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.

P20 Chad Mottola

P5 Scott Rolen

P7 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 / 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 / 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


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