Here’s another late 90’s insert set. This one was of the future stars variety, and it was all about the shiny.
Info about the set:
Set description: This series 2 retail only insert features younger “future star” players from the era. The background features holographic foil with the set name at the top and a broken ice effect behind the player. The back has a blue cracked ice effect, too, with 1996 stats, and a write-up about the impact the player is having and could have in the future.
Set composition: 20 cards, 1:18 odds (1997 Topps series 2 – retail only)
Hall of Famers: None yet. But this set is pretty loaded and there will be quite a few in the future.
How I put the set together:
- 3 cards from my series 1 retail box
- 6 cards from Beckett’s Marketplace
- 6 cards from COMC
- 5 cards from Sportlots
Thoughts on the set: I like themes, and doing future stars is good. This isn’t the absolute best era for future stars – late 80’s or early 00’s might be better – but it’s surprisingly good. For shiny sets, it seems pretty cool.
Card that completed my set: #AI-17 – Ruben Rivera
I got this card from Sportlots last December. Rivera once stole Derek Jeter’s glove in spring training and then sold it to a memorabilia collector. Jeter and Rivera are both in this set – I can’t make this stuff up!
Best card (my opinion): #AI-2 – Tony Clark
I remember when he was a young gun with some power. But how often can you get the future head of the MLBPA in an insert set! Sorry, but Donald Fehr doesn’t have a card as a player.
My Favorite Reds card: There are none.
Scan of the set:
Any other tidbits: I don’t know if there’s some nugget I passed over about this set, but I feel like I should show off the Vladimir Guerrero card.
I picked Tony Clark as the best card for the reasons noted above, but Vlad has a great card in this set, too. He’s young, he’s skinny, and he looks like he’s about to hit a double on a ball 1 foot below the strike zone!