Completed insert set – 1997 Topps Awesome Impact

1 06 2016

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:

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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

1997 Topps Awesome Impact 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

1997 Topps Awesome Impact 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:

1997 Topps Awesome Impact complete

1997 Topps Awesome Impact complete 2
1997 Topps Awesome Impact complete 3

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.

1997 Topps Awesome Impact Vlad

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!




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