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1997-2003 Pacific Trading Cards "Get Embossed" Program / Embossed Card Info Thread

gracecollector

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Show-embossed Pacific cards are an interesting footnote in collecting circles. Since information about this program is hard to come by, I'm going to attempt to use this thread to create an archive of information about these cards to help collectors identify what they have, and what they might expect to find. Any help from other collectors to fill in the blanks on missing information is appreciated. I picked up 31 different Mark Grace's at the National, bringing my total to 58 different examples of these cards - so this is helping me get organized as well.

The Pacific Trading Cards "Get Embossed" Program
Beginning in 1997 and running through 2003, card manufacturer Pacific Trading Cards offered a unique collecting opportunity at major hobby trade shows. Collectors were allowed to open packs of Pacific cards at their booth, then have one card from each pack embossed with a special show stamp (a metal die that left a raised imprint on the card). At the end of the show, the die stamp was destroyed to prevent additional cards being made. The pack opener could choose whatever one card in their pack they wanted stamped - usually superstar cards were chosen or in some instances player collector's favorite players. Cards were embossed "on the spot" at the show. There is no way of knowing how many cards of any one player were stamped. At first, Pacific only allowed packs of the current year to be stamped (some 1997 shows), but that soon changed to any Pacific pack from any year. There may have been a charge for having the card stamped - I've heard $3 per card charge but have not been able to verify that, and my own memory is hazy on that aspect. Pacific's goal with the program was to get collectors opening packs of their new products and creating excitement at shows. Pacific lost its MLB baseball license in 2001, so from 2001-2003 most stops on the program were hockey related shows.

At first, the embossed cards sold pretty well on the secondary market. It was common to see semi-stars selling for $5-$10 each, stars for more. Sales have a high degree of variance though. Interest in these cards has declined somewhat, although certain players with dedicated collectors continue to have surprising sales when they come to market. Lack of information on these cards hasn't helped popularity.

The information that follows I will try to keep updated. First is a list of known show stops on the "Get Embossed" program, and second are images of the die stamps that I've been able to find.

Pacific Trading Cards "Get Embossed" Program Stops

1997:
Super Bowl XXXI (Miami), Cleveland National 18, Tri-Star San Francisco Labor Day, Montreal Fall, Vancouver Fall, Toronto Fall Expo
1998:
Tuff Stuff Richmond Va, Super Bowl XXXII (San Diego), Vancouver Spring, Toronto Spring Expo, Philly Sportsfest, Tri-Star Houston, Tri-Star Kansas City (June), Tri-Star Philadelphia, Chicago National 19, Tri-Star San Francisco, Tri-Star New York NJ area, Tri-Star Kansas City (Oct), Montreal Fall, Tri-Star St Louis, Tri-Star Costa Mesa, Toronto Fall Expo, Chicago Sun Times, Tri-Star Atlanta, Hawaiian Trade Conference 13
1999:
Super Bowl XXXIII (Miami), Montreal Spring, Toronto Spring Expo, Sportsfest Philly, WSCCA Seattle, MLB All Star FanFest Boston, Atlanta National 20, Sportsfest Chicago, Montreal Fall, Toronto Fall Expo
2000:
Super Bowl XXXIV (Atlanta), NHL Fantasy (Toronto), Toronto Spring Expo, Toronto Fall Expo, Chicago Sportsfest, NHL All Star Game Toronto, Quebec Montreal Spring, Quebec Montreal Fall, Quebec Charlesbourg, MLB All Star Fanfest Atlanta
2001:
Quebec Montreal Spring, Quebec Montreal Fall, Toronto Spring Expo, National Cleveland 22, MLB All Star Fanfest Seattle
2002:
Toronto Fall, Stockholm Sweden, Quebec Montreal Fall, National Chicago 23
2003:
NHL Draft June

Pacific Trading Cards "Get Embossed" Show Stamps

1997:
pacific1997.jpg

1998:
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1999:
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2000:
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2001:
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2002:
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2003:
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Images of show-embossed cards (photo credit: [MENTION=7453]mouschi[/MENTION])

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Hope this helps anyone interested in these cards. And if you have any updates, please comment!
 
