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=Description=
 
=Description=
 
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1998 Select was a 250-card fractured set based on what Pinnacle called the "Quasar System" and was similar to how 1997-1999 Flair Showcase was structured.  It was intended for release in September, 1998 but the product was never officially released due to Pinnacle Brands' bankruptcy in July/August 1998.  In fact, a bankruptcy judge ordered all unissued trading cards (including cards from this product) to be destroyed; yet, similar to 1998 Pinnacle Certified, Donruss Limited, and high-numbered Donruss Crusade cards, some players had base cards, parallels, or inserts surface since the bankruptcy and were likely "backdoored".  The only cards from this set that were authorized for release were a 10-card promo set of the Selected insert and occurred before the bankruptcy filing.
 
1998 Select was a 250-card fractured set based on what Pinnacle called the "Quasar System" and was similar to how 1997-1999 Flair Showcase was structured.  It was intended for release in September, 1998 but the product was never officially released due to Pinnacle Brands' bankruptcy in July/August 1998.  In fact, a bankruptcy judge ordered all unissued trading cards (including cards from this product) to be destroyed; yet, similar to 1998 Pinnacle Certified, Donruss Limited, and high-numbered Donruss Crusade cards, some players had base cards, parallels, or inserts surface since the bankruptcy and were likely "backdoored".  The only cards from this set that were authorized for release were a 10-card promo set of the Selected insert and occurred before the bankruptcy filing.
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In October of 2017, a collection of base, parallel, and insert cards from this set surfaced on the secondary market, dubbed by some as the "Pinnacle Bankruptcy Find" (PBF).  This find marked the largest emergence of cards from this set from the same source, at the same time.  It also marked the first time copies of certain players were confirmed to exist.
 
In October of 2017, a collection of base, parallel, and insert cards from this set surfaced on the secondary market, dubbed by some as the "Pinnacle Bankruptcy Find" (PBF).  This find marked the largest emergence of cards from this set from the same source, at the same time.  It also marked the first time copies of certain players were confirmed to exist.
  
Over the years, one collector has diligently documented cards that have surfaced from this set and can be seen here:
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Over the years, one collector has diligently documented cards that have surfaced from this set and can be seen here: https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-mFZz6/
 
 
https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-mFZz6/
 
  
 
=Insertion Ratios=
 
=Insertion Ratios=
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===1-Star===
 
===1-Star===
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Cards 1-100 in the base set were printed on silver foil stock with a rectangular background design.  These were the most commonly available cards in the base set.  All 1-Star base cards are confirmed to exist and at least one copy of each player from this level has surfaced on the secondary market.  
 
Cards 1-100 in the base set were printed on silver foil stock with a rectangular background design.  These were the most commonly available cards in the base set.  All 1-Star base cards are confirmed to exist and at least one copy of each player from this level has surfaced on the secondary market.  
  
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71 Travis Fryman
 
71 Travis Fryman
  
72 Ryan Klesko
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72 Kerry Wood
  
 
73 Magglio Ordonez
 
73 Magglio Ordonez
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94 Miguel Tejada
 
94 Miguel Tejada
  
95 Kerry Wood
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95 Ryan Klesko
  
 
96 Mark Grace
 
96 Mark Grace
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===2-Star===
 
===2-Star===
Cards 101-175 in the base set were printed on silver holographic foil stock with a circular background design.  These were the second-hardest cards in the base set to obtain.  All 2-Star base cards are confirmed to exist and at least one copy of each player from this level has surfaced on the secondary market.  
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Cards 101-175 in the base set were printed on silver holographic foil stock with a circular background design.  These were the third-hardest cards in the base set to obtain.  All 2-Star base cards are confirmed to exist and at least one copy of each player from this level has surfaced on the secondary market.  
  
 
101 Jose Cruz, Jr.
 
101 Jose Cruz, Jr.
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171 Travis Fryman
 
171 Travis Fryman
  
172 Ryan Klesko
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172 Kerry Wood
  
 
173 Magglio Ordonez
 
173 Magglio Ordonez
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===3-Star===
 
===3-Star===
Cards 176-225 in the base set were printed on silver prismatic foil stock with a triangular background design.  These were the third-hardest cards in the base set to obtain.  Unlike the other Quasar levels, no 3-Star base cards are confirmed to exist as no copies of any player from this level have surfaced on the secondary market.
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Cards 176-225 in the base set were printed on silver prismatic foil stock with a triangular background design.  These were the second-hardest cards in the base set to obtain.  '''Unlike the other Quasar levels, no 3-Star base cards are confirmed to exist as no copies of any player from this level have surfaced on the secondary market.'''
  
 
176 Jose Cruz, Jr.
 
176 Jose Cruz, Jr.
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===4-Star===
 
===4-Star===
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Cards 226-250 in the base set were printed on silver dot matrix hologram stock with a diamond background design.  These were the hardest cards in the base set to obtain.  All 4-Star base cards are confirmed to exist and at least one copy of each player from this level has surfaced on the secondary market.
 
Cards 226-250 in the base set were printed on silver dot matrix hologram stock with a diamond background design.  These were the hardest cards in the base set to obtain.  All 4-Star base cards are confirmed to exist and at least one copy of each player from this level has surfaced on the secondary market.
  
