In a way, I always felt guilty about not being a fan of Pacific. Here was a company founded in Washington in the late-60’s that by the early-90’s decided to pander to Hispanic collectors. The problem I had with Pacific was that anytime I would buy one of their products I always felt like I could do so much better.
Surely by now everyone has busted a pack or two of 1993 Pacific. The cards had zero personality or pizazz and clearly they knew this as by the late-90’s they were putting out the most insane cards I have ever seen. From crowns and weird triangle things to Christmas ornaments/baseball cards nothing they did ever worked for me. Anytime I busted their product it was usually because there was just nothing better available.
Using the Internet Wayback Machine I have been able to take a trip back into the past of 2004 to see what their website and on-line presence was like before they ultimately folded like so many companies in the Hobby. They clearly had a wonderful, interactive website the likes of which was not very common back in those days. They didn’t even go out of their way to hide their contact information, either.
I guess I will always be torn on my feelings about Pacific. Sure their cards were often a tacky mess but they were pretty much the only card company to pay attention to Jose Canseco long after the M.V.P shine wore off in the early-90’s and for that I am forever in debt to them.
What is your opinion on Pacific Trading Cards?