Jr.

6 Mike Piazza

7 Greg Maddux

8 Juan Gonzalez

9 Nomar Garciaparra

10 Larry Walker


Team Pinnacle

A continuation of the insert set begun in 1992 Pinnacle, this 15-card set features Pinnacle's choice for the best player at each position in the American and National League. Half the cards feature the American League player's side printed on foil board, and the other half have the NL player's side on foil. In addition, each card is also available in the following parallels.

  • Gold
  • Mirror Gold (serial-numbered to 25 copies)

NOTE: Since the Mirror Gold cards have holographic foil on BOTH sides of the card, only one version of each card exists.

1 Mike Piazza / Ivan Rodriguez

2 Mark McGwire / Mo Vaughn

3 Roberto Alomar / Craig Biggio

4 Alex Rodriguez / Barry Larkin

5 Cal Ripken, Jr. / Chipper Jones

6 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Larry Walker

7 Juan Gonzalez / Tony Gwynn

8 Barry Bonds / Albert Belle

9 Kenny Lofton / Andruw Jones

10 Tino Martinez / Jeff Bagwell

11 Frank Thomas / Andres Galarraga

12 Roger Clemens / Greg Maddux

13 Pedro Martinez / Hideo Nomo

14 Nomar Garciaparra / Scott Rolen

15 Ben Grieve / Paul Konerko


All-Star Epix

See 1998 Pinnacle Epix.

Autographs & Game-Used

Nolan Ryan Autographed Baseball

Randomly inserted into packs of 1998 Pinnacle Plus were 1000 exchange cards good for a baseball autographed by Nolan Ryan. Unfortunately, with Pinnacle Brands going out of business just weeks after the release of the product, none of the exchange cards were ever fulfilled. In fact, it is unclear if Ryan ever signed any baseballs for this promotion.

Interleague Game-Used Baseball

Randomly inserted into packs of 1998 Pinnacle Plus were 100 exchange cards good for a baseball used in a 1997 Major League Interleague game. Like with the Nolan Ryan autograph, none of the exchange cards were ever fulfilled.

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