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RStadlerASU22

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Good stuff Brad. Out of the possibilities of shows (since the variance in different cards of a player stamped during that show is prob impossible to know) what % of Grace do you have? Meaning of your 58 different is that 58 different shows or some same show/dif card?

Randomly looking at some Clark info late last night regarding promos I came across a post on some Collecting Banter site in like 2003 where they had 20 or so Wills listed for sale, wish I could turn back the clock and grab those.

Ryan
 

TNP777

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Thanks for the writeup, Brad. This will be very helpful.

These are the ones in my collection and how I have them designated. I'll take a closer look at them and compare the logos so I can properly identify them.

1993 Pacific Spanish 143 (embossed with 2001 Montreal International Collections Show logo)
1993 Pacific Spanish 143 (embossed with 2003 Toronto Fall Expo logo)
1994 Pacific Crown Collection 304 (embossed with 1998 Chicago National logo)
1994 Pacific Crown Collection 304 (embossed with 2001 Toronto Spring Expo logo)
1995 Pacific Crown Collection 213 (embossed with 2000 Anaheim National logo)
1996 Pacific Crown Collection 112 (embossed with 1999 Toronto Expo logo)
1996 Pacific Crown Collection 112 (embossed with 2001 NHL All-Star Game logo)
1997 Pacific Crown Collection 326 (embossed with 1997 Toronto Expo logo)
1997 Pacific Crown Collection 326 (embossed with 1998 Chicago National logo)
1997 Pacific Crown Collection 326 (embossed with 2000 Toronto Fall Expo logo)
 

gracecollector

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I just put all mine in a spreadsheet. I have 57 different card/show combinations total. 35 different show stamps. 17 different card types.

1993 Pacific Houston Tri-Star, June 5-7, 1998
1993 Pacific Kansas City Tri-Star, June 19-21, 1998
1993 Pacific Philadelphia Tri-Star, July 24-26, 1998
1993 Pacific Sportsfest Philly May, 1998
1993 Pacific Superbowl 32 San Diego, 1998
1993 Pacific Toronto Fall Nov., 1997
1993 Pacific Toronto Spring May 1-3, 1998
1993 Pacific Tri-Star San Francisco Sept. 4-7, 1998
1993 Pacific Vancouver April 3-5, 1998
1993 Pacific Prism San Francisco Tri-Star Sept. 4-7, 1998
1994 Pacific San Francisco Tri-Star Sept. 4-7, 1998
1994 Pacific Sportsfest Philly May, 1998
1994 Pacific Superbowl 32 San Diego, 1998
1994 Pacific Toronto Fall Nov., 1997
1994 Pacific Toronto Spring May 1-3, 1998
1994 Pacific Vancouver April 3-5, 1998
1994 Pacific Prism National Chicago, 1998
1995 Pacific Sportsfest Philly May, 1998
1995 Pacific Toronto Fall Nov. 13-15, 1998
1995 Pacific Prism St. Louis Tri-Star Oct. 1998
1996 Pacific Kansas City Tri-Star June 19-21, 1998
1996 Pacific Sportsfest Philly May, 1998
1997 Pacific National Cleveland, 1997
1997 Pacific San Francisco Labor Day 1997
1997 Pacific Toronto Spring May 4-6, 2001
1998 Pacific Chicago Sun-Times Nov. 20-22, 1998
1998 Pacific Houston Tri-Star, June 5-7, 1998
1998 Pacific Richmond VA Jan. 1998
1998 Pacific Sportsfest Philly May, 1998
1998 Pacific Superbowl 32 San Diego, 1998
1998 Pacific Toronto Fall Nov. 13-15, 1998
1998 Pacific Toronto Spring May 1-3, 1998
1998 Pacific Invincible Kansas City Tri-Star June 19-21, 1998
1998 Pacific Paramount Atlanta Tri-Star Nov. 20-21, 1998
1998 Pacific Paramount Costa Mesa Tri-Star, Nov. 13-15, 1998
1998 Pacific Paramount Houston Tri-Star, June 5-7, 1998
1998 Pacific Paramount Kansas City Tri-Star June 19-21, 1998
1998 Pacific Paramount Montreal International Collectionneurs, 1998
1998 Pacific Paramount National Chicago, 1998
1998 Pacific Paramount Philadelphia Tri-Star, July 24-26, 1998
1998 Pacific Paramount San Francisco Tri-Star Sept. 4-7, 1998
1998 Pacific Paramount Sportsfest Philly May, 1998
1998 Pacific Paramount Copper National Chicago, 1998
1998 Pacific Red Montreal Spring Expo, 1998
1999 Pacific Paramount Chicago Sportsfest Aug. 17-20, 2000
1999 Pacific Paramount Montreal Fall Expo Oct. 2000
1999 Pacific Paramount National Anaheim July 27-30, 2000
1999 Pacific Paramount National Cleveland, 2001
1999 Pacific Paramount NHL All Star Game Colorado, 2001
1999 Pacific Paramount Quebec, 2000
1999 Pacific Paramount Superbowl 34 Atlanta, 2000
1999 Pacific Paramount Superbowl 35 Tampa, 2001
1999 Pacific Paramount Toronto Fall Expo Nov. 2000
1999 Pacific Paramount Copper Montreal Spring Expo, 2000
1999 Pacific Paramount Copper Sportsfest Philly 1999
1999 Pacific Paramount Red Montreal Fall Expo Oct. 2001
2000 Pacific Prism Toronto Spring Expo May 2001

