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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