I've documented my reasons for my lack of activity here on my blog, but that hasn't stopped me from checking out the card section at Target when I stop in. I should be organizing my Allen & Ginter cards to see what I still lack, but other things have kept me from doing so. I haven't wanted to dive into a another set, but that pack ripping itch got the better of me the other day when I was out running errands.
A few weeks back I picked up a auto of Jonny Venters from this set for cheap. It was decent looking enough, but I had really seen what the regular cards from the set looked like. I saw a few images online, but nothing replaces holding said item in hand in order to make a final decision. That said I grabbed one retail pack of the new Pinnacle cards the other day to satisfy my desire to rip something new.
When the inaugural Pinnacle set came out in 1992 I was hooked. I was still new at collecting cards and Pinnacle was one of my first introductions to the next level of cards, "premium" if you will. I loved the slick glossy black look of the cards. I'm sure Panini is hoping that retro feel will be popular w/ today's collectors as well. If this were a fully licensed product, I'd be all over it. Without the team name and logos though I just can't that excited. Of course I knew this going in, but again I wanted to see what these were all about first hand. Love the simple and slick design. I like the up close images as well. Panini has done a good job replicating a set from my childhood and if money wasn't an option I still might buy more. However I'll just have to stick with this one pack. At least it yielded me an Evan Gattis RC.