BOX BREAK: 2011-12 Pinnacle Hockey

I have a feeling that I am unique.  I have a small stash of unopened boxes and packs sitting around so that when the “mood strikes me” or I want to reward myself for something, I have some packs to open.

Watching the Playoffs with my girlfriend the other night, I just got into a mood, so I pulled this box out.  I picked it up awhile back because a) It was a really good price, and b) Andrew Shaw rookies. It was the only box (of this) that he had, or I might have snagged more.

I’m not going to give a play-by-play rundown on every card, but wanted to show this one first.  I asked my girlfriend if she wanted to open a pack.  She was indifferent, but I got her to open one.  There wasn’t much in her first pack, the best being a Sidney Crosby base.  “Ah well, I got her to open one,” I thought.  A minute or two later, I asked her if she wanted to do another.  She was pretty excited to answer “yes.”   In her second pack, she got her first hit:

2011-12 Pinnacle Threads #34 Antti Niemi
2011-12 Pinnacle Threads #34 Antti Niemi

Not a big hit, but she was pretty excited.  Her third and final pack didn’t yield much, but I have definitely gotten her interested.  It helps that she likes hockey.  We probably watched at least 50 Stars games this season and a good many Blackhawks ones as well.  As of this writing, she’s somewhere in the mid-900s range overall in the NHL Bracket Challenge.  Not bad for a contest that had about 800,000 entries.

Onto the break, not much to speak of, no major rookies…but when you get to the last one, I was excited for that hit.

2011-12 Pinnacle Breakthrough #7 Ryane Clowe
2011-12 Pinnacle Breakthrough #7 Ryane Clowe
2011-12 Pinnacle Breakthrough #16 Andrew Ladd
2011-12 Pinnacle Breakthrough #16 Andrew Ladd
2011-12 Pinnacle Breakthrough #11 Nikolai Kulemin
2011-12 Pinnacle Breakthrough #11 Nikolai Kulemin
2011-12 Pinnacle Game Night Materials #21 Stephane Da Costa
2011-12 Pinnacle Game Night Materials #21 Stephane Da Costa
2011-12 Pinnacle Rink Collection #155 Ed Jovanovski
2011-12 Pinnacle Rink Collection #155 Ed Jovanovski
2011-12 Pinnacle #252 Ben Scrivens RC
2011-12 Pinnacle #252 Ben Scrivens RC
2011-12 Pinnacle #260 Devante Smith-Pelly RC
2011-12 Pinnacle #260 Devante Smith-Pelly RC
2011-12 Pinnacle #266 Adam Henrique RC
2011-12 Pinnacle #266 Adam Henrique RC
2011-12 Pinnacle #272 Brett Bulmer RC
2011-12 Pinnacle #272 Brett Bulmer RC
2011-12 Pinnacle Canvas Creations #11 Evgeni Malkin
2011-12 Pinnacle Canvas Creations #11 Evgeni Malkin

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2011-12 Pinnacle Tough Times #5 Marty McSorley
2011-12 Pinnacle Tough Times #5 Marty McSorley

Finally, the best hit of the box, and it’s not even really a hockey card:

2011-12 Pinnacle Fans of the Game Autographs #6 Jonathan Davis
2011-12 Pinnacle Fans of the Game Autographs #6 Jonathan Davis

I learned that this interesting autograph is from the lead singer of Korn.  I definitely like the concept of these non-athlete cards being mixed in, if there is a reason.  If you don’t want to keep them, at least there should be a secondary market of some sort for them.  There are thousands of certified autographs out there for many athletes.  I doubt there are as many for the lead singer of Korn or some of the other names (Alyssa Milano and Jamie Pressley are two others).  I’ll take my chances with a card like this over a fourth-liner on the Coyotes that already has 25 different certified autos.

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