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1997 Donruss Elite

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Description

1997 Donruss Elite is a 150-card set, released exclusive to The Hobby, in February, 1997. The entire base set is printed on foil-board and shares the design of a similarly-named hockey card set that was released in 1996.

Distribution

18 cards per pack, eight cards per pack (MSRP: $3.49). Hobby only.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Odds
Base 150 - ?
Gold Stars 150 - 1:9
Passing the Torch 12 1350 ?
Leather and Lumber 10 500 ?
Turn of the Century 20 3000
Turn of the Century Die-Cut 20 500 ?
Passing the Torch Autographed 12 150 ?

Checklist

Promo

Donruss issued three of the Turn of the Century cards as promos. Each card has the word "PROMO" on the back.

  • 20 Chad Mottola
  • 5 Scott Rolen
  • 7 Derek Jeter

Base Set

  • 1 Juan Gonzalez
  • 2 Alex Rodriguez
  • 3 Frank Thomas
  • 4 Greg Maddux
  • 5 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 6 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 7 Mike Piazza
  • 8 Chipper Jones
  • 9 Albert Belle
  • 10 Andruw Jones
  • 11 Vladimir Guerrero
  • 12 Mo Vaughn
  • 13 Ivan Rodriguez
  • 14 Andy Pettitte
  • 15 Tony Gwynn
  • 16 Barry Bonds
  • 17 Jeff Bagwell
  • 18 Manny Ramirez
  • 19 Kenny Lofton
  • 20 Roberto Alomar
  • 21 Mark McGwire
  • 22 Ryan Klesko
  • 23 Tim Salmon
  • 24 Derek Jeter
  • 25 Eddie Murray
  • 26 Jermaine Dye
  • 27 Ruben Rivera
  • 28 Jim Edmonds
  • 29 Mike Mussina
  • 30 Randy Johnson
  • 31 Sammy Sosa
  • 32 Hideo Nomo
  • 33 Chuck Knoblauch
  • 34 Paul Molitor
  • 35 Rafael Palmeiro
  • 36 Brady Anderson
  • 37 Will Clark
  • 38 Craig Biggio
  • 39 Jason Giambi
  • 40 Roger Clemens
  • 41 Jay Buhner
  • 42 Edgar Martinez
  • 43 Gary Sheffield
  • 44 Fred McGriff
  • 45 Bobby Bonilla
  • 46 Tom Glavine
  • 47 Wade Boggs
  • 48 Jeff Conine
  • 49 John Smoltz
  • 50 Jim Thome
  • 51 Billy Wagner
  • 52 Jose Canseco
  • 53 Javy Lopez
  • 54 Cecil Fielder
  • 55 Garret Anderson
  • 56 Alex Ochoa
  • 57 Scott Rolen
  • 58 Darin Erstad
  • 59 Rey Ordonez
  • 60 Dante Bichette
  • 61 Joe Carter
  • 62 Moises Alou
  • 63 Jason Isringhausen
  • 64 Karim Garcia
  • 65 Brian Jordan
  • 66 Ruben Sierra
  • 67 Todd Hollandsworth
  • 68 Paul Wilson
  • 69 Ernie Young
  • 70 Ryne Sandberg
  • 71 Raul Mondesi
  • 72 George Arias
  • 73 Ray Durham
  • 74 Dean Palmer
  • 75 Shawn Green
  • 76 Eric Young
  • 77 Jason Kendall
  • 78 Greg Vaughn
  • 79 Terrell Wade
  • 80 Bill Pulsipher
  • 81 Bob Higginson
  • 82 Mark Grudzielanek
  • 83 Ken Caminiti
  • 84 Todd Greene
  • 85 Carlos Delgado
  • 86 Mark Grace
  • 87 Rondell White
  • 88 Barry Larkin
  • 89 J.T. Snow
  • 90 Alex Gonzalez
  • 91 Raul Casanova
  • 92 Marc Newfield
  • 93 Jermaine Allensworth
  • 94 John Mabry
  • 95 Kirby Puckett
  • 96 Travis Fryman
  • 97 Kevin Brown
  • 98 Andres Galarraga
  • 99 Marty Cordova
  • 100 Henry Rodriguez
  • 101 Sterling Hitchcock
  • 102 Trey Beamon
  • 103 Brett Butler
  • 104 Rickey Henderson
  • 105 Tino Martinez
  • 106 Kevin Appier
  • 107 Brian Hunter
  • 108 Eric Karros
  • 109 Andre Dawson
  • 110 Darryl Strawberry
  • 111 James Baldwin
  • 112 Chad Mottola
  • 113 Dave Nilsson
  • 114 Carlos Baerga
  • 115 Chan Ho Park
  • 116 John Jaha
  • 117 Alan Benes
  • 118 Mariano Rivera
  • 119 Ellis Burks
  • 120 Tony Clark
  • 121 Todd Walker
  • 122 Dwight Gooden
  • 123 Ugueth Urbina
  • 124 David Cone
  • 125 Ozzie Smith
  • 126 Kimera Bartee
  • 127 Rusty Greer
  • 128 Pat Hentgen
  • 129 Charles Johnson
  • 130 Quinton McCracken
  • 131 Troy Percival
  • 132 Shane Reynolds
  • 133 Charles Nagy
  • 134 Tom Goodwin
  • 135 Ron Gant
  • 136 Dan Wilson
  • 137 Matt Williams
  • 138 LaTroy Hawkins
  • 139 Kevin Seitzer
  • 140 Michael Tucker
  • 141 Todd Hundley
  • 142 Alex Fernandez
  • 143 Marquis Grissom
  • 144 Steve Finley
  • 145 Curtis Pride
  • 146 Derek Bell
  • 147 Butch Huskey
  • 148 Dwight Gooden CL
  • 149 Al Leiter CL
  • 150 Hideo Nomo CL

