As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, grabbing one of my Elusive Eight cards finished off a 1998 insert set for me.
Info about the set:
Set description: These cards show current stars with a colorful raised foil background that reminds me of something Upper Deck would put in its SP product. The right side contains close-up cutouts of portions of that picture. The back has a write-up of the player.
Set composition: 15 cards, 1:36 odds (1998 Topps series 2)
Hall of Famers: 5. Cal Ripken, Ken Griffey Jr., Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza, Greg Maddux.
Vlad Guerrero could join them next year.
How I put the set together:
- 1 card from a trade
- 11 cards from COMC
- 1 card from Beckett’s marketplace
- 2 cards from Sportlots
I didn’t get any from the 1998 s2 box I opened – I don’t remember being too frustrated at the time but from the odds I should have pulled one. I pulled 2 Mystery Finest from that box – which are also supposed to be 1 per box – so can’t complain.
Thoughts on the set: This and the Flashback set are up there as my favorite inserts from 1998 Topps. In general, I liked the stuff they were doing from the late 90’s much better than today. The background effects are cool – kind of like the rookie subset in 1995 Upper Deck SP rookie cards and/or Pinnacle’s Dufex effect. 15 cards is a good amount, as well. Not too many, but not too easy either.
Card that completed my set: #FP11 – Chuck Knoblauch
I got this card from COMC a couple of months ago.
Best card (my opinion): #FP2 – Nomar Garciaparra
This was the photo crop that I thought best fit into the design of the set. He’s jumping in the air about to throw out a runner. Topps focused in on his glove, grip on the ball and his feet in the air. Cal Ripken’s card was a close 2nd.
My Favorite Reds card: There are none.
Here’s a scan of the full set – front and back.
Any other tidbits: I find the break down of the photos is interesting in a set like this:
- 7 batters in mid-swing
- 3 batters starting down the first base line
- 2 pitchers mid-stride
- 1 fielder throwing
- 1 fielder in ready position
- 1 catcher cocking back to throw out a base stealer