1997 Donruss Signature Series

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Description

1997 Donruss Signature Series is a 100-card set released in two series, about a month apart, in November and December, 1997. Like with 1996 Leaf Signature Series each pack contains one autograph.

All 100 base cards are in both series. The only difference between the two series is in the autograph checklist -- although some autographs were available in both series. This product contains a rookie-year (but not true "rookie card") of David Ortiz that is exclusive to A Series packs.

To differentiate between the two series ... the packaging on both series is primarily gold (both waxboxes and wrappers). Series A packs and boxes have the year "1997" printed on a black oval; while on Series B the oval is red.

Distribution

12 packs per box, five cards per pack (MSRP: $14.99). Hobby only.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Odds
Base 100 - ?
Platinum Press Proofs 100 150 ?
Autographs 118 varies ?
Millennium Marks Autographs 143 1000 ?
Century Marks Autographs 143 100 ?
Notable Nicknames 11 200 ?
Significant Signatures 22 2000 ?

Checklist

Base Set

  • 1 Mark McGwire
  • 2 Kenny Lofton
  • 3 Tony Gwynn
  • 4 Tony Clark
  • 5 Tim Salmon
  • 6 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 7 Mike Piazza
  • 8 Greg Maddux
  • 9 Roberto Alomar
  • 10 Andres Galarraga
  • 11 Roger Clemens
  • 12 Bernie Williams
  • 13 Rondell White
  • 14 Kevin Appier
  • 15 Ray Lankford
  • 16 Frank Thomas
  • 17 Will Clark
  • 18 Chipper Jones
  • 19 Jeff Bagwell
  • 20 Manny Ramirez
  • 21 Ryne Sandberg
  • 22 Paul Molitor
  • 23 Gary Sheffield
  • 24 Jim Edmonds
  • 25 Barry Larkin
  • 26 Rafael Palmeiro
  • 27 Alan Benes
  • 28 Dave Justice
  • 29 Randy Johnson
  • 30 Barry Bonds
  • 31 Mo Vaughn
  • 32 Michael Tucker
  • 33 Larry Walker
  • 34 Tino Martinez
  • 35 Jose Guillen
  • 36 Carlos Delgado
  • 37 Jason Dickson
  • 38 Tom Glavine
  • 39 Raul Mondesi
  • 40 Jose Cruz, Jr. RC
  • 41 Johnny Damon
  • 42 Mark Grace
  • 43 Juan Gonzalez
  • 44 Vladimir Guerrero
  • 45 Kevin Brown
  • 46 Justin Thompson
  • 47 Eric Young
  • 48 Ron Coomer
  • 49 Mark Kotsay RC
  • 50 Scott Rolen
  • 51 Derek Jeter
  • 52 Jim Thome
  • 53 Fred McGriff
  • 54 Albert Belle
  • 55 Garret Anderson
  • 56 Wilton Guerrero
  • 57 Jose Canseco
  • 58 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 59 Sammy Sosa
  • 60 Dmitri Young
  • 61 Alex Rodriguez
  • 62 Javy Lopez
  • 63 Sandy Alomar
  • 64 Joe Carter
  • 65 Dante Bichette
  • 66 Al Martin
  • 67 Darin Erstad
  • 68 Pokey Reese
  • 69 Brady Anderson
  • 70 Andruw Jones
  • 71 Ivan Rodriguez
  • 72 Nomar Garciaparra
  • 73 Moises Alou
  • 74 Andy Pettitte
  • 75 Jay Buhner
  • 76 Craig Biggio
  • 77 Wade Boggs
  • 78 Shawn Estes
  • 79 Neifi Perez
  • 80 Rusty Greer
  • 81 Pedro Martinez
  • 82 Mike Mussina
  • 83 Jason Giambi
  • 84 Hideo Nomo
  • 85 Todd Hundley
  • 86 Deion Sanders
  • 87 Mike Cameron
  • 88 Bobby Bonilla
  • 89 Todd Greene
  • 90 Kevin Orie
  • 91 Ken Caminiti
  • 92 Chuck Knoblauch
  • 93 Matt Morris
  • 94 Matt Williams
  • 95 Pat Hentgen
  • 96 John Smoltz
  • 97 Edgar Martinez
  • 98 Jason Kendall
  • 99 Ken Griffey, Jr. CL
  • 100 Frank Thomas CL

Parallels

All 100 base cards are available in a Platinum Press Proof parallel which is serial-numbered to 150 copies each.