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===1-Star Jersey Number===
 
===1-Star Jersey Number===
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The following 1-Star Jersey Number parallels below have been confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market:
 
The following 1-Star Jersey Number parallels below have been confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market:
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1 Jose Cruz, Jr.
  
 
2 Greg Maddux
 
2 Greg Maddux
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3 Nomar Garciaparra
  
 
4 Mark McGwire  
 
4 Mark McGwire  
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10 Frank Thomas
 
10 Frank Thomas
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11 Scott Rolen
 +
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12 Travis Lee
 +
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13 Hideo Nomo
  
 
14 Alex Rodriguez
 
14 Alex Rodriguez
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15 Kenny Lofton
  
 
16 Ken Griffey Jr.
 
16 Ken Griffey Jr.
  
 
17 Jeff Bagwell
 
17 Jeff Bagwell
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18 Vladimir Guerrero
 +
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19 Ivan Rodriguez
 +
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20 Mo Vaughn
  
 
21 Chipper Jones
 
21 Chipper Jones
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25 Mike Piazza
 
25 Mike Piazza
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27 Larry Walker
  
 
29 Barry Larkin
 
29 Barry Larkin
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30 Chuck Knoblauch
  
 
31 Albert Belle
 
31 Albert Belle
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34 Manny Ramirez
 +
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35 Wade Boggs
 +
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36 Jim Thome
  
 
37 Todd Helton
 
37 Todd Helton
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38 Roberto Alomar
 +
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40 Chan Ho Park
 +
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41 Craig Biggio
 +
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42 Ken Caminiti
 +
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43 David Justice
 +
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44 Andy Pettitte
  
 
45 Bernie Williams
 
45 Bernie Williams
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50 Pedro Martinez
 
50 Pedro Martinez
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51 Todd Greene
  
 
52 Matt Williams
 
52 Matt Williams
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53 Rondell White
 +
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54 Brady Anderson
 +
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55 Tim Salmon
 +
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56 Edgar Martinez
  
 
57 Jose Guillen
 
57 Jose Guillen
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58 Richard Hidalgo
 +
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59 Gary Sheffield
 +
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60 Paul Molitor
 +
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61 Livan Hernandez
 +
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62 Jaret Wright
 +
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63 Fernando Tatis
  
 
64 Fred McGriff
 
64 Fred McGriff
  
 
65 Will Clark
 
65 Will Clark
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66 John Smoltz
 +
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67 Rafael Palmeiro
 +
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68 Sammy Sosa
 +
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69 Tino Martinez
 +
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70 Jim Edmonds
  
 
71 Travis Fryman
 
71 Travis Fryman
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72 Kerry Wood
 +
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73 Magglio Ordonez
 +
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75 Todd Hundley
 +
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76 Javier Lopez
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77 Vinny Castilla
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78 Carl Pavano
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79 Aramis Ramirez
 +
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80 Matt Clement
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81 Orlando Hernandez
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82 Tom Glavine
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83 Mark Kotsay
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84 Todd Walker
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86 Sean Casey
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87 Frank Catalanotto
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88 Neifi Perez
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89 Rolando Arrojo
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90 David Ortiz
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91 Kevin Millwood
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92 Moises Alou
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93 Masato Yoshii
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95 Ryan Klesko
  
 
96 Mark Grace
 
96 Mark Grace
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97 David Dellucci
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98 Jason Kendall
  
 
===2-Star Jersey Number===
 
===2-Star Jersey Number===
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[[File:2S-JNfront.jpg]][[File:2S-JNback.jpg]]
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The following 2-Star Jersey Number parallels below have been confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market:
 
The following 2-Star Jersey Number parallels below have been confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market:
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101 Jose Cruz, Jr.
  
 
102 Greg Maddux
 
102 Greg Maddux
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103 Nomar Garciaparra
  
 
104 Mark McGwire
 
104 Mark McGwire
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110 Frank Thomas
 
110 Frank Thomas
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111 Scott Rolen
 +
 +
112 Travis Lee
  
 
113 Hideo Nomo
 
113 Hideo Nomo
  
 
114 Alex Rodriguez
 
114 Alex Rodriguez
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115 Kenny Lofton
  
 
116 Ken Griffey Jr.
 
116 Ken Griffey Jr.
  
 
117 Jeff Bagwell
 
117 Jeff Bagwell
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118 Vladimir Guerrero
 +
 +
119 Ivan Rodriguez
 +
 +
120 Mo Vaughn
  
 
121 Chipper Jones
 
121 Chipper Jones
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125 Mike Piazza
 
125 Mike Piazza
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126 Tony Clark
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127 Larry Walker
 +
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128 Juan Encarnacion
  
 
129 Barry Larkin
 
129 Barry Larkin
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 +
130 Chuck Knoblauch
  
 
131 Albert Belle
 
131 Albert Belle
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134 Manny Ramirez
 +
 +
135 Wade Boggs
 +
 +
136 Jim Thome
  
 
137 Todd Helton
 
137 Todd Helton
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138 Roberto Alomar
 +
 +
140 Chan Ho Park
 +
 +
141 Craig Biggio
 +
 +
142 Ken Caminiti
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143 David Justice
 +
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144 Andy Pettitte
  
