1998 Leaf Fractal Materials

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Description

1998 Leaf Fractal Materials was a full 200-card parallel brand of the 1998 Leaf set that differed by design, photo, and scarcity:

  • Design: Each base card was titled, "Fractal Foundations" and printed on silver-grey foil with holographic foil accents on the nameplate and Leaf logo.
  • Photo: While all 200 players from the 1998 Leaf set were featured again in Fractal Materials (and kept the same card number), each card featured a different player photo on the front only (the back player photo remained the same)
  • Scarcity: Each base card in the set was serial-numbered to 3999. Each base card being serial-numbered was similar to the 1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified set.

Distribution

18 packs per box, three cards per pack (MSRP: $6.99). Hobby only.

Each three-card pack contained two foil base cards and one serial-numbered Fractal Materials parallel card.

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Odds
Base 200 3999 2:1
Fractal Materials 200 varies 1:1
Fractal Materials Die-cut 200 varies ?
Fractal Materials Z2-Axis 200 20 ?

Checklist

Promos

To preview the 1998 Leaf Fractal Materials product, one of fifty different sample cards were included in each dealer wholesale order form. The 50-card "Leather" parallel (within the 200-card Fractal Materials parallel set) was used as the basis for this promotional issue. These sample cards differed from the standard "Leather" Fractal Materials cards in two significant ways: the large "SAMPLE" text running diagonally across the back of the card and the lack of serial numbering on back.

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Thus, all 50 "Leather" subset cards in the set also feature a Promo version.

Base Set

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NOTE: The base set is known as the "Fractal Foundations" set. Each card is serial-numbered to 3999 copies.