Autographs & Game-Used

Autographs

Not all players signed an equal number of cards. For most cards there were three cards produced.

  • Century Marks (First 100 cards, serial-numbered)
  • Millenium Marks (Next 1000 cards, serial-numbered)
  • Base Autograph (All other cards)

For example, for a player who signed 5000 cards, the first 100 were designated as "Century Marks" and serial-numbered 1 through 100. The next 1000 were Millennium Marks and numbered 101-1100. All other cards were not serial-numbered.

For those players who signed less than 1100 cards, no "base" autograph exists -- only Century and Millennium Marks.

Listed below is the checklist for the "base" autograph and the number of each produced. Cards marked "A/B" were available in both A and B series packs.

  • Jeff Abbott A 3900
  • Bob Abreu B 1400
  • Edgardo Alfonzo A 3900
  • Roberto Alomar A/B 150
  • Sandy Alomar, Jr. A 1400
  • Moises Alou A 900
  • Garret Anderson B 3900
  • Andy Ashby A 3900
  • Trey Beamon B 3900
  • Alan Benes B 3900
  • Geronimo Berroa A 3900
  • Wade Boggs A/B 150
  • Kevin Brown B 3900
  • Brett Butler A 1400
  • Mike Cameron B 3900
  • Giovanni Carrara B 2900
  • Luis Castillo B 3900
  • Tony Clark A 3900
  • Will Clark B 1400
  • Lou Collier A 3900
  • Bartolo Colon B 3900
  • Ron Coomer B 3900
  • Marty Cordova A 3900
  • Jacob Cruz A/B 3900
  • Jose Cruz, Jr. A/B 900
  • Russ Davis B 3900
  • Jason Dickson A 3900
  • Todd Dunwoody A 3900
  • Jermaine Dye B 3900
  • Jim Edmonds A 3900
  • Darin Erstad A/B 900
  • Bobby Estalella A 3900
  • Shawn Estes B 3900
  • Jeff Fassero A 3900
  • Andres Galarraga B 900
  • Karim Garcia A 3900
  • Derrick Gibson B 3900
  • Brian Giles B 3900
  • Tom Glavine B 150
  • Rick Gorecki A 900
  • Shawn Green B 1900
  • Todd Greene A 3900
  • Rusty Greer B 3900
  • Ben Grieve B 3900
  • Mark Grudzielanek B 3900
  • Vladimir Guerrero A/B 1900
  • Wilton Guerrero A 2150
  • Jose Guillen B 2900
  • Jeffrey Hammonds B 2150
  • Todd Helton A 1400
  • Todd Hollandsworth A 2900
  • Trenidad Hubbard A 900
  • Todd Hundley B 1400
  • Bobby Jones B 3900
  • Brian Jordan B 1400
  • Dave Justice B 900
  • Eric Karros B 650
  • Jason Kendall B 3900
  • Jimmy Key B 3900
  • Brooks Kieschnick A 3900
  • Ryan Klesko A 225
  • Paul Konerko A 3900
  • Mark Kotsay A 2400
  • Ray Lankford A 3900
  • Barry Larkin A/B 150
  • Derrek Lee B 3900
  • Esteban Loaiza B 3900
  • Javy Lopez B 1400
  • Edgar Martinez A/B 150
  • Pedro Martinez A 900
  • Rafael Medina A 3900
  • Raul Mondesi EXCH B 650
  • Matt Morris A 3900
  • Paul O'Neill B 900
  • Kevin Orie A 3900
  • David Ortiz A 3900
  • Rafael Palmeiro B 900
  • Jay Payton A 3900
  • Neifi Perez B 3900
  • Manny Ramirez A 900
  • Joe Randa A 3900
  • Pokey Reese B 3900
  • Edgar Renteria EXCH B 3900
  • Dennis Reyes A 3900
  • Henry Rodriguez B 3900
  • Scott Rolen A/B 1900
  • Kirk Rueter A 2900
  • Ryne Sandberg A 400
  • Dwight Smith B 2900
  • J.T. Snow A 900
  • Scott Spiezio A 3900
  • Shannon Stewart A 2900
  • Jeff Suppan A 1900
  • Mike Sweeney A 3900
  • Miguel Tejada A 3900
  • Miguel Tejada B
  • Justin Thompson B 2400
  • Brett Tomko A 3900
  • Bubba Trammell B 3900
  • Michael Tucker B 3900
  • Javier Valentin A 3900
  • Mo Vaughn A/B 150
  • Robin Ventura A 1400
  • Terrell Wade B 3900
  • Billy Wagner B 3900
  • Larry Walker A 900
  • Todd Walker B 2400
  • Rondell White B 3900
  • Kevin Wickander A 900
  • Chris Widger A 3900
  • Matt Williams A/B 150
  • Antone Williamson A 3900
  • Dan Wilson B 3900
  • Tony Womack A 3900
  • Jaret Wright B 3900
  • Dmitri Young B 3900
  • Eric Young A 3900
  • Kevin Young A 3900
  • Frank Thomas (Fascimile)

