1999 Finest

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Description

1999 Finest is a 300-card set (produced by Topps) released in two series of 150 cards each. The set includes the following subsets: Gems (101-120), Sensations (121-130) Rookies (131-150/277-299), Sterling (251-265) and Gamers (266-276). Card number 300 is a special Hank Aaron/Mark McGwire tribute. Cards numbered from 101 through 150 and 251 through 300 were short printed and seeded at a rate of one per hobby, one per retail and two per Home Team Advantage pack.

Notable Rookie Cards include Pat Burrell, C.C. Sabathia and Alfonso Soriano.

Distribution

Hobby: 24 packs per box, six cards per pack (MSRP: $5.00)

HTA: 10 packs per box, 13 cards per pack (MSRP: $10)

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds HTA Odds
Base 300 - ? ?
short set 200 - ? ?
Short-Prints 100 - 1:1 2:1
Refractors 300 - 1:12 1:5
Gold Refractors 300 100 varies varies
Split Screen Half Refractor (S1) 14 - 1:28 1:13
Split Screen Full Refractor (S1) 14 - 1:82 1:42
Prominent Figures (S1) 50 varies varies varies
Leading Indicators (S1) 10 - 1:24 1:10
Team Finest Blue (S1) 10 1500 1:82 1:38
Team Finest Blue (S2) 10 1500 1:57 1:26
Team Finest Red (S1) 10 500 N/A 1:25
Team Finest Red (S2) 10 500 N/A 1:18
Team Finest Gold (S1) 10 250 N/A 1:51
Team Finest Gold (S2) 10 250 N/A 1:37
Team Finest Blue Refractor (S1) 10 150 1:816 1:377
Team Finest Blue Refractor (S2) 10 150 1:571 1:263
Team Finest Red Refractor (S1) 10 50 N/A 1:254
Team Finest Red Refractor (S2) 10 50 N/A 1:182
Team Finest Gold Refractor (S1) 10 25 N/A 1:510
Team Finest Gold Refractor (S2) 10 25 N/A 1:369
Peel and Reveal Sparkle (S2) 20 - 1:30 1:15
Peel and Reveal Hyperplaid (S2) 20 - 1:60 1:30
Peel and Reveal Stadium Stars (S2) 20 - 1:120 1:60
Future's Finest (S2) 10 500 1:171 ?
Aaron Award Contenders (S2) 9 - varies varies
Aaron Award Contenders Refractor (S2) 9 - varies varies
Complements Half Refractor (S2) 7 - 1:56 1:27
Complements Full Refractor (S2) 7 - 1:168 1:81
Double Feature Half Refractor (S2) 7 - 1:56 1:27
Double Feature Full Refractor (S2) 7 - 1:168 1:81
Franchise Records (S2) 10 - 1:129 1:63
Franchise Records Refractor (S2) 10 - 1:378 1:189
Milestones (S2) 40 varies 1:29 ?

