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)


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