1997 Finest

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Description

1997 Finest (produced by Topps) is a 350-card fractured set, issued in two series of 175 cards each. Series One is divided into five distinct themes: Finest Hurlers (top pitchers), Finest Blue Chips (up-and-coming future stars), Finest Power (long-ball hitters), Finest Warriors (superstar players), and Finest Masters (hottest players). Series Two is also divided into five distinct themes: Finest Power (power hitters and pitchers), Finest Masters (top players), Finest Blue Chips (top new players), Finest Competitors (hottest players), and Finest Acquisitions (latest trades and new signings). All five themes of each series have common cards (1-100 and 176-275) designated with bronze trim, uncommon (101-150 and 276-325) with silver trim and an insertion rate of one in four for both series, and rare (151-175 and 326-350) with gold trim and an insertion rate of one in 24 for both series. These cards are denoted below with either a "B" "S" or "G." Notable Rookie Cards include Brian Giles.

Distribution

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

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Odds
Base 350 - ?
Common (Bronze) 200 - 6:1
Uncommon (Silver) 100 - 1:4
Rare (Gold) 50 - 1:24
Bronze Refractor 200 - 1:12
Silver Refractor 100 - 1:48
Gold Refractor 50 - 1:288
Silver Embossed 100 - 1:16
Gold Embossed Die-Cut 50 - 1:96
Silver Embossed Refractor 100 - 1:192
Gold Embossed Die-Cut Refractor 50 - 1:1,152

Checklist

Promos

This five-card set features one promo card for each of the five themes found in the 1997 Finest Series One set. The fronts, backs, and card numbers are identical to the regular set with the exception of the words, "Promotional Sample Not for Resale" printed in red across the back. The cards are checklisted below according to their numbers in the regular set.

