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1997 SP

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Description

1997 SP (by Upper Deck) is a 184-card set released in the Summer of 1997. The first 15 cards make up the "Great Futures" subset and are all printed on etched foil. Card #184 was a late addition to the product. In addition, cards #160-#180 and #184 might have been short-printed (although this was never confirmed by the manufacturer).

This product is significant as it was the first to feature "Buy Back" autographs.

Distribution

30 packs plus two "Inside Info" box toppers per box, eight cards per pack (MSRP: $4.39). Hobby only.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds
Base 184 - ?
Marquee Matchups 20 - 1:5
Special FX 48 - 1:9
Ken Griffey, Jr. Baseball Heroes 10 2000 ?
Game Film 10 500 ?
SPx Force 10 500 ?
SPx Force Autographs 10 100 ?
Vintage Autographs 32 varies ?

Checklist

Base Set

Great Futures

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  • 1 Andruw Jones GF
  • 2 Kevin Orie GF
  • 3 Nomar Garciaparra GF
  • 4 Jose Guillen GF
  • 5 Todd Walker GF
  • 6 Derrick Gibson GF
  • 7 Aaron Boone GF
  • 8 Bartolo Colon GF
  • 9 Derrek Lee GF
  • 10 Vladimir Guerrero GF
  • 11 Wilton Guerrero GF
  • 12 Luis Castillo GF
  • 13 Jason Dickson GF
  • 14 Bubba Trammell GF RC
  • 15 Jose Cruz, Jr. GF RC

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NOTES:

