Monday, September 8, 2008

Pinnacle Mint - Some Assembly Required

Come on, let's all sing along: "There's a hole in my Manny, dear Liza, dear Liza. There's a hole in my Manny, dear Liza, a hole!" No? Before your time, perhaps...


In 1997-98, Pinnacle Brands gave the collecting world something to really sink their teeth into.. They released a couple of sets called "Mint Collection." Here's the premise: Sell packs of cards with holes in them and include coins in the pack. Collectors would have to match the cards to the coins. To keep life simple, they only produced a set of 30 in 1997. BUT, boys and girls, there's a catch! See, they kicked out a ton of Brass coins, and then held back on the Silver and Gold coins. This means that each card could have three coins for it, and it was up to the collector to decide which of the coins they REALLY wanted...



There were also variations of the cards that already had "coins" in them, which were really just foil inlays. These came in Bronze, Silver, and Gold. But, really, we wanted the actual COINS!



Here's a Junior card with coin, available on eBay for about a buck.



This Clemens is also on eBay, but this is the 1998 version. The 98's had more 'parallels' (imagine that, parallel versions of an oddball-type set), still held the checklist to 30 players, and yes, you had to collect the coins for the die-cut versions. These coins came in all kinds of variety from Nickel Proof to Gold Proof and also varieties of plating. Leave it to Pinnacle Brands to make things... Well... Guaranteed Scarce! Too bad they folded shortly after this....

5 comments:

capewood said...

I have some of these but I was never able to get the coin into the hole.

Pinnacle was doing a lot of weird things in those days. I'll have to post a Pinnacle baseball card can.

dayf said...

A word of caution:

Never put the card/coin combo into a plastic sheet and put the sheet into a binder full of other cards. At least if you don't want a coin-shaped indentation on the card immediately in front of and behind the card. I have two official Greg Maddux Coin Embossed 1/1 cards now...

--David said...

Ouch! Thanks for the tip... Now, if I can just FIND a Manny coin for my card....

thenennthinning said...

yea, i did that already too. I remember when these first came out because i was at a card show at a local mall and they were handing out free packs of these every hour or so. I ended up getting a ton of the '97 and a lot of coins/cards. I don't think I got the whole set, but I was pretty close. They are all in a binder in plastic pages somewhere. I think I got like one silver

Edward Edwin said...

I was able to get the ALex Rodriguez 24kt Solid Gold Coin. I was at a similar promotional event where they were giving away cards and inside the pack was the insert to redeem the coin. Never have seen anything about any of the other solid gold coins though.