1 Barry Bonds

15 Derek Jeter

30 Mark McGwire

143 Hideo Nomo S

159 Jeff Bagwell G


Base Set

Series One

1 Barry Bonds

2 Ryne Sandberg

3 Brian Jordan

4 Rocky Coppinger

5 Dante Bichette

6 Al Martin

7 Charles Nagy

8 Otis Nixon

9 Mark Johnson

10 Jeff Bagwell

11 Ken Hill

12 Willie Adams

13 Raul Mondesi

14 Reggie Sanders

15 Derek Jeter

16 Jermaine Dye

17 Edgar Renteria

18 Travis Fryman

19 Roberto Hernandez

20 Sammy Sosa

21 Garret Anderson

22 Rey Ordonez

23 Glenallen Hill

24 Dave Nilsson

25 Kevin Brown

26 Brian McRae

27 Joey Hamilton

28 Jamey Wright

29 Frank Thomas

30 Mark McGwire

31 Ramon Martinez

32 Jaime Bluma

33 Frank Rodriguez

34 Andy Benes

35 Jay Buhner

36 Justin Thompson

37 Darin Erstad

38 Gregg Jefferies

39 Jeff D'Amico

40 Pedro Martinez

41 Nomar Garciaparra

42 Jose Valentin

43 Pat Hentgen

44 Will Clark

45 Bernie Williams

46 Luis Castillo

47 B.J. Surhoff

48 Greg Gagne

49 Pete Schourek

50 Mike Piazza

51 Dwight Gooden

52 Javy Lopez

53 Chuck Finley

54 James Baldwin

55 Jack McDowell

56 Royce Clayton

57 Carlos Delgado

58 Neifi Perez

59 Eddie Taubensee

60 Rafael Palmeiro

61 Marty Cordova

62 Wade Boggs

63 Rickey Henderson

64 Mike Hampton

65 Troy Percival

66 Barry Larkin

67 Jermaine Allensworth

68 Mark Clark

69 Mike Lansing

70 Mark Grudzielanek

71 Todd Stottlemyre

72 Juan Guzman

73 John Burkett

74 Wilson Alvarez

75 Ellis Burks

76 Bob Higginson

77 Ricky Bottalico

78 Omar Vizquel

79 Paul Sorrento

80 Denny Neagle

81 Roger Pavlik

82 Mike Lieberthal

83 Devon White

84 John Olerud

85 Kevin Appier

86 Joe Girardi

87 Paul O'Neill

88 Mike Sweeney

89 John Smiley

90 Ivan Rodriguez

91 Randy Myers

92 Bip Roberts

93 Jose Mesa

94 Paul Wilson

95 Mike Mussina

96 Ben McDonald

97 John Mabry

98 Tom Goodwin

99 Edgar Martinez

100 Andruw Jones

101 Jose Canseco S

102 Billy Wagner S

103 Dante Bichette S

104 Curt Schilling S

105 Dean Palmer S

106 Larry Walker S

107 Bernie Williams S

108 Chipper Jones S

109 Gary Sheffield S

110 Randy Johnson S

111 Roberto Alomar S

112 Todd Walker S

113 Sandy Alomar S

114 John Jaha S

115 Ken Caminiti S

116 Ryan Klesko S

117 Mariano Rivera S

118 Jason Giambi S

119 Lance Johnson S

120 Robin Ventura S

121 Todd Hollandsworth S

122 Johnny Damon S

123 William VanLandingham S

124 Jason Kendall S

125 Vinny Castilla S

126 Harold Baines S

127 Joe Carter S

128 Craig Biggio S

129 Tony Clark S

130 Ron Gant S

131 David Segui S

132 Steve Trachsel S

133 Scott Rolen S

134 Mike Stanley S

135 Cal Ripken, Jr. S

136 John Smoltz S

137 Bobby Jones S

138 Manny Ramirez S

139 Ken Griffey, Jr. S

140 Chuck Knoblauch S

141 Mark Grace S

142 Chris Snopek S

143 Hideo Nomo S

144 Tim Salmon S

145 David Cone S

146 Eric Young S

147 Jeff Brantley S

148 Jim Thome S

149 Trevor Hoffman S

150 Juan Gonzalez S

151 Mike Piazza G

152 Ivan Rodriguez G

153 Mo Vaughn G

154 Brady Anderson G

155 Mark McGwire G

156 Rafael Palmeiro G

157 Barry Larkin G

158 Greg Maddux G

159 Jeff Bagwell G

160 Frank Thomas G

161 Ken Caminiti G

162 Andruw Jones G

163 Dennis Eckersley G

164 Jeff Conine G

165 Jim Edmonds G

166 Derek Jeter G

167 Vladimir Guerrero G

168 Sammy Sosa G

169 Tony Gwynn G

170 Andres Galarraga G

171 Todd Hundley G

172 Jay Buhner G

173 Paul Molitor G

174 Kenny Lofton G

175 Barry Bonds G


Series Two

176 Gary Sheffield

177 Dmitri Young

178 Jay Bell

179 David Wells

180 Walt Weiss

181 Paul Molitor

182 Jose Guillen

183 Al Leiter

184 Mike Fetters

185 Mark Langston

186 Fred McGriff

187 Darrin Fletcher

188 Brant Brown

189 Geronimo Berroa

190 Jim Thome

191 Jose Vizcaino

