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1997 SPx

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1997 SPx box


1997 marked the second year Upper Deck issued their SPx brand. Unlike the premiere edition, the 1997 version had three "insert quality" cards in each pack as opposed to only one. All cards feature Upper Deck's "Holoview" technology on a die-cut card. Before the product's release, UD announced that '97 SPx would be the last product to feature Holoviews. The only notable rookie in the 50-card base set is of Jose Cruz, Jr.


Boxes of 1997 SPx contain 18 packs of 3 cards each. This product is a hobby exclusive and the MSRP was $5.99/pack.

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds
Base 50 - ?
Steel 50 - 1:2
Bronze 50 - 1:4
Silver 50 - 1:7
Gold 50 - 1:17
Grand Finale 50 50 ?
Cornerstones of the Game 10 500 ?
Bound for Glory 20 1500 ?
Bound for Glory Supreme Signatures 5 250 ?


Base Set

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1 Eddie Murray

2 Darin Erstad

3 Tim Salmon

4 Andruw Jones

5 Chipper Jones

6 John Smoltz

7 Greg Maddux

8 Kenny Lofton

9 Roberto Alomar

10 Rafael Palmeiro

11 Brady Anderson

12 Cal Ripken, Jr.

13 Nomar Garciaparra

14 Mo Vaughn

15 Ryne Sandberg

16 Sammy Sosa

17 Frank Thomas

18 Albert Belle

19 Barry Larkin

20 Deion Sanders

21 Manny Ramirez

22 Jim Thome

23 Dante Bichette

24 Andres Galarraga

25 Larry Walker

26 Gary Sheffield

27 Jeff Bagwell

28 Raul Mondesi

29 Hideo Nomo

30 Mike Piazza

31 Paul Molitor

32 Todd Walker

33 Vladimir Guerrero

34 Todd Hundley

35 Andy Pettitte

36 Derek Jeter

37 Jose Canseco

38 Mark McGwire

39 Scott Rolen

40 Ron Gant

41 Ken Caminiti

42 Tony Gwynn

43 Barry Bonds

44 Jay Buhner

45 Ken Griffey, Jr.

46 Alex Rodriguez

47 Jose Cruz, Jr. RC

48 Juan Gonzalez

49 Ivan Rodriguez

50 Roger Clemens


All 50 base cards are available in the following parallels:

  • Steel

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  • Bronze

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  • Silver

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  • Gold

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  • Grand Finale (limited to 50 copies)

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All parallels have black-and-white player photos on the back to distinguish them from the base cards. The Grand Finale parallel was aptly named because Upper Deck announced that 1997 SPx would be the final time they would use the "Holoview" technology in this product. Each pack was guaranteed to contain one of the five parallels.

  • The Steel and Silver parallels look similar. The Steel parallel has a holographic background behind both the player's uniform number and the SPx logo. The Silver parallel has etched-foil in these areas, like the Bronze and Gold parallels. There is speculation that cards 25-50 in the Steel parallel were short-printed.
  • The Gold and Grand Finale cards also look similar. Both cards are printed on gold-colored etched foil. However, the Gold parallel has a silver hologram on the front, while the Grand Finale parallel has a gold hologram. Grand Finale parallels are NOT serial-numbered despite an announced production run of only 50 copies.


Bound for Glory

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Each Bound for Glory card is serial-numbered to 1500 copies.

1 Andruw Jones

2 Chipper Jones

3 Greg Maddux

4 Kenny Lofton

5 Cal Ripken, Jr.

6 Mo Vaughn

7 Frank Thomas

8 Albert Belle

9 Manny Ramirez

10 Gary Sheffield

11 Jeff Bagwell

12 Mike Piazza

13 Derek Jeter

14 Mark McGwire

15 Tony Gwynn

16 Ken Caminiti

17 Barry Bonds

18 Alex Rodriguez

19 Ken Griffey, Jr.

20 Juan Gonzalez

Cornerstones of the Game

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Each Cornerstones of the Game card is serial-numbered to 500 copies.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Barry Bonds

2 Frank Thomas / Albert Belle

3 Greg Maddux / Chipper Jones

4 Tony Gwynn / Paul Molitor

5 Vladimir Guerrero / Andruw Jones

6 Jeff Bagwell / Ryne Sandberg

7 Mike Piazza / Ivan Rodriguez

8 Cal Ripken, Jr. / Eddie Murray

9 Mark McGwire / Mo Vaughn

10 Alex Rodriguez / Derek Jeter

Autographs & Game-Used

Bound for Glory Supreme Signatures

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Each Bound for Glory Supreme Signature is hand-numbered to 250 copies.

1 Jeff Bagwell

2 Ken Griffey, Jr.

3 Andruw Jones

4 Alex Rodriguez

5 Gary Sheffield