What's even older news is that eight years earlier, Pinnacle created something very similar with their 1998 Zenith Dare to Tear product. Each box contained eighteen packs, each pack had three 5x7 cards, and each 5x7 card contained one standard sized card.
If I ever make a Top 10 Wantlist for Unopened Products, this will probably make the list. I opened up a ton of the 1997/98 Zenith Dare to Tear Hockey, but only a handful of baseball packs.
Recently, I received a very generous care package from Rod over at Padrographs and he included two "intact" 5x7 cards:
Pinnacle created two different parallels for the 5x7's: Silver Impulse and Gold Impulse (#'d to 100). The Gwynn is an example of the Silver Impulse parallel, which I didn't have. What does that mean? It means that I won't be tearing into it.
The Gwynn remains intact:
Here's a scan of the back. You'll notice that the card is numbered Z22. All of the 5x7 cards feature a Z in front of the card number. The standard sized cards do not.
I thought about keeping the Caminiti intact too, but the curiosity got the best of me. However, I refuse to actually tear the card. Instead I cut a slit about 2" from the bottom of the card and carefully pulled the embedded card out:
Here's what I got:
Pinnacle also created two standard sized parallels: Z-Silver and Z-Gold (#'d to 100). I hit the jackpot and pulled a Z-Silver Tino. Okay... so this card isn't going to pay this month's mortgage, but it's a nice 90's parallel of a New York Yankees fan favorite who is enshrined in the Hall of Very Good. Better yet is I have no regrets about slicing the Caminiti.
Well that's it for today. I still have a bunch of cool stuff to share from Rod's holiday care package, but this post is already dragging out. I'll get around to posting the rest next weekend. Right now I'm off to eBay to see if I can track down any unopened boxes of this product.
By the way... I totally understand that this product isn't for everyone. Chris Harris over at Stale Gum does a great job of breaking down the negative aspects of this product while ripping into a box a few years ago:
The idea of tearing a baseball card to reveal another baseball card could be considered cardfoolery. But I just think of the 5x7 card as wrapping paper waiting to reveal the present inside.
What do you think?
Sports card blasphemy or hidden treasures?
Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable New Year's Eve with their friends, family members, and/or baseball cards! See ya next year.
Happy Monday and sayonara!