Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Blast From The Past:1996-1997 Pinnacle Mint Hockey 1 Booster Pack Break

In 1999, a flick with Brendan Fraser and Alicia Silverstone called Blast From The Past came out. It was about a scientist named Calvin Webber who was played by Christopher Walken, that took his pregnant wife in a deep underground fallout shelter in 1962 when he thought a nuclear war was imminent. During that time, their son Adam played by Fraser (who seemed to had been in every late 90's movie) was born and was exposed to only the culture of 1962 in the shelter such as the music and TV shows of the time. Life was accustomed to not being at the surface. 

Fast forward 35 years later, their supplies and food was running low so someone would have to come above ground and take a risk to get new products. That was supposed to be Calvin, up until he was ill from stress from his one visit to the surface. So his son Adam would have to venture out in a world he had never met.....

This segment takes a look at products that may have been hidden in a underground fallout shelter for over 20 years and now just coming back out to be rediscovered....by me. Guess you can call me Adam even though my name is Matt. These are products I opened when I was first collecting and is a Part Of My Past, but may not have a memory or a Origins story to attach to them. Most products I post on here will, but some won't and those will be covered in this new segment.These products will be between the years of 1995-1999 only.

Let's just hope my experience with these breaks is better than Adams first visit to the surface.

So let's take a Blast From The Past with a one pack break of 1996-1997 Pinnacle Mint Hockey!

In the 1990's, one of my favorite sports to collect was hockey believe it or not. Hockey cards is what got me into this great hobby. However, it's much different today. Football is my main sport by far with hockey being the least. Baseball is second with basketball a further third (mostly due to licensing)

But, when playing on eBay one day, I was looking for some packs of Pinnacle Mint to rip and I came across a seller who was selling five packs for $5 or so. I couldn't turn that down so I jumped on it and here we are today. I left four of the packs sealed for fun and ripped just this one.

Here is the pack itself. They used to go for $2.49 which I think is pretty cheap for cards and coins. Each one came with 2 cards, one base and one with a coin slot, and one coin.

Here is an overall at look at what you can find, Silver Team Cards 30 Cards 1:23 Packs - Gold Team Card 30 Cards 1:72 Packs - Nickel/Silver Coins 30 Coins 1:30 Packs - Gold Plated Coins 30 Coins 1:72 Packs - Fine Silver Coin 30 Coins 1:5,077 - 24KT Gold Coin 30 Coins 1:51,641 Packs

Here is the insert included in the pack.

That had the checklist on the back. Some big names to find and that's what I was hoping for!

Jocelyn was a goalie who played for 14 seasons in the NHL for 6 teams including the Canadians pictured here. Notice that the team symbol is bronze. There were three colors to find overall.

Back of the card

The holey card of Daniel Alfredsson who played 18 seasons in the NHL, that's a lot for the hits they take, with 17 of those for the Senators.

Back of holey card

And my coin was a base one of Brendan Shanahan.Was named one of the top 100 NHL players all time, won three Stanley Cups, scored a ton of goals, and is a Hall Of Famer. Can't go wrong with this find.

This was a really fun break. I need to find some baseball and football now to at least rip a pack of. I broke a box of football a few years ago. I think this product was a genius idea with crossing over two hobbies and it gave us more options to choose from. Not something we get today.

Hope you enjoyed this Blast From The Past!


  1. I remember these well, and still have a couple of the coins. In fact, when I play golf I occasionally use a Teemu Selanne coin as a golf ball marker on the greens.

    1. Oh man... that's a great idea. I just picked up a pack 1998 Pinnacle Mint (football). I might need to use the coin I pull as a ball marker as well.

    2. If I'm ever in San Jose, we're playing golf.

  2. I love me some 90's stuff, but I never could get into the coin/card sets, and I was somebody who collected cards and coins at the time they came out. It's nice to know that other people are still enjoying them though, I can only imagine what today's kids would think of these!

    1. I collected a few coins back then but I loved new innovation so was a big fan of this

  3. Kind of cool. Never seen these before.