131 Magglio Ordonez
The name is a tad large and there's one too many product logos but otherwise it's a nice clean design with some decent photos. Looks like Mags got sawed off on this one. Here's the back:
122 Brett Tomko
Like Mags, Tomko was a rookie in 1997. Is Brett still in the league? Too lazy to check. Ok, here's where it gets weird.
114 John Smoltz
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. A Braves fan just happens to find a new card shop and just happens to have a dollar pack bin which just happens to have a Smoltz in it. Riiiiiiiight. Well, since you're already calling shenanigans, I may as well show this:
8 of 10 MC Tom Glavine World Series Collection
Boooooo! there's no way I could have randomly pulled that! Out of junk wax from the late '90s! that I only bought to post online! Boooooooo!
I SWEAR THIS IS TRUE. I BOUGHT THE PACK ON A WHIM SOLELY TO POST IT ONLINE SINCE IT IS SO ODDBALLY AND I LIKE THE SET. I'M KICKING MYSELF FOR NOT VIDEOING IT.
In my defense this is the easiest insert at 1:4 packs and with a ten card set, it's 1:40 for any particular card in the set. That's not really winning the lottery odds there. If the next card in the pack is Greg Maddux, I give you all permission to drive to my house and kick the crap out of me Jay & Silent Bob style. Other insert sets:
Reggie Jackson's Picks 1:12 packs - Reggie Jackson picked 15 players who he thought would one day would perform in the World Series.
Autumn Excellence 1:24 packs (Gold version 1:240 packs) - 10 players with significant World Series records. As expected, over half the set is Damn Yankees.
Extra Edition - Parallel set numbered to 98. There's also a First Edition parallel numbered 1/1, back when such a thing meant something.
11 A Royal Crown
Yay! No Maddux! I don't get beat up! These SI covers are the best thing about these sets in my opinion. If Sports Illustrated put out a set of nothing but their covers from the first with Eddie Mathews to the latest issue, I'd buy it. Hell, I'd subscribe for that. Make it so, SI!
Awwww crap. Half of the Braves' SI Championship cover is on the back on the bottom right corner. Maddux was on that cover. I guess I get beat up after all.
32 Kevin Brown
Since this set came out late in the year there were a few cards of players in their new uniforms in the set. Kevin is now a Padre after going to the World Series with the Marlins the year before. He shouldn't look so surly, he went to the World Series in 1998 too.
Junk 1998 Players Choice Award Show Card
Here's a crummy advertisement for the 1998 Players Choice Award Show. It is printed on the same weird textured stock that Fleer used for a few of its inserts that year. The back is interesting:
This is a pretty early example of a card with an internet address on it: www.bigleaguers.com I don't know how the contest works, you'll have to click on the link to find out.
So there's my return to posting pack rips. It may be the last that I open online without getting video evidence.