Continuing on with the completed set posts. This is my favorite insert set from 1998 Topps.
Info about the set:
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!
Here’s a scan of the set – front and back.
Any other tidbits: Three of the ten players were on the same team on the front and back – Griffey, Gwynn and Ripken.