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!