1998 Finest

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Description

1998 Finest is a 275-card set released in two series of 150 and 125 cards, respectively. Topps shed the fracturing scheme of the past two years, and went back to a simpler Finest base set. This would also be the last time all Finest base cards would be printed in equal quantities.

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Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Wax Odds HTA Odds
Base 275 - ? ?
No-Protector 275 - 1:2 1:1
Refractor 275 - 1:12 1:5
No-Protector Refractor 275 - 1:24 1:10
Power Zone (S1) 20 - 1:72 1:32
Centurions (S1) 20 500 1:153 1:71
Centurions Refractor (S1) 20 75 1:1020 1:471
Stadium Stars (S2) 24 - 1:72 1:32
The Man (S2) 20 500 1:119 1:55
The Man Refractor (S2) 20 75 1:793 1:367
Mystery Finest 90 - 1:36 1:15
Mystery Finest Refractor 90 - 1:144 1:64

Checklist

Promos

PP1 Nomar Garciaparra

PP2 Mark McGwire

PP3 Ivan Rodriguez

PP4 Ken Griffey, Jr.

PP5 Roger Clemens


Base Set

Series One

1 Larry Walker

2 Andruw Jones

3 Ramon Martinez

4 Geronimo Berroa

5 Dave Justice

6 Rusty Greer

7 Chad Ogea

8 Tom Goodwin

9 Tino Martinez

10 Jose Guillen

11 Jeffrey Hammonds

12 Brian McRae

13 Jeremi Gonzalez

14 Craig Counsell

15 Mike Piazza

16 Greg Maddux

17 Todd Greene

18 Rondell White

19 Kirk Rueter

20 Tony Clark

21 Brad Radke

22 Jaret Wright

23 Carlos Delgado

24 Dustin Hermanson

25 Gary Sheffield

26 Jose Canseco

27 Kevin Young

28 David Wells

29 Mariano Rivera

30 Reggie Sanders

31 Mike Cameron

32 Bobby Witt

33 Kevin Orie

34 Royce Clayton

35 Edgar Martinez

36 Neifi Perez

37 Kevin Appier

38 Darryl Hamilton

39 Michael Tucker

40 Roger Clemens

41 Carl Everett

42 Mike Sweeney

43 Pat Meares

44 Brian Giles

45 Matt Morris

46 Jason Dickson

47 Rich Loiselle RC

48 Joe Girardi

49 Steve Trachsel

50 Ben Grieve

51 Brian Johnson

52 Hideki Irabu

53 J.T. Snow

54 Mike Hampton

55 Dave Nilsson

56 Alex Fernandez

57 Brett Tomko

58 Wally Joyner

59 Kelvim Escobar

60 Roberto Alomar

61 Todd Jones

62 Paul O'Neill

63 Jamie Moyer

64 Mark Wohlers

65 Jose Cruz, Jr.

66 Troy Percival

67 Rick Reed

68 Will Clark

69 Jamey Wright

70 Mike Mussina

71 David Cone

72 Ryan Klesko

73 Scott Hatteberg

74 James Baldwin

75 Tony Womack

76 Carlos Perez

77 Charles Nagy

78 Jeromy Burnitz

79 Shane Reynolds

80 Cliff Floyd

81 Jason Kendall

82 Chad Curtis

83 Matt Karchner

84 Ricky Bottalico

85 Sammy Sosa

86 Javy Lopez

87 Jeff Kent

88 Shawn Green

89 Joey Cora

90 Tony Gwynn

91 Bob Tewksbury

92 Derek Jeter

93 Eric Davis

94 Jeff Fassero

95 Denny Neagle

96 Ismael Valdes

97 Tim Salmon

98 Mark Grudzielanek

99 Curt Schilling

100 Ken Griffey, Jr.

101 Edgardo Alfonzo

102 Vinny Castilla

103 Jose Rosado

104 Scott Erickson

105 Alan Benes

106 Shannon Stewart

107 Delino DeShields

108 Mark Loretta

109 Todd Hundley

110 Chuck Knoblauch

111 Todd Helton

112 F.P. Santangelo

113 Jeff Cirillo

114 Omar Vizquel

115 John Valentin

116 Damion Easley

117 Matt Lawton

118 Jim Thome

119 Sandy Alomar, Jr.

120 Albert Belle

121 Chris Stynes

122 Butch Huskey

123 Shawn Estes

124 Terry Adams

125 Ivan Rodriguez

126 Ron Gant

127 John Mabry

128 Jeff Shaw

129 Jeff Montgomery

130 Justin Thompson

131 Livan Hernandez

132 Ugueth Urbina