Millennium/Century Marks

Listed below is the checklist for the Millennium Marks autographs and the number of each produced. As you can see, not all players signed their full allotment of 1000 Millennium Marks.

The checklist for the Century Marks is identical to that of the Millennium's, and for brevity's sake we are not repeating the full checklist. Suffice to say, each player (EXCEPT Nomar Garciaparra) signed their full allotment of 100 Century Marks. Only 62 copies of Garciaparra's Century Marks packed out.

  • Jeff Abbott A 1000
  • Bob Abreu B 1000
  • Edgardo Alfonzo A 1000
  • Roberto Alomar A/B 1000
  • Sandy Alomar, Jr. A 1000
  • Moises Alou A 1000
  • Garret Anderson B 1000
  • Andy Ashby A 1000
  • Jeff Bagwell B 400
  • Trey Beamon B 1000
  • Albert Belle A 400
  • Alan Benes B 1000
  • Geronimo Berroa A 1000
  • Wade Boggs A/B 1000
  • Barry Bonds A 400
  • Bobby Bonilla A/B 900
  • Kevin Brown B 900
  • Kevin Brown B 1000
  • Jay Buhner A 900
  • Brett Butler A 1000
  • Mike Cameron B 1000
  • Giovanni Carrara B 1000
  • Luis Castillo B 1000
  • Tony Clark A 1000
  • Will Clark B 1000
  • Roger Clemens A/B 400
  • Lou Collier A 1000
  • Bartolo Colon B 1000
  • Ron Coomer B 1000
  • Marty Cordova A 1000
  • Jacob Cruz A 1000
  • Jose Cruz, Jr. A/B 1000
  • Russ Davis B 1000
  • Jason Dickson A 1000
  • Todd Dunwoody A 1000
  • Jermaine Dye B 1000
  • Jim Edmonds A 1000
  • Darin Erstad A/B 1000
  • Bobby Estalella A 1000
  • Shawn Estes B 1000
  • Jeff Fassero A 1000
  • Andres Galarraga B 1000
  • Karim Garcia A 1000
  • Nomar Garciaparra A/B 650
  • Derrick Gibson B 1000
  • Brian Giles B 1000
  • Tom Glavine B 1000
  • Juan Gonzalez B 900
  • Rick Gorecki A 1000
  • Shawn Green B 1000
  • Todd Greene A 1000
  • Rusty Greer B 1000
  • Ben Grieve B 1000
  • Mark Grudzielanek B 1000
  • Vladimir Guerrero A/B 1000
  • Wilton Guerrero A 1000
  • Jose Guillen B 1000
  • Tony Gwynn A/B 900
  • Jeffrey Hammonds B 1000
  • Todd Helton A 1000
  • Todd Hundley B 1000
  • Todd Hollandsworth A 1000
  • Trenidad Hubbard A 1000
  • Derek Jeter A/B 400
  • Andruw Jones A/B 900
  • Bobby Jones B 1000
  • Chipper Jones A/B 900
  • Brian Jordan B 1000
  • Dave Justice B 1000
  • Eric Karros B 1000
  • Jason Kendall B 1000
  • Jimmy Key B 1000
  • Brooks Kieschnick A 1000
  • Ryan Klesko A 1000
  • Chuck Knoblauch A/B 900
  • Paul Konerko A 1000
  • Mark Kotsay A 1000
  • Ray Lankford A 1000
  • Barry Larkin A/B 1000
  • Derrek Lee B 1000
  • Esteban Loaiza B 1000
  • Javy Lopez B 1000
  • Greg Maddux A/B 400
  • Edgar Martinez A/B 1000
  • Pedro Martinez A 1000
  • Tino Martinez A/B 900
  • Rafael Medina A 1000
  • Raul Mondesi EXCH B 1000
  • Matt Morris A 1000
  • Eddie Murray EXCH A/B 900
  • Mike Mussina A 900
  • Paul O'Neill B 1000
  • Kevin Orie A 1000
  • David Ortiz A 1000
  • Rafael Palmeiro B 1000
  • Jay Payton A 1000
  • Neifi Perez B 1000
  • Andy Pettitte A/B 900
  • Manny Ramirez A 1000
  • Joe Randa A 1000
  • Pokey Reese B 1000
  • Edgar Renteria EXCH B 1000
  • Dennis Reyes A 1000
  • Cal Ripken, Jr. B 400
  • Alex Rodriguez A 400
  • Henry Rodriguez B 1000
  • Ivan Rodriguez B 900
  • Scott Rolen A/B 1000
  • Kirk Rueter A 1000
  • Ryne Sandberg A 1000
  • Gary Sheffield A/B 400
  • Dwight Smith B 1000
  • J.T. Snow A 1000
  • Scott Spiezio A 1000
  • Shannon Stewart A 1000
  • Jeff Suppan A 1000
  • Mike Sweeney A 1000
  • Miguel Tejada A 1000
  • Frank Thomas A 400
  • Jim Thome EXCH B 900
  • Justin Thompson B 1000
  • Brett Tomko A 1000
  • Bubba Trammell B 1000
  • Michael Tucker B 1000
  • Javier Valentin A 1000
  • Mo Vaughn A/B 1000
  • Robin Ventura A 1000
  • Terrell Wade B 1000
  • Billy Wagner B 1000
  • Larry Walker A 1000
  • Todd Walker B 1000
  • Rondell White B 1000
  • Kevin Wickander A 1000
  • Chris Widger A 1000
  • Bernie Williams B 400
  • Matt Williams A/B 1000
  • Antone Williamson A 1000
  • Dan Wilson B 1000
  • Tony Womack A 1000
  • Jaret Wright B 1000
  • Dmitri Young B 1000
  • Eric Young A 1000
  • Kevin Young A 1000