1 Rusty Greer NZ

2 Tino Martinez WY

3 Bobby Bonilla NY

4 Jason Giambi NZ

5 Matt Morris LY

6 Craig Counsell PX

7 Reggie Jefferson PX

8 Brian Rose PX

9 Ruben Rivera LY

10 Shawn Estes LY

11 Tony Gwynn WX

12 Jeff Abbott PY

13 Jose Cruz, Jr. WZ

14 Francisco Cordova PY

15 Ryan Klesko LX

16 Tim Salmon WY

17 Brett Tomko LY

18 Matt Williams NY

19 Joe Carter PX

20 Harold Baines PX

21 Gary Sheffield NZ

22 Charles Johnson LY

23 Aaron Boone PY

24 Eddie Murray NY

25 Matt Stairs PX

26 David Cone PX

27 Jon Nunnally PX

28 Chris Stynes PX

29 Enrique Wilson PY

30 Randy Johnson WY

31 Garret Anderson NY

32 Manny Ramirez NY

33 Jeff Suppan LY

34 Rickey Henderson NX

35 Scott Spiezio PY

36 Rondell White LY

37 Todd Greene NZ

38 Delino DeShields PY

39 Kevin Brown LX

40 Chili Davis PX

41 Jimmy Key PX

43 Mike Mussina NZ

44 Joe Randa PX

45 Chan Ho Park NY

46 Brad Radke PX

47 Geronimo Berroa PX

48 Wade Boggs NY

49 Kevin Appier PX

50 Moises Alou NX

51 Dave Justice NZ

52 Ivan Rodriguez WX

53 J.T. Snow LX

54 Brian Giles PY

55 Will Clark LX

56 Justin Thompson NY

57 Javy Lopez PY

58 Hideki Irabu LX

59 Mark Grudzielanek PX

60 Abraham Nunez PZ

61 Todd Hollandsworth PX

62 Jay Bell PX

63 Nomar Garciaparra WZ

64 Vinny Castilla PY

65 Lou Collier PY

66 Kevin Orie LX

67 John Valentin PX

68 Robin Ventura PX

69 Denny Neagle PX

70 Tony Womack LX

71 Dennis Reyes LY

72 Wally Joyner PX

73 Kevin Brown PX

74 Ray Durham PX

75 Mike Cameron NY

76 Dante Bichette LX

77 Jose Guillen NZ

78 Carlos Delgado LY

79 Paul Molitor WX

80 Jason Kendall PX

81 Mark Bellhorn LX

82 Damian Jackson PY

83 Bill Mueller PX

84 Kevin Young PX

85 Curt Schilling PX

86 Jeffrey Hammonds PX

87 Sandy Alomar, Jr. LY

88 Bartolo Colon PY

89 Wilton Guerrero LY

90 Bernie Williams NZ

91 Deion Sanders NY

92 Mike Piazza WZ

93 Butch Huskey LX

94 Edgardo Alfonzo LY

95 Alan Benes LZ

96 Craig Biggio NX

97 Mark Grace LY

98 Shawn Green LY

99 Derrek Lee LY

100 Ken Griffey, Jr. WZ

101 Tim Raines PX

102 Pokey Reese PY

103 Lee Stevens PX

104 Shannon Stewart NX

105 John Smoltz LY

106 Frank Thomas WZ

107 Jeff Fassero PX

108 Jay Buhner LY

109 Jose Canseco LX

110 Omar Vizquel PX

111 Travis Fryman PX

112 Dave Nilsson PX

113 John Olerud PX

114 Larry Walker WX

115 Jim Edmonds NZ

116 Bob Higginson LY

117 Todd Hundley LZ

118 Paul O'Neill PX

119 Bip Roberts PX

120 Ismael Valdes PX

121 Pedro Martinez NX

122 Jeff Cirillo PX

123 Andy Benes PX

124 Bobby Jones PX

125 Brian Hunter PX

126 Darryl Kile PX

127 Pat Hentgen PX

128 Marquis Grissom PX

129 Eric Davis PX

130 Chipper Jones WZ

131 Edgar Martinez NZ

132 Andy Pettitte WY

133 Cal Ripken, Jr. WZ

134 Scott Rolen WX

135 Ron Coomer PX

136 Luis Castillo LX

137 Fred McGriff LX

138 Neifi Perez LY

139 Eric Karros PX

140 Alex Fernandez PX

141 Jason Dickson PX

142 Lance Johnson PX

143 Ray Lankford PY

144 Sammy Sosa NY

145 Eric Young PY

146 Bubba Trammell LZ

147 Todd Walker LZ

148 Mo Vaughn CC PX

149 Jeff Bagwell CC PX

150 Kenny Lofton CC PX

151 Raul Mondesi CC PX

152 Mike Piazza CC PX

153 Chipper Jones CC PX

154 Larry Walker CC PX

155 Greg Maddux CC PX

156 Ken Griffey, Jr. CC PX

157 Frank Thomas CC PX

158 Darin Erstad GLS LZ

159 Roberto Alomar GLS PX

160 Albert Belle GLS LX

161 Jim Thome GLS LX

162 Tony Clark GLS LZ

163 Chuck Knoblauch GLS LZ

164 Derek Jeter GLS PX

165 Alex Rodriguez GLS PY

166 Tony Gwynn GLS PX

167 Roger Clemens GLS LY

168 Barry Larkin GLS PY

169 Andres Galarraga GLS PY

170 Vladimir Guerrero GLS PY

171 Mark McGwire GLS LZ

172 Barry Bonds GLS LY

173 Juan Gonzalez GLS PY

174 Andruw Jones GLS PX

175 Paul Molitor GLS PX

176 Hideo Nomo GLS LZ

177 Cal Ripken, Jr. GLS PX

178 Brad Fullmer GLR PZ

179 Jaret Wright GLR NZ

180 Bobby Estalella GLR PY

181 Ben Grieve GLR WZ

182 Paul Konerko GLR WZ

183 David Ortiz GLR NZ

184 Todd Helton GLR WZ

185 Juan Encarnacion GLR NZ

186 Miguel Tejada GLR NZ

187 Jacob Cruz GLR PX

188 Mark Kotsay GLR NZ

189 Fernando Tatis GLR LY

190 Ricky Ledee GLR PX

191 Richard Hidalgo GLR PZ

192 Richie Sexson GLR PZ

193 Luis Ordaz GLR PX

194 Eli Marrero GLR LZ

195 Livan Hernandez GLR LZ

196 Homer Bush GLR PX

197 Raul Ibanez GLR PX

198 Nomar Garciaparra CL PX

199 Scott Rolen CL PZ

200 Jose Cruz CL PX

201 Al Martin LY


Parallels

Fractal Materials

Fractal Materials was a 200-card set that paralleled the base Fractal Foundations set. There were two types of Fractal Materials parallels:

  • Regular: Color player photos finished with one of four different baseball materials
  • Die-cut: Color player photos finished with one of four different baseball materials and a "X-axis", "Y-axis", or "Z-axis" die-cut pattern


All cards in the Fractal Materials parallel set were printed on "feel of the game" materials:

  • Plastic: 100 cards were printed on plastic (P) and were serial-numbered to 3250 copies

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  • Leather: 50 cards were printed on leather (L) and were serial-numbered to 1000 copies

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  • Nylon: 30 cards were printed on nylon (N) and were serial-numbered to 500 copies

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  • Wood: 20 cards were printed on wood (W) and were serial-numbered to 250 copies

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Each Fractal Materials parallel is also available as a die-cut (similar to the Fractal Matrix set in the base 1998 Leaf set). For the X-Axis designation, the first 200 serial-numbered copies of each card (regardless of material) were die-cut, the first 100 of each Y-Axis were die-cut, and the first 50 copies of each Z-Axis Fractal Material cards are die-cut. Given the four materials (plastic, leather, nylon, wood) and the three die-cut patterns (X, Y, and Z) there are 12 Fractal Materials distinctions:

  • Plastic X-Axis: PX (pictured)
  • Plastic Y-Axis: PY
  • Plastic Z-Axis: PZ

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  • Leather X-Axis: LX
  • Leather Y-Axis: LY (pictured)
  • Leather Z-Axis: LZ

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  • Nylon X-Axis: NX
  • Nylon Y-Axis: NY
  • Nylon Z-Axis: NZ (pictured)

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  • Wood X-Axis: WX
  • Wood Y-Axis: WY
  • Wood Z-Axis: WZ (pictured)

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Examples:

  • A "PX" card is serial-numbered to 3250 copies, with the first 200 die-cut and the remaining 3050 are not die-cut
  • An "LY" card is serial-numbered to 1000 copies, with the first 100 die-cut and the remaining 900 are not die-cut
  • An "NZ" card is serial-numbered to 500 copies, with the first 50 die-cut and the remaining 450 are not die-cut
  • A "WZ" card is serial numbered to 250 copies, with the first 50 die-cut and the remaining 200 are not die-cut

For the sake of brevity, each card's Material and Axis designation are listed in the base set.

Z2-Axis

The Z2-Axis set also paralleled the 200-card Fractal Foundations base set. Similar to the Fractal Materials cards, these were given another uniquely different die-cut pattern and were only serially numbered to 20 copies. The same Material and Axis designation for each player applied to the Z2-Axis cards as well.

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