Trying different techniques to scan the embossing, have to get the card at a little angle (raise one edge off the scanner bed).

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Gwynn545

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They were also set up at the 2001 Fanfest in Seattle. That's where I got my only stamped Gwynn ( I refuse to pay more than $2 for one)
I wonder if they did this at other Fanfests?
 

gracecollector

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They were also set up at the 2001 Fanfest in Seattle. That's where I got my only stamped Gwynn ( I refuse to pay more than $2 for one)
I wonder if they did this at other Fanfests?

If it says MLB All Star Game, it's from Fanfest. They did 1999 and 2000 Fanfests. Added Seattle to the list, thanks!
 

mrdallas

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Just saw this thread. They have a few on COMC right and curious if they were worth picking up. I did pick this one up just in case but wanted to know if they have really any value or not. And looking at eBay doesn't appear to be. I wonder if different cities are worth more?
http://www.comc.com/Cards/Baseball/1998/Pacific_Paramount_Sportsfest_Embossing,sr,oo,i64

I am curious where the embossed part is though cause I cant really see any difference between this and one that is not embossed

Too bad there weren't any Vizquel's apparently I could be rich LOL

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1999-PACIFI...900964?hash=item2106f8f9e4:g:TY0AAOSwNphWa6eL
 
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Say, you found my Vizquel listing! Just riding the wave on the Vizquel stuff, that's all.

The embossing is a raised surface on the card. If you bought one, once you have it in hand you will feel it and be able to see in the light.
 

mrdallas

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Say, you found my Vizquel listing! Just riding the wave on the Vizquel stuff, that's all.

The embossing is a raised surface on the card. If you bought one, once you have it in hand you will feel it and be able to see in the light.

Good stuff. Thanks. And keep riding man. That is Ridonkulous what they are paying for Vizquel but if there is a buyer then good times
 

banjar

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Reviving an old thread, because I like old stuff. Here are the Pacific show stamped cards I have in my PC. I don't have the motivation to scan them all and bring out the embossing, but I'm listing the exact text from the embossing as best I can read it.

