1998 Leaf

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Description

The 1998 Leaf is a 200-card set released in March, 1998. The set contains the subsets: Curtain Calls (148-157), Gold Leaf Stars (158-177), and Gold Leaf Rookies (178-197). All three subsets are short-printed in relation to cards from 1-147 and 201. Those short prints represent one of the early efforts by a manufacturer to incorportate short-print subsets cards into a basic issue set. Card number 42 does not exist as Leaf retired the number in honor of Jackie Robinson.

Distribution

24 packs per box, 10 cards per pack (MSRP: $2.99)

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Odds
Base 200 - ?
short set 150 - ?
Short Prints 50 - 1:3
Fractal Matrix 200 varies ?
Fractal Matrix Diamond Axis 200 50 ?
State Representatives 30 5000 ?
Heading for the Hall 20 3500 ?
Statistical Standouts 24 2250 ?
Statistical Standouts Die-Cut 24 250 ?
Crusade 30 varies ?

Checklist

Base Set

1 Rusty Greer GZ

2 Tino Martinez GZ

3 Bobby Bonilla SY

4 Jason Giambi SY

5 Matt Morris SY

6 Craig Counsell BX

7 Reggie Jefferson BX

8 Brian Rose SY

9 Ruben Rivera BX

10 Shawn Estes SY

11 Tony Gwynn GZ

12 Jeff Abbott BY

13 Jose Cruz GZ

14 Francisco Cordova BX

15 Ryan Klesko BX

16 Tim Salmon GY

17 Brett Tomko BX

18 Matt Williams SY

19 Joe Carter BX

20 Harold Baines BX

21 Gary Sheffield SZ

22 Charles Johnson SX

23 Aaron Boone BX

24 Eddie Murray GY

25 Matt Stairs BX

26 David Cone BX

27 Jon Nunnally BX

28 Chris Stynes BX

29 Enrique Wilson BY

30 Randy Johnson SZ

31 Garret Anderson SY

32 Manny Ramirez GZ

33 Jeff Suppan SX

34 Rickey Henderson BX

35 Scott Spiezio BX

36 Rondell White SY

37 Todd Greene SZ

38 Delino DeShields BX

39 Kevin Brown (Pitcher) SX

40 Chili Davis BX

41 Jimmy Key BX

43 Mike Mussina GY

44 Joe Randa BX

45 Chan Ho Park SZ

46 Brad Radke BX

47 Geronimo Berroa BX

48 Wade Boggs SY

49 Kevin Appier BX

50 Moises Alou SY

51 Dave Justice GY

52 Ivan Rodriguez GZ

53 J.T. Snow BX

54 Brian Giles BX

55 Will Clark BY

56 Justin Thompson SY

57 Javy Lopez SX

58 Hideki Irabu BZ

59 Mark Grudzielanek BX

60 Abraham Nunez SX

61 Todd Hollandsworth BX

62 Jay Bell BX

63 Nomar Garciaparra GZ

64 Vinny Castilla BY

65 Lou Collier BY

66 Kevin Orie SX

67 John Valentin BX

68 Robin Ventura BX

69 Denny Neagle BX

70 Tony Womack SY

71 Dennis Reyes SY

72 Wally Joyner BX

73 Kevin Brown (Catcher) BY

74 Ray Durham BX

75 Mike Cameron SZ

76 Dante Bichette BX

77 Jose Guillen GY

78 Carlos Delgado BY

79 Paul Molitor GZ

80 Jason Kendall BX

81 Mark Bellhorn BX

82 Damian Jackson BX

83 Bill Mueller BX

84 Kevin Young BX

85 Curt Schilling BX

86 Jeffrey Hammonds BX

87 Sandy Alomar, Jr. SY

88 Bartolo Colon BY

89 Wilton Guerrero BY

90 Bernie Williams GY

91 Deion Sanders SY

92 Mike Piazza GX

93 Butch Huskey BX

94 Edgardo Alfonzo SX

95 Alan Benes SY

96 Craig Biggio SY

97 Mark Grace SY

98 Shawn Green SY

