Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 1994 Pinnacle Series 1 Baseball

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1994 Pinnacle Baseball was split into two series, each with 270 base cards. Base cards have two different parallels, Museum Collection and Artist’s Proof. Museum Collection parallels are a lot more fun, and a lot more common as well. You can expect to pull about six Museum parallels in each box. Artist’s Proofs, on the other hand, fall just once in every 26 packs, so just outside of one per box. 

In addition to the parallels there are a couple of inserts. Tribute inserts are found once in every 18 packs, so I should see at least one. Rookie Team Pinnacle inserts are the toughest chase in this set, found about once in every four boxes. Each card features a player on each side, one from the NL and one from the AL. There are some decent names on the checklist including Carlos Delgado, Chipper Jones, and Manny Ramirez. 

There are also a few decent RCs in Series 1 including Billy Wagner, Torii Hunter, and Trot Nixon.

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1994 Pinnacle Series 1 Baseball Box Break

Pack 1 highlights:

Ryan Klesko, David Justice, Craig Biggio, Bobby Bonilla, Torii Hunter RC, Bo Jackson Tribute (1 in every 18 packs) & Chipper Jones/Kurt Abbott Rookie Team Pinnacle (1:90 packs)

Welp, pulling a tough insert, and arguably the best player in the checklist (Chipper) in the first pack is always a good start.

Pack 2:

Brian Jordan, Dennis Eckersley & Greg Maddux

Pack 3:

Tom Henke & Ruben Sierra

Pack 4:

Bernie Williams, Jim Thome, Ray Lankford, Don Mattingly & Al Martin Museum Collection (1:4 packs)

These Museum Collection parallels are awesome! I should find five more in this box.

Pack 5:

Tino Martinez, Jeff Kent, Barry Larkin, Tony Gwynn, Bret Saberhagen & Javier Lopez

Pack 6:

Barry Bonds, Joe Girardi, Chuck Knoblauch & Sammy Sosa

Pack 7:

Rod Beck, Lance Johnson, Ryne Sandberg, Turk Wendell, Kevin Brown, Curt Schilling & Jack McDowell

I always liked Rod Beck. Could be the 286 career saves. Could be the fu manchu. It could be both. 

Pack 8:

Darren Daulton, Kevin Appier, Andy Van Slyke, Omar Vizquel & Dave Nilsson Museum Collection (1:4 packs)

Pack 9:

Greg Maddux & Barry Bonds

This pack really stuck together, unfortunately.

Pack 10:

Jim Abbott, Jimmy Key, Wade Boggs, Cecil Fielder & Chuck Finley

Pack 11:

Delino DeShields, Kirby Puckett, Lenny Dykstra, Raul Mondesi, Eric Young & Sandy Alomar, Jr.

Pack 12:

Derek Bell, Moises Alou, Orel Hershiser, Mike Piazza & Sterling Hitchcock Museum Collection (1:4 packs)

Pack 13:

Ken Griffey, Jr., Chuck Knoblauch, Vinny Castilla & Sammy Sosa

Griffey has plenty of great shots on his base cards and this is one of them.

Pack 14:

Brady Anderson, Deion Sanders, Roger Clemens, Cal Ripken, Jr., Carlos Baerga, Ken Caminiti & Manny Ramirez

Pack 15:

John Olerud, B.J. Surhoff, Devon White, Kevin Mitchell & Brooks Kieschnick RC

How in the world was I not supposed to show off that KIeschnick cards?

Pack 16:

Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, Gary Sheffield & Mike Moore Museum Collection (1:4 packs)

Pack 17:

Bernie Williams, Dave Justice Tribute (1:18 packs), Wade Boggs, Cecil Fielder & Roger Clemens

Pack 18:

Mo Vaughn, Greg Vaughn, Jeff Conine & Torii Hunter RC

Pack 19:

Craig Biggio, Dave Justice, Bobby Bonilla & Barry Larkin

Pack 20:

Ryne Sandberg, Kevin Brown, Jack McDowell, Billy Wagner RC, Paul Molitor & Kevin Higgins Museum Collection (1:4 packs)

At this point, “Bill” Wagner was starting games in A-ball. Who knew he would go on to record 422 major league saves?

Pack 21:

Darren Daulton, Cal Ripken, Jr. & Carlos Baerga

Pack 22:

Frank Thomas & Bret Saberhagen

Pack 23:

Jay Bell, Tony Gwynn & Trot Nixon RC

Nixon just recently got inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.

Pack 24:

Doc Gooden, John Wetteland, Chipper Jones & Geronimo Pena Museum Collection (1:4 packs)

Lastly, the Doc card back. 

As I mentioned, the Museum Collection parallels are great, Unfortunately, I didn’t find any big names in this box. But, with six per box it may be worth another rip. Pulling that tough Rookie Team Pinnacle in the first pack was big. Luckily, it survived the cards sticking together. 

Some of these cards ended up really rough. That is always a buzzkill when ripping older products. You always need to know in the back of your mind that there is a chance of bricking and just have fun ripping.

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1 comment

  1. Louie 13 June, 2024 at 02:20

    Built the 94 Pinnacle as a Master Set. The Artist Proofs were really pain. Bought a bunch off of Ebay. Sometimes buying groups of 50 to get 5 or 6 I needed. Bought a 200+
    Count lot just to get 18. Wound up with 500+ extra AP. Same with Museum cards. There were a few Museums
    that were mail in redemptions. Have the Museum and the mail in card. I have wrapper variations. Took 6 years but I finally finished it. All nicely set in 2 albums. Haven’t looked at it in over 20 years.

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