1997 Select

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Description

1997 Select is a 200-card set released in two series of 150 and 50 cards. The 150-card "Lo-Series" set, released in April 1997, contains 100 "Red" cards and 50 "Blue" cards -- which are short-printed and seeded at the rate of one-per-pack.

A "Hi-Number" Series was issued in December 1997. Similar to the hi-number cards released in the early days of Upper Deck, 1997 Select Hi-Number re-issued all 150 "Low-Series" cards, and added an additional 50 cards. Each five-card Hi-Series pack contained two Lo-Series Red cards, one Lo-Series Blue card, one Hi-Number card, and a "Select Company" parallel.

The lone notable rookie card is of Mark Kotsay who is in the Hi-Number series.

Distribution

Lo/Hi Series: 24 packs per box, five cards per pack (MSRP: $2.99).

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Lo-Series Odds Hi-Series Odds
Base 200 - ? ?
Lo-Series Red 100 - 4:1 2:1
Lo-Series Blue 50 - 1:1 1:1
Hi-Series 50 - N/A 1:1
Select Company 200 - N/A 1:1
Registered Gold Red 100 - 1:11 1:11
Registered Gold Blue 50 - 1:47 1:47
Artist's Proofs Red 100 - 1:71 1:71
Artist's Proofs Blue 50 - 1:355 1:355
Tools of the Trade 25 - 1:9 1:9
Tools of the Trade Mirror Blue 25 - 1:240 1:240
Rookie Revolution 20 2000 1:56 1:56
Rookie Autographs 3 varies ? N/A

Checklist

Promos

These cards were issued to Hobby dealers and the Hobby media to preview the 1997 Select set. These cards have "SAMPLE" written on the front to differentiate them from the regular cards. It is unclear exactly how many sample cards were made; the list below shows only those known to exist.

1 Juan Gonzalez

3 Tony Gwynn

8 Frank Thomas

15 Paul Molitor

23 Greg Maddux

47 Ken Griffey, Jr.

50 Rickey Henderson

53 Alex Rodriguez

71 Cal Ripken, Jr.

107 Danny Patterson

124 J.J. Johnson

121 Bobby Henley (Select Company)


Base Set

Lo Series

Red cards as designated with an "R," while the short-printed Blue cards have a "B."