  • It is believed, but not confirmed by Upper Deck, that cards #160-#180 were short-printed. With that said, building a set is attainable.
  • Card #184 was a late addition to the set, and is also believed to be short-printed.
  • 16 Eddie Murray
  • 17 Darin Erstad
  • 18 Garret Anderson
  • 19 Jim Edmonds
  • 20 Tim Salmon
  • 21 Chuck Finley
  • 22 John Smoltz
  • 23 Greg Maddux
  • 24 Kenny Lofton
  • 25 Chipper Jones
  • 26 Ryan Klesko
  • 27 Javy Lopez
  • 28 Fred McGriff
  • 29 Roberto Alomar
  • 30 Rafael Palmeiro
  • 31 Mike Mussina
  • 32 Brady Anderson
  • 33 Rocky Coppinger
  • 34 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 35 Mo Vaughn
  • 36 Steve Avery
  • 37 Tom Gordon
  • 38 Tim Naehring
  • 39 Troy O'Leary
  • 40 Sammy Sosa
  • 41 Brian McRae
  • 42 Mel Rojas
  • 43 Ryne Sandberg
  • 44 Mark Grace
  • 45 Albert Belle
  • 46 Robin Ventura
  • 47 Roberto Hernandez
  • 48 Ray Durham
  • 49 Harold Baines
  • 50 Frank Thomas
  • 51 Bret Boone
  • 52 Reggie Sanders
  • 53 Deion Sanders
  • 54 Hal Morris
  • 55 Barry Larkin
  • 56 Jim Thome
  • 57 Marquis Grissom
  • 58 Dave Justice
  • 59 Charles Nagy
  • 60 Manny Ramirez
  • 61 Matt Williams
  • 62 Jack McDowell
  • 63 Vinny Castilla
  • 64 Dante Bichette
  • 65 Andres Galarraga
  • 66 Ellis Burks
  • 67 Larry Walker
  • 68 Eric Young
  • 69 Brian L. Hunter
  • 70 Travis Fryman
  • 71 Tony Clark
  • 72 Bob Higginson
  • 73 Melvin Nieves
  • 74 Jeff Conine
  • 75 Gary Sheffield
  • 76 Moises Alou
  • 77 Edgar Renteria
  • 78 Alex Fernandez
  • 79 Charles Johnson
  • 80 Bobby Bonilla
  • 81 Darryl Kile
  • 82 Derek Bell
  • 83 Shane Reynolds
  • 84 Craig Biggio
  • 85 Jeff Bagwell
  • 86 Billy Wagner
  • 87 Chili Davis
  • 88 Kevin Appier
  • 89 Jay Bell
  • 90 Johnny Damon
  • 91 Jeff King
  • 92 Hideo Nomo
  • 93 Todd Hollandsworth
  • 94 Eric Karros
  • 95 Mike Piazza
  • 96 Ramon Martinez
  • 97 Todd Worrell
  • 98 Raul Mondesi
  • 99 Dave Nilsson
  • 100 John Jaha
  • 101 Jose Valentin
  • 102 Jeff Cirillo
  • 103 Jeff D'Amico
  • 104 Ben McDonald
  • 105 Paul Molitor
  • 106 Rich Becker
  • 107 Frank Rodriguez
  • 108 Marty Cordova
  • 109 Terry Steinbach
  • 110 Chuck Knoblauch
  • 111 Mark Grudzielanek
  • 112 Mike Lansing
  • 113 Pedro Martinez
  • 114 Henry Rodriguez
  • 115 Rondell White
  • 116 Rey Ordonez
  • 117 Carlos Baerga
  • 118 Lance Johnson
  • 119 Bernard Gilkey
  • 120 Todd Hundley
  • 121 John Franco
  • 122 Bernie Williams
  • 123 David Cone
  • 124 Cecil Fielder
  • 125 Derek Jeter
  • 126 Tino Martinez
  • 127 Mariano Rivera
  • 128 Andy Pettitte
  • 129 Wade Boggs
  • 130 Mark McGwire
  • 131 Jose Canseco
  • 132 Geronimo Berroa
  • 133 Jason Giambi
  • 134 Ernie Young
  • 135 Scott Rolen
  • 136 Ricky Bottalico
  • 137 Curt Schilling
  • 138 Gregg Jefferies
  • 139 Mickey Morandini
  • 140 Jason Kendall
  • 141 Kevin Elster
  • 142 Al Martin
  • 143 Joe Randa
  • 144 Jason Schmidt
  • 145 Ray Lankford
  • 146 Brian Jordan
  • 147 Andy Benes
  • 148 Alan Benes
  • 149 Gary Gaetti
  • 150 Ron Gant
  • 151 Dennis Eckersley
  • 152 Rickey Henderson
  • 153 Joey Hamilton
  • 154 Ken Caminiti
  • 155 Tony Gwynn
  • 156 Steve Finley
  • 157 Trevor Hoffman
  • 158 Greg Vaughn
  • 159 J.T. Snow
  • 160 Barry Bonds
  • 161 Glenallen Hill
  • 162 William VanLandingham
  • 163 Jeff Kent
  • 164 Jay Buhner
  • 165 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 166 Alex Rodriguez
  • 167 Randy Johnson
  • 168 Edgar Martinez
  • 169 Dan Wilson
  • 170 Ivan Rodriguez
  • 171 Roger Pavlik
  • 172 Will Clark
  • 173 Dean Palmer
  • 174 Rusty Greer
  • 175 Juan Gonzalez
  • 176 John Wetteland
  • 177 Joe Carter
  • 178 Ed Sprague
  • 179 Carlos Delgado
  • 180 Roger Clemens
  • 181 Juan Guzman
  • 182 Pat Hentgen
  • 183 Ken Griffey, Jr. CL
  • 184 Hideki Irabu RC

Inserts

Inside Info

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This 25-card set was inserted into each waxbox as a box topper. Each card features a pull-out tab that gives the "Inside Info" on the player. Due to the nature of the card, and the large amount of foil along the borders, these cards are extremely difficult if not impossible to find in mint condition.

Each waxbox was supposed to come with only one Inside Info, but some yielded two.