 
145 Bernie Williams
 
145 Bernie Williams
  
 
147 Darrin Erstad
 
147 Darrin Erstad
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148 Andres Galarraga
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149 Raul Mondesi
  
 
150 Pedro Martinez
 
150 Pedro Martinez
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151 Todd Greene
 +
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152 Matt Williams
 +
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153 Rondell White
 +
 +
154 Brady Anderson
 +
 +
155 Tim Salmon
 +
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156 Edgar Martinez
 +
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157 Jose Guillen
 +
 +
158 Richard Hidalgo
 +
 +
159 Gary Sheffield
 +
 +
160 Paul Molitor
 +
 +
161 Livan Hernandez
 +
 +
162 Jaret Wright
 +
 +
163 Fernando Tatis
  
 
164 Fred McGriff
 
164 Fred McGriff
  
 
165 Will Clark
 
165 Will Clark
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166 John Smoltz
 +
 +
167 Rafael Palmeiro
 +
 +
168 Sammy Sosa
 +
 +
169 Tino Martinez
 +
 +
170 Jim Edmonds
  
 
171 Travis Fryman
 
171 Travis Fryman
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 +
172 Kerry Wood
  
 
173 Magglio Ordonez
 
173 Magglio Ordonez
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175 Todd Hundley
  
 
===3-Star Jersey Number===
 
===3-Star Jersey Number===
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[[File:3S-JNfront.jpg]][[File:3S-JNback.jpg]]
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The following 3-Star Jersey Number parallels below have been confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market:
 
The following 3-Star Jersey Number parallels below have been confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market:
  
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177 Greg Maddux
 
177 Greg Maddux
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178 Nomar Garciaparra
  
 
179 Mark McGwire
 
179 Mark McGwire
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185 Frank Thomas
 
185 Frank Thomas
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186 Scott Rolen
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 +
187 Travis Lee
  
 
188 Hideo Nomo
 
188 Hideo Nomo
  
 
189 Alex Rodriguez
 
189 Alex Rodriguez
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190 Kenny Lofton
  
 
191 Ken Griffey Jr.
 
191 Ken Griffey Jr.
  
 
192 Jeff Bagwell
 
192 Jeff Bagwell
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193 Vladimir Guerrero
 +
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194 Ivan Rodriguez
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195 Mo Vaughn
  
 
196 Chipper Jones
 
196 Chipper Jones
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200 Mike Piazza
 
200 Mike Piazza
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201 Tony Clark
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202 Larry Walker
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203 Juan Encaranacion
  
 
204 Barry Larkin
 
204 Barry Larkin
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 +
205 Chuck Knoblauch
  
 
206 Albert Belle
 
206 Albert Belle
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209 Manny Ramirez
 +
 +
210 Wade Boggs
 +
 +
211 Jim Thome
  
 
212 Todd Helton
 
212 Todd Helton
 +
 +
213 Roberto Alomar
 +
 +
215 Chan Ho Park
 +
 +
216 Craig Biggio
 +
 +
218 David Justice
 +
 +
219 Andy Pettitte
  
 
220 Bernie Williams
 
220 Bernie Williams
  
 
222 Darrin Erstad
 
222 Darrin Erstad
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223 Andres Galarraga
  
 
225 Pedro Martinez
 
225 Pedro Martinez
  
 
===4-Star Jersey Number===
 
===4-Star Jersey Number===
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[[File:4S-JNfront.jpg]][[File:4S-JNback.jpg]]
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The following 4-Star Jersey Number parallels below have been confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market:
 
The following 4-Star Jersey Number parallels below have been confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market:
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226 Jose Cruz, Jr.
  
 
227 Greg Maddux
 
227 Greg Maddux
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228 Nomar Garciaparra
  
 
229 Mark McGwire
 
229 Mark McGwire
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235 Frank Thomas
 
235 Frank Thomas
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236 Scott Rolen
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237 Travis Lee
  
 
238 Hideo Nomo
 
238 Hideo Nomo
  
 
239 Alex Rodriguez
 
239 Alex Rodriguez
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240 Kenny Lofton
  
 
241 Ken Griffey Jr.
 
241 Ken Griffey Jr.
  
 
242 Jeff Bagwell
 
242 Jeff Bagwell
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243 Vladimir Guerrero
 +
 +
244 Ivan Rodriguez
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 +
245 Mo Vaughn
  
 
246 Chipper Jones
 
246 Chipper Jones
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250 Mike Piazza
 
250 Mike Piazza
 
  
 
=Inserts=
 
=Inserts=
 
===Five-Star Bonus===
 
===Five-Star Bonus===
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Five-Star Bonus was a 5-card insert that was a quasi-extension of the base set.  The look is similar to the base set as each card is printed on silver, dot matrix hologram stock but with a star-design background.  There is no Jersey Number parallel of these inserts.
 
Five-Star Bonus was a 5-card insert that was a quasi-extension of the base set.  The look is similar to the base set as each card is printed on silver, dot matrix hologram stock but with a star-design background.  There is no Jersey Number parallel of these inserts.
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===Diamond Dominance===
 
===Diamond Dominance===
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Diamond Dominance was a 10-card insert set featuring players that "dominated" on the field.  They had a purple design with a holographic silver finish on triangular sections of the cardfront.  Before the PBF of October 2017, the only cards from the set confirmed to exist were of Andruw Jones, Tony Clark, and Darin Erstad.  However, all cards from this set have been confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market.  
 
