Saturday, May 19, 2018

1998 Pinnacle Team Snapshots (Indians)

In the mid-/late- 90's, Pinnacle and Pacific tried to outdo each other with crazy, unique offerings to get collectors interested in the hobby. One such venture from Pinnacle includes these little gems, "Team Snapshots."

The packs of "cards" were presented as if they were photos you were getting from the development store (for those old enough, think Kodak Photo Huts; and for those who have watched the original "Back to the Future," we're talking about the little booth that gets obliterated by the Libyans when they come for Doc).

Even the back of the "pack" has the sealed envelope fold like we used to get when pictures were actually physical things you could hold:

There were 15 teams used for these Snapshots sets. Each pack holds 8 photos. Each team has 18 photos total. The snapshots were sold in boxes of 25, essentially guaranteeing a buyer that s/he would get at least one complete set. It took me 7 packs to get a full set. The "box topper" (as we would call it now) was the team checklist:

The snapshots themselves are 5x7 borderless photos which appear to have been taken during Spring Training. The scans do not do these things justice at all!  They are high-gloss photos that look like something anyone with a mid-/high-range film camera would have taken back in the day.

In this pack, we have:

Enrique Wilson:

Brian Giles:

Chad Ogea:

Travis Fryman:

Jim Thome:

Geronimo Berroa:

Sandy Alomar Jr:

David Justice:

The backs carry the "photomat" concept through with a repeating diagonal Pinnacle logo, copyright info, and the item number (# of 18). Nowhere, however, is the player's name, etc listed. These are meant to resemble photos as if you had them developed yourself.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

1993 Hi-Tech Indy 500

The greatest auto racing spectacle coming in week and half. Been huge fan of the Indy 500 since I was a kid. This is one of few card sets dedicated to the race. The set consist of 81 cards based from 1992 Indy 500 race. I remember the race as one of worse ones with numerous accidents resulting multiple drivers getting sent to the hospital. It was already grim month of May prior to the race with big crashes (Rick Mears sliding down the track sideways) and injuries (3-time Formula 1 champion Nelson Piquet, attempting make his first ever Indy 500, broke both his legs) and a death (Jovy Marcelo) from crashes during practice and qualifying. The race ended in only high note with a duel to the finish. This post will include links to the race. On to the cards.
20 - Jeff Andretti - first 33 cards feature drivers' starting position from 1992 Indy 500 race. Front listed driver's finishing position. Back of the card feature picture of the driver and the car when they qualified along with speed and team they drove for. Strange how Jeff is driving for legendary A.J. Foyt after Foyt blasted him last year. The youngest son of legendary Mario Andretti broke both of his legs in one of most violent crashes at the speedway. To his day I still wince when I watch the clip.
1 - Roberto Guerrero - pole sitter with, at the time, fastest qualifying speed of 232.482. He didn't make it to the green flag as he crashed it during the pace laps. That audible laugh from a fan will live on.

24 - Buddy Lazier - his race ended when his Buick V-6 engine expired. He would win Indy 500 in 1996, the year Indycar and CART split.
2 - Eddie Cheever - he lead the field to green flag by default after Guerrero crashed only to get split by Mario and Michael Andretti going into turn 1. He's the lone Ford engine to see the checker flag at the end. He was driving for Chip Ganassi that year. Driving his own team he would win Indy 500 in 1998. Currently Indycar commentator for ABC; most likely announcing his final Indy 500 race this year as NBC Sports got Indycar TV rights starting next year.
28 - Jimmy Vasser - a rookie at the race he got bit hard crashing resulting a broken femur. He came back and became CART champion in 1996 driving for Chip Ganassi. After his driving career ended he become a team owner with KV Racing who won 2013 Indy 500 with Tony Kanaan driving. The team shut down before start 2017 season and sold their equipment to Juncos Racing. He's back this year at Indy in partnership with Dale Coyne Racing.

36 - Al Unser, Jr. - winner of 1992 Indy 500 in a thrilling duel with Scott Goodyear driving for Rick Galles in Galmer chassis. It was final victory for the Galmer chassis. He joined his father Al Sr and uncle Bobby as winners of the race. He won his second Indy in 1994 driving for Roger Penske. The following year the entire Penske team failed qualify for the race marking first time defending champion did not qualify for the race. The years within next decade haven't been kind to him afterwards dealing personal issues along with drug and alcohol abuse. Good news he's been sober for 7 years.

51 - Ted Prappas - after multiple crashes during practice in 1991 he finally made the field in 1992. Dropped out of the race with gearbox problem finishing in 16th. It's his only time he raced at Indy 500.
41 - Bobby Rahal - 1986 Indy 500 winner finished 6th in the race a lap down. 1992 was his first year driving for his own team which continues to this day with his son, Graham, and last year Indy 500 winner, Takuma Sato, racing. Team won 2004 Indy 500 with driver Buddy Rice in a rain shorten race. Danica Patrick started out with Rahal team before going to Andretti Racing.
 47 - Dominic Dobson - last driver to see the checkered flag finishing 12th, his best finish at the race.
35 - Roberto Guerrero - getting his qualifying pose done before the bad luck hit on race day. Card glossed over his teammate in the race, the late Jim Crawford, was the first to hit unofficial 230 MPH lap at practice.

Let the field of 33 be filled and be ready on Memorial Day Sunday.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2013 Garbage Pail Kids Brand New Series 3

Continuing my look at packs of cards I know nothing about...I present to you a third pack of Garbage Pail Kids cards! 

pack front

odds from pack

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Monday, May 14, 2018

2018 Funko Avengers Infinity War Mystery Minis


Hope everyone is doing well.

I'm hanging in there...I'm assisting with the remodel of the Target I work at part-time by essentially working overnights full time.  That plus the regular job means I don't have much time for anything else during the week except for sleeping.  Also, an earlier than expected move out of the house we've been renting for the past 7 years means that I'm currently living with my in-laws with all my stuff in storage.  Ugh.  I have some pics saved on my computer for posts I've been holding on to, but they're mostly Pokemon, so that my youngest can take the cards back and do whatever he does with them.  Anyway, this isn't my blog, so no need to bore you all with the details; you're here for pretty pics, right?

So, one night while putting things away, I came across these in the clearance section.  I thought it was too soon for them to be put on clearance but also thought one was good for the's a 2018 Funko Avengers Infinity War Mystery Mini!

In case you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of 10 years and 19 movies' worth of Marvel super hero adventures.  In three weeks, it has made close to $550 million in the US alone.  However, there doesn't appear to be any trading cards released to celebrate the movie, unless it's being held back to prevent any spoilers.

Here's the back of the box, which shows you the available bobble-heads as well as the odds of pulling them.  This back is from the Target exclusive version (if you haven't gathered that from the top of the post).  There is also a regular release, a Wal-Mart release, and a Hot Topic release.  Head over here for the complete list.

The bobble-head comes sealed in a black plastic bag, with nothing else inside.  So who did I get?

I got Thor, and I'm cool with that.  I guess I would have preferred the Hulkbuster; I've read that the thing's so heavy that you'd know that you got it when picking up the yes, I tried lifting all the boxes and it wasn't among the remaining boxes.  I don't think lifting the box constitutes pack searching.

Anyway, that's the box.  I may get more if the clearance price drops more so that Thor could have a buddy to hang out with or an enemy to fight.  And as for the funky-looking ax instead of his hammer, well, spoilers.

Thanks for reading!