  • 1 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 2 Mark McGwire
  • 3 Kenny Lofton
  • 4 Paul Molitor
  • 5 Frank Thomas
  • 6 Greg Maddux
  • 7 Mo Vaughn
  • 8 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 9 Jeff Bagwell
  • 10 Alex Rodriguez
  • 11 John Smoltz
  • 12 Manny Ramirez
  • 13 Sammy Sosa
  • 14 Vladimir Guerrero
  • 15 Albert Belle
  • 16 Mike Piazza
  • 17 Derek Jeter
  • 18 Scott Rolen
  • 19 Tony Gwynn
  • 20 Barry Bonds
  • 21 Ken Caminiti
  • 22 Chipper Jones
  • 23 Juan Gonzalez
  • 24 Roger Clemens
  • 25 Andruw Jones

Marquee Matchups

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  • MM1 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • MM2 Andres Galarraga
  • MM3 Barry Bonds
  • MM4 Mark McGwire
  • MM5 Mike Piazza
  • MM6 Tim Salmon
  • MM7 Tony Gwynn
  • MM8 Alex Rodriguez
  • MM9 Chipper Jones
  • MM10 Derek Jeter
  • MM11 Manny Ramirez
  • MM12 Jeff Bagwell
  • MM13 Greg Maddux
  • MM14 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • MM15 Mo Vaughn
  • MM16 Gary Sheffield
  • MM17 Jim Thome
  • MM18 Barry Larkin
  • MM19 Frank Thomas
  • MM20 Sammy Sosa

Special FX

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The 1997 edition of Special FX would be the last. Unlike previous years, there is no die-cut parallel -- all the cards are die-cuts.

Card #48 does not exist. A 49th card of Alex Rodriguez done in the style of the previous year's Holoviews Die-Cuts was included in 1997 packs.

  • 1 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 2 Frank Thomas
  • 3 Barry Bonds
  • 4 Albert Belle
  • 5 Mike Piazza
  • 6 Greg Maddux
  • 7 Chipper Jones
  • 8 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 9 Jeff Bagwell
  • 10 Alex Rodriguez
  • 11 Mark McGwire
  • 12 Kenny Lofton
  • 13 Juan Gonzalez
  • 14 Mo Vaughn
  • 15 John Smoltz
  • 16 Derek Jeter
  • 17 Tony Gwynn
  • 18 Ivan Rodriguez
  • 19 Barry Larkin
  • 20 Sammy Sosa
  • 21 Mike Mussina
  • 22 Gary Sheffield
  • 23 Brady Anderson
  • 24 Roger Clemens
  • 25 Ken Caminiti
  • 26 Roberto Alomar
  • 27 Hideo Nomo
  • 28 Bernie Williams
  • 29 Todd Hundley
  • 30 Manny Ramirez
  • 31 Eric Karros
  • 32 Tim Salmon
  • 33 Jay Buhner
  • 34 Andy Pettitte
  • 35 Jim Thome
  • 36 Ryne Sandberg
  • 37 Matt Williams
  • 38 Ryan Klesko
  • 39 Jose Canseco
  • 40 Paul Molitor
  • 41 Eddie Murray
  • 42 Darin Erstad
  • 43 Todd Walker
  • 44 Wade Boggs
  • 45 Andruw Jones
  • 46 Scott Rolen
  • 47 Vladimir Guerrero
  • 49 Alex Rodriguez 1996

Ken Griffey, Jr. Baseball Heroes

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A continuation of the Baseball Heroes anthology, the 1997 edition stars Ken Griffey, Jr. Each card is serial-numbered to 2000 copies.

  • 91 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 92 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 93 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 94 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 95 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 96 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 97 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 98 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 99 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 100 Ken Griffey, Jr.

Game Film

Game Film features an embedded piece of acetate that's designed to look like a film slide (not unlike the Slideshow inserts from 1994 Leaf). Each card is serial-numbered to 500 copies.

  • GF1 Alex Rodriguez
  • GF2 Frank Thomas
  • GF3 Andruw Jones
  • GF4 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • GF5 Mike Piazza
  • GF6 Derek Jeter
  • GF7 Mark McGwire
  • GF8 Chipper Jones
  • GF9 Barry Bonds
  • GF10 Ken Griffey, Jr.

