1997 E-X 2000

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Description

E-X2000 was produced by Fleer/Skybox and was a 102-card set released in the summer of 1997. Continuing with the previous year's theme of depth, each base card was multi-layered: The card fronts (top layer) featured a colored holographic foil (blue, purple, red, or orange) that accented the player's team with a translucent acetate shadowbox (middle layer) in the center of the card that depicted the sky. The player action photo was layered on top of the acetate. The card backs (bottom layer) were a non-holographic mirror image of the card fronts.

There are no notable rookies in this set.

Distribution

A hobby exclusive, each box of 1997 E-X2000 contained 24 packs of 2 "super premium" cards each. This set marked the first instance that a major licensed card company featured only two cards per pack and was an effort to further establish the set as high-end and exclusive.

Reviews

http://oldschoolbreaks.wordpress.com/2008/05/17/1997-e-x2000-baseball-review/

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds
Base 100 - ?
Credentials 100 299 ?
Essential Credentials 100 99 ?
Star Date 2000 15 - 1:9
Hall or Nothing 20 - 1:20
A Cut Above 10 - 1:288
Emerald Autograph Redemptions 6 - 1:500
Alex Rodriguez Autographed Baseball 1 - ?

Checklist

Promos

Sample

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Dealers who ordered E-X2000 cases were given an Alex Rodriguez promo card. The card paralleled his base card but is marked "SAMPLE" on the back.

Additionally, an over-sized promotional "strip" featuring A-Rod also exists and is considered to be very rare.

Commemorative

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A special Alex Rodriguez promo card was also produced and distributed. These were serial-numbered to 3,000 on the back and marked as a commemoration of the premiere of the set.

Base Set

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NOTE: Each pack contained either a checklist or a redemption card. The checklists are sequentially-numbered as part of the set but are printed on plain cardstock.

