Last night I took part in a very fun podcast interview with Ryan of the R-Rated Sports Card Show. One of the things we discussed was my love for Pinnacle Brands. We already know Pinnacle was the first company to produce a pack-inserted “one of one”, the first to release “rip cards”, the first to release printing plates and are responsible for perhaps the greatest high-end product of the 90s, Totally Certified.
For their many innovations, Pinnacle Brands also hit their fair share of duds including cards in cans, cards with coins embedded into them, and other wacky ideas. However, as Twitter user MJ pointed out, Pinnacle may have at the very least been the inspiration for Topps’ rainbow parallels that either rule or plague the hobby these days, depending on what collector you ask.
Clearly, Topps was no where near these colorful cards in the late 90s. Topps had…
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