Card I selected: #276 – Chipper Jones
The 1997 set marks an end to the run of me picking Hall of Famer players, though that end is temporary as Chipper will go in a couple of years from now. In 1997 the number of cards I could pick from is still at 5 cards, counting 2 jumbos. Topps didn’t do any team specific sets in 1997, but they make a jumbo version of the regular card of 3 players and a jumbo version of the Chrome card for 6 guys. This was sold in special packaging at Wal-Mart. I already did a Cal Ripken card, and I’m going to do Ken Griffey Jr. in 1999, so Chipper is my only option here if I don’t want to double up on the same player (I don’t).
I didn’t have all of these cards when I started doing these posts. I had actually found the Chrome jumbo card of Chipper on ebay a while ago; these seem a little bit more common than the regular Topps jumbos. But I did some more digging with a creative eBay search and found the regular jumbo still in the Wal-Mart box. So for 1997 I have every parallel for this little game of mine.
# of cards (including the Topps card): 5
The parallel sets in 1997 include:
- Chrome Refractors
- Chrome Oversize
1997 Topps #276
Topps got a bit confused with the numbering at the end of series 1 and the beginning of series 2. The last card of series 1 is checklist #276. The first card of series 2… is also card #276, this Chipper Jones card. There is no card #277.
1997 Topps Oversize #1
A special Wal-Mart box included a jumbo version of the reprint of the 1952 Willie Mays Topps card, along with 10 series 1 packs. For series 2, there was a box of 15 retail packs with jumbo versions of the 3 different players mentioned above. The cards measure 3-¾” by 5-¼”. The only difference other than size is that the cards are numbered 1 through 3.
Since I bought the box after I was done with the 1997 set, I’ve now got 15 packs I’m not sure what to do with :)!
1997 Topps Chrome #97
Topps Chrome was back for the second time. 165 of the cards from the base set were reproduced using chromium technology. These chrome cards are smoother than the debut – there aren’t little circles/bubbles in the background. The cards are obviously numbered differently, and there’s also a slight difference on the back as Topps has extra lines with their patent info for Chrome technology.
1997 Topps Chrome Refractor #97
Inserted every 12 packs of Topps Chrome were refractor cards. These cards have a plastic diffraction effect that gives the card a colorful, reflective shine. The back also says refractor in the upper right-hand corner just above the number.
1997 Topps Chrome Oversize #1
There was a similar Wal-Mart box made for Topps Chrome that included a jumbo version of 6 different players (including Jones, Griffey and Ripken). This package had 5 Chrome packs included.The cards measure 3-¾” by 5-¼” and except for that are exactly the same as the Topps Chrome cards.
This is my favorite rainbow to date. Pretty neat how the bottom 2 cards line up perfectly with the top 3.
Any sets I didn’t get: That’s all that you could possibly get. Which is why I picked Chipper.
Other cards I would have liked to do: To get all of those I’d be limited to the 3 guys I mentioned. JT Snow had my favorite card of the set, where he’s trying to lean over the Royals dugout to make a catch. Royce Clayton, Butch Huskey and Chuck Knoblauch also have very cool cards.