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One of the rarest of all parallel sets from the mid 1990s is Pinnacle Aficionado's seldom-encountered 1996 First Pitch Preview issue. According to, "Collectors who answered a series of trivia questions correctly on the Pinnacle Brands website would receive one randomly selected First Pitch Preview card via mail. Cards were also distributed to collectors on Pinnacle's mailing list." According to the same valuable resource, one private collector has been able to confirm the existence of at least eight full 100-card sets that were produced, with some players appearing with more frequency on the secondary market.

Needless to say, we should emphasize that whether we're talking about a print run of 8, or 12, or 30, we're talking about a super-duper short printed parallel here on par with (or perhaps even scarcer than) the 30 groundbreaking Select Certified Mirror Gold sets, also produced by Pinnacle that same year. Offered in this lot is a highly unusual opportunity to acquire 11 of the 100 cards comprising the full parallel set, including major stars and HOFers like Frank Thomas, Rickey Henderson, Randy Johnson, Mark McGwire, Greg Maddux, Jose Canseco, Sammy Sosa, Andres Galarraga, and more. A Mark McGwire example in similar shape recently sold on eBay for $499. All cards rate in the EX-MT to NM-MT range due to characteristic chipping on their reverse black edges.

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Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium: $335
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Sunday, December 15, 2019.
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