Completed insert set – 1998 Topps Flashback

25 05 2016

Continuing on with the completed set posts.  This is my favorite insert set from 1998 Topps.

Info about the set:

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Set description:  These cards show veterans who have been around for a decade or more (counting 1998), showing a current picture on the front and a rookie-year photo on the back.  Each side has a different design.  The front has some serious foil effect over the background, while the back has more of an old-school feel.

Set composition:  10 cards, 1:72 odds (1998 Topps series 1)

Hall of Famers:  5.  Ken Griffey Jr., Paul Molitor, Randy Johnson, Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn.

Actually, it’s 6 – Deion Sanders is in the pro football HOF.

How I put the set together:

  • 5 cards from COMC
  • 2 cards from trades
  • 2 cards from Sportlots
  • 1 card from Beckett’s marketplace

I didn’t get any from the box I opened – basically I got the “other” box as you got one in every other box.

Thoughts on the set:  As I mentioned above, this is my favorite insert from 1998 Topps.  Topps could take some note and do a few more like this – only 10 cards, so each cards is more meaningful.  Cool design, cool theme.  I can’t ask for more.

Card that completed my set:  #FB10 – Brady Anderson

I got this card from Beckett’s website in June of last year.  This was a tough set to finish off.

Best card (my opinion):  #FB2 – Paul Molitor

Molitor is the elder statesman in this group, so he has to win best card here.

My Favorite Reds card:  #FB7 – Deion Sanders

Imagine if they’d have thrown him in a Falcons uniform on the back!

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Here’s a scan of the set – front and back.

1998 Topps Flashback complete

1998 Topps Flashback Brady Anderson

1998 Topps Flashback complete back

1998 Topps Flashback Brady Anderson back

Any other tidbits:  Three of the ten players were on the same team on the front and back – Griffey, Gwynn and Ripken.

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