1998 Donruss Preferred

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Description

1998 Donruss Preferred is a 200-card set that is probably best remembered for its packaging. Like the previous year's set, it is fractured into the following subsets: Similar to 1996 & 1997 Finest, the set is fractured into 100 "Grand Stand" (steel), 40 "Mezzanine" (Bronze, 1:3/packs), 30 "Club Level" (silver, 1:12), 20 "Field Box" (Gold, 1:23) and 10 "Executive Suite" (platinum, 1:65) cards.

There are no rookie cards in this set.

Each five-card pack was distributed in a collectible "tin" box.

Distribution

Hobby: 24 "tins" per box, five cards per "tin" (MSRP: $4.99).

Retail: Five cards per "double-wide" tin (MSRP: $5.99). 24 tins per (blue cardboard) box.

Reviews

http://drewsbbcards.blogspot.com/2011/02/2-quick-boxes-of-1998-donruss-preferred.html

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Total Cards 200 - 5:1 5:1
Grandstand 100 - 4:1 4:1
Mezzanine 40 - 1:6 1:6
Club Box 30 - 1:12 1:12
Field Box 20 - 1:23 1:23
Executive Suite 10 - 1:65 1:65
Preferred Seating 200 - ? ?
Precious Metal 30 50 ? ?
Title Waves 30 varies ? ?
Great X-Pectations 26 2700 ? ?
Great X-Pectations Die-Cut 26 300 ? ?

Checklist

Base Set

The base set is fractured into Grandstand (GS), Mezzanine (ME), Club Box (CB), Field Box (FB) and Executive Suite (EX) cards.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr. EX