SPx Force

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This set features four players on a "Holoview" card done in the style of that year's SPx set. Each card is serial-numbered to 500 copies.

  • 1 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Jay Buhner / Andres Galarraga /
  • 2 Mark McGwire / Albert Belle / Brady Anderson / Cec
  • 3 Frank Thomas / Mo Vaughn / Jeff Bagwell / Ken Cami
  • 4 Sammy Sosa / Barry Bonds / Jose Canseco / Fred McG
  • 5 Greg Maddux / Roger Clemens / John Smoltz / Randy
  • 6 Alex Rodriguez / Derek Jeter / Chipper Jones / Rey
  • 7 Mike Piazza / Hideo Nomo / Raul Mondesi / Todd Hollandsworth
  • 8 Juan Gonzalez / Manny Ramirez / Roberto Alomar / I
  • 9 Tony Gwynn / Wade Boggs / Eddie Murray / Paul Moli
  • 10 Vladimir Guerrero / Scott Rolen / Andrew Jones / T

Autographs

SPx Force Autograph

SPx Force Autograph is a parallel of the insert of the same name. However, only one of the four players depicted signed the card. For brevity's sake, we are only listing the signee in the checklist.

Each card is serial-numbered to 100 copies.

  • 1 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 2 Albert Belle
  • 3 Mo Vaughn EXCH
  • 4 Gary Sheffield
  • 5 Greg Maddux
  • 6 Alex Rodriguez
  • 7 Todd Hollandsworth
  • 8 Roberto Alomar
  • 9 Tony Gwynn
  • 10 Andruw Jones

Vintage Autographs

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To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the SP brand, Upper Deck repurchased a number of cards from previous years, had the cards autographed by the players, and randomly inserted them into packs. Each card is hand-numbered and packed out inside a penny sleeve along with an Upper Deck Authenticated certificate of authenticity. Both the card and the COA have UDA stickers with matching serial-numbers applied to them.

NOTES

  • Mo Vaughn's 1997 buyback packed out as an redemption card. Only 250 redemptions were seeded into packs; however, Vaughn wound up signing 293 1997 SP cards. (Vaughn was the only player who signed his current-year card) The remaining 43 cards would eventually be used as redemption replacements. The 1995 Mo Vaughn did not surface until 2001, again, as a redemption replacement.
  • This set is checklisted below as: year, insert set (if applicable), player, production figure.
  • 93 Jeff Bagwell 7
  • 95 Jeff Bagwell 173
  • 96 Jeff Bagwell 292
  • 96 MM Jeff Bagwell 23
  • 95 Jay Buhner 57
  • 96 Jay Buhner 79
  • 96 SFX Jay Buhner 27
  • 93 Ken Griffey, Jr. 16
  • 93 PP Ken Griffey, Jr. 5
  • 94 Ken Griffey, Jr. 103
  • 95 Ken Griffey, Jr. 38
  • 96 Ken Griffey, Jr. 312
  • 93 Tony Gwynn 17
  • 94 Tony Gwynn 367
  • 94 HV Tony Gwynn 31
  • 95 Tony Gwynn 64
  • 96 Tony Gwynn 20
  • 94 Todd Hollandsworth 167
  • 93 Chipper Jones 34
  • 95 Chipper Jones 60
  • 96 Chipper Jones 102
  • 96 Rey Ordonez 111
  • 96 MM Rey Ordonez 40
  • 94 Alex Rodriguez 94
  • 95 Alex Rodriguez 63
  • 96 Alex Rodriguez 73
  • 94 Gary Sheffield 130
  • 94 SFX Gary Sheffield 4
  • 95 Gary Sheffield 221
  • 96 Gary Sheffield 58
  • 95 Mo Vaughn 75
  • 96 Mo Vaughn 293