Diamond Dominance was a 10-card insert set featuring players that "dominated" on the field.  They had a purple design with a holographic silver finish on triangular sections of the cardfront.  Before the PBF of October 2017, the only cards from the set confirmed to exist were of Andruw Jones, Tony Clark, and Darin Erstad.  However, all cards from this set have been confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market.  
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===Selected===
 
===Selected===
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Selected was a 10-card set featuring future stars of the game that had amazing "natural talent" and was printed on silver holographic stock.   
 
Selected was a 10-card set featuring future stars of the game that had amazing "natural talent" and was printed on silver holographic stock.   
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===Rare Form===
 
===Rare Form===
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Rare Form was a 10-card insert set featuring those who "played the game with unequaled style" and was had a unique dot matrix holographic finish.  Prior to 2017, no cards from this insert set had ever been seen before and many believed that this set was never produced.  However, the PBF of 2017 included at least two copies (some players had three copies) of every player, confirming the existence of all cards in the set.  
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Rare Form was a 10-card insert set featuring those who "played the game with unequaled style" and had a unique dot matrix holographic finish.  Prior to 2017, no cards from this insert set had ever been seen before and many believed that this set was never produced.  However, the PBF of 2017 included at least two copies (some players had three copies) of every player, confirming the existence of all cards in the set.  
  
 
1 Ken Griffey, Jr.
 
1 Ken Griffey, Jr.
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===Select Numbers===
 
===Select Numbers===
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Select Numbers was a 20-card insert set, serial numbered to a player's statistic across one of 4 categories:
 
Select Numbers was a 20-card insert set, serial numbered to a player's statistic across one of 4 categories:
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* Strikeouts
 
* Strikeouts
  
For example, Tony Gwynn hit .372 in 1997 and thus his Select Numbers card was to be serial numbered to 372.  These were printed on a silver dot matrix hologram stock with a concentric pattern of numbers in the background and tinted to the player's team colors.   
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For example, Tony Gwynn hit .372 in 1997 and thus his Select Numbers card was to be serial numbered to 372.  These were printed on a silver dot matrix hologram stock with a concentric pattern of numbers in the background and was tinted to the player's team colors.   
  
 
Prior to 2017, only 12 of the 20 cards from this insert set surfaced but were not serial-numbered.  However, the PBF of 2017 contained at least two copies of every player, confirming the existence of all cards in the set.  However, none of the cards in this collection were serially-numbered either. The information in the parentheses indicates the statistic and number the card was supposed to be serially numbered to:
 
Prior to 2017, only 12 of the 20 cards from this insert set surfaced but were not serial-numbered.  However, the PBF of 2017 contained at least two copies of every player, confirming the existence of all cards in the set.  However, none of the cards in this collection were serially-numbered either. The information in the parentheses indicates the statistic and number the card was supposed to be serially numbered to:
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20 Greg Maddux (Ks - 177)
 
20 Greg Maddux (Ks - 177)
  
 
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[[Category:1998]]

Latest revision as of 15:47, 5 January 2021

Description

1998 Select was a 250-card fractured set based on what Pinnacle called the "Quasar System" and was similar to how 1997-1999 Flair Showcase was structured. It was intended for release in September, 1998 but the product was never officially released due to Pinnacle Brands' bankruptcy in July/August 1998. In fact, a bankruptcy judge ordered all unissued trading cards (including cards from this product) to be destroyed; yet, similar to 1998 Pinnacle Certified, Donruss Limited, and high-numbered Donruss Crusade cards, some players had base cards, parallels, or inserts surface since the bankruptcy and were likely "backdoored". The only cards from this set that were authorized for release were a 10-card promo set of the Selected insert and occurred before the bankruptcy filing.

In October of 2017, a collection of base, parallel, and insert cards from this set surfaced on the secondary market, dubbed by some as the "Pinnacle Bankruptcy Find" (PBF). This find marked the largest emergence of cards from this set from the same source, at the same time. It also marked the first time copies of certain players were confirmed to exist.

Over the years, one collector has diligently documented cards that have surfaced from this set and can be seen here: https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-mFZz6/

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds
Base 250 - varies
One-Star 100 - 3 per pack
Two-Star 75 - 2 per pack
Three-Star 50 - 1:7
Four-Star 25 - 1:23
Jersey Number Parallel 250 varies
Five-Star Bonus 5 50 ?
Diamond Dominance 10 - 1:23
Selected 10 - 1:23
Rare Form 10 - 1:99
Select Numbers 20 varies ?

Checklist

1998 Select was a 250-card base set that represented the "Quasar System", which was the slogan used to describe the set for advertising and promotion prior to its intended release.

The base set was fractured into 4 categories (1-Star to 4-Star) that differed in rarity (1-Star was most common and 4-Star was hardest to find within the base set).