2 Frank Thomas EX

3 Cal Ripken, Jr. EX

4 Alex Rodriguez EX

5 Greg Maddux EX

6 Mike Piazza EX

7 Chipper Jones EX

8 Tony Gwynn FB

9 Derek Jeter FB

10 Jeff Bagwell EX

11 Juan Gonzalez EX

12 Nomar Garciaparra EX

13 Andruw Jones FB

14 Hideo Nomo FB

15 Roger Clemens FB

16 Mark McGwire FB

17 Scott Rolen FB

18 Vladimir Guerrero FB

19 Barry Bonds FB

20 Darin Erstad FB

21 Albert Belle FB

22 Kenny Lofton FB

23 Mo Vaughn FB

24 Tony Clark FB

25 Ivan Rodriguez FB

26 Larry Walker CB

27 Eddie Murray CB

28 Andy Pettitte CB

29 Roberto Alomar CB

30 Randy Johnson CB

31 Manny Ramirez CB

32 Paul Molitor FB

33 Mike Mussina CB

34 Jim Thome FB

35 Tino Martinez CB

36 Gary Sheffield CB

37 Chuck Knoblauch CB

38 Bernie Williams CB

39 Tim Salmon CB

40 Sammy Sosa CB

41 Wade Boggs ME

42 Will Clark GS

43 Andres Galarraga CB

44 Raul Mondesi CB

45 Rickey Henderson GS

46 Jose Canseco GS

47 Pedro Martinez GS

48 Jay Buhner GS

49 Ryan Klesko GS

50 Barry Larkin CB

51 Charles Johnson GS

52 Tom Glavine GS

53 Edgar Martinez GS

54 Fred McGriff ME

55 Moises Alou GS

56 Dante Bichette CB

57 Jim Edmonds CB

58 Mark Grace ME

59 Chan Ho Park ME

60 Justin Thompson ME

61 John Smoltz ME

62 Craig Biggio CB

63 Ken Caminiti ME

64 Deion Sanders ME

65 Carlos Delgado GS

66 Dave Justice CB

67 J.T. Snow GS

68 Jason Giambi CB

69 Garret Anderson ME

70 Rondell White ME

71 Matt Williams ME

72 Brady Anderson ME

73 Eric Karros GS

74 Javy Lopez GS

75 Pat Hentgen GS

76 Todd Hundley GS

77 Ray Lankford GS

78 Denny Neagle GS

79 Henry Rodriguez GS

80 Sandy Alomar, Jr. ME

81 Rafael Palmeiro ME

82 Robin Ventura GS

83 John Olerud GS

84 Omar Vizquel GS

85 Joe Randa GS

86 Lance Johnson GS

87 Kevin Brown GS

88 Curt Schilling GS

89 Ismael Valdes GS

90 Francisco Cordova GS

91 David Cone GS

92 Paul O'Neill GS

93 Jimmy Key GS

94 Brad Radke GS

95 Kevin Appier GS

96 Al Martin GS

97 Rusty Greer ME

98 Reggie Jefferson GS

99 Ron Coomer GS

100 Vinny Castilla GS

101 Bobby Bonilla ME

102 Eric Young GS

103 Tony Womack GS

104 Jason Kendall GS

105 Jeff Suppan GS

106 Shawn Estes ME

107 Shawn Green GS

108 Edgardo Alfonzo ME

109 Alan Benes ME

110 Bob Higginson GS

111 Mark Grudzielanek GS

112 Wilton Guerrero GS

113 Todd Greene ME

114 Pokey Reese GS

115 Jose Guillen CB

116 Neifi Perez ME

117 Luis Castillo GS

118 Edgar Renteria GS

119 Karim Garcia GS

120 Butch Huskey GS

121 Michael Tucker GS

122 Jason Dickson GS

123 Todd Walker ME

124 Brian Jordan GS

125 Joe Carter GS

126 Matt Morris ME

127 Brett Tomko ME

128 Mike Cameron CB

129 Russ Davis GS

130 Shannon Stewart ME

131 Kevin Orie GS

132 Scott Spiezio GS

133 Brian Giles GS

134 Raul Casanova GS

135 Jose Cruz, Jr. CB

136 Hideki Irabu GS

137 Bubba Trammell GS

138 Richard Hidalgo CB

139 Paul Konerko CB

140 Todd Helton FB

141 Miguel Tejada CB

142 Fernando Tatis ME

143 Ben Grieve FB

144 Travis Lee FB

145 Mark Kotsay CB

146 Eli Marrero ME

147 David Ortiz CB

148 Juan Encarnacion ME

149 Jaret Wright ME

150 Livan Hernandez CB

151 Ruben Rivera GS

152 Brad Fullmer ME

153 Dennis Reyes GS

154 Enrique Wilson ME

155 Todd Dunwoody ME

156 Derrick Gibson ME

157 Aaron Boone ME

158 Ron Wright ME

159 Preston Wilson ME

160 Abraham Nunez GS

161 Shane Monahan GS

162 Carl Pavano GS

163 Derrek Lee GS

164 Jeff Abbott GS

165 Wes Helms ME

166 Brian Rose GS

167 Bobby Estalella GS


Preferred Power

168 Ken Griffey, Jr. GS

169 Frank Thomas GS

170 Cal Ripken, Jr. GS

171 Alex Rodriguez GS

172 Greg Maddux GS

173 Mike Piazza GS

174 Chipper Jones GS

175 Tony Gwynn GS

176 Derek Jeter GS

177 Jeff Bagwell GS

178 Juan Gonzalez GS

179 Nomar Garciaparra GS

180 Andruw Jones GS

181 Hideo Nomo GS

182 Roger Clemens GS

183 Mark McGwire GS

184 Scott Rolen GS

185 Barry Bonds GS

186 Darin Erstad GS

187 Mo Vaughn GS

188 Ivan Rodriguez GS

189 Larry Walker ME

190 Andy Pettitte GS

191 Randy Johnson ME

192 Paul Molitor GS

193 Jim Thome GS

194 Tino Martinez ME

195 Gary Sheffield GS

196 Albert Belle GS

197 Jose Cruz, Jr. GS


Checklists

198 Todd Helton GS

199 Ben Grieve GS

200 Paul Konerko GS


Parallels

Preferred Seating

Preferred Seating is a die-cut parallel of the full 200-card base set. Just like the base set, it is fractured into five different groups with Grandstand the easiest to find, Executive Suite the scarcest.

Precious Metals

Precious Metals is a 30-card partial parallel printed on card stock made of one gram of real silver (S), gold (G), or platinum (P). Only 50 copies of each card was produced.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr. P

2 Frank Thomas P

3 Cal Ripken, Jr. P

4 Alex Rodriguez P

5 Greg Maddux P

6 Mike Piazza P

7 Chipper Jones P

8 Tony Gwynn G

9 Derek Jeter G

10 Jeff Bagwell P

11 Juan Gonzalez P

12 Nomar Garciaparra P

13 Andruw Jones G

14 Hideo Nomo G

15 Roger Clemens G

16 Mark McGwire G

17 Scott Rolen G

18 Barry Bonds G

19 Darin Erstad G

20 Kenny Lofton G

21 Mo Vaughn G

22 Ivan Rodriguez G

23 Randy Johnson S

24 Paul Molitor G

25 Jose Cruz, Jr. S

26 Paul Konerko S

27 Todd Helton G

28 Ben Grieve G

29 Travis Lee G

30 Mark Kotsay S


Inserts

Great X-Pectations

Great X-Pectations is a 26-card set featuring a veteran player on one side and a young star on the other. 3000 serial-numbered copies of each card were produced, with the first 300 cards die-cut.

Promo cards from this set were distributed along with dealer order forms and to the Hobby media. The promos have the word "SAMPLE" printed on the back of the card and are not serial-numbered.