133 Scott Servais

134 Troy O'Leary

135 Cal Ripken, Jr.

136 Quilvio Veras

137 Pedro Astacio

138 Willie Greene

139 Lance Johnson

140 Nomar Garciaparra

141 Jose Offerman

142 Scott Rolen

143 Derek Bell

144 Johnny Damon

145 Mark McGwire

146 Chan Ho Park

147 Edgar Renteria

148 Eric Young

149 Craig Biggio

150 Checklist 1-150


Series Two

151 Frank Thomas

152 John Wetteland

153 Mike Lansing

154 Pedro Martinez

155 Rico Brogna

156 Kevin Brown

157 Alex Rodriguez

158 Wade Boggs

159 Richard Hidalgo

160 Mark Grace

161 Jose Mesa

162 John Olerud

163 Tim Belcher

164 Chuck Finley

165 Brian Hunter

166 Joe Carter

167 Stan Javier

168 Jay Bell

169 Ray Lankford

170 John Smoltz

171 Ed Sprague

172 Jason Giambi

173 Todd Walker

174 Paul Konerko

175 Rey Ordonez

176 Dante Bichette

177 Bernie Williams

178 Jon Nunnally

179 Rafael Palmeiro

180 Jay Buhner

181 Devon White

182 Jeff D'Amico

183 Walt Weiss

184 Scott Spiezio

185 Moises Alou

186 Carlos Baerga

187 Todd Zeile

188 Gregg Jefferies

189 Mo Vaughn

190 Terry Steinbach

191 Ray Durham

192 Robin Ventura

193 Jeff Reed

194 Ken Caminiti

195 Eric Karros

196 Wilson Alvarez

197 Gary Gaetti

198 Andres Galarraga

199 Alex Gonzalez

200 Garret Anderson

201 Andy Benes

202 Harold Baines

203 Ron Coomer

204 Dean Palmer

205 Reggie Jefferson

206 John Burkett

207 Jermaine Allensworth

208 Bernard Gilkey

209 Jeff Bagwell

210 Kenny Lofton

211 Bobby Jones

212 Bartolo Colon

213 Jim Edmonds

214 Pat Hentgen

215 Matt Williams

216 Bobby Abreu

217 Jorge Posada

218 Marty Cordova

219 Ken Hill

220 Steve Finley

221 Jeff King

222 Quinton McCracken

223 Matt Stairs

224 Darin Erstad

225 Fred McGriff

226 Marquis Grissom

227 Doug Glanville

228 Tom Glavine

229 John Franco

230 Darren Bragg

231 Barry Larkin

232 Trevor Hoffman

233 Brady Anderson

234 Al Martin

235 B.J. Surhoff

236 Ellis Burks

237 Randy Johnson

238 Mark Clark

239 Tony Saunders

240 Hideo Nomo

241 Brad Fullmer

242 Chipper Jones

243 Jose Valentin

244 Manny Ramirez

245 Derrek Lee

246 Jimmy Key

247 Tim Naehring

248 Bob Higginson

249 Charles Johnson

250 Chili Davis

251 Tom Gordon

252 Mike Lieberthal

253 Billy Wagner

254 Juan Guzman

255 Todd Stottlemyre

256 Brian Jordan

257 Barry Bonds

258 Dan Wilson

259 Paul Molitor

260 Juan Gonzalez

261 Francisco Cordova

262 Cecil Fielder

263 Travis Lee

264 Kevin Tapani

265 Raul Mondesi

266 Travis Fryman

267 Armando Benitez

268 Pokey Reese

269 Rick Aguilera

270 Andy Pettitte

271 Jose Vizcaino

272 Kerry Wood

273 Vladimir Guerrero

274 John Smiley

275 Checklist 151-275


Parallels

Dual-Sided No-Protectors

Each of the 275 base cards is available as a "Dual-Sided No-Protector" parallel. The difference is that the "Peel And Remove Coating" is missing off card fronts, and BOTH sides of the card are printed on chromium stock. DSNP's are also available as Refractors.

Refractors

All 275 base cards are available as Refractors.

Oversize

These sixteen, 3" X 5" cards were inserted into every third box as a box topper. Each card is sequentially-numbered "X of 8." We have arbitrarily assigned an "A" prefix for Series One and a "B" prefix for Series Two cards.

A1 Mark McGwire

A2 Cal Ripken, Jr.

A3 Nomar Garciaparra

A4 Mike Piazza

A5 Greg Maddux

A6 Jose Cruz, Jr.