Checklist

Base Set

Series One

1 Darin Erstad

2 Javy Lopez

3 Vinny Castilla

4 Jim Thome

5 Tino Martinez

6 Mark Grace

7 Shawn Green

8 Dustin Hermanson

9 Kevin Young

10 Tony Clark

11 Scott Brosius

12 Craig Biggio

13 Brian McRae

14 Chan Ho Park

15 Manny Ramirez

16 Chipper Jones

17 Rico Brogna

18 Quinton McCracken

19 J.T. Snow

20 Tony Gwynn

21 Juan Guzman

22 John Valentin

23 Rick Helling

24 Sandy Alomar, Jr.

25 Frank Thomas

26 Jorge Posada

27 Dmitri Young

28 Rick Reed

29 Kevin Tapani

30 Troy Glaus

31 Kenny Rogers

32 Jeromy Burnitz

33 Mark Grudzielanek

34 Mike Mussina

35 Scott Rolen

36 Neifi Perez

37 Brad Radke

38 Darryl Strawberry

39 Robb Nen

40 Moises Alou

41 Eric Young

42 Livan Hernandez

43 John Wetteland

44 Matt Lawton

45 Ben Grieve

46 Fernando Tatis

47 Travis Fryman

48 David Segui

49 Bobby Abreu

50 Nomar Garciaparra

51 Paul O'Neill

52 Jeff King

53 Francisco Cordova

54 John Olerud

55 Vladimir Guerrero

56 Fernando Vina

57 Shane Reynolds

58 Chuck Finley

59 Rondell White

60 Greg Vaughn

61 Ryan Minor

62 Tom Gordon

63 Damion Easley

64 Ray Durham

65 Orlando Hernandez

66 Bartolo Colon

67 Jaret Wright

68 Royce Clayton

69 Tim Salmon

70 Mark McGwire

71 Alex Gonzalez

72 Tom Glavine

73 Dave Justice

74 Omar Vizquel

75 Juan Gonzalez

76 Bob Higginson

77 Todd Walker

78 Dante Bichette

79 Kevin Millwood

80 Roger Clemens

81 Kerry Wood

82 Cal Ripken, Jr.

83 Jay Bell

84 Barry Bonds

85 Alex Rodriguez

86 Doug Glanville

87 Jason Kendall

88 Sean Casey

89 Aaron Sele

90 Derek Jeter

91 Andy Ashby

92 Rusty Greer

93 Rod Beck

94 Matt Williams

95 Mike Piazza

96 Wally Joyner

97 Barry Larkin

98 Eric Milton

99 Gary Sheffield

100 Greg Maddux

101 Ken Griffey, Jr. GEM

102 Frank Thomas GEM

103 Nomar Garciaparra GEM

104 Mark McGwire GEM

105 Alex Rodriguez GEM

106 Tony Gwynn GEM

107 Juan Gonzalez GEM

108 Jeff Bagwell GEM

109 Sammy Sosa GEM

110 Vladimir Guerrero GEM

111 Roger Clemens GEM

112 Barry Bonds GEM

113 Darin Erstad GEM

114 Mike Piazza GEM

115 Derek Jeter GEM

116 Chipper Jones GEM

117 Larry Walker GEM

118 Scott Rolen GEM

119 Cal Ripken, Jr. GEM

120 Greg Maddux GEM

121 Troy Glaus SENS

122 Ben Grieve SENS

123 Ryan Minor SENS

124 Kerry Wood SENS

125 Travis Lee SENS

126 Adrian Beltre SENS

127 Brad Fullmer SENS

128 Aramis Ramirez SENS

129 Eric Chavez SENS

130 Todd Helton SENS

131 Pat Burrell ROOK RC

132 Ryan Mills ROOK RC

133 Austin Kearns ROOK RC

134 Josh McKinley ROOK RC*

135 Adam Everett ROOK RC

136 Marlon Anderson ROOK

137 Bruce Chen ROOK

138 Matt Clement ROOK

139 Alex Gonzalez ROOK

140 Roy Halladay ROOK

141 Calvin Pickering ROOK

142 Randy Wolf ROOK

143 Ryan Anderson ROOK

144 Ruben Mateo ROOK

145 Alex Escobar ROOK RC

146 Jeremy Giambi ROOK

147 Lance Berkman ROOK

148 Michael Barrett ROOK

149 Preston Wilson ROOK

150 Gabe Kapler ROOK


Series Two

151 Roger Clemens

152 Jay Buhner

153 Brad Fullmer

154 Ray Lankford

155 Jim Edmonds

156 Jason Giambi

157 Bret Boone

158 Jeff Cirillo

159 Rickey Henderson

160 Edgar Martinez

161 Ron Gant

162 Mark Kotsay

163 Trevor Hoffman

164 Jason Schmidt

165 Brett Tomko

166 David Ortiz

167 Dean Palmer

168 Hideki Irabu

169 Mike Cameron

170 Pedro Martinez

171 Tom Goodwin

172 Brian Hunter

173 Al Leiter

174 Charles Johnson

175 Curt Schilling

176 Robin Ventura

177 Travis Lee

178 Jeff Shaw

179 Ugueth Urbina

180 Roberto Alomar

181 Cliff Floyd

182 Adrian Beltre

183 Tony Womack

184 Brian Jordan

185 Randy Johnson

186 Mickey Morandini

187 Todd Hundley

188 Jose Valentin

189 Eric Davis

190 Ken Caminiti

191 David Wells

192 Ryan Klesko

193 Garret Anderson

194 Eric Karros

195 Ivan Rodriguez

196 Aramis Ramirez

197 Mike Lieberthal

198 Will Clark

199 Rey Ordonez

200 Ken Griffey, Jr.

201 Jose Guillen

202 Scott Erickson

203 Paul Konerko

204 Johnny Damon

205 Larry Walker

206 Denny Neagle

207 Jose Offerman

