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1997 Select

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Description

1997 Select was a 200-card, two-series set:

  • Series 1: The 150-card "Lo-Series" set, released in April 1997, contained the first 150 cards in the set and 100 cards featured red foil accents while 50 cards featured blue foil accents. The 50 "Blue" base cards from the Lo-Series were short-printed and seeded at the rate of one-per-pack.
  • Series 2: A "Hi-Series" was issued in December 1997. Similar to the high-number cards released in the early days of Upper Deck, the 1997 Select Hi-Series re-issued all 150 "Lo-Series" cards and added an additional 50 cards - these 50 additional cards were exclusive to Series 2/Hi-Series packs. Each five-card Hi-Series pack contained:
    • Two Lo-Series Red cards
    • One Lo-Series Blue card
    • One Hi-Series card
    • One "Select Company" parallel

1997 Select also contained two subsets, Rookies (101-140) and Stars (141-148), in addition to two Checklist cards (149-150).

The lone notable rookie card is of Mark Kotsay who is in the Hi-Series set.

Distribution

Lo/Hi Series: 24 packs per box, five cards per pack (MSRP: $2.99).

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Lo-Series Odds Hi-Series Odds
Base 200 - ? ?
Lo-Series Red 100 - 4:1 2:1
Lo-Series Blue 50 - 1:1 1:1
Hi-Series 50 - N/A 1:1
Select Company 200 - N/A 1:1
Registered Gold Red 100 - 1:11 1:11
Registered Gold Blue 50 - 1:47 1:47
Artist's Proofs Red 100 - 1:71 1:71
Artist's Proofs Blue 50 - 1:355 1:355
Tools of the Trade 25 - 1:9 1:9
Tools of the Trade Mirror Blue 25 - 1:240 1:240
Rookie Revolution 20 2000 1:56 1:56
Rookie Autographs 3 varies ? N/A

Checklist

Promos

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These cards were issued to Hobby dealers and media to preview the 1997 Select set. These cards have "SAMPLE" written on the front to differentiate them from the regular cards. It is unclear exactly how many sample cards were made and the list below shows the Samples known to exist.

  • 1 Juan Gonzalez
  • 3 Tony Gwynn
  • 8 Frank Thomas
  • 15 Paul Molitor
  • 23 Greg Maddux
  • 47 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 50 Rickey Henderson
  • 53 Alex Rodriguez
  • 71 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 107 Danny Patterson
  • 124 J.J. Johnson
  • 121 Bobby Henley (Select Company)

Base Set

Lo Series

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Red cards are designated with an "R" while the short-printed Blue cards are designated with a "B".

  • 1 Juan Gonzalez B
  • 2 Mo Vaughn B
  • 3 Tony Gwynn R
  • 4 Manny Ramirez B
  • 5 Jose Canseco R
  • 6 David Cone R
  • 7 Chan Ho Park R
  • 8 Frank Thomas B
  • 9 Todd Hollandsworth R
  • 10 Marty Cordova R
  • 11 Gary Sheffield B
  • 12 John Smoltz B
  • 13 Mark Grudzielanek R
  • 14 Sammy Sosa B
  • 15 Paul Molitor R
  • 16 Kevin Brown R
  • 17 Albert Belle B
  • 18 Eric Young R
  • 19 John Wetteland R
  • 20 Ryan Klesko B
  • 21 Joe Carter R
  • 22 Alex Ochoa R
  • 23 Greg Maddux B
  • 24 Roger Clemens B
  • 25 Ivan Rodriguez B
  • 26 Barry Bonds B
  • 27 Kenny Lofton B
  • 28 Javy Lopez R
  • 29 Hideo Nomo B
  • 30 Rusty Greer R
  • 31 Rafael Palmeiro R
  • 32 Mike Piazza B
  • 33 Ryne Sandberg R
  • 34 Wade Boggs R
  • 35 Jim Thome B
  • 36 Ken Caminiti B
  • 37 Mark Grace R
  • 38 Brian Jordan B
  • 39 Craig Biggio R
  • 40 Henry Rodriguez R
  • 41 Dean Palmer R
  • 42 Jason Kendall R
  • 43 Bill Pulsipher R
  • 44 Tim Salmon B
  • 45 Marc Newfield R
  • 46 Pat Hentgen R
  • 47 Ken Griffey, Jr. B
  • 48 Paul Wilson R
  • 49 Jay Buhner B
  • 50 Rickey Henderson R
  • 51 Jeff Bagwell B
  • 52 Cecil Fielder R
  • 53 Alex Rodriguez B
  • 54 John Jaha R
  • 55 Brady Anderson B
  • 56 Andres Galarraga R
  • 57 Raul Mondesi R
  • 58 Andy Pettitte R
  • 59 Roberto Alomar B
  • 60 Derek Jeter B
  • 61 Charles Johnson R
  • 62 Travis Fryman R
  • 63 Chipper Jones B
  • 64 Edgar Martinez R
  • 65 Bobby Bonilla R
  • 66 Greg Vaughn R
  • 67 Bob Higginson R
  • 68 Garret Anderson R
  • 69 Chuck Knoblauch B
  • 70 Jermaine Dye R
  • 71 Cal Ripken, Jr. B
  • 72 Jason Giambi R
  • 73 Trey Beamon R
  • 74 Shawn Green R
  • 75 Mark McGwire B
  • 76 Carlos Delgado R
  • 77 Jason Isringhausen R
  • 78 Randy Johnson B
  • 79 Troy Percival B
  • 80 Ron Gant R
  • 81 Ellis Burks R
  • 82 Mike Mussina B
  • 83 Todd Hundley R
  • 84 Jim Edmonds R
  • 85 Charles Nagy R
  • 86 Dante Bichette B
  • 87 Mariano Rivera R
  • 88 Matt Williams B
  • 89 Rondell White R
  • 90 Steve Finley R
  • 91 Alex Fernandez R
  • 92 Barry Larkin R
  • 93 Tom Goodwin R
  • 94 Will Clark R
  • 95 Michael Tucker R
  • 96 Derek Bell R
  • 97 Larry Walker R
  • 98 Alan Benes R
  • 99 Tom Glavine R
  • 100 Darin Erstad B