A7 Roger Clemens

A8 Ken Griffey, Jr.

B1 Frank Thomas

B2 Bernie Williams

B3 Randy Johnson

B4 Chipper Jones

B5 Manny Ramirez

B6 Barry Bonds

B7 Juan Gonzalez

B8 Jeff Bagwell


Inserts

Power Zone

Each of these 20 Series One inserts is printed with "flop ink," which changes color from purple to blue when viewed at a different angle.

P1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

P2 Jeff Bagwell

P3 Jose Cruz, Jr.

P4 Barry Bonds

P5 Mark McGwire

P6 Jim Thome

P7 Mo Vaughn

P8 Gary Sheffield

P9 Andres Galarraga

P10 Nomar Garciaparra

P11 Rafael Palmeiro

P12 Sammy Sosa

P13 Jay Buhner

P14 Tony Clark

P15 Mike Piazza

P16 Larry Walker

P17 Albert Belle

P18 Tino Martinez

P19 Juan Gonzalez

P20 Frank Thomas


Centurions

Randomly inserted in Series One packs, cards from this 20-card set are each serial-numbered on back to 500 copies. Unfortunately, an unknown quantity of unnumbered Centurions made their way into the secondary market in 1999. It’s believed that these cards were quality control extras. To further compound this situation, some unscrupulous parties attempted to serial-number the cards. The fake cards have flat gold foil numbering. The real cards have bright foil numbering.

This set is also available in a Refractor parallel, serial-numbered to 75 copies.

C1 Andruw Jones

C2 Vladimir Guerrero

C3 Nomar Garciaparra

C4 Scott Rolen

C5 Ken Griffey, Jr.

C6 Jose Cruz, Jr.

C7 Barry Bonds

C8 Mark McGwire

C9 Juan Gonzalez

C10 Jeff Bagwell

C11 Frank Thomas

C12 Paul Konerko

C13 Alex Rodriguez

C14 Mike Piazza

C15 Travis Lee

C16 Chipper Jones

C17 Larry Walker

C18 Mo Vaughn

C19 Livan Hernandez

C20 Jaret Wright


Stadium Stars

This 24-card, Series Two set features a selection of the majors top hitters set against an attractive holographic stadium background.

SS1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

SS2 Alex Rodriguez

SS3 Mo Vaughn

SS4 Nomar Garciaparra

SS5 Frank Thomas

SS6 Albert Belle

SS7 Derek Jeter

SS8 Chipper Jones

SS9 Cal Ripken, Jr.

SS10 Jim Thome

SS11 Mike Piazza

SS12 Juan Gonzalez

SS13 Jeff Bagwell

SS14 Sammy Sosa

SS15 Jose Cruz, Jr.

SS16 Gary Sheffield

SS17 Larry Walker

SS18 Tony Gwynn

SS19 Mark McGwire

SS20 Barry Bonds

SS21 Tino Martinez

SS22 Manny Ramirez

SS23 Ken Caminiti

SS24 Andres Galarraga


Stadium Stars Oversize

These six 3" X 5" oversize cards were randomly seeded into Series Two HTA boxes at the rate of 1:24.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

2 Alex Rodriguez

3 Nomar Garciaparra

4 Frank Thomas

5 Mike Piazza

6 Mark McGwire


The Man

Each of these rather gaudy looking cards are exclusive to Series Two packs and serial-numbered to 500 copies. Unlike the Series One Centurions, it does not appear that surplus The Mans were "backdoored."

This set is also available in a Refractor parallel, serial-numbered to 75 copies.

TM1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

TM2 Barry Bonds

TM3 Frank Thomas

TM4 Chipper Jones

TM5 Cal Ripken, Jr.

TM6 Nomar Garciaparra

TM7 Mark McGwire

TM8 Mike Piazza

TM9 Derek Jeter

TM10 Alex Rodriguez

TM11 Jose Cruz, Jr.

TM12 Larry Walker

TM13 Jeff Bagwell

TM14 Tony Gwynn

TM15 Travis Lee

TM16 Juan Gonzalez

TM17 Scott Rolen

TM18 Randy Johnson

TM19 Roger Clemens

TM20 Greg Maddux


Mystery Finest

Cards from this 90-card set feature color action photos of top players on double-sided cards. Each player is matched with three different players on the opposite side or another photo of himself in each series. Each side is covered with the Finest opaque protector that must be fully removed on both sides.