208 Andy Pettitte

209 Bobby Jones

210 Kevin Brown

211 John Smoltz

212 Henry Rodriguez

213 Tim Belcher

214 Carlos Delgado

215 Andruw Jones

216 Andy Benes

217 Fred McGriff

218 Edgar Renteria

219 Miguel Tejada

220 Bernie Williams

221 Justin Thompson

222 Marty Cordova

223 Delino DeShields

224 Ellis Burks

225 Kenny Lofton

226 Steve Finley

227 Eric Chavez

228 Jose Cruz, Jr.

229 Marquis Grissom

230 Jeff Bagwell

231 Jose Canseco

232 Edgardo Alfonzo

233 Richie Sexson

234 Jeff Kent

235 Rafael Palmeiro

236 David Cone

237 Gregg Jefferies

238 Mike Lansing

239 Mariano Rivera

240 Albert Belle

241 Chuck Knoblauch

242 Derek Bell

243 Pat Hentgen

244 Andres Galarraga

245 Mo Vaughn

246 Wade Boggs

247 Devon White

248 Todd Helton

249 Raul Mondesi

250 Sammy Sosa

251 Nomar Garciaparra STER

252 Mark McGwire STER

253 Alex Rodriguez STER

254 Juan Gonzalez STER

255 Vladimir Guerrero STER

256 Ken Griffey, Jr. STER

257 Mike Piazza STER

258 Derek Jeter STER

259 Albert Belle STER

260 Greg Vaughn STER

261 Sammy Sosa STER

262 Greg Maddux STER

263 Frank Thomas STER

264 Mark Grace STER

265 Ivan Rodriguez STER

266 Roger Clemens GEM

267 Mo Vaughn GEM

268 Jim Thome GEM

269 Darin Erstad GEM

270 Chipper Jones GEM

271 Larry Walker GEM

272 Cal Ripken, Jr. GEM

273 Scott Rolen GEM

274 Randy Johnson GEM

275 Tony Gwynn GEM

276 Barry Bonds GEM

277 Sean Burroughs ROOK RC

278 J.M. Gold ROOK RC*

279 Carlos Lee ROOK

280 George Lombard ROOK

281 Carlos Beltran ROOK

282 Fernando Seguignol ROOK

283 Eric Chavez ROOK

284 Carlos Pena ROOK RC

285 Corey Patterson ROOK RC

286 Alfonso Soriano ROOK RC

287 Nick Johnson ROOK RC

288 Jorge Toca ROOK RC

289 A.J. Burnett ROOK RC

290 Andy Brown ROOK RC*

291 Doug Mientkiewicz ROOK RC

292 Bobby Seay ROOK RC*

293 Chip Ambres ROOK RC

294 C.C. Sabathia ROOK RC

295 Choo Freeman ROOK RC

296 Eric Valent ROOK RC

297 Matt Belisle ROOK RC

298 Jason Tyner ROOK RC

299 Masao Kida ROOK RC

300 Hank Aaron / Mark McGwire


Parallels

All 300 cards are available in the following parallels.

  • Refractors
  • Gold Refractors (serial-numbered to 100 copies)

Inserts

Aaron Award Contenders

Randomly inserted into Series two packs at different rates depending on the player, this nine-card set features players vying for the Hank Aaron Award. Card #1 is the toughest to pull and each card gets progressively easier to pull as you go down the checklist. These cards are also available as a Refractor, which is also structured the same as the regular inserts.

HA1 Juan Gonzalez

HA2 Vladimir Guerrero

HA3 Nomar Garciaparra

HA4 Albert Belle

HA5 Frank Thomas

HA6 Sammy Sosa

HA7 Alex Rodriguez

HA8 Ken Griffey, Jr.

HA9 Mark McGwire


Complements

This seven-card set features two players paired together on the same card and printed using a "split Refractor" technology. On half the cards, the player on the left is refracting and the player on the right is not; the opposite for the other half. There are no "plain vanilla" non-refracting cards.

In addition there is also a "full Refractor" parallel.

C1 Mike Piazza / Ivan Rodriguez

C2 Tony Gwynn / Wade Boggs

C3 Kerry Wood / Roger Clemens

C4 Juan Gonzalez / Sammy Sosa

C5 Derek Jeter / Nomar Garciaparra

C6 Mark McGwire / Frank Thomas

C7 Vladimir Guerrero / Andruw Jones


Double Feature

This seven-card set features two players paired together on the same card and printed using a "split Refractor" technology. On half the cards, the player on the left is refracting and the player on the right is not; the opposite for the other half. There are no "plain vanilla" non-refracting cards.

In addition there is also a "full Refractor" parallel.

DF1 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Alex Rodriguez

DF2 Chipper Jones / Andruw Jones

DF3 Darin Erstad / Mo Vaughn

DF4 Craig Biggio / Jeff Bagwell

DF5 Ben Grieve / Eric Chavez

DF6 Albert Belle / Cal Ripken, Jr.

