Monday, September 15, 2008
1997 Pinnacle Inside... the first baseball card in a can. No really, they put a square pack of cards in a big round can. You'd think that a pack of cards rattling loose in a metal container would end up with trashed cards but surprisingly all the cans I've opened have had the cards come out looking minty fresh. That still doesn't answer the key question of "why the hell would you put baseball cards in a can that would be better used for creamed corn". Pinnacle did a lot of weird stuff in the '90s trying to distinguish themselves from the rest of the card manufacturers. Tins, dufex, large sized cards, that sort of thing. The idea behind cans was so cards could be sold at grocery stores stacked up on an endcap like soup or beans. Ok, stop laughing, that was really the idea. The thought behind it was that cans would deter theft, stop pack searching and would attract more eyeballs than a box in the candy display. Obviously theory and practice are two different things. I found a few cans cheap this weekend so I snagged one to open and a few for some player collectors I know. I don't think there's a hard core Juan Gonzalez collector out there (and if there is, I apologize) so Juan Gone was the one to get the can opener.
Yeah, I know. I really need to get a working camera. Maybe I'll get one for Festivus or an un-birthday present. Oooh but look!
First EVAR baseball card in a can!!!1 See I wasn't just bamboozlin' ya. Why it took so long I'll never know. Rectangular cards... round can... it's just intuitive, ya know? Ut oh... here's one of the drawbacks of steel packaging technology:
No more mint packaging for Juan. I wonder if cards have an expiration date? It's time to open this sucker. If you happen to find some of these beasts I recommend a side cutter can opener model for opening. Clean cut, no sharp edges and you can stack the lid back on top when you're done. ok here's the pack:
Yeah! Egger rookie! Edgar is in a group of players along with Andres Galarraga and Marquis Grissom who played only a short time with the Braves but I love 'em to death. (Not on the list). This is kind of a love it or hate it card design. It's got three photos pf the player on the card, but it's REALLY busy in a mid '90s kind of way. The foil name is actually pretty readable, but the huge Inside logo on the top right stabs a lot of players right in the head. There are no stats on the back, but there are some cool Studio-style factoids about the player. I'm going to pick out one of these factoids for each of the players in the set. Here's the back of Edgar's card so you can see what I mean:
140 Edgar Renteria rookie
Highlight: 22-game hit streak in '96
104 Rondell White
Mannerism: Big stride as he swings
17 Rafael Palmeiro
Charities: Chairman of Juvenile Diabetes "Walk for a Cure"
What kind of Orioles cap is this?? That thing is awesome!
50 Dean Palmer
Character: Quiet, steady presence on field and in clubhouse
103 Shane Reynolds
First Name: Richard
1 David Cone
Fans: Wear "cone heads" in stands
72 Jim Thome
Style: Wears socks above calves
123 Curtis Pride
Oddity: Fifth deaf major leaguer in history
90 Carlos Delgado
'93 Southern League MVP
Another hat aside: Carlos must be really, really patriotic to risk having his hat getting accidentally stapled to his head because of an errant line drive. I think that's a flag pin of Puerto Rico, but it's too small to tell.
137 Robin Jennings rookie
Ok pack. No shiny cards, but a couple of stars and an Edgar rookie. Curtis Pride is a cool card to have as well. Now I need to figure out what to do with the Gonzalez can. Pencil holder? Recycle? Kick it down the street until the neighbors yell at me? I think I'll save pennies inside it until I have enough money for another can of cards.