Monday, November 9, 2020

Group Break Results - 1997 Pinnacle Mint, 2000 Topps Attax & 2008 Topps Rookie Progression


Time to get a quick recap post made for those of you that either missed the live break on YouTube or just would rather skim over some of the results. 

Friday, 10/30/20 we broke two baseball boxes - 1997 Pinnacle Mint and 2000 Topps Attax. Most of the interest in that break was the box of Mint so let's get right to it.

Pinnacle tried to merge the card and the coin collectors into one product. The base cards have a hole where you see these bronze logos. The hole is designed for the included coins that were packed in 2 per pack. There were also 3 levels of parallels for the base set included these bronze you see.

We just beat the odds and pulled a silver parallel. The gold parallels, which I've never seen in person, feature Pinnacle's patented Dufex technology. I was really hoping we'd pull one, but no dice.

The coins also come in different varieties, with the brass coins falling 2:1. I've never pulled one of the gold coins so I have no idea how you tell the difference between these brass and a gold.

The silver coins were seeded 1:15 and we ended up with a Barry Bonds. The coins came in black plastic trays if you were wondering.

Thanks to fellow (or former?) Blogger user, hiflew, we filled out the 2000 Topps Attax break...but I guess I overestimated the interest this product would draw. That said I'm just highlighting the gold parallels that were pulled. My favorite is the easily the Pujols.

Our most recent break went back to the route of football with a hobby box of 2008 Topps Rookie Progression. The checklist had a pretty good selection of RCs with players in their college uniforms. While I may not have pulled the Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers) RC I was hoping for, we still ended up with some decent names.

Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, Rashard Mendenhall, DeSean Jackson

One of the inserts was called Progression and featured rookies, veterans and hall of famers. These were printed on thicker card stock from the base cards.

Silver parallels were numbered to /299 while gold were numbered to /199.

Our two autos were of players who weren't drafted by a NFL I figured the best way to get these in the hands of the participants was to just use to randomly assign them.

The first drawing (Adarius Bowman) saw the list of participants (minus myself) randomized 6 times with the winner being John D.

The list for the next auto (DeCody Fagg) was randomized 6 times and the winner being Denny W. Congratulations to both...I guess!

Our two promised relic cards turned out to be better than our autos! First up is Dwayne Bowe, followed by a Progression Single of Reggie Wayne. I've already packed up these cards and I've forgotten what either were numbered to, but they are both numbered to at least /299.

While we may not have hit some of the bigger base RCs or pulled the best autos from the checklist, I thought this was a fun box none the less. Thank you to everyone that participated in the last two more break coming up before we break (no pun intended) for the Thanksgiving holiday. Breaks will resume Friday, 12/04/20. Look for the sign up post to go up Saturday, 11/28/20.


  1. All of these cards are pretty cool. None of which I was familiar with. The coin cards are intriguing. The '08 Rookie Progression Rookie cards have a good look to them. Good post.

    1. I personally love the 1997 Pinnacle Mint set. I hated how some of the cards stuck together, but I've come to expect that with 90's stuff.

  2. Pinnacle Mint sure brings back memories. I'd love to bust open a box one day.

    1. When I found a sealed box I at a decent price I knew I had to purchase it for the break group. Such fun.