1998 Topps Gallery

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Description

1998 Topps Gallery is a 150-card set released exclusively to The Hobby in the summer of 1998. The set is broken into five subsets (Expressionists, Exhibitions, Impressions, Portraits, and Permanent Collection), each with a different design (front and back). The card fronts are printed on a canvas-like substance and feature a color player photograph and a foil backing. The backs feature a small color player photograph, 1997 player stats by month, personal stats, and a paragraph with player highlights called Frame This!

Distribution

24 packs per box, six cards per pack (MSRP: $3). Hobby only.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds
Base 150 - ?
Player's Private Issue Auction 150 - one-per-pack
Player's Private Issue 150 250 1:17
Proofs 150 125 1:34
Printing Plates 150 eight for each 1:537
Awards Gallery 10 - 1:24
Gallery of Heroes 15 - 1:24
Photo Gallery 10 - 1:24

Checklist

Base Set

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1998 Topps Gallery #39: Billy Wagner Permanent Collection
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1998 Topps Gallery #39: Billy Wagner Permanent Collection (back)
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1998 Topps Gallery #127: Curt Schilling Exhibitions
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1998 Topps Gallery #127: Curt Schilling Exhibitions (back)
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1998 Topps Gallery #135: Jeff Bagwell Impressions
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1998 Topps Gallery #135: Jeff Bagwell Impressions (back)

