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Essence of the Game is an insert set in 1996 Pinnacle. The 18-card set is inserted into Series 1 hobby packs at a rate of 1:23


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Number Player Team
1 Cal Ripken Orioles
2 Greg Maddux Braves
3 Frank Thomas White Sox
4 Matt Williams Giants
5 Chipper Jones Braves
6 Reggie Sanders Reds
7 Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners
8 Kirby Puckett Twins
9 Hideo Nomo Dodgers
10 Mike Piazza Dodgers
11 Jeff Bagwell Astros
12 Mo Vaughn Red Sox
13 Albert Belle Indians
14 Tim Salmon Angels
15 Don Mattingly Yankees
16 Will Clark Rangers
17 Eddie Murray Indians
18 Barry Bonds Giants