One Man's Thoughts on Sports Card Collecting

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Additions to the Griffey Collection

I made a couple of long sought after additions to my Griffey collection in the last couple weeks:

First, one of the Epix Season Griffeys from 1998 Pinnacle.  This is one of my all-time favorite insert sets, and I was thrilled to get a chance to pick up one of the rare Season versions.  I actually was talking about this set in one of my recent posts - my understanding is that the Epix Season cards were supposed to be inserted into a Pinnacle set that was never released because the company went bankrupt.  No one seems to know exactly how these cards made it into the market, though one website I found thinks that some of the soon-to-be axed employees made off with some boxes of cards as a form of backdoor compensation (pure hearsay, take it for what you will).  I would suspect that some of the cards were purchased as part of a bankruptcy liquidation sale, but another site said their undistributed cards were ordered destroyed.  (Again, I have no proof of this, just the word of an anonymous person on the internet).  I've got three more to go until I've got the full Epix Griffey set - Emerald Game, Purple Season, and Emerald Season.

The other 2 big additions also came from 1998 Pinnacle (I've got to figure out a better way to take these pictures.  Stupid camera flash...):

Pinnacle Spellbound letters "R" and "F" #1.  I've always loved the "dufex" style cards, they look really awesome in person.  But the REAL reason I'm excited about getting these 2 cards is because.....

...I now have the full G-R-I-F-F-E-Y set~!  (Crummy picture, I know).  That's one off the wish list!


  1. Nice cards....I collect Griffey as well! You need a place to add pictures to your post. Are there any Griffeys in particular you are looking for?

  2. In general I'm not looking for specific Griffeys, I'm interested in any that I come across! :)

    The 2008 UD Masterpieces framed parallels are some of the few that I keep a special watch for. I have several of them already for both of Griffey's cards from that set. The bulk of my current collection comes from 1989-2000, as that was the height of my collecting days before I went on hiatus form the hobby for a while.

  3. Then Griffey Moment Epix cards were scheduled for insertion into packs of 1998 Pinnacle Certified, but were never released.The Griffey Season Epix's
    were inserted in Zenith (All Zenith Epix cards were embedded inside a 5" X 7" jumbo card, which had to be torn open to reveal the smaller, standard-sized card.)