1 Jim Edmonds

2 Darin Erstad

3 Eddie Murray

4 Roberto Alomar

5 Brady Anderson

6 Mike Mussina

7 Rafael Palmeiro

8 Cal Ripken, Jr.

9 Steve Avery

10 Nomar Garciaparra

11 Mo Vaughn

12 Albert Belle

13 Mike Cameron

14 Ray Durham

15 Frank Thomas

16 Robin Ventura

17 Manny Ramirez

18 Jim Thome

19 Matt Williams

20 Tony Clark

21 Travis Fryman

22 Bob Higginson

23 Kevin Appier

24 Johnny Damon

25 Jermaine Dye

26 Jeff Cirillo

27 Ben McDonald

28 Chuck Knoblauch

29 Paul Molitor

30 Todd Walker

31 Wade Boggs

32 Cecil Fielder

33 Derek Jeter

34 Andy Pettitte

35 Ruben Rivera

36 Bernie Williams

37 Jose Canseco

38 Mark McGwire

39 Jay Buhner

40 Ken Griffey, Jr.

41 Randy Johnson

42 Edgar Martinez

43 Alex Rodriguez

44 Dan Wilson

45 Will Clark

46 Juan Gonzalez

47 Ivan Rodriguez

48 Joe Carter

49 Roger Clemens

50 Juan Guzman

51 Pat Hentgen

52 Tom Glavine

53 Andruw Jones

54 Chipper Jones

55 Ryan Klesko

56 Kenny Lofton

57 Greg Maddux

58 Fred McGriff

59 John Smoltz

60 Mark Wohlers

61 Mark Grace

62 Ryne Sandberg

63 Sammy Sosa

64 Barry Larkin

65 Deion Sanders

66 Reggie Sanders

67 Dante Bichette

68 Ellis Burks

69 Andres Galarraga

70 Moises Alou

71 Kevin Brown

72 Cliff Floyd

73 Edgar Renteria

74 Gary Sheffield

75 Bob Abreu

76 Jeff Bagwell

77 Craig Biggio

78 Todd Hollandsworth

79 Eric Karros

80 Raul Mondesi

81 Hideo Nomo

82 Mike Piazza

83 Vladimir Guerrero

84 Henry Rodriguez

85 Todd Hundley

86 Alex Ochoa

87 Rey Ordonez

88 Gregg Jefferies

89 Scott Rolen

90 Jermaine Allensworth

91 Jason Kendall

92 Ken Caminiti

93 Tony Gwynn

94 Rickey Henderson

95 Barry Bonds

96 J.T. Snow

97 Dennis Eckersley

98 Ron Gant

99 Brian Jordan

100 Ray Lankford


Checklists

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101 Checklist

102 Checklist


Parallels

Credentials

The Credentials set fully paralleled the base set and each card was serial-numbered to 299. Each Credentials card featured the same multi-layering as a base card but had a silver holographic finish on the card front and was marked "Credentials" horizontally along the upper-left portion of the card front.

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Essential Credentials

The Essential Credentials set also fully paralleled the base set but each of these were serial-numbered to 99. Each Essential Credentials card featured the same multi-layering as a base card but had a star-foiled finish and was marked "Essential Credentials" horizontally and vertically along the upper-right portion of the card front. 1997 marked the inaugural release of this parallel set which became very popular with collectors and was featured in every E-X brand release until its end in 2004.

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Inserts

Star Date 2000

This 15-card set highlighted top young players in the game at the time that could be stars by 2000 and featured each player on a holographic, galaxy-themed background.

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1 Alex Rodriguez

2 Andruw Jones

3 Andy Pettitte

4 Brooks Kieschnick

5 Chipper Jones

6 Darin Erstad

7 Derek Jeter

8 Jason Kendall

9 Jermaine Dye

10 Neifi Perez

11 Scott Rolen

12 Todd Hollandsworth

13 Todd Walker

14 Tony Clark

15 Vladimir Guerrero


Hall or Nothing

This 20-card set highlighted players that were on a projected path to the Hall of Fame. Each card was die-cut, translucent, and had depth created through foil and design. Cards were die-cut to resemble an elaborate gate/archway into the Hall of Fame and player photos were layered on top of the acetate gate/archway entrance.

The foil was etched for detail; however, two colored foil versions exist: Copper and Gold. Fleer/Skybox provided no information about these two versions and two theories have emerged for explanation: that the Copper and Gold foiled cards were a result of a printing error or that one color was a stealth parallel variation that was never officially announced. Regardless of the theories, the Copper foil versions are more plentiful than the Gold and the common conclusion is that the Copper foil was the intended finish and the Gold foil was the variant (intentional or unintentional).

  • Regular (Copper foil):

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  • Variant/Misprint (Gold foil):

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1 Frank Thomas

2 Ken Griffey, Jr.

3 Eddie Murray

4 Cal Ripken, Jr.

5 Ryne Sandberg

6 Wade Boggs

7 Roger Clemens

8 Tony Gwynn

9 Alex Rodriguez

10 Mark McGwire

11 Barry Bonds

12 Greg Maddux

13 Juan Gonzalez

14 Albert Belle

15 Mike Piazza

16 Jeff Bagwell

17 Dennis Eckersley

18 Mo Vaughn

19 Roberto Alomar

20 Kenny Lofton


A Cut Above

This 10-card set featured 10 players in the game who were considered to be on a level higher than the rest of their peers. Each card was die-cut like saw blades on the top and bottom of the card, printed on silver holographic foil, and featured embossed "A Cut Above" text box.

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1 Frank Thomas

2 Ken Griffey, Jr.

3 Alex Rodriguez

4 Albert Belle

5 Juan Gonzalez

6 Mark McGwire

7 Mo Vaughn

8 Manny Ramirez

9 Barry Bonds

10 Fred McGriff


Autographs & Game-Used

Emerald Autographs

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This 6-card set consisted of redemption cards that could be exchanged via mail before May 1st, 1998 for an autographed card of that player. Each autographed card is a base card with an emerald-green foil finish on the nameplate and "E-X2000" logo for differentiation.

2 Darin Erstad

30 Todd Walker

43 Alex Rodriguez

78 Todd Hollandsworth

86 Alex Ochoa

89 Scott Rolen


Alex Rodriguez Autographed Baseball

A redemption card good for a baseball signed by Alex Rodriguez was also randomly inserted in packs. 100 of these redemption cards were produced and the redemption deadline was May 1st, 1998.