Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 1996 Zenith Series II Football
As some of you know, I keep a stash of cheap wax around at all times. In addition to the unopened boxes, I have a picture folder on my computer chock full of breaks waiting to be posted. Recently I noticed I was nearly out of football breaks, and seeing how the football box breaks run through the end of the season, it was time to stock back up!
I took advantage of some Black Friday sales and ordered another 20 or so boxes to be featured here. This box of 1996 Zenith Series II from Pinnacle just happens to be the first box I opened from that shipment.
1996 Pinnacle Zenith Series II Football Box Break
Cards per pack: 6
Packs per box: 24
Price paid: $23
Pack 1 highlights:
Bruce Smith, Garrison Hearst & Dan Marino Checklist
Marcus Allen, Tim Brown & Herman Moore Proof Positive (a subset, so still considered a base card)
Junior Seau, Ricky Watters PP, Jeff Blake PP & John Elway Noteworthy ‘95 (1 in every 12 packs)
Daryl “Moose” Johnston & Ken Dilger RC
Dan Marino, Drew Bledsoe, John Elway & Brett Favre PP
Warren Moon & Steve McNair RC
Deion Sanders & Cowboys Triple Trouble: Aikman, Smith & Irvin
Marshall Faulk, Troy Aikman & Terrell Davis PP
Errict Rhett & Andre Reed Artist’s Proof (1:23 packs)
Dan Marino AFC Checklist & Kerry Collins PP
Joey Galloway PP & Robert Brooks PP
Andre Reed, Rashaan Salaam RC, Trent Dilfer & Jeff George
Curtis Martin RC
Brett Favre, Cris Carter, Emmitt Smith NFC Checklist & Darick Holmes Rookie Rising (1:24 packs). Great looking insert card featuring Pinnacle’s Dufex technology, unfortunately not the best player. Some of the better names on the checklist for this insert set included Curtis Martin, Kordell Stewart, Terrell Davis & Steve McNair.
Wayne Chrebet RC, Rodney Hampton & Terry Allen Artist’s Proof (1:23 packs)
Reggie White, Shannon Sharpe & Isaac Bruce Z Team (1:72 packs)
Ben Coates, Michael Irvin, Jim Harbaugh, Herschel Walker & Harbaugh PP
Jim Kelly (quite the photo choice on this one) & Jerry Rice
Emmitt Smith, Steve Young & Larry Brown Noteworthy ‘95 (1:12 packs)
Isaac Bruce & Napoleon Kaufman RC
Robert Brooks & Joey Galloway RC
Barry Sanders & Kordell Stewart PP
Terrell Davis RC, Derrick Thomas & Isaac Bruce PP
Jerome Bettis & Carl Pickens PP
Lastly, the Bettis card back. How many of you actually remember Bettis played for the Rams? I always think of him as a Pittsburgh Steeler.
This was a really solid break. Beat the 1:23 odds and pulled two Artist’s Proofs cards, both being skill players, too (always a plus)! I also hit the chase of this product in the Isaac Bruce Z Team insert, which are found just once every three boxes. This design has always been one of my favorites. Zenith was always a great looking product. At just a dollar a pack, I wouldn’t mind opening some more!
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