Pack Animal: 2013 Panini Pinnacle

I recently bought my third pack of Panini Pinnacle.

“Three whole packs?”, the people at Panini America might be saying, “Now we’ll meet our sales quota for the year!”

2013 Panini Pinnacle Aroldis Chapman Arists Proof

No, no, this is something notable…  Other than last year’s Triple Play, I think this is the only Panini product where I went back for “seconds”.   Everything else I’ve tried with Panini, like this:

2013 Panini Hometown Heroes States Max Scherzer

…was met with a shrug and a lack of desire for more.

There’s something appealing about this set.

It could be the well-chosen action shots that make the lack of logos palatable.

2013 Panini Pinnacle Billy Butler

These cards are also relatively understated – especially for Panini, who apparently never heard the saying “less is more”.

There’s also no foil on the base cards, which is always a good thing.

But I think the main thing it has going for it is that, in my mind, it’s the best baseball product not put out by Topps…. and the “not Topps” part is what makes it refreshing.  It’s different in ways that don’t always register, but still make them “not Topps”.

2013 Panini Pinnacle Rickey Henderson

By far, the biggest thing that works against Pinnacle for me is the price point.  $3 for 8 cards works out to be $0.375 per card;  that’s more than twice the per-card cost of a fully-licensed Topps wax pack.  Even if the price-per-card were $0.25 – maybe $2 for 8 cards or $3 for 12 cards – that would go a pretty long way towards getting me to buy more.

Some of the inserts I’ve pulled are pretty neat.  This Randy Johnson card features clear acetate, which of course doesn’t scan as clear, and the edges are shiny, which of course doesn’t scan as shiny.

2013 Panini Pinnacle Clear Vision Randy Johnson

Even though clear & shiny are two things I don’t normally collect, I would hang on to this card if it were a player I collected.

At this point, I’m looking to get more Pinnacle cards, especially the Matt Wieters.  As he’s not featured on any Topps card, I think his Pinnacle card is the best-looking 2013 Wieters I’ve seen.

…but I’ll likely be looking for it online or at a show, rather than buying more packs.

One other thing I’ve noticed about Pinnacle:  You don’t need a forensics team to see someone’s fingerprint on these cards.  Something about the finish and the black background makes those prints stand out.  Don’t handle any Pinnacle if you’re hiding from the authorities.

I haven’t seen too many posts about Pinnacle.  Has anyone else tried it?  What did you think?


One thought on “Pack Animal: 2013 Panini Pinnacle

  1. I bought a pack a couple weeks ago. Reminded me of the Pinnacle of the 90’s. Decent looking and some cool inserts. But it definitely is overpriced. Most Panini products are compared to similar Topps products.

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