1 Juan Gonzalez B

2 Mo Vaughn B

3 Tony Gwynn R

4 Manny Ramirez B

5 Jose Canseco R

6 David Cone R

7 Chan Ho Park R

8 Frank Thomas B

9 Todd Hollandsworth R

10 Marty Cordova R

11 Gary Sheffield B

12 John Smoltz B

13 Mark Grudzielanek R

14 Sammy Sosa B

15 Paul Molitor R

16 Kevin Brown R

17 Albert Belle B

18 Eric Young R

19 John Wetteland R

20 Ryan Klesko B

21 Joe Carter R

22 Alex Ochoa R

23 Greg Maddux B

24 Roger Clemens B

25 Ivan Rodriguez B

26 Barry Bonds B

27 Kenny Lofton B

28 Javy Lopez R

29 Hideo Nomo B

30 Rusty Greer R

31 Rafael Palmeiro R

32 Mike Piazza B

33 Ryne Sandberg R

34 Wade Boggs R

35 Jim Thome B

36 Ken Caminiti B

37 Mark Grace R

38 Brian Jordan B

39 Craig Biggio R

40 Henry Rodriguez R

41 Dean Palmer R

42 Jason Kendall R

43 Bill Pulsipher R

44 Tim Salmon B

45 Marc Newfield R

46 Pat Hentgen R

47 Ken Griffey, Jr. B

48 Paul Wilson R

49 Jay Buhner B

50 Rickey Henderson R

51 Jeff Bagwell B

52 Cecil Fielder R

53 Alex Rodriguez B

54 John Jaha R

55 Brady Anderson B

56 Andres Galarraga R

57 Raul Mondesi R

58 Andy Pettitte R

59 Roberto Alomar B

60 Derek Jeter B

61 Charles Johnson R

62 Travis Fryman R

63 Chipper Jones B

64 Edgar Martinez R

65 Bobby Bonilla R

66 Greg Vaughn R

67 Bob Higginson R

68 Garret Anderson R

69 Chuck Knoblauch B

70 Jermaine Dye R

71 Cal Ripken, Jr. B

72 Jason Giambi R

73 Trey Beamon R

74 Shawn Green R

75 Mark McGwire B

76 Carlos Delgado R

77 Jason Isringhausen R

78 Randy Johnson B

79 Troy Percival B

80 Ron Gant R

81 Ellis Burks R

82 Mike Mussina B

83 Todd Hundley R

84 Jim Edmonds R

85 Charles Nagy R

86 Dante Bichette B

87 Mariano Rivera R

88 Matt Williams B

89 Rondell White R

90 Steve Finley R

91 Alex Fernandez R

92 Barry Larkin R

93 Tom Goodwin R

94 Will Clark R

95 Michael Tucker R

96 Derek Bell R

97 Larry Walker R

98 Alan Benes R

99 Tom Glavine R

100 Darin Erstad B

101 Andruw Jones B

102 Scott Rolen R

103 Todd Walker B

104 Dmitri Young R

105 Vladimir Guerrero B

106 Nomar Garciaparra R

107 Danny Patterson R

108 Karim Garcia R

109 Todd Greene R

110 Ruben Rivera R

111 Raul Casanova R

112 Mike Cameron R

113 Bartolo Colon R

114 Rod Myers R

115 Todd Dunn R

116 Torii Hunter R

117 Jason Dickson R

118 Eugene Kingsale R

119 Rafael Medina R

120 Raul Ibanez R

121 Bobby Henley R RC

122 Scott Spiezio R

123 Bobby Smith R

124 J.J. Johnson R

125 Bubba Trammell R RC

126 Jeff Abbott R

127 Neifi Perez R

128 Derrek Lee R

129 Kevin Brown R

130 Mendy Lopez R

131 Kevin Orie R

132 Ryan Jones R

133 Juan Encarnacion R

134 Jose Guillen B

135 Greg Norton R

136 Richie Sexson R

137 Jay Payton R

138 Bob Abreu R

139 Ron Belliard R RC

140 Wilton Guerrero B

141 Alex Rodriguez B SS

142 Juan Gonzalez B SS

143 Ken Caminiti B SS

144 Frank Thomas B SS

145 Ken Griffey, Jr. B SS

146 John Smoltz B SS

147 Mike Piazza B SS

148 Derek Jeter B SS

149 Frank Thomas R CL

150 Ken Griffey, Jr. R CL


Hi-Numbers

NOTE: All Hi-Series base cards accidentally had the words "Select Company" printed on them. Hi-Number base cards were printed on etched foil, whereas the Select Company parallels were printed on a coarse "frosted" foil.

151 Jose Cruz, Jr. RC

152 Moises Alou

153 Hideki Irabu RC

154 Glendon Rusch

155 Ron Coomer

156 Jeremi Gonzalez RC

157 Fernando Tatis RC

158 John Olerud

159 Rickey Henderson

160 Shannon Stewart

161 Kevin Polcovich RC

162 Jose Rosado

163 Ray Lankford

164 Dave Justice

165 Mark Kotsay RC

166 Deivi Cruz RC

167 Billy Wagner

168 Jacob Cruz

169 Matt Morris

170 Brian Banks

171 Brett Tomko

172 Todd Helton

173 Eric Young

174 Bernie Williams

175 Jeff Fassero

176 Ryan McGuire

177 Darryl Kile

178 Kelvim Escobar RC

179 Dave Nilsson

180 Geronimo Berroa

181 Livan Hernandez

182 Tony Womack RC

183 Deion Sanders

184 Jeff Kent

185 Brian Hunter

186 Jose Malave

187 Steve Woodard RC

188 Brad Radke

189 Todd Dunwoody

190 Joey Hamilton

191 Denny Neagle

192 Bobby Jones

193 Tony Clark

194 Jaret Wright RC

195 Matt Stairs

196 Francisco Cordova

197 Justin Thompson

198 Pokey Reese

199 Garrett Stephenson

200 Carl Everett


Parallels

Select Company

Randomly inserted one in every Select Hi-Series pack, this 200-card set is parallels the Select base set. The difference is found in the full foil card stock with puffed ink accented highlights.

