1995 Select Certified

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1995 Select Certified Edition is a 135-card, "super-premium" set, and was released exclusively to Hobby outlets in November 1995. Due to the baseball strike of 1994-1995 Select slashed production of Certified by 34% of the regular Select set. Designed to compete with Topps' Finest brand, the cards are made with 24-point metallic stock and are double laminated.

Rookie Cards in this set include Bobby Higginson and Hideo Nomo. Card number 18 was never printed; Cal Ripken is featured on a special card numbered 2131, which is included in the complete set of 135.

Based on announced production figures, 63,210 20-pack wax boxes were produced resulting in each base card having 56,186 copies.

Distribution

20 packs per box, six cards per pack plus one of seven checklist cards (MSRP: $3.99).

The packaging was complex relative to baseball cards. The seven cards were wrapped in cellophane wrapper inside a piece of folded cardboard inside a mini cardboard box which itself was wrapped in plastic. Each pack had the anti-drug message "Be Strong. Don't Use Drugs." written on the side.

Collation data from one box. Base Set Completion: 82% (111 of 135); Duplicates: 9; Gold Team Insert Completion: 8% (1 of 12); Mirror Gold parallel 02% (3 of 135); Certified Future Insert Completion 10% (1 of 10); Potential Unlimited 5% (1 of 20)

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Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Odds
Base 135 56,186 + ?
Checklists 7 - 1:1
Mirror Gold 135 1873 + 1:5
Certified Future 10 6654 + 1:19
Potential Unlimited 20 1975 1:32
Gold Team 12 2570 + 1:41

+ Calculated production figures.

Checklist

Promos

This eight-card set was issued to preview the '95 Select Certified set. Each card has the word "SAMPLE" printed diagonally on both sides. The Cal Ripken card is done in the style of the Gold Team insert.

2 Reggie Sanders

3GT Cal Ripken, Jr.