To distinguish between the Quasar System levels/categories, each of the base "Star" levels (1-4) had a different card design, photo, and label on the back:

  • 1-Star (1-100): rectangular design
  • 2-Star (101-175): circular design
  • 3-Star (176-225): triangular design
  • 4-Star (226-250): diamond design

Below is the complete checklist as set forth on the product sell sheet. Since Pinnacle's bankruptcy in July/August 1998, many cards from this set have emerged on the secondary market and all were confirmed to exist after the PBF of 2017. Some have estimated that less than 20 copies of each card made their way into the open market.

1-Star

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Cards 1-100 in the base set were printed on silver foil stock with a rectangular background design. These were the most commonly available cards in the base set. All 1-Star base cards are confirmed to exist and at least one copy of each player from this level has surfaced on the secondary market.

1 Jose Cruz, Jr.

2 Greg Maddux

3 Nomar Garciaparra

4 Mark McGwire

5 Juan Gonzalez

6 Barry Bonds

7 Cal Ripken, Jr.

8 Andruw Jones

9 Tony Gwynn

10 Frank Thomas

11 Scott Rolen

12 Travis Lee

13 Hideo Nomo

14 Alex Rodriguez

15 Kenny Lofton

16 Ken Griffey, Jr.

17 Jeff Bagwell

18 Vladimir Guerrero

19 Ivan Rodriguez

20 Mo Vaughn

21 Chipper Jones

22 Ben Grieve

23 Roger Clemens

24 Derek Jeter

25 Mike Piazza

26 Tony Clark

27 Larry Walker

28 Juan Encarnacion

29 Barry Larkin

30 Chuck Knoblauch

31 Albert Belle

32 Randy Johnson

33 Brad Fullmer

34 Manny Ramirez

35 Wade Boggs

36 Jim Thome

37 Todd Helton

38 Roberto Alomar

39 Paul Konerko

40 Chan Ho Park

41 Craig Biggio

42 Ken Caminiti

43 David Justice

44 Andy Pettitte

45 Bernie Williams

46 Mike Mussina

47 Darin Erstad

48 Andres Galarraga

49 Raul Mondesi

50 Pedro Martinez

51 Todd Greene

52 Matt Williams

53 Rondell White

54 Brady Anderson

55 Tim Salmon

56 Edgar Martinez

57 Jose Guillen

58 Richard Hidalgo

59 Gary Sheffield

60 Paul Molitor

61 Livan Hernandez

62 Jaret Wright

63 Fernando Tatis

64 Fred McGriff

65 Will Clark

66 John Smoltz

67 Rafael Palmeiro

68 Sammy Sosa

69 Tino Martinez

70 Jim Edmonds

71 Travis Fryman

72 Kerry Wood

73 Magglio Ordonez

74 Bobby Bonilla

75 Todd Hundley

76 Javy Lopez

77 Vinny Castilla

78 Carl Pavano

79 Jay Buhner

80 Matt Clement

81 Kevin Orie

82 Tom Glavine

83 Mark Kotsay

84 Todd Walker

85 Bobby Higginson

86 Sean Casey

87 Frank Catalanotto

88 Neifi Perez

89 Derrek Lee

90 David Ortiz

91 Kevin Millwood

92 Moises Alou

93 Brian Rose

94 Miguel Tejada

95 Ryan Klesko

96 Mark Grace

97 Bobby Estalella

98 Jason Kendall

99 Rusty Greer

100 Charles Johnson

2-Star

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Cards 101-175 in the base set were printed on silver holographic foil stock with a circular background design. These were the third-hardest cards in the base set to obtain. All 2-Star base cards are confirmed to exist and at least one copy of each player from this level has surfaced on the secondary market.

101 Jose Cruz, Jr.

102 Greg Maddux

103 Nomar Garciaparra

104 Mark McGwire

105 Juan Gonzalez

106 Barry Bonds

107 Cal Ripken, Jr.

108 Andruw Jones

109 Tony Gwynn

110 Frank Thomas

111 Scott Rolen

112 Travis Lee

113 Hideo Nomo

114 Alex Rodriguez

115 Kenny Lofton

116 Ken Griffey, Jr.

117 Jeff Bagwell

118 Vladimir Guerrero

119 Ivan Rodriguez

120 Mo Vaughn

121 Chipper Jones

122 Ben Grieve

123 Roger Clemens

124 Derek Jeter

125 Mike Piazza

126 Tony Clark

127 Larry Walker

128 Juan Encarnacion

129 Barry Larkin

130 Chuck Knoblauch

131 Albert Belle

132 Randy Johnson

133 Brad Fullmer

134 Manny Ramirez

135 Wade Boggs

136 Jim Thome

137 Todd Helton

138 Roberto Alomar

139 Paul Konerko

140 Chan Ho Park

141 Craig Biggio

142 Ken Caminiti

143 David Justice

144 Andy Pettitte

145 Bernie Williams

146 Mike Mussina

147 Darin Erstad

148 Andres Galarraga

149 Raul Mondesi

150 Pedro Martinez

151 Todd Greene

152 Matt Williams

153 Rondell White

154 Brady Anderson

155 Tim Salmon

156 Edgar Martinez

157 Jose Guillen

158 Richard Hidalgo

159 Gary Sheffield

160 Paul Molitor

161 Livan Hernandez

162 Jaret Wright

163 Fernando Tatis

164 Fred McGriff

165 Will Clark

166 John Smoltz

167 Rafael Palmeiro

168 Sammy Sosa

169 Tino Martinez

170 Jim Edmonds

171 Travis Fryman

172 Kerry Wood

173 Magglio Ordonez

174 Bobby Bonilla

175 Todd Hundley

3-Star

Cards 176-225 in the base set were printed on silver prismatic foil stock with a triangular background design. These were the second-hardest cards in the base set to obtain. Unlike the other Quasar levels, no 3-Star base cards are confirmed to exist as no copies of any player from this level have surfaced on the secondary market.