Rookies

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  • 101 Andruw Jones B
  • 102 Scott Rolen R
  • 103 Todd Walker B
  • 104 Dmitri Young R
  • 105 Vladimir Guerrero B
  • 106 Nomar Garciaparra R
  • 107 Danny Patterson R
  • 108 Karim Garcia R
  • 109 Todd Greene R
  • 110 Ruben Rivera R
  • 111 Raul Casanova R
  • 112 Mike Cameron R
  • 113 Bartolo Colon R
  • 114 Rod Myers R
  • 115 Todd Dunn R
  • 116 Torii Hunter R
  • 117 Jason Dickson R
  • 118 Eugene Kingsale R
  • 119 Rafael Medina R
  • 120 Raul Ibanez R
  • 121 Bobby Henley R RC
  • 122 Scott Spiezio R
  • 123 Bobby Smith R
  • 124 J.J. Johnson R
  • 125 Bubba Trammell R RC
  • 126 Jeff Abbott R
  • 127 Neifi Perez R
  • 128 Derrek Lee R
  • 129 Kevin Brown R
  • 130 Mendy Lopez R
  • 131 Kevin Orie R
  • 132 Ryan Jones R
  • 133 Juan Encarnacion R
  • 134 Jose Guillen B
  • 135 Greg Norton R
  • 136 Richie Sexson R
  • 137 Jay Payton R
  • 138 Bob Abreu R
  • 139 Ron Belliard R RC
  • 140 Wilton Guerrero B

Stars

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All eight Stars subset cards are Blue.

  • 141 Alex Rodriguez
  • 142 Juan Gonzalez
  • 143 Ken Caminiti
  • 144 Frank Thomas
  • 145 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 146 John Smoltz
  • 147 Mike Piazza
  • 148 Derek Jeter

Checklists

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Both Checklists cards are Red.

  • 149 Frank Thomas
  • 150 Ken Griffey, Jr.

Hi-Numbers

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NOTE: All Hi-Series base cards accidentally and erroneously had the words "Select Company" printed on them and were finished with an etched foil design. Fortunately, there is differentiation between Hi-Series base cards and Select Company parallel cards:


  • 151 Jose Cruz, Jr. RC
  • 152 Moises Alou
  • 153 Hideki Irabu RC
  • 154 Glendon Rusch
  • 155 Ron Coomer
  • 156 Jeremi Gonzalez RC
  • 157 Fernando Tatis RC
  • 158 John Olerud
  • 159 Rickey Henderson
  • 160 Shannon Stewart
  • 161 Kevin Polcovich RC
  • 162 Jose Rosado
  • 163 Ray Lankford
  • 164 Dave Justice
  • 165 Mark Kotsay RC
  • 166 Deivi Cruz RC
  • 167 Billy Wagner
  • 168 Jacob Cruz
  • 169 Matt Morris
  • 170 Brian Banks
  • 171 Brett Tomko
  • 172 Todd Helton
  • 173 Eric Young
  • 174 Bernie Williams
  • 175 Jeff Fassero
  • 176 Ryan McGuire
  • 177 Darryl Kile
  • 178 Kelvim Escobar RC
  • 179 Dave Nilsson
  • 180 Geronimo Berroa
  • 181 Livan Hernandez
  • 182 Tony Womack RC
  • 183 Deion Sanders
  • 184 Jeff Kent
  • 185 Brian Hunter
  • 186 Jose Malave
  • 187 Steve Woodard RC
  • 188 Brad Radke
  • 189 Todd Dunwoody
  • 190 Joey Hamilton
  • 191 Denny Neagle
  • 192 Bobby Jones
  • 193 Tony Clark
  • 194 Jaret Wright RC
  • 195 Matt Stairs
  • 196 Francisco Cordova
  • 197 Justin Thompson
  • 198 Pokey Reese
  • 199 Garrett Stephenson
  • 200 Carl Everett

