1998 Topps Gold Label

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Description

1998 Topps Gold Label is a 300-card, multi-fractured, multi-tiered, set released by Topps in October, 1998. Structured similarly to Fleer's Flair Showcase set, there are 100 players released on three different, repeating, levels, each with it's own design: Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3. The Class 1 cards are the easiest to find, while the Class 3s the toughest.

To distinguish between the Classes, each Class 1 card has the player's name stamped in gold foil and has a fielding pose in the background. Class 2 shows the player running with sparkling silver foil. The Class 3 have sparkling gold foil with a hitting or pitching photograph.

Distribution

Retail: 24 packs per box, three cards per pack (MSRP: $3).

Hobby: 24 packs per box, five cards per pack (MSRP: $5).

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Retail Odds Hobby Odds
Class 1 Base 100 - ? ?
Class 1 Black 100 - ? 1:8
Class 1 Red 100 100 ? 1:99
Class 2 100 - ? 1:2
Class 2 Black 100 - ? 1:16
Class 2 Red 100 50 ? 1:198
Class 3 100 - ? 1:4
Class 3 Black 100 - ? 1:32
Class 3 Red 100 25 ? 1:396
One to One 900 one of one ? 1:1085
Home Run Race 4 - N/A 1:12
Home Run Race Black 4 - N/A 1:48
Home Run Race Red 4 61 N/A 1:4055

Checklist

Promos

PP1 Vinny Castilla

PP2 Ken Griffey, Jr.

PP3 Mike Piazza


Base Set

For brevity's sake, only one Class is listed below. The checklist for all three Classes is identical.

1 Kevin Brown

2 Greg Maddux

3 Albert Belle

4 Andres Galarraga

5 Craig Biggio

6 Matt Williams

7 Derek Jeter

8 Randy Johnson

9 Jay Bell

10 Jim Thome

11 Roberto Alomar

12 Tom Glavine

13 Reggie Sanders

14 Tony Gwynn

15 Mark McGwire

16 Jeromy Burnitz

17 Andruw Jones

18 Jay Buhner

19 Robin Ventura

20 Jeff Bagwell

21 Roger Clemens

22 Masato Yoshii RC

23 Travis Fryman

24 Rafael Palmeiro

25 Alex Rodriguez

26 Sandy Alomar, Jr.

27 Chipper Jones

28 Rusty Greer

29 Cal Ripken, Jr.

30 Tony Clark

31 Derek Bell

32 Fred McGriff

33 Paul O'Neill

34 Moises Alou

35 Henry Rodriguez

36 Steve Finley

37 Marquis Grissom

38 Jason Giambi

39 Javy Lopez

40 Damion Easley

41 Mariano Rivera

42 Mo Vaughn

43 Mike Mussina

44 Jason Kendall

45 Pedro Martinez

46 Frank Thomas

47 Jim Edmonds

48 Hideki Irabu

49 Eric Karros

50 Juan Gonzalez

51 Ellis Burks

52 Dean Palmer

53 Scott Rolen

54 Raul Mondesi

55 Quinton McCracken

56 John Olerud

57 Ken Caminiti

58 Brian Jordan

59 Wade Boggs

60 Mike Piazza

61 Darin Erstad

62 Curt Schilling

63 Dave Justice

64 Kenny Lofton

65 Barry Bonds

66 Ray Lankford

67 Brian Hunter

68 Chuck Knoblauch

69 Vinny Castilla

70 Vladimir Guerrero

71 Tim Salmon

72 Larry Walker

73 Paul Molitor

74 Barry Larkin

75 Edgar Martinez

76 Bernie Williams

77 Dante Bichette

78 Nomar Garciaparra

79 Ben Grieve

80 Ivan Rodriguez

81 Todd Helton

82 Ryan Klesko

83 Sammy Sosa

84 Travis Lee

85 Jose Cruz, Jr.

86 Mark Kotsay

87 Richard Hidalgo

88 Rondell White

89 Greg Vaughn

90 Gary Sheffield

91 Paul Konerko

92 Mark Grace

93 Kevin Millwood RC

94 Manny Ramirez

95 Tino Martinez

96 Brad Fullmer

97 Todd Walker

98 Carlos Delgado

99 Kerry Wood

100 Ken Griffey, Jr.


Parallels

Each of the base cards is available in the following parallels.

  • Black
  • Red (Class 1: serial-numbered to 100 copies, Class 2: serial-numbered to 50 copies, Class 3: serial-numbered to 25 copies)

One to One

Each card is also available in a "One to One" parallel. In addition, each Black and Red parallel is also available as a "One to One," meaning, that there are a total of nine One to One cards for each player. As the name suggests, each card is a one-of-one.

Inserts

Home Run Race

This four-card insert set is exclusive to Hobby packs.

Parallels include:

  • Black
  • Red (serial-numbered to 61 copies)

HR1 Roger Maris

HR2 Mark McGwire

HR3 Ken Griffey, Jr.

HR4 Sammy Sosa