In the first series, 50 Mystery Finest cards were randomly inserted; while in Series Two, another 40 cards were produced. Unfortunately, Topps re-numbered the Series Two cards as its own distinct set, with a similar design and the same card numbering scheme. to distinguish between the two series of Mystery Finest cards, all 50 Series One cards have a "wave" design, while the Series Two cards have an "arch."

Each card is also available as a Refractor, labeled "Refractor".

Some non-refractor Mystery Finest cards mistakenly have an R (refractor) printed next to the card number.

Series One

M1 Frank Thomas / Ken Griffey, Jr.

M2 Frank Thomas / Mike Piazza

M3 Frank Thomas / Mark McGwire

M4 Frank Thomas

M5 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Mike Piazza

M6 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Mark McGwire

M7 Ken Griffey, Jr.

M8 Mike Piazza / Mark McGwire

M9 Mike Piazza

M10 Mark McGwire

M11 Nomar Garciaparra / Jose Cruz, Jr.

M12 Nomar Garciaparra / Derek Jeter

M13 Nomar Garciaparra / Andruw Jones

M14 Nomar Garciaparra

M15 Jose Cruz, Jr. / Derek Jeter

M16 Jose Cruz, Jr. / Andruw Jones

M17 Jose Cruz, Jr.

M18 Derek Jeter / Andruw Jones

M19 Derek Jeter

M20 Andruw Jones

M21 Cal Ripken, Jr. / Tony Gwynn

M22 Cal Ripken / Barry Bonds

M23 Cal Ripken / Greg Maddux

M24 Cal Ripken, Jr.

M25 Tony Gwynn / Barry Bonds

M26 Tony Gwynn / Greg Maddux

M27 Tony Gwynn

M28 Barry Bonds / Greg Maddux

M29 Barry Bonds

M30 Greg Maddux

M31 Juan Gonzalez / Larry Walker

M32 Juan Gonzalez / Andres Galarraga

M33 Juan Gonzalez / Chipper Jones

M34 Juan Gonzalez

M35 Larry Walker / Andres Galarraga

M36 Larry Walker / Chipper Jones

M37 Larry Walker

M38 Andres Galarraga / Chipper Jones

M39 Andres Galarraga

M40 Chipper Jones

M41 Gary Sheffield / Sammy Sosa

M42 Gary Sheffield / Jeff Bagwell

M43 Gary Sheffield / Tino Martinez

M44 Gary Sheffield

M45 Sammy Sosa / Jeff Bagwell

M46 Sammy Sosa / Tino Martinez

M47 Sammy Sosa

M48 Jeff Bagwell / Tino Martinez

M49 Jeff Bagwell

M50 Tino Martinez


Series Two

M1 Nomar Garciaparra / Frank Thomas

M2 Nomar Garciaparra / Albert Belle

M3 Nomar Garciaparra / Scott Rolen

M4 Frank Thomas / Albert Belle

M5 Frank Thomas / Scott Rolen

M6 Albert Belle / Scott Rolen

M7 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Jose Cruz, Jr.

M8 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Alex Rodriguez

M9 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Roger Clemens

M10 Jose Cruz, Jr. / Alex Rodriguez

M11 Jose Cruz, Jr. / Roger Clemens

M12 Alex Rodriguez / Roger Clemens

M13 Mike Piazza / Barry Bonds

M14 Mike Piazza / Derek Jeter

M15 Mike Piazza / Bernie Williams

M16 Barry Bonds / Derek Jeter

M17 Barry Bonds / Bernie Williams

M18 Derek Jeter / Bernie Williams

M19 Mark McGwire / Jeff Bagwell

M20 Mark McGwire / Mo Vaughn

M21 Mark McGwire / Jim Thome

M22 Jeff Bagwell / Mo Vaughn

M23 Jeff Bagwell / Jim Thome

M24 Mo Vaughn / Jim Thome

M25 Juan Gonzalez / Travis Lee

M26 Juan Gonzalez / Ben Grieve

M27 Juan Gonzalez / Fred McGriff

M28 Travis Lee / Ben Grieve

M29 Travis Lee / Fred McGriff

M30 Ben Grieve / Fred McGriff

M31 Albert Belle

M32 Scott Rolen

M33 Alex Rodriguez

M34 Roger Clemens

M35 Bernie Williams

M36 Mo Vaughn

M37 Jim Thome

M38 Travis Lee

M39 Fred McGriff

M40 Ben Grieve


Mystery Finest Oversize

These three 3" X 5" cards were seeded randomly into every sixth Series Two HTA box. Every twelfth Series Two HTA box had a Refractor.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Alex Rodriguez

2 Derek Jeter / Bernie Williams

3 Mark McGwire / Jeff Bagwell


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