176 Jose Cruz, Jr.

177 Greg Maddux

178 Nomar Garciaparra

179 Mark McGwire

180 Juan Gonzalez

181 Barry Bonds

182 Cal Ripken, Jr.

183 Andruw Jones

184 Tony Gwynn

185 Frank Thomas

186 Scott Rolen

187 Travis Lee

188 Hideo Nomo

189 Alex Rodriguez

190 Kenny Lofton

191 Ken Griffey, Jr.

192 Jeff Bagwell

193 Vladimir Guerrero

194 Ivan Rodriguez

195 Mo Vaughn

196 Chipper Jones

197 Ben Grieve

198 Roger Clemens

199 Derek Jeter

200 Mike Piazza

201 Tony Clark

202 Larry Walker

203 Juan Encarnacion

204 Barry Larkin

205 Chuck Knoblauch

206 Albert Belle

207 Randy Johnson

208 Brad Fullmer

209 Manny Ramirez

210 Wade Boggs

211 Jim Thome

212 Todd Helton

213 Roberto Alomar

214 Paul Konerko

215 Chan Ho Park

216 Craig Biggio

217 Ken Caminiti

218 David Justice

219 Andy Pettitte

220 Bernie Williams

221 Mike Mussina

222 Darin Erstad

223 Andres Galarraga

224 Raul Mondesi

225 Pedro Martinez

4-Star

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Cards 226-250 in the base set were printed on silver dot matrix hologram stock with a diamond background design. These were the hardest cards in the base set to obtain. All 4-Star base cards are confirmed to exist and at least one copy of each player from this level has surfaced on the secondary market.

226 Jose Cruz, Jr.

227 Greg Maddux

228 Nomar Garciaparra

229 Mark McGwire

230 Juan Gonzalez

231 Barry Bonds

232 Cal Ripken, Jr.

233 Andruw Jones

234 Tony Gwynn

235 Frank Thomas

236 Scott Rolen

237 Travis Lee

238 Hideo Nomo

239 Alex Rodriguez

240 Kenny Lofton

241 Ken Griffey, Jr.

242 Jeff Bagwell

243 Vladimir Guerrero

244 Ivan Rodriguez

245 Mo Vaughn

246 Chipper Jones

247 Ben Grieve

248 Roger Clemens

249 Derek Jeter

250 Mike Piazza

Parallels

Jersey Number

All 250 cards in the base set had a Jersey Number parallel that was to be numbered to the player's uniform number. For example, Ken Griffey, Jr. was featured four times in the base set as he appeared once in each of the 4 Quasar levels (1-Star, 2-Star, 3-Star, and 4-Star). Therefore, he also had four Jersey Number parallels, all of which were supposed to be numbered to 24. Thus, the number of Jersey Number parallels each player had depended on how many Quasar levels he was featured in.

For distinction, Jersey Number parallels had "Jersey Number" printed vertically along the lower left edge of the card and looked different from the base set:

  • 1-Star Jersey Numbers: printed on gold foil stock
  • 2-Star Jersey Numbers: printed on gold holographic foil
  • 3-Star Jersey Numbers: printed on gold prismatic foil
  • 4-Star Jersey Numbers: printed on gold dot matrix hologram foil

It is not known if these parallels were intended to be serially numbered but no Jersey Number parallels have surfaced with a serial number stamped to that respective player's uniform number. However, some Jersey Number parallels are stamped, "00/00" on the back, but the majority are not. Others have surfaced that have been hand-numbered on the back (e.g., __/24 for Ken Griffey Jr.) but some believe hand-numbered versions were numbered by unscrupulous owners.

Not all 250 Jersey Number parallels have been confirmed to exist. Interestingly, 3-Star Jersey Number parallels have been confirmed to exist even though no 3-Star base of any player has ever surfaced. Further, parallels of many players in the 1, 2, and 4-Star categories have also emerged.

1-Star Jersey Number

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The following 1-Star Jersey Number parallels below have been confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market: 1 Jose Cruz, Jr.