99 Derrek Lee SY

100 Ken Griffey, Jr. GZ

101 Tim Raines BX

102 Pokey Reese SX

103 Lee Stevens BX

104 Shannon Stewart SY

105 John Smoltz SY

106 Frank Thomas GX

107 Jeff Fassero BX

108 Jay Buhner BY

109 Jose Canseco BX

110 Omar Vizquel BX

111 Travis Fryman BX

112 Dave Nilsson BX

113 John Olerud BX

114 Larry Walker GZ

115 Jim Edmonds SY

116 Bob Higginson SX

117 Todd Hundley SX

118 Paul O'Neill BX

119 Bip Roberts BX

120 Ismael Valdes BX

121 Pedro Martinez SY

122 Jeff Cirillo BX

123 Andy Benes BX

124 Bobby Jones BX

125 Brian Hunter BX

126 Darryl Kile BX

127 Pat Hentgen BX

128 Marquis Grissom BX

129 Eric Davis BX

130 Chipper Jones GZ

131 Edgar Martinez SZ

132 Andy Pettitte GZ

133 Cal Ripken, Jr. GX

134 Scott Rolen GZ

135 Ron Coomer BX

136 Luis Castillo BY

137 Fred McGriff BY

138 Neifi Perez SY

139 Eric Karros BX

140 Alex Fernandez BX

141 Jason Dickson BX

142 Lance Johnson BX

143 Ray Lankford BY

144 Sammy Sosa GY

145 Eric Young BY

146 Bubba Trammell SY

147 Todd Walker SY

148 Mo Vaughn CC SX

149 Jeff Bagwell CC SX

150 Kenny Lofton CC SX

151 Raul Mondesi CC SX

152 Mike Piazza CC SX

153 Chipper Jones CC SX

154 Larry Walker CC SX

155 Greg Maddux CC SX

156 Ken Griffey, Jr. CC SX

157 Frank Thomas CC SX

158 Darin Erstad GLS BZ

159 Roberto Alomar GLS BY

160 Albert Belle GLS GY

161 Jim Thome GLS GY

162 Tony Clark GLS GY

163 Chuck Knoblauch GLS BY

164 Derek Jeter GLS GZ

165 Alex Rodriguez GLS GZ

166 Tony Gwynn GLS BX

167 Roger Clemens GLS GZ

168 Barry Larkin GLS BY

169 Andres Galarraga GLS BY

170 Vladimir Guerrero GLS GZ

171 Mark McGwire GLS BZ

172 Barry Bonds GLS BZ

173 Juan Gonzalez GLS GZ

174 Andruw Jones GLS GZ

175 Paul Molitor GLS BX

176 Hideo Nomo GLS BZ

177 Cal Ripken, Jr. GLS BX

178 Brad Fullmer GLR SZ

179 Jaret Wright GLR GZ

180 Bobby Estalella GLR BY

181 Ben Grieve GLR GX

182 Paul Konerko GLR GZ

183 David Ortiz GLR GZ

184 Todd Helton GLR GX

185 Juan Encarnacion GLR GZ

186 Miguel Tejada GLR GZ

187 Jacob Cruz GLR BY

188 Mark Kotsay GLR GZ

189 Fernando Tatis GLR SZ

190 Ricky Ledee GLR SY

191 Richard Hidalgo GLR SY

192 Richie Sexson GLR SY

193 Luis Ordaz GLE BX

194 Eli Marrero GLR SZ

195 Livan Hernandez GLR SZ

196 Homer Bush GLR BX

197 Raul Ibanez GLR BX

198 Nomar Garciaparra CL BX

199 Scott Rolen CL BX

200 Jose Cruz CL BX

201 Al Martin BX



Parallels

Fractal Matrix

Randomly inserted in packs, this 200-card set parallels the Leaf base set and features color player photos with either a bronze, silver or gold finish. No card is available in more than one of the colors. The set is broken into nine tiers based on three colors (Bronze, Gold and Silver) and three axis (X, Y and Z). Unlike the previous year, the 1998 cards carry an axis-logo on the card front, allowing collectors to identify the specific tier. 100 cards were designated Bronze, 60 Silver, and 40 Gold; 125 were X-Axis, 50 Y-Axis, and 25 Z-Axis.

