Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 1991 Pinnacle Football
By the mid-to-late ’90s Pinnacle was known for their inserts and parallels. Once it got going, Dufex technology was an annual inclusion in Pinnacle sets, no matter the sport. In 1991, though, the Pinnacle brand was just getting started. Their debut football release contains no inserts at all.
1991 Pinnacle Football features a 415-card base set. And that’s it. There are no inserts, which seems strange knowing what Pinnacle became. There are some subsets, however, and fun ones at that including Tech, Idols, Sidelines, Game Winner and Head to Head. A total of 74 different Rookie Cards are also found on the checklist.
1991 Pinnacle Football Box Break
Cards per pack: 12
Packs per box: 36
Price paid: $10
Pack 1 highlights:
Phil Simms, Greg Lewis RC & Brian Noble Sideline
Noble was the host of his own television show, Hitting the Outdoors. On the show, Noble and a co-host talked about outdoor recreational sports, including his most-loved outdoor activities, hunting and fishing.
Troy Aikman & Ted Washington RC
William Perry & Cris Carter
Thurman Thomas, Jim Harbaugh, Ed McCaffrey RC & Esera Tuaolo
Tuaolo, in full uniform, sang the national anthem before one of his own games with the Packers.
Jerry Rice & Craig Heyward
A RC hot pack; Mike Pritchard RC, Derek Russell RC, Keith Traylor RC & Russell Maryland RC
Michael “Playmaker” Irvin
William “Refrigerator” Perry & Kenny Walker
Boomer Esiason, Ronnie Lott/Mark Carrier IDOL & Earnest Byner/Kevin Mack IDOL
Howie Long, Oscar Robertson/Steve Jordan IDOL & Ted Hendricks/Darryl Talley IDOL
Andre Rison & Emmitt Smith
Andre Reed, Barry Sanders, Art Monk SL, Roger Staubach/Troy Aikman IDOL & Bob Hayes/Henry Ellard IDOL
Art Monk was an avid fisherman, often competing in bass fishing tournaments during the offseason.
Barry Sanders GW
Rod Woodson, Mike SIngletary, Wesley Walker/Al Toon IDOL & Ottis Anderson/Rodney Hampton IDOL
Earl Campbell/Thurman Thomas IDOL & Charley Taylor/Ronnie Lott IDOL
Thurman Thomas GW
Rod Woodson, Howie Long & Mike Singletary
Richard Tardits SL
Tardits, a Patriots linebacker, was also a member of the French bobsled team at the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Jerry Rice, Staubach/Aikman IDOL & Terry Bradshaw/Dan Marino IDOL
Herschel Walker, Derrick Thomas, Jim McMahon & Marcus Allen
Steve Young & Lawrence Taylor
Hayes/Ellard IDOL & Campbell/Thomas IDOL
Barry “The Human Joystick” Sanders
Roger Craig, Jan Stenerud/Jim Breech IDOL & Rodney Hampton GW
Howie Long, Rod Woodson & Herschel Walker GW
Dan Marino, Byner/Mack IDOL & Roman Gabriel/Steve DeBerg IDOL
A native of Tonga, Sikahema’s specialty was punt and kick returns. In his first two seasons in the NFL he led the league in punt return yards.
Daryl Johnston, Boomer Esiason, Rodney Hampton, Phil Simms, Robertson/Jordan IDOL & Hendricks/Talley IDOL
Deion Sanders & Sean Landeta TECH
I remember these TECH subset cards being super cool when I was a kid.
Junior Seau, Mo Lewis RC & Barry Sanders GW
Lastly, the Andre Reed card back. Reed and QB Jim Kelly made quite the tandem in Buffalo.
Were there good inserts to chase? No. Are there big hits in this product? No. Are there some fun subsets to be found on the lengthy checklist? Absolutely. These alone make this product worthwhile., not to mention the price. At three packs for $1, it’s an absolute no-brainer.
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