2 Greg Maddux

3 Nomar Garciaparra

4 Mark McGwire

5 Juan Gonzalez

6 Barry Bonds

7 Cal Ripken Jr.

8 Andruw Jones

9 Tony Gwynn

10 Frank Thomas

11 Scott Rolen

12 Travis Lee

13 Hideo Nomo

14 Alex Rodriguez

15 Kenny Lofton

16 Ken Griffey Jr.

17 Jeff Bagwell

18 Vladimir Guerrero

19 Ivan Rodriguez

20 Mo Vaughn

21 Chipper Jones

23 Roger Clemens

24 Derek Jeter

25 Mike Piazza

27 Larry Walker

29 Barry Larkin

30 Chuck Knoblauch

31 Albert Belle

34 Manny Ramirez

35 Wade Boggs

36 Jim Thome

37 Todd Helton

38 Roberto Alomar

40 Chan Ho Park

41 Craig Biggio

42 Ken Caminiti

43 David Justice

44 Andy Pettitte

45 Bernie Williams

47 Darin Erstad

48 Andres Galarraga

49 Raul Mondesi

50 Pedro Martinez

51 Todd Greene

52 Matt Williams

53 Rondell White

54 Brady Anderson

55 Tim Salmon

56 Edgar Martinez

57 Jose Guillen

58 Richard Hidalgo

59 Gary Sheffield

60 Paul Molitor

61 Livan Hernandez

62 Jaret Wright

63 Fernando Tatis

64 Fred McGriff

65 Will Clark

66 John Smoltz

67 Rafael Palmeiro

68 Sammy Sosa

69 Tino Martinez

70 Jim Edmonds

71 Travis Fryman

72 Kerry Wood

73 Magglio Ordonez

75 Todd Hundley

76 Javier Lopez

77 Vinny Castilla

78 Carl Pavano

79 Aramis Ramirez

80 Matt Clement

81 Orlando Hernandez

82 Tom Glavine

83 Mark Kotsay

84 Todd Walker

86 Sean Casey

87 Frank Catalanotto

88 Neifi Perez

89 Rolando Arrojo

90 David Ortiz

91 Kevin Millwood

92 Moises Alou

93 Masato Yoshii

95 Ryan Klesko

96 Mark Grace

97 David Dellucci

98 Jason Kendall

2-Star Jersey Number

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The following 2-Star Jersey Number parallels below have been confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market:

101 Jose Cruz, Jr.

102 Greg Maddux

103 Nomar Garciaparra

104 Mark McGwire

105 Juan Gonzalez

106 Barry Bonds

107 Cal Ripken Jr.

108 Andruw Jones

109 Tony Gwynn

110 Frank Thomas

111 Scott Rolen

112 Travis Lee

113 Hideo Nomo

114 Alex Rodriguez

115 Kenny Lofton

116 Ken Griffey Jr.

117 Jeff Bagwell

118 Vladimir Guerrero

119 Ivan Rodriguez

120 Mo Vaughn

121 Chipper Jones

123 Roger Clemens

124 Derek Jeter

125 Mike Piazza

126 Tony Clark

127 Larry Walker

128 Juan Encarnacion

129 Barry Larkin

130 Chuck Knoblauch

131 Albert Belle

134 Manny Ramirez

135 Wade Boggs

136 Jim Thome

137 Todd Helton

138 Roberto Alomar

140 Chan Ho Park

141 Craig Biggio

142 Ken Caminiti

143 David Justice

144 Andy Pettitte

145 Bernie Williams

147 Darrin Erstad

148 Andres Galarraga

149 Raul Mondesi

150 Pedro Martinez

151 Todd Greene

152 Matt Williams

153 Rondell White

154 Brady Anderson

155 Tim Salmon

156 Edgar Martinez

157 Jose Guillen

158 Richard Hidalgo

159 Gary Sheffield

160 Paul Molitor

161 Livan Hernandez

162 Jaret Wright

163 Fernando Tatis

164 Fred McGriff

165 Will Clark

166 John Smoltz

167 Rafael Palmeiro

168 Sammy Sosa

169 Tino Martinez

170 Jim Edmonds

171 Travis Fryman

172 Kerry Wood

173 Magglio Ordonez

175 Todd Hundley

3-Star Jersey Number

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The following 3-Star Jersey Number parallels below have been confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market:

176 Jose Cruz, Jr.

177 Greg Maddux

178 Nomar Garciaparra

179 Mark McGwire

180 Juan Gonzalez

181 Barry Bonds

182 Cal Ripken Jr.

183 Andruw Jones

184 Tony Gwynn

185 Frank Thomas

186 Scott Rolen

187 Travis Lee

188 Hideo Nomo

189 Alex Rodriguez

190 Kenny Lofton

191 Ken Griffey Jr.

192 Jeff Bagwell

193 Vladimir Guerrero

194 Ivan Rodriguez

195 Mo Vaughn

196 Chipper Jones

197 Ben Grieve

198 Roger Clemens

199 Derek Jeter

200 Mike Piazza

201 Tony Clark

202 Larry Walker

203 Juan Encaranacion

204 Barry Larkin

205 Chuck Knoblauch

206 Albert Belle

209 Manny Ramirez

210 Wade Boggs

211 Jim Thome

212 Todd Helton

213 Roberto Alomar

215 Chan Ho Park

216 Craig Biggio

218 David Justice

219 Andy Pettitte

220 Bernie Williams

222 Darrin Erstad

223 Andres Galarraga

225 Pedro Martinez

4-Star Jersey Number

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The following 4-Star Jersey Number parallels below have been confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market:

226 Jose Cruz, Jr.

227 Greg Maddux

228 Nomar Garciaparra

229 Mark McGwire

230 Juan Gonzalez

231 Barry Bonds

232 Cal Ripken Jr.

233 Andruw Jones

234 Tony Gwynn

235 Frank Thomas

236 Scott Rolen

237 Travis Lee

238 Hideo Nomo

239 Alex Rodriguez

240 Kenny Lofton

241 Ken Griffey Jr.

242 Jeff Bagwell

243 Vladimir Guerrero

244 Ivan Rodriguez

245 Mo Vaughn

246 Chipper Jones

247 Ben Grieve

248 Roger Clemens

249 Derek Jeter

250 Mike Piazza

Inserts

Five-Star Bonus

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Five-Star Bonus was a 5-card insert that was a quasi-extension of the base set. The look is similar to the base set as each card is printed on silver, dot matrix hologram stock but with a star-design background. There is no Jersey Number parallel of these inserts.