10 Mo Vaughn

39 Mike Piazza

50 Mark McGwire

75 Roberto Alomar

89 Larry Walker

110 Ray Durham


Base Set

1 Barry Bonds

2 Reggie Sanders

3 Terry Steinbach

4 Eduardo Perez

5 Frank Thomas

6 Wil Cordero

7 John Olerud

8 Deion Sanders

9 Mike Mussina

10 Mo Vaughn

11 Will Clark

12 Chili Davis

13 Jimmy Key

14 Eddie Murray

15 Bernard Gilkey

16 David Cone

17 Tim Salmon

19 Steve Ontiveros

20 Andres Galarraga

21 Don Mattingly

22 Kevin Appier

23 Paul Molitor

24 Edgar Martinez

25 Andy Benes

26 Rafael Palmeiro

27 Barry Larkin

28 Gary Sheffield

29 Wally Joyner

30 Wade Boggs

31 Rico Brogna

32 Eddie Murray 3000th Hit

33 Kirby Puckett

34 Bobby Bonilla

35 Hal Morris

36 Moises Alou

37 Javy Lopez

38 Chuck Knoblauch

39 Mike Piazza

40 Travis Fryman

41 Rickey Henderson

42 Jim Thome

43 Carlos Baerga

44 Dean Palmer

45 Kirk Gibson

46 Bret Saberhagen

47 Cecil Fielder

48 Manny Ramirez

49 Derek Bell

50 Mark McGwire

51 Jim Edmonds

52 Robin Ventura

53 Ryan Klesko

54 Jeff Bagwell

55 Ozzie Smith

56 Albert Belle

57 Darren Daulton

58 Jeff Conine

59 Greg Maddux

60 Lenny Dykstra

61 Randy Johnson

62 Fred McGriff

63 Ray Lankford

64 Dave Justice

65 Paul O'Neill

66 Tony Gwynn

67 Matt Williams

68 Dante Bichette

69 Craig Biggio

70 Ken Griffey, Jr.

71 J.T. Snow

72 Cal Ripken, Jr.

73 Jay Bell

74 Joe Carter

75 Roberto Alomar

76 Benji Gil

77 Ivan Rodriguez

78 Raul Mondesi

79 Cliff Floyd

80 Eric Karros / Mike Piazza / Raul Mondesi

81 Royce Clayton

82 Billy Ashley

83 Joey Hamilton

84 Sammy Sosa

85 Jason Bere

86 Dennis Martinez

87 Greg Vaughn

88 Roger Clemens

89 Larry Walker

90 Mark Grace

91 Kenny Lofton

92 Carlos Perez RC

93 Roger Cedeno

94 Scott Ruffcorn

95 Jim Pittsley

96 Andy Pettitte

97 James Baldwin

98 Hideo Nomo RC

99 Ismael Valdes

100 Armando Benitez

101 Jose Malave

102 Bob Higginson RC

103 LaTroy Hawkins

104 Russ Davis

105 Shawn Green

106 Joe Vitiello

107 Chipper Jones

108 Shane Andrews

109 Jose Oliva

110 Ray Durham

111 Jon Nunnally

112 Alex Gonzalez

113 Vaughn Eshelman

114 Marty Cordova

115 Mark Grudzielanek RC

116 Brian L. Hunter

117 Charles Johnson

118 Alex Rodriguez

119 David Bell

120 Todd Hollandsworth

121 Joe Randa

122 Derek Jeter

123 Frank Rodriguez

124 Curtis Goodwin

125 Bill Pulsipher

126 John Mabry

127 Julian Tavarez

128 Edgardo Alfonzo

129 Orlando Miller

130 Juan Acevedo RC

131 Jeff Cirillo

132 Roberto Petagine

133 Antonio Osuna

134 Michael Tucker

135 Garret Anderson

2131 Cal Ripken, Jr. TRIB


Parallels

Each card is available in a Mirror Gold parallel. Each card has a gold-colored holographic foil layer which, combined with the metallic cardstock of the fronts, gives it the appearance of a Finest Refractor.

Inserts

Checklists

Each pack contained one of seven checklists. The checklists are printed on a noticeably thinner cardstock.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

2 Frank Thomas

3 Cal Ripken, Jr.

4 Jeff Bagwell

5 Mike Piazza

6 Barry Bonds

7 Manny Ramirez / Raul Mondesi


Certified Future

Ten of the leading 1995 rookie players are included in this set.

1 Chipper Jones

2 Curtis Goodwin

3 Hideo Nomo

4 Shawn Green

5 Ray Durham

6 Todd Hollandsworth

7 Brian L. Hunter

8 Carlos Delgado

9 Michael Tucker

10 Alex Rodriguez


Potential Unlimited

This 20-card, all-Dufex, set was randomly inserted into packs and limited (but not serial-numbered) to 1975 copies. Each card has the statement "1 of 1,975" on the back.

A special parallel version was also produced as box toppers. The box toppers have a different Dufex pattern, a "micro-etched version" and were seeded at the rate of 1:3.5/boxes. Each box topper card is limited (but not serial-numbered) to 903 copies.

1 Cliff Floyd

2 Manny Ramirez

3 Raul Mondesi

4 Scott Ruffcorn

5 Billy Ashley

6 Alex Gonzalez

7 Midre Cummings

8 Charles Johnson

9 Garret Anderson

10 Hideo Nomo

11 Chipper Jones

12 Curtis Goodwin

13 Frank Rodriguez

14 Shawn Green

15 Ray Durham

16 Todd Hollandsworth

17 Brian L. Hunter

18 Carlos Delgado

19 Michael Tucker

20 Alex Rodriguez


Gold Team

This 12-card set features some of the leading players in baseball on gaudy, double-sided, all-gold-foil, Dufex cards.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

2 Frank Thomas

3 Cal Ripken, Jr.

4 Jeff Bagwell

5 Mike Piazza

6 Barry Bonds

7 Matt Williams

8 Don Mattingly

9 Will Clark

10 Tony Gwynn

11 Kirby Puckett

12 Jose Canseco


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