Parallels

Gold Stars

Gold Stars is a parallel of the 150-card base set. The distinctive gold foil fronts easily differentiate them from their silver-foiled base-issue brethren.

The following cards were erroneously printed with a silver (rather than gold) logo on front: 6, 15, 25, 32, 42, 47, 57, 60, 69 and 70. Corrected gold logo versions of these cards do exist but are in far shorter supply though secondary market trading values remain similar due to general indifference. The set is considered complete with the erroneous silver logo cards.

Inserts

Passing the Torch

This 12-card insert set features eight players on four double-sided cards. A portrait of a superstar veteran is displayed on one side with a gold foil background, and a portrait of a rising young star is printed on the flipside. Each of the eight players also has his own card to round out the 12-card set. Only 1500 of this set were produced and are serial-numbered. The first 150 copies of each card are autographed by the respective player(s).

  • 1 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 2 Alex Rodriguez
  • 3 Cal Ripken, Jr. / Alex Rodriguez
  • 4 Kirby Puckett
  • 5 Andruw Jones
  • 6 Kirby Puckett / Andruw Jones
  • 7 Cecil Fielder
  • 8 Frank Thomas
  • 9 Frank Thomas / Cecil Fielder
  • 10 Ozzie Smith
  • 11 Derek Jeter
  • 12 Derek Jeter / Ozzie Smith

Leather and Lumber

This ten-card "materials" insert set features player photos printed on two unique materials. The fronts display a player image on real wood card stock with the end of a baseball bat as background. The backs carry another player photo printed on genuine leather card stock with a baseball and glove as background. Only 500 of each card was produced and are sequentially numbered.

  • 1 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 2 Alex Rodriguez
  • 3 Frank Thomas
  • 4 Chipper Jones
  • 5 Ivan Rodriguez
  • 6 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 7 Barry Bonds
  • 8 Chuck Knoblauch
  • 9 Manny Ramirez
  • 10 Mark McGwire

Turn of the Century

Turn of the Century is a 20-card set showcasing the stars of the next millennium. Each card is serial-numbered to 3500 copies with the first 500 copies die-cut.

  • 1 Alex Rodriguez
  • 2 Andruw Jones
  • 3 Chipper Jones
  • 4 Todd Walker
  • 5 Scott Rolen
  • 6 Trey Beamon
  • 7 Derek Jeter
  • 8 Darin Erstad
  • 9 Tony Clark
  • 10 Todd Greene
  • 11 Jason Giambi
  • 12 Justin Thompson
  • 13 Ernie Young
  • 14 Jason Kendall
  • 15 Alex Ochoa
  • 16 Brooks Kieschnick
  • 17 Bob Higginson
  • 18 Ruben Rivera
  • 19 Chan Ho Park
  • 20 Chad Mottola

Autographs & Game-Used

Passing the Torch Autographs

The first 150 copies of each Passing the Torch insert were autographed by the respective player(s).

  • 1 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 2 Alex Rodriguez
  • 3 Cal Ripken, Jr. / Alex Rodriguez
  • 4 Kirby Puckett
  • 5 Andruw Jones
  • 6 Kirby Puckett / Andruw Jones
  • 7 Cecil Fielder
  • 8 Frank Thomas
  • 9 Frank Thomas / Cecil Fielder
  • 10 Ozzie Smith
  • 11 Derek Jeter
  • 12 Derek Jeter / Ozzie Smith