192 Andy Ashby

193 Rusty Greer

194 Brian Hunter

195 Chris Hoiles

196 Orlando Merced

197 Brett Butler

198 Derek Bell

199 Bobby Bonilla

200 Alex Ochoa

201 Wally Joyner

202 Mo Vaughn

203 Doug Drabek

204 Tino Martinez

205 Roberto Alomar

206 Brian Giles

207 Todd Worrell

208 Alan Benes

209 Jim Leyritz

210 Darryl Hamilton

211 Jimmy Key

212 Juan Gonzalez

213 Vinny Castilla

214 Chuck Knoblauch

215 Tony Phillips

216 Jeff Cirillo

217 Carlos Garcia

218 Brooks Kieschnick

219 Marquis Grissom

220 Dan Wilson

221 Greg Vaughn

222 John Wetteland

223 Andres Galarraga

224 Ozzie Guillen

225 Kevin Elster

226 Bernard Gilkey

227 Mike Macfarlane

228 Heathcliff Slocumb

229 Wendell Magee, Jr.

230 Carlos Baerga

231 Kevin Seitzer

232 Henry Rodriguez

233 Roger Clemens

234 Mark Wohlers

235 Eddie Murray

236 Todd Zeile

237 J.T. Snow

238 Ken Griffey, Jr.

239 Sterling Hitchcock

240 Albert Belle

241 Terry Steinbach

242 Robb Nen

243 Mark McLemore

244 Jeff King

245 Tony Clark

246 Tim Salmon

247 Benito Santiago

248 Robin Ventura

249 Bubba Trammell

250 Chili Davis

251 John Valentin

252 Cal Ripken, Jr.

253 Matt Williams

254 Jeff Kent

255 Eric Karros

256 Ray Lankford

257 Ed Sprague

258 Shane Reynolds

259 Jaime Navarro

260 Eric Davis

261 Orel Hershiser

262 Mark Grace

263 Rod Beck

264 Ismael Valdes

265 Manny Ramirez

266 Ken Caminiti

267 Tim Naehring

268 Jose Rosado

269 Greg Colbrunn

270 Dean Palmer

271 Dave Justice

272 Scott Spiezio

273 Chipper Jones

274 Mel Rojas

275 Bartolo Colon

276 Darin Erstad S

277 Sammy Sosa S

278 Rafael Palmeiro S

279 Frank Thomas S

280 Ruben Rivera S

281 Hal Morris S

282 Jay Buhner S

283 Kenny Lofton S

284 Jose Canseco S

285 Alex Fernandez S

286 Todd Helton S

287 Andy Pettitte S

288 John Franco S

289 Ivan Rodriguez S

290 Ellis Burks S

291 Julio Franco S

292 Mike Piazza S

293 Brian Jordan S

294 Greg Maddux S

295 Bob Abreu S

296 Rondell White S

297 Moises Alou S

298 Tony Gwynn S

299 Deion Sanders S

300 Jeff Montgomery S

301 Ray Durham S

302 John Wasdin S

303 Ryne Sandberg S

304 Delino DeShields S

305 Mark McGwire S

306 Andruw Jones S

307 Kevin Orie S

308 Matt Williams S

309 Karim Garcia S

310 Derek Jeter S

311 Mo Vaughn S

312 Brady Anderson S

313 Barry Bonds S

314 Steve Finley S

315 Vladimir Guerrero S

316 Matt Morris S

317 Tom Glavine S

318 Jeff Bagwell S

319 Albert Belle S

320 Hideki Irabu S

321 Andres Galarraga S

322 Cecil Fielder S

323 Barry Larkin S

324 Todd Hundley S

325 Fred McGriff S

326 Gary Sheffield G

327 Craig Biggio G

328 Raul Mondesi G

329 Edgar Martinez G

330 Chipper Jones G

331 Bernie Williams G

332 Juan Gonzalez G

333 Ron Gant G

334 Cal Ripken, Jr. G

335 Larry Walker G

336 Matt Williams G

337 Jose Cruz G

338 Joe Carter G

339 Wilton Guerrero G

340 Cecil Fielder G

341 Todd Walker G

342 Ken Griffey, Jr. G

343 Ryan Klesko G

344 Roger Clemens G

345 Hideo Nomo G

346 Dante Bichette G

347 Albert Belle G

348 Randy Johnson G

349 Manny Ramirez G

350 John Smoltz G


Parallels

Refractors

Each of the 350 1997 Finest base cards is available in a Refractor parallel. Just like in the base set, the Bronze Refractors are the easiest to pull (1:12/packs), Silver tough (1:48), and Gold toughest (1:288). Unlike the previous year, Topps made no statement in regards to the production of Gold Refractors

Embossed

Embossed is a 150-card partial parallel of the Silver and Gold fracture levels. Each card features the player's raised image. In addition the Gold Embossed cards have a die-cut "deckled" edge.

Each Embossed card is also available as a Refractor parallel.