Card of the Day: 1994 Pinnacle Artist Proofs Barry Bonds

Inserts and parallels. That’s what collecting was all about in the early 1990s. When it became apparent that inserts were an instant money maker, card companies decided to make parallels of base cards, inserting them at a rate of one per pack. One of the first was 1992 Topps, which placed one gold foil card in every pack. And then through subsequent years companies made different types of parallels, which were increasingly more difficult to obtain. In 1994, the Score/Pinnacle company began using Dufex technology on their cards, calling the parallels in the Pinnacle base brand the “Museum Collection.” And then they decided to create the supposedly superior Artist’s Proof versions, which were inserted about one per box, and according to Beckett, limited to about 1,000 sets.

The Museum Collection cards were some of the prettiest parallels of their time. But sadly enough they are worth less than the Artist Proofs cards (example shown above), which are anything but creative.

Look at this Bonds card, which hails from 1994 Pinnacle. It’s basically a base card with a little gold-foil stamp above the name that states “Artist Proof.” Not sure how you feel about this, but it kind of ticks me off that so little effort was placed into this supposedly superior parallel. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to switch the standard of the two parallels, making the less creative more common than the cooler Dufex? I suppose the current state of this particular parallel works fine for some collectors because they are able to pick up the more common, yet better-looking, Dufex cards for a mere fraction of the AP versions. In the case of Bonds, this AP version books in the $40 neighborhood, while the Dufex comes in at $10.

Pinnacle appears to have been showcasing the photography with the particular set, and that notion is furthered with the naming of the parallels. But when it comes down to it, the Artist Proofs cards are really not much different than the base card, which in and of itself is pretty underwhelming in the first place.

One Response to “Card of the Day: 1994 Pinnacle Artist Proofs Barry Bonds”

  1. I loved the Museum Collection cards — I still pick them up if I see them at a card show. I agree, though — the Artist Proof cards are pretty crappy.

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