1993 Pacific - Pacific 1998 Toronto Fall Expo Nov. 13-15
1993 Pacific - Pacific Toronto Spring Expo 1999
1993 Pacific - Pacific Trading Cards All Star Game '99 July 1999
1993 Pacific - Pacific Trading Cards Sportsfest '98
1994 Pacific - Pacific 1998 Toronto Fall Expo Nov. 13-15
1994 Pacific - Pacific Trading Cards Sportsfest '98
1995 Pacific Crown Collection - Pacific Toronto Spring Expo 1999
1995 Pacific Crown Collection - Pacific Trading Cards Sportsfest '98
1995 Pacific Crown Collection - 13th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention Chicago 1998
1996 Pacific Crown Collection - Pacific Toronto Spring Expo 1999
1996 Pacific Crown Collection - Pacific Trading Cards Sportsfest '99 Philadelphia June 1999
1997 Pacific Crown Collection - Pacific Trading Cards Sportsfest '98
1997 Pacific Crown Collection - Toronto Pacific Trading Cards Fall Expo '97
1997 Pacific Prisms Gems of the Diamond - 13th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention Chicago 1998
1998 Pacific - April 3-5 1998 Pacific Trading Cards Vancouver B.C.
1998 Pacific - May 1-3 1998 Pacific Trading Cards Toronto
1998 Pacific - Tri-Star Pacific St. Louis Oct. 30-Nov. 1 1998
1998 Pacific - Pacific Trading Cards Sportsfest '98
1998 Pacific - San Francisco Sept 4-7 1998 Pacific Tri-Star
1998 Pacific - Philadelphia Area July 14-18 1998 Pacific Tri-Star
1998 Pacific - Montreal '98 Pacific International Collectioneurs
1998 Pacific - Pacific Tri-Star Kansas City June 19-21 1998
1998 Pacific - Pacific Tri-Star Houston TX June 5-7 1998
1998 Pacific - Tri-Star Pacific Costa Mesa Nov. 13-15 1998
1998 Pacific - New York New Jersey Sept. 18-20 1998 Pacific Tri-Star
1998 Pacific - Tri-Star Pacific Atlanta Nov. 20-22 1998
1998 Pacific Omega - Tri-Star Pacific Atlanta Nov. 20-22 1998
1998 Pacific Omega - Tri-Star Pacific Costa Mesa Nov. 13-15 1998
1998 Pacific Omega - Pacific Trading Cards Sportsfest '99 Philadelphia June 1999
1998 Pacific Omega - Pacific Chicago Sun-Times Nov. 20-22 1998
1998 Pacific Paramount - Pacific Toronto Spring Expo 1999
1998 Pacific Paramount - Pacific Trading Cards Sportsfest '98
1998 Pacific Paramount - Montreal '98 Pacific International Collectioneurs
1998 Pacific Paramount - Tri-Star Pacific Costa Mesa Nov. 13-15 1998
1998 Pacific Paramount - 13th Annual National Sports Collectors Convention Chicago 1998
1998 Pacific Paramount - Tri-Star Pacific Atlanta Nov. 20-22 1998
1999 Pacific - Pacific Montreal Spring 1999
1999 Pacific - 20th National Atlanta Ga July 1999 Pacific Trading Cards
1999 Pacific - Pacific Trading Cards All Star Game '99 July 1999
1999 Pacific - Pacific Trading Cards Super Bowl XXXIII
1999 Pacific - Pacific Toronto Spring Expo 1999
1999 Pacific - Pacific 20th WSSCA Seattle June 1999
1999 Pacific - Pacific Trading Cards Sportsfest '99 Philadelphia June 1999
1999 Pacific Crown Collection - Pacific Trading Cards Sportsfest '99 Philadelphia June 1999
1999 Pacific Paramount - Pacific Trading Cards Sportsfest '99 Chicago July 1999
1999 Pacific Paramount - Pacific 20th WSSCA Seattle June 1999
1999 Pacific Paramount - 20th National Atlanta Ga July 1999 Pacific Trading Cards
1999 Pacific Paramount - Pacific Trading Cards All Star Game '99 July 1999
2000 Pacific Paramount - Pacific Trading Cards Chicago Sportsfest Aug 17-20 2000
 

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