Notable Nicknames

Each Notable Nickname is serial-numbered to 200 copies and features each player's autograph coupled with an inscription of his nickname. Some Clemens and Thomas cards are not inscripted. Cards from this set were equally distributed in both series.

  • 1 Ernie Banks "Mr. Cub"
  • 2 Tony Clark "The Tiger"
  • 3 Roger Clemens "Rocket"
  • 4 Reggie Jackson "Mr. October"
  • 5 Randy Johnson "Big Unit"
  • 6 Stan Musial "The Man"
  • 7 Ivan Rodriguez "Pudge"
  • 8 Frank Thomas "Big Hurt"
  • 9 Mo Vaughn "Hit Dog"
  • 10 Billy Wagner "The Kid"

Significant Signatures

Each Significant Signature is serial-numbered to 2000 copies and were equally distributed in both series. Reggie Jackson signed a limited number of his cards in silver ink.

  • 1 Ernie Banks
  • 2 Johnny Bench
  • 3 Yogi Berra
  • 4 George Brett
  • 5 Lou Brock
  • 6 Rod Carew
  • 7 Steve Carlton
  • 8 Larry Doby
  • 9 Carlton Fisk
  • 10 Bob Gibson
  • 11 Reggie Jackson
  • 12 Al Kaline
  • 13 Harmon Killebrew
  • 14 Don Mattingly
  • 15 Stan Musial
  • 16 Jim Palmer
  • 17 Brooks Robinson
  • 18 Frank Robinson
  • 19 Mike Schmidt
  • 20 Tom Seaver
  • 21 Duke Snider
  • 22 Carl Yastrzemski
  • 11 Reggie Jackson (Silver Ink)