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Looking to treat yourself to something special for the holidays, something perhaps befitting of a king? Then consider the presented 1998 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Gold test set. A descendant of Pinnacle's groundbreaking 1996 Select Certified Mirror Gold parallel set, the 1998 Pinnacle Totally Certified Platinum Gold cards were also manufactured to an elite print run of just 30 sets made, only each of these sets was serial-numbered out of 30 on back. With only 30 examples each player produced, odds of pulling any one of these cards in the product's August 1998-slated release would have been astronomical had Pinnacle not closed its doors and filed for bankruptcy just weeks earlier, in July. Finding one of these cards would have been nice, sure, and finding one in sharp enough shape to merit PSA 10 Gem Mint consideration even nicer, but the chances of finding the set's first ten cards, all with the same serial-number on back -- 30/30, a great baseball number -- and all in PSA 10 Gem Mint Condition? Forget about it! The odds would have been virtually impossible, in fact, had someone at Pinnacle not "backdoored" these cards to a friend or customer or perhaps even taken them for himself before the bank seized Pinnacle's assets.

Over the last several years, a few scattered copies from the set have turned up on eBay, and the PSA Set Registry shows one other listing from accomplished insert set collector George Calfas. Interestingly, none of the 1998 Platinum Gold cards that have turned up on eBay have been for cards beyond #10 Rusty Greer, and PSA's Set Registry also shows a checklist of just ten cards, the same first ten cards from the base set, so we can assume that the 1998 Totally Certified Platinum Gold set, like its 1997 predecessor, was designed as a parallel. Because only a handful of examples of the set's first ten cards have surfaced, however, some collectors have taken to calling these first ten cards from the unfinished 1998 set a test (or proof) issue, and no one knows precisely how many escaped into the market, whether it was all 30 partial print runs produced, or fewer, far fewer, perhaps as few as ten or less according to some collectors. What we do know for certain, however, is that unlike the comany's 1997 Pinnacle Certified product, which confused collectors by not publishing the print runs for their Mirror Gold, Blue and Red parallels like they did in 1996 -- thereby leading some skeptics to falsely doubt the 1996 print runs as well -- what we do know is that the 1998 Platinum Gold cards are virtually impossible to find, which leads us to conclude that less than 30 total print runs survived. Thankfully, however, those few runs included card #9 Derek Jeter, the 1996 AL Rookie of the year, who in 1998 was about to lead the Yankees to a World Series "three-peat" over the next three seasons. This card alone has tremendous value -- a similar 1997 version is currently listed on eBay for $14,999 -- but when you combine it with the remainder of the 10-card test run, all similarly numbered 30/30 made and all graded PSA 10 Gem Mint, you have something extremely special, something unique and unparalleled in the hobby, something certainly fit for a collecting king. 

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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium: $2,931
Number Bids: 24
Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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