Parallels

Select Company

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This 200-card set fully paralleled the Select base set (i.e., all Lo- and Hi-Series cards) and featured a silver, frosted etched foil finish across the entire card front and retained the Red or Blue foil accents, depending on the card. Due to Select's error of printing all Hi-Series base cards with a "Select Company" stamp and different foil finish, confusing a base Hi-Series card (cards 151-200) with a Select company parallel is common. Fortunately, there is differentiation between Hi-Series base cards and Select Company parallel cards:

Registered Gold

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This 150-card set paralleled the entire Lo-Series set only and featured a "Registered Gold" foil stamp on the card front and a gold foil finish that replaced the silver foil finish of the base cards. All Registered Gold cards were available in both Lo- and Hi-Series packs, but Registered Gold cards for the 50 Hi-Series cards (i.e., cards exclusive to Series 2 packs) do not exist.

Artist's Proofs

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This 150-card set also paralleled the entire Lo-Series set only and featured an "Artist's Proof" foil stamp on the card front and a bronze foil finish that replaced the silver foil finish of the base cards. Like the Registered Gold parallels, all Artist's Proofs were available in both Lo and Hi-Series packs, but cards for the 50 Hi-Series cards do not exist.

Inserts

Tools of the Trade

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This 25-card set matched 25 young players with 25 veteran stars on a double-fronted card - the side featuring veteran star featured a full red and silver-gradient foil finish with blue foil stamping while the side featuring the young player featured a non-foiled finish with the same design.

A "Mirror Blue" parallel was also available and featured a full blue and silver-gradient foil card stock with blue foil stamping on both sides of the card.

  • 1 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Andruw Jones
  • 2 Greg Maddux / Andy Pettitte
  • 3 Cal Ripken, Jr. / Chipper Jones
  • 4 Mike Piazza / Jason Kendall
  • 5 Albert Belle / Karim Garcia
  • 6 Mo Vaughn / Dmitri Young
  • 7 Juan Gonzalez / Vladimir Guerrero
  • 8 Tony Gwynn / Jermaine Dye
  • 9 Barry Bonds / Alex Ochoa
  • 10 Jeff Bagwell / Jason Giambi
  • 11 Darin Erstad / Kenny Lofton
  • 12 Manny Ramirez / Gary Sheffield
  • 13 Tim Salmon / Todd Hollandsworth
  • 14 Sammy Sosa / Ruben Rivera
  • 15 Paul Molitor / George Arias
  • 16 Jim Thome / Todd Walker
  • 17 Wade Boggs / Scott Rolen
  • 18 Ryne Sandberg / Chuck Knoblauch
  • 19 Mark McGwire / Frank Thomas
  • 20 Ivan Rodriguez / Charles Johnson
  • 21 Brian Jordan / Rusty Greer
  • 22 Roger Clemens / Troy Percival
  • 23 John Smoltz / Mike Mussina
  • 24 Alex Rodriguez / Rey Ordonez
  • 25 Derek Jeter / Nomar Garciaparra

Rookie Revolution

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This 20-card set featured the top rookies on silver etched-foil cards. Each card was serial-numbered on the back; however, Pinnacle Brands never publicly announced the print run. Some collectors believe that cards serial-numbered 0001-1500 were inserted into Lo-Series packs, while 1501-2000 were seeded into the Hi-Series.

  • 1 Andruw Jones
  • 2 Derek Jeter
  • 3 Todd Hollandsworth
  • 4 Edgar Renteria
  • 5 Jason Kendall
  • 6 Rey Ordonez
  • 7 F.P. Santangelo
  • 8 Jermaine Dye
  • 9 Alex Ochoa
  • 10 Vladimir Guerrero
  • 11 Dmitri Young
  • 12 Todd Walker
  • 13 Scott Rolen
  • 14 Nomar Garciaparra
  • 15 Ruben Rivera
  • 16 Darin Erstad
  • 17 Todd Greene
  • 18 Mariano Rivera
  • 19 Trey Beamon
  • 20 Karim Garcia

Autographs & Game-Used

Rookie Autographs

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These four autographed cards were randomly inserted into Lo-Series packs. Each player signed 3000 copies, except Andruw Jones who signed 2500. None of the autographed cards are serial- or hand-numbered. All autographs were on standard base cards, but with with words "AUTHENTIC SIGNATURE" printed on the reverse side.

  • 101 Andruw Jones 2500
  • 103 Todd Walker 3000
  • 134 Jose Guillen 3000
  • 140 Wilton Guerrero 3000