NOTE: All Hi-Series base cards accidentally had the words "Select Company" printed on them. Hi-Number base cards were printed on etched foil, whereas the Select Company parallels were printed on a coarse "frosted" foil.

Registered Gold

This 150-card set parallels the entire Lo-Series set. These cards were available in both Lo and Hi-Series packs, but Registered Gold cards for the 50 Hi-Numbers do not exist.

Artist's Proofs

This 150-card set parallels the entire Lo-Series set. Like the Registered Gold parallels, Artist's Proofs were available in both Lo and Hi-Series packs, but cards for the 50 Hi-Numbers do not exist.

Inserts

Tools of the Trade

This set matches 25 young players with 25 veteran superstars printed back-to-back on a double-fronted full silver foil card stock with gold foil stamping. Tools of the Trade cards were randomly inserted into both series packs.

A "Mirror Blue" parallel was also available.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Andruw Jones

2 Greg Maddux / Andy Pettitte

3 Cal Ripken, Jr. / Chipper Jones

4 Mike Piazza / Jason Kendall

5 Albert Belle / Karim Garcia

6 Mo Vaughn / Dmitri Young

7 Juan Gonzalez / Vladimir Guerrero

8 Tony Gwynn / Jermaine Dye

9 Barry Bonds / Alex Ochoa

10 Jeff Bagwell / Jason Giambi

11 Darin Erstad / Kenny Lofton

12 Manny Ramirez / Gary Sheffield

13 Tim Salmon / Todd Hollandsworth

14 Sammy Sosa / Ruben Rivera

15 Paul Molitor / George Arias

16 Jim Thome / Todd Walker

17 Wade Boggs / Scott Rolen

18 Ryne Sandberg / Chuck Knoblauch

19 Mark McGwire / Frank Thomas

20 Ivan Rodriguez / Charles Johnson

21 Brian Jordan / Rusty Greer

22 Roger Clemens / Troy Percival

23 John Smoltz / Mike Mussina

24 Alex Rodriguez / Rey Ordonez

25 Derek Jeter / Nomar Garciaparra


Rookie Revolution

This set features 20 of the top rookies on etched-foil cards. Each card is serial-numbered on the back, however, Pinnacle Brands never publicly announced the print run. It is believed that cards serial-numbered 0001-1500 were inserted into Lo-Series packs, while 1501-2000 were seeded into the Hi-Series.

1 Andruw Jones

2 Derek Jeter

3 Todd Hollandsworth

4 Edgar Renteria

5 Jason Kendall

6 Rey Ordonez

7 F.P. Santangelo

8 Jermaine Dye

9 Alex Ochoa

10 Vladimir Guerrero

11 Dmitri Young

12 Todd Walker

13 Scott Rolen

14 Nomar Garciaparra

15 Ruben Rivera

16 Darin Erstad

17 Todd Greene

18 Mariano Rivera

19 Trey Beamon

20 Karim Garcia


Autographs & Game-Used

Rookie Autographs

These four autographed cards were randomly inserted into Lo-Series packs. Each player signed 3000 copies, except Andruw Jones who signed 2500; however the cards are not serial-numbered. All cards are standard base cards, but with with words "AUTHENTIC SIGNATURE" printed on the reverse side.

101 Andruw Jones 2500

103 Todd Walker 3000

134 Jose Guillen 3000

140 Wilton Guerrero 3000