DF7 Scott Rolen / Pat Burrell


Franchise Records

This ten-card set features all-time and single-season franchise statistic holders. Also available as a Refractor.

FR1 Frank Thomas

FR2 Ken Griffey, Jr.

FR3 Mark McGwire

FR4 Juan Gonzalez

FR5 Nomar Garciaparra

FR6 Mike Piazza

FR7 Cal Ripken, Jr.

FR8 Sammy Sosa

FR9 Barry Bonds

FR10 Tony Gwynn


Future's Finest

Each of these Series Two cards is serial-numbered to 500 copies.

FF1 Pat Burrell

FF2 Troy Glaus

FF3 Eric Chavez

FF4 Ryan Anderson

FF5 Ruben Mateo

FF6 Gabe Kapler

FF7 Alex Gonzalez

FF8 Michael Barrett

FF9 Adrian Beltre

FF10 Fernando Seguignol


Leading Indicators

Inserted into Series One packs, this 10-card set highlights the 1998 home run totals of superstar players and printed on cards using a heat-sensitive, thermal-ink technology. When a collector touched the baseball field background in left, center, or right field, the heat from his finger revealed the pictured player's '98 home run totals in that direction.

L1 Mark McGwire

L2 Sammy Sosa

L3 Ken Griffey, Jr.

L4 Greg Vaughn

L5 Albert Belle

L6 Juan Gonzalez

L7 Andres Galarraga

L8 Alex Rodriguez

L9 Barry Bonds

L10 Jeff Bagwell


Milestones

Similar to the Prominent Figures insert in Series One, this 40-card set features the players who have the highest statistics in four categories: Hits, Home Runs, RBI and Doubles. The cards are printed with Refractor technology and are serial-numbered based on the category as follows: Hits to 3000, Home Runs to 500, RBI to 1400, and Doubles to 500.

M1 Tony Gwynn H 3000

M2 Cal Ripken, Jr. H 3000

M3 Wade Boggs H 3000

M4 Ken Griffey, Jr. H 3000

M5 Frank Thomas H 3000

M6 Barry Bonds H 3000

M7 Travis Lee H 3000

M8 Alex Rodriguez H 3000

M9 Derek Jeter H 3000

M10 Vladimir Guerrero H 3000

M11 Mark McGwire HR 500

M12 Ken Griffey, Jr. HR 500

M13 Vladimir Guerrero HR 500

M14 Alex Rodriguez HR 500

M15 Barry Bonds HR 500

M16 Sammy Sosa HR 500

M17 Albert Belle HR 500

M18 Frank Thomas HR 500

M19 Jose Canseco HR 500

M20 Mike Piazza HR 500

M21 Jeff Bagwell RBI 1400

M22 Barry Bonds RBI 1400

M23 Ken Griffey, Jr. RBI 1400

M24 Albert Belle RBI 1400

M25 Juan Gonzalez RBI 1400

M26 Vinny Castilla RBI 1400

M27 Mark McGwire RBI 1400

M28 Alex Rodriguez RBI 1400

M29 Nomar Garciaparra RBI 1400

M30 Frank Thomas RBI 1400

M31 Barry Bonds 2B 500

M32 Albert Belle 2B 500

M33 Ben Grieve 2B 500

M34 Craig Biggio 2B 500

M35 Vladimir Guerrero 2B 500

M36 Nomar Garciaparra 2B 500

M37 Alex Rodriguez 2B 500

M38 Derek Jeter 2B 500

M39 Ken Griffey, Jr. 2B 500

M40 Brad Fullmer 2B 500


Peel and Reveal

All cards in this acetate set came covered with an opaque coating on both sides of the card that must be peeled off. Each card is available in the following parallels.

  • Sparkle (common)
  • Hyperplaid (uncommon)
  • Stadium Star (rare)

PR1 Kerry Wood

PR2 Mark McGwire

PR3 Sammy Sosa

PR4 Ken Griffey, Jr.

PR5 Nomar Garciaparra

PR6 Greg Maddux

PR7 Derek Jeter

PR8 Andres Galarraga

PR9 Alex Rodriguez

PR10 Frank Thomas

PR11 Roger Clemens

PR12 Juan Gonzalez

PR13 Ben Grieve

PR14 Jeff Bagwell

PR15 Todd Helton

PR16 Chipper Jones

PR17 Barry Bonds

PR18 Travis Lee

PR19 Vladimir Guerrero

PR20 Pat Burrell


Prominent Figures

This 50-card, Series One set features ten superstars in each of five statistical categories and printed with Refractor technology. Each card is serial-numbered to the single season record in that particular category. The categories are: Home Runs (with an insertion rate of 1:1,749) and serial-numbered to 70, Slugging Percentage (1:145) numbered to 847, Batting Average (1:289) numbered to 424, Runs Batted In (1:644) numbered to 190, and Total Bases (1:268) numbered to 457.