Each card is serially numbered to 50. Given that cards of different players with low, medium, and high serial numbers (e.g., 4/50, 24/50, 47/50) have all surfaced, many believe that all 50 sets of all 5 players in the set were produced and serially numbered.

Further, each of the five players in the set have multiple copies that have emerged on the secondary market since the bankruptcy in 1998 and in early 2007, a number of these cards were sold (as complete 5-card sets with matching serial-numbers) on eBay. Before then, singles from this insert set were incredibly rare.

Originally, Mike Piazza was slated to be card #5 in this set, but was replaced by Derek Jeter. The players in the set are:

1 Ken Griffey Jr.

2 Frank Thomas

3 Cal Ripken Jr.

4 Greg Maddux

5 Derek Jeter


Diamond Dominance

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Diamond Dominance was a 10-card insert set featuring players that "dominated" on the field. They had a purple design with a holographic silver finish on triangular sections of the cardfront. Before the PBF of October 2017, the only cards from the set confirmed to exist were of Andruw Jones, Tony Clark, and Darin Erstad. However, all cards from this set have been confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market.

1 Darin Erstad

2 Paul Molitor

3 Andruw Jones

4 Barry Larkin

5 Manny Ramirez

6 Mo Vaughn

7 Barry Bonds

8 Albert Belle

9 Ivan Rodriguez

10 Tony Clark


Selected

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Selected was a 10-card set featuring future stars of the game that had amazing "natural talent" and was printed on silver holographic stock.

Sample versions of each card in the set were the only cards from 1998 Select that were officially released before the Pinnacle Brands bankruptcy. A pack of two cards were released to Hobby dealers along with the sell sheets. The word "SAMPLE" was printed on the back of each card.

However, non-sample cards from this set slowly emerged after the bankruptcy and after the PBF of 2017, all cards were confirmed to exist as at least one copy has surfaced on the secondary market.

1 Vladimir Guerrero

2 Nomar Garciaparra

3 Ben Grieve

4 Travis Lee

5 Jose Cruz, Jr.

6 Alex Rodriguez

7 Todd Helton

8 Derek Jeter

9 Scott Rolen

10 Jaret Wright


Rare Form

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Rare Form was a 10-card insert set featuring those who "played the game with unequaled style" and had a unique dot matrix holographic finish. Prior to 2017, no cards from this insert set had ever been seen before and many believed that this set was never produced. However, the PBF of 2017 included at least two copies (some players had three copies) of every player, confirming the existence of all cards in the set.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

2 Roger Clemens

3 Cal Ripken, Jr.

4 Juan Gonzalez

5 Nomar Garciaparra

6 Alex Rodriguez

7 Chipper Jones

8 Mike Piazza

9 Greg Maddux

10 Frank Thomas


Select Numbers

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Select Numbers was a 20-card insert set, serial numbered to a player's statistic across one of 4 categories:

  • Batting Average
  • On Base Percentage
  • Home Runs
  • Strikeouts

For example, Tony Gwynn hit .372 in 1997 and thus his Select Numbers card was to be serial numbered to 372. These were printed on a silver dot matrix hologram stock with a concentric pattern of numbers in the background and was tinted to the player's team colors.

Prior to 2017, only 12 of the 20 cards from this insert set surfaced but were not serial-numbered. However, the PBF of 2017 contained at least two copies of every player, confirming the existence of all cards in the set. However, none of the cards in this collection were serially-numbered either. The information in the parentheses indicates the statistic and number the card was supposed to be serially numbered to:

1 Mark McGwire (HRs - 58)

2 Juan Gonzalez (HRs - 42)

3 Ken Griffey, Jr. (HRs - 56)

4 Jeff Bagwell (HRs - 43)

5 Andres Galarraga (HRs - 41)

6 Frank Thomas (AVG - 347)

7 Mike Piazza (AVG - 362)

8 Tony Gwynn (AVG - 372)

9 Larry Walker (AVG - 366)

10 Kenny Lofton (AVG - 333)

11 Barry Bonds (OBP - 446)

12 Chuck Knoblauch (OBP - 390)

13 Derek Jeter (OBP - 370)

14 Nomar Garciaparra (OBP - 342)

15 Chipper Jones (OBP - 371)

16 Pedro Martinez (Ks - 305)

17 Hideo Nomo (Ks - 233)

18 Randy Johnson (Ks - 291)

19 Roger Clemens (Ks - 292)

20 Greg Maddux (Ks - 177)