Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Pinnacle of My Collection

It's a new year and time to add a new set. I felt like there was a gaping hole in my collection that just needed to be filled. I started collecting baseball cards in 1986 and was very involved in the hobby through 1993. During that time we had some new players come on the scene. Score and Upper Deck came decided to show up to the party to give Topps, Donruss and Fleer a run for their money. It was during this time that companies tried to one up each other with releasing premium sets mostly to compete with Upper Deck's debut in 1989. Donruss released it's Leaf brand in 1990, followed by Topps showcasing it's Stadium Club brand and Fleer releasing Ultra in 1991 and Score debuting it's Pinnacle line in 1992 while Topps released it's revamped Bowman line that focused heavily on rookies that same year. Then Topps decided to get crazy and release Finest in 1993 and things just went berserk after that. For a while I had a complete 1992 Bowman set in my collection, but I never really cared for the design. Maybe it was the way stats were displayed on the back or the candid photos of rookies in their street clothes. Regardless, I got rid of the set a few years ago and created the predicament I had, no set for 1992. Well, I finally filled that hole today when I purchased a complete set of 1992 Pinnacle for less than a blaster from eBay. While I still have the insert sets to chase down, I'm glad to own the base set and I'm glad this hole is finally filled in my collection.