2000 copies of each Bronze, 1000 of each Silver, and 500 of each Gold card were produced. For the die-cuts, the first 400 copies (regardless of color) of each X-Axis card are die-cut, 200 Y-Axis, and 100 Z-Axis.

This chart shows exactly how many of each card were produced.

regular/die-cut X-Axis Y-Axis Z-Axis
Bronze 1600/400 1800/200 1900/100
Silver 600/400 800/200 900/100
Gold 100/400 300/200 400/100

For the sake of brevity, we have denoted each card's Axis and Color in the base set checklist.

There is also a "Fractal Diamond Axis" parallel, in which all cards are serial-numbered to 50 copies.

Inserts

State Representatives

Each card in this 30-card set is printed on etched-foil. For the two Canadian teams, the cards are titled "Provincial Powers." Each card is serial-numbered to 5000 copies.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

2 Frank Thomas

3 Alex Rodriguez

4 Cal Ripken, Jr.

5 Chipper Jones

6 Andruw Jones

7 Scott Rolen

8 Nomar Garciaparra

9 Tim Salmon

10 Manny Ramirez

11 Jose Cruz

12 Vladimir Guerrero

13 Tino Martinez

14 Larry Walker

15 Mo Vaughn

16 Jim Thome

17 Tony Clark

18 Derek Jeter

19 Juan Gonzalez

20 Jeff Bagwell

21 Ivan Rodriguez

22 Mark McGwire

23 Dave Justice

24 Chuck Knoblauch

25 Andy Pettitte

26 Raul Mondesi

27 Randy Johnson

28 Greg Maddux

29 Bernie Williams

30 Rusty Greer


Heading for the Hall

All cards in this 20-card set are serial-numbered to 3500 copies. To preview the 1998 Leaf product, all dealer wholesale order forms contained one of 20 Heading for the Hall samples. The cards differ from the basic Heading for the Hall inserts in two ways: the large "SAMPLE" text printed diagonally across the card back and the lack of serial numbering on back.

1 Roberto Alomar

2 Jeff Bagwell

3 Albert Belle

4 Wade Boggs

5 Barry Bonds

6 Roger Clemens

7 Juan Gonzalez

8 Ken Griffey, Jr.

9 Tony Gwynn

10 Barry Larkin

11 Kenny Lofton

12 Greg Maddux

13 Mark McGwire

14 Paul Molitor

15 Eddie Murray

16 Mike Piazza

17 Cal Ripken, Jr.

18 Ivan Rodriguez

19 Ryne Sandberg

20 Frank Thomas


Statistical Standouts

Each Statistical Standout is printed on a leather-like substance and is serial-numbered to 2500 copies. The first 250 copies are die-cut.

1 Frank Thomas

2 Ken Griffey, Jr.

3 Alex Rodriguez

4 Mike Piazza

5 Greg Maddux

6 Cal Ripken, Jr.

7 Chipper Jones

8 Juan Gonzalez

9 Jeff Bagwell

10 Mark McGwire

11 Tony Gwynn

12 Mo Vaughn

13 Nomar Garciaparra

14 Jose Cruz, Jr.

15 Vladimir Guerrero

16 Scott Rolen

17 Andy Pettitte

18 Randy Johnson

19 Larry Walker

20 Kenny Lofton

21 Tony Clark

22 Dave Justice

23 Derek Jeter

24 Barry Bonds


Crusade

See 1998 Donruss Crusade