The Panini America Quality Control Gallery: 2013 Pinnacle Baseball (97 Must-See Pics)

August 09, 2013

Panini America 2013 Pinnacle Baseball QC (5)

Next Wednesday, Panini America will triumphantly break the moratorium on a proud brand from baseball’s past with the release of 2013 Pinnacle Baseball, a refreshing revisiting of the popular product that’s been absent from the collecting scene for 16 years.

Although so much has changed since Pinnacle Baseball last released in 1997, Panini America officials have stayed true to those things that endeared the product to so many fans and collectors, beginning with a base-set design clearly inspired by that original 1992 Pinnacle release. But a familiar base design is just the start.

2013 Pinnacle Baseball — bolstered by the first Panini America Rookie Cards of Yasiel Puig — boasts enough nostalgic nods to Pinnacle’s past to satiate even the most discerning longtime brand devotees, including the distinctly Dufexian feel of Museum Collection, Artist Proof parallels and acetate aplenty. But there’s also something for new-generation collectors meeting Pinnacle for the first time — and for proof of that, check out the Clear Vision insert in the gallery that follows.

On average, each hobby box of 2013 Pinnacle Baseball will deliver four Clear Vision cards, three Museum Collection parallels, one Artist Proof parallel, five Nufex inserts (Slug Fest, Team Pinnacle, Aces), five acetate inserts (Pinnacle of Success, Swing for the Fences), two autographs and so much more.

We’ll have much more on 2013 Pinnacle Baseball right here on The Knight’s Lance in the coming days. But for now, enjoy the fruits of the Quality Control process that took place earlier this week.