PF1 Mark McGwire HR 70

PF2 Sammy Sosa HR 70

PF3 Ken Griffey, Jr. HR 70

PF4 Mike Piazza HR 70

PF5 Juan Gonzalez HR 70

PF6 Greg Vaughn HR 70

PF7 Alex Rodriguez HR 70

PF8 Manny Ramirez HR 70

PF9 Jeff Bagwell HR 70

PF10 Andres Galarraga HR 70

PF11 Mark McGwire SLG 847

PF12 Sammy Sosa SLG 847

PF13 Juan Gonzalez SLG 847

PF14 Ken Griffey, Jr. SLG 847

PF15 Barry Bonds SLG 847

PF16 Greg Vaughn SLG 847

PF17 Larry Walker SLG 847

PF18 Andres Galarraga SLG 847

PF19 Jeff Bagwell SLG 847

PF20 Albert Belle SLG 847

PF21 Tony Gwynn BAT 424

PF22 Mike Piazza BAT 424

PF23 Larry Walker BAT 424

PF24 Alex Rodriguez BAT 424

PF25 John Olerud BAT 424

PF26 Frank Thomas BAT 424

PF27 Bernie Williams BAT 424

PF28 Chipper Jones BAT 424

PF29 Jim Thome BAT 424

PF30 Barry Bonds BAT 424

PF31 Juan Gonzalez RBI 190

PF32 Sammy Sosa RBI 190

PF33 Mark McGwire RBI 190

PF34 Albert Belle RBI 190

PF35 Ken Griffey, Jr. RBI 190

PF36 Jeff Bagwell RBI 190

PF37 Chipper Jones RBI 190

PF38 Vinny Castilla RBI 190

PF39 Alex Rodriguez RBI 190

PF40 Andres Galarraga RBI 190

PF41 Sammy Sosa TB 457

PF42 Mark McGwire TB 457

PF43 Albert Belle TB 457

PF44 Ken Griffey, Jr. TB 457

PF45 Jeff Bagwell TB 457

PF46 Juan Gonzalez TB 457

PF47 Barry Bonds TB 457

PF48 Vladimir Guerrero TB 457

PF49 Larry Walker TB 457

PF50 Alex Rodriguez TB 457


Split Screen

This 14-card set features two players paired together on the same card and printed using a "split Refractor" technology. On half the cards, the player on the left is refracting and the player on the right is not; the opposite for the other half. There are no "plain vanilla" non-refracting cards.

In addition there is also a "full Refractor" parallel.

SS1 Mark McGwire / Sammy Sosa

SS2 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Alex Rodriguez

SS3 Nomar Garciaparra / Derek Jeter

SS4 Barry Bonds / Albert Belle

SS5 Cal Ripken, Jr. / Tony Gwynn

SS6 Manny Ramirez / Juan Gonzalez

SS7 Frank Thomas / Andres Galarraga

SS8 Scott Rolen / Chipper Jones

SS9 Ivan Rodriguez / Mike Piazza

SS10 Kerry Wood / Roger Clemens

SS11 Greg Maddux / Tom Glavine

SS12 Troy Glaus / Eric Chavez

SS13 Ben Grieve / Todd Helton

SS14 Travis Lee / Pat Burrell


Team Finest

The first 10 cards were distributed in first series packs and 11-20 in second series packs, and are available in the following parallels.

  • Blue (serial-numbered to 1500 copies)
  • Red (serial-numbered to 500)
  • Gold (serial-numbered to 250)
  • Blue Refractor (serial-numbered to 150)
  • Red Refractor (serial-numbered to 50)
  • Gold Refractor (serial-numbered to 25)

The Red, Red Refractor, Gold, and Gold Refractors are exclusive to Jumbo packs.

TF1 Greg Maddux

TF2 Mark McGwire

TF3 Sammy Sosa

TF4 Juan Gonzalez

TF5 Alex Rodriguez

TF6 Travis Lee

TF7 Roger Clemens

TF8 Darin Erstad

TF9 Todd Helton

TF10 Mike Piazza

TF11 Kerry Wood

TF12 Ken Griffey, Jr.

TF13 Frank Thomas

TF14 Jeff Bagwell

TF15 Nomar Garciaparra

TF16 Derek Jeter

TF17 Chipper Jones

TF18 Barry Bonds

TF19 Tony Gwynn

TF20 Ben Grieve