1 Jeff Bagwell / Travis Lee

2 Jose Cruz, Jr. / Ken Griffey, Jr.

3 Larry Walker / Ben Grieve

4 Frank Thomas / Todd Helton

5 Jim Thome / Paul Konerko

6 Alex Rodriguez / Miguel Tejada

7 Greg Maddux / Livan Hernandez

8 Roger Clemens / Jaret Wright

9 Albert Belle / Juan Encarnacion

10 Mo Vaughn / David Ortiz

11 Manny Ramirez / Mark Kotsay

12 Tim Salmon / Brad Fullmer

13 Cal Ripken / Fernando Tatis

14 Hideo Nomo / Hideki Irabu

15 Mike Piazza / Todd Greene

16 Gary Sheffield / Richard Hidalgo

17 Paul Molitor / Darin Erstad

18 Ivan Rodriguez / Eli Marrero

19 Ken Caminiti / Todd Walker

20 Tony Gwynn / Jose Guillen

21 Derek Jeter / Nomar Garciaparra

22 Chipper Jones / Scott Rolen

23 Juan Gonzalez / Andruw Jones

24 Barry Bonds / Vladimir Guerrero

25 Mark McGwire / Tony Clark

26 Bernie Williams / Mike Cameron


Title Waves

Title Waves is a 30-card set of players who have won various awards and championships. The cards are printed on a die-cut plastic stock and were designed to link up with the cards of other players who also won an award in that same year. Each card is serial-numbered to the year in which the player won their respective award, and is noted in the checklist below.

1 Nomar Garciaparra 1997

2 Scott Rolen 1997

3 Roger Clemens 1997

4 Gary Sheffield 1997

5 Jeff Bagwell 1997

6 Cal Ripken, Jr. 1997

7 Frank Thomas 1997

8 Ken Griffey, Jr. 1997

9 Larry Walker 1997

10 Derek Jeter 1996

11 Juan Gonzalez 1996

12 Bernie Williams 1996

13 Andruw Jones 1996

14 Andy Pettitte 1996

15 Ivan Rodriguez 1996

16 Alex Rodriguez 1996

17 Mark McGwire 1996

18 Andres Galarraga 1996

19 Hideo Nomo 1995

20 Mo Vaughn 1995

21 Randy Johnson 1995

22 Chipper Jones 1995

23 Greg Maddux 1995

24 Manny Ramirez 1995

25 Tony Gwynn 1995

26 Albert Belle 1995

27 Kenny Lofton 1995

28 Mike Piazza 1993

29 Paul Molitor 1993

30 Barry Bonds 1993


Tins

Tin Packs

Each five-card Hobby pack came packaged in one of 24 collectible tins. A few tins will have the words "Preferred Honor" on the front; however, they do not contain different cards. Each tin is available in the following versions.

  • Green
  • Silver (serial-numbered to 999)
  • Gold (serial-numbered to 199)

1 Todd Helton

2 Ben Grieve

3 Cal Ripken, Jr.

4 Alex Rodriguez

5 Greg Maddux

6 Mike Piazza

7 Chipper Jones

8 Travis Lee

9 Derek Jeter

10 Jeff Bagwell

11 Juan Gonzalez

12 Mark McGwire

13 Hideo Nomo

14 Roger Clemens

15 Andruw Jones

16 Paul Molitor

17 Vladimir Guerrero

18 Jose Cruz, Jr.

19 Nomar Garciaparra

20 Scott Rolen

21 Ken Griffey, Jr.

22 Larry Walker

23 Frank Thomas

24 Tony Gwynn


Tin Boxes

Each 24-tin Hobby box was packaged in one of 24 oversized tins which parallel the smaller tin packs. Each tin box is available in the following versions.

  • Green (serial-numbered to 999 lids)
  • Gold (serial-numbered to 199 lids)

Double-Wide Tins

The retail version of 1998 Donruss Preferred was packaged in a plain corrugated cardboard box, with 24 "Double-Wide" tins per box. The checklist and player images used are identical to that of the Hobby tin packs, but the retail Double-Wide packs paired up two players at a time.

1 Todd Helton / Ben Grieve

2 Cal Ripken, Jr. / Alex Rodriguez

3 Greg Maddux / Mike Piazza

4 Chipper Jones / Travis Lee

5 Derek Jeter / Jeff Bagwell

6 Juan Gonzalez / Mark McGwire

7 Hideo Nomo / Roger Clemens

8 Andruw Jones / Paul Molitor

9 Vladimir Guerrero / Jose Cruz

10 Nomar Garciaparra / Scott Rolen

11 Ken Griffey, Jr.

12 Tony Gwynn / Frank Thomas