1 Andruw Jones

2 Fred McGriff

3 Wade Boggs

4 Pedro Martinez

5 Matt Williams

6 Wilson Alvarez

7 Henry Rodriguez

8 Jay Bell

9 Marquis Grissom

10 Darryl Kile

11 Chuck Knoblauch

12 Kenny Lofton

13 Quinton McCracken

14 Andres Galarraga

15 Brian Jordan

16 Mike Lansing

17 Travis Fryman

18 Tony Saunders

19 Moises Alou

20 Travis Lee

21 Garret Anderson

22 Ken Caminiti

23 Pedro Astacio

24 Ellis Burks

25 Albert Belle

26 Alan Benes

27 Jay Buhner

28 Derek Bell

29 Jeromy Burnitz

30 Kevin Appier

31 Jeff Cirillo

32 Bernard Gilkey

33 David Cone

34 Jason Dickson

35 Jose Cruz

36 Marty Cordova

37 Ray Durham

38 Jaret Wright

39 Billy Wagner

40 Roger Clemens

41 Juan Gonzalez

42 Jeremi Gonzalez

43 Mark Grudzielanek

44 Tom Glavine

45 Barry Larkin

46 Lance Johnson

47 Bob Higginson

48 Mike Mussina

49 Al Martin

50 Mark McGwire

51 Todd Hundley

52 Ray Lankford

53 Jason Kendall

54 Javy Lopez

55 Ben Grieve

56 Randy Johnson

57 Jeff King

58 Mark Grace

59 Rusty Greer

60 Greg Maddux

61 Jeff Kent

62 Rey Ordonez

63 Hideo Nomo

64 Charles Nagy

65 Rondell White

66 Todd Helton

67 Jim Thome

68 Denny Neagle

69 Ivan Rodriguez

70 Vladimir Guerrero

71 Jorge Posada

72 J.T. Snow

73 Reggie Sanders

74 Scott Rolen

75 Robin Ventura

76 Mariano Rivera

77 Cal Ripken, Jr.

78 Justin Thompson

79 Mike Piazza

80 Kevin Brown

81 Sandy Alomar

82 Craig Biggio

83 Vinny Castilla

84 Eric Young

85 Bernie Williams

86 Brady Anderson

87 Bobby Bonilla

88 Tony Clark

89 Dan Wilson

90 John Wetteland

91 Barry Bonds

92 Chan Ho Park

93 Carlos Delgado

94 Dave Justice

95 Chipper Jones

96 Shawn Estes

97 Jason Giambi

98 Ron Gant

99 John Olerud

100 Frank Thomas

101 Jose Guillen

102 Brad Radke

103 Troy Percival

104 John Smoltz

105 Edgardo Alfonzo

106 Dante Bichette

107 Larry Walker

108 John Valentin

109 Roberto Alomar

110 Mike Cameron

111 Eric Davis

112 Johnny Damon

113 Darin Erstad

114 Omar Vizquel

115 Derek Jeter

116 Tony Womack

117 Edgar Renteria

118 Raul Mondesi

119 Tony Gwynn

120 Ken Griffey, Jr.

121 Jim Edmonds

122 Brian Hunter

123 Neifi Perez

124 Dean Palmer

125 Alex Rodriguez

126 Tim Salmon

127 Curt Schilling

128 Kevin Orie

129 Andy Pettitte

130 Gary Sheffield

131 Jose Rosado

132 Manny Ramirez

133 Rafael Palmeiro

134 Sammy Sosa

135 Jeff Bagwell

136 Delino DeShields

137 Ryan Klesko

138 Mo Vaughn

139 Steve Finley

140 Nomar Garciaparra

141 Paul Molitor

142 Pat Hentgen

143 Eric Karros

144 Bobby Jones

145 Tino Martinez

146 Matt Morris

147 Livan Hernandez

148 Edgar Martinez

149 Paul O'Neill

150 Checklist


Parallels

All 150 base cards are available in the following parallels.

  • Player's Private Issue (serial-numbered to 250 copies)
  • Gallery Proofs (serial-numbered to 125 copies)

Printing Plates

1998 Topps Gallery was one of the first Topps products that contained Printing Plate parallels. Unlike future Plates, the four front AND four back plates were inserted.

Player's Private Issue Auction

Seeded at the rate of one-per-pack, this set parallels the entire 150-card set. There are four different "point values" for each card: 25, 50, 75 and 100. Collectors who obtained Auction cards were supposed to "bid" on a selection of ten different pieces of framed artwork (one for each of the following players: J. Gonzalez, M. McGwire, C. Ripken,Jr., M. Piazza, C. Jones, F. Thomas, D. Jeter, K.Griffey, Jr., A. Rodriguez and N. Garciaparra). Point totals were doubled, however, when the player featured on the Auction card was the same player actually being bid on.

The auction period ran from July 4th, 1998 through October 16th, 1998. During that time period, collectors had to mail in their accumulated bid points and specify which of the ten pieces they were bidding upon. An "800" number was available for collectors to check upon the status of the current high bid, allowing them the opportunity to submit additional bid points prior to the October 16th closing date. Winners were notified 30 days after the closing date.

Inserts

Awards Gallery

AG1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

AG2 Larry Walker

AG3 Roger Clemens

AG4 Pedro Martinez

AG5 Nomar Garciaparra

AG6 Scott Rolen

AG7 Frank Thomas

AG8 Tony Gwynn

AG9 Mark McGwire

AG10 Livan Hernandez


Gallery of Heroes

This set is also available in an over-sized "Jumbo" parallel. The Jumbos measure 3 1/4" X 4 9/16" and were seeded as boxtoppers.

GH1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

GH2 Derek Jeter

GH3 Barry Bonds

GH4 Alex Rodriguez

GH5 Frank Thomas

GH6 Nomar Garciaparra

GH7 Mark McGwire

GH8 Mike Piazza

GH9 Cal Ripken, Jr.

GH10 Jose Cruz, Jr.

GH11 Jeff Bagwell

GH12 Chipper Jones

GH13 Juan Gonzalez

GH14 Hideo Nomo

GH15 Greg Maddux


Photo Gallery

PG1 Alex Rodriguez

PG2 Frank Thomas

PG3 Derek Jeter

PG4 Cal Ripken, Jr.

PG5 Ken Griffey, Jr.

PG6 Mike Piazza

PG7 Nomar Garciaparra

PG8 Tim Salmon

PG9 Jeff Bagwell

PG10 Barry Bonds