Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Coolness of Pacific Autographs

Over the past few years of blogging I have heaped plenty of love on Pacific Trading Cards.  If you collected baseball cards in the 90s it was hard not to love the flashy and innovative card producer.  Over the last three years I have written pieces about die their die cuts cards:



I have done pieces about how cool their checklists were:


and those other cool cards that were just special to Pacific like the dugout net card:


However, I amazed to find that I had never done a write up on any Pacific autographs.  I was shocked.  Back in the day I really loved Pacific autographs and had dozens of them in my collection.  They are still there, but they are just 15-16 years old now.  The Pacific autographs have aged great and look better than many of the autographs that companies like Topps and Panini are cranking out now.  What made them great?  Let me show off an old card from the autograph box:


This card is just awesome.  On card signature, die cut, cool design, and a great player.  This was the world of Pacific autographs back in the day.  There are numerous sets that Pacific cracked out in the late 90s and early 2000s that gave us cool cards like this Sheffield autograph out of the 2000 Pacific Omega set and again, this card is cool than 3/4 of the new autographs that are floating around on the market from new releases.

I also really like the Crowne Royale autographs which were also a 2000 calendar year release:


Again, this card has all of the same appealing characteristics of the Sheffield card above: on card signature, die cut, cool design, and really cool player.  Not to say that all Pacific autographs are All-Star caliber or die cuts, but there is a lot of love here in the making of this card.

The best part of collecting Pacific autographs is the fact that there are still tons of them floating around on Ebay and COMC and they are all pretty affordable.  Ebay currently has more than 200 Pacific autographs up on their site and COMC has almost 50.  There are some great looking cards in the lot ranging from an on-card Chipper Jones autograph for just over $30 to autographs of late 90s prospect legend Travis "Gookie" Dawkins for around $2.

I recently landed a brand new Pacific autograph as a throw in for a trade I completed on Facebook.  I love throw-ins, but found this card really cool......


Not a die cut, but this was a really cool and innovative set for the time from the Pacific Revolution set.  The card actually features a piece of game used ball (slightly blah), but they are signed by a Major League player.  It's not quite the Upper Deck Sweet Spot set, but it came out about a year and a half before the popular Upper Deck product first hit the shelves during the summer of 2001.  Loads of great names in this set too from Greg Maddux, Barry Bonds, and ARod to players like Shane Reynolds.  While this autograph was a throw-in, and might be one of the worst autographs in the set, the card features a guy who won 35 games in the two years leading up to the release of this product.

I probably should sit down and do a bigger post on Pacific autographs, but this should give you a good idea about the basics.  If you're an autograph collector and looking for a good, fun, collecting challenge, putting together one of these Pacific sets would be a lot of fun.

9 comments:

  1. I'm with you. The brand doesn't get much love, but some of my favorite inserts are from Pacific.

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    1. I need to do a week dedicated to Pacific cards. So many cool cards.

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  2. Pacific didn't have a very long run as a major manufacturer, but they had some of the most unique and creative inserts of the era. It's crazy to think of a time when there were 5 companies with licenses for all/most sports.

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    1. 5 companies was too much, but Pacific really pushed the envelope with their products. Of all the card companies which I have died off I really miss them and Upper Deck the most.

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  3. I am with you-I love the Pacific cards but my wallet doesn't-I have to throw in the Playoff cards too-

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    1. Forgot all about Playoff cards. Agreed really cool products and a good run.

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  4. Some of my favorite cards are from Pacific. I have a few Yankees and Islanders cards from that brand that I treasure and I'm always looking for more.

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    1. I am only a baseball card guy, but have a couple friends who do hockey. The run of Pacific hockey cards is longer and I know there are a lot of similar cards and products across sports with some slight changes. Always really like what I see of their hockey products. As for baseball, the good Pacific years were great for Yankees cards. I bet that's a fun collection.

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  5. Out of all the major manufacturers back in the late 90's and early 2000's... Pacific was my least favorite. Well... at least 15 years ago. I thought they used way too much gold foil. But that was then. These days... I can totally appreciate how innovative they were.

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