1998 Donruss

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1998 Donruss is a 420-card set released in two series of 170 and 250 cards, respectively. The second series is officially known as "Donruss Update." The set contains the topical subsets: Fan Club (156-165), Hit List (346-375), The Untouchables (376-385), Spirit of the Game (386-415) and Checklists (416-420). Each Fan Club card carried instructions on how the fan could vote for their favorite players to be included in a 1998 Donruss Update insert set.

Rookie Cards include Kevin Millwood and Magglio Ordonez. Sadly, after an eighteen year run, this was the last Donruss set to be issued due to card manufacturer Pinnacle's bankruptcy in 1998. In 2001, however, Donruss/Playoff procured a license to produce baseball cards and the Donruss brand was re-instituted after a two year break.

Distribution

24 cards per pack, 10 cards per pack (MSRP: $1.99)

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds Jumbo Odds
Base 420 - ? ? ?
Silver Press Proofs 420 1500 ? ? ?
Gold Press Proof 420 500 ? ? ?
Rated Rookies (S1) 30 - ? ? ?
Rated Rookies Medalists (S1) 30 250 ? ? ?
Diamond Kings (S1) 20 9500 ? ? ?
Diamond Kings Canvas (S1) 20 500 ? ? ?
Elite (S1) 20 2500 ? ? ?
Longballl Leaders (S1) 24 5000 ? ? ?
Production Line Power Index (S1) 20 varies ? N/A N/A
Production Line Slugging (S1)) 20 varies N/A ? N/A
Production Line On-Base (S1) 20 varies N/A N/A ?
Dominators (US) 30 - ? ? ?
Rookie Diamond Kings (US) 12 9500 ? ? ?
Rookie Diamond Kings Canvas (US) 12 500 ? ? ?
FANtasy Team 1st Team (US) 10 3750 ? ? ?
FANtasy Team 1st Team Die-Cut (US) 10 250 ? ? ?
FANtasy Team 2nd Team (US) 10 1750 ? ? ?
FANtasy Team 2nd Team Die-Cut (US) 10 250 ? ? ?
MLB 99 (US) 20 - ? ? ?
1998 Donruss Signature Series Previews (US) 34 varies ? ? ?

Checklist

Base Set

Series One

1 Paul Molitor

2 Juan Gonzalez

3 Darryl Kile

4 Randy Johnson

5 Tom Glavine

6 Pat Hentgen

7 Dave Justice

8 Kevin Brown

9 Mike Mussina

10 Ken Caminiti

11 Todd Hundley

12 Frank Thomas

13 Ray Lankford

14 Justin Thompson

15 Jason Dickson

16 Kenny Lofton

17 Ivan Rodriguez

18 Pedro Martinez

19 Brady Anderson

20 Barry Larkin

21 Chipper Jones

22 Tony Gwynn

23 Roger Clemens

24 Sandy Alomar, Jr.

25 Tino Martinez

26 Jeff Bagwell

27 Shawn Estes

28 Ken Griffey, Jr.

29 Javy Lopez

30 Denny Neagle

31 Mike Piazza

32 Andres Galarraga

33 Larry Walker

34 Alex Rodriguez

35 Greg Maddux

36 Albert Belle

37 Barry Bonds

38 Mo Vaughn

39 Kevin Appier

40 Wade Boggs

41 Garret Anderson

42 Jeffrey Hammonds

43 Marquis Grissom

44 Jim Edmonds

45 Brian Jordan

46 Raul Mondesi

47 John Valentin

48 Brad Radke

49 Ismael Valdes

50 Matt Stairs

51 Matt Williams

52 Reggie Jefferson

53 Alan Benes

54 Charles Johnson

55 Chuck Knoblauch

56 Edgar Martinez

57 Nomar Garciaparra

58 Craig Biggio

59 Bernie Williams

60 David Cone

61 Cal Ripken, Jr.

62 Mark McGwire

63 Roberto Alomar

64 Fred McGriff

65 Eric Karros

66 Robin Ventura

67 Darin Erstad

68 Michael Tucker

69 Jim Thome

70 Mark Grace

71 Lou Collier

72 Karim Garcia

73 Alex Fernandez

74 J.T. Snow

75 Reggie Sanders

76 John Smoltz

77 Tim Salmon

78 Paul O'Neill

79 Vinny Castilla

80 Rafael Palmeiro

81 Jaret Wright

82 Jay Buhner

83 Brett Butler

84 Todd Greene

85 Scott Rolen

86 Sammy Sosa

87 Jason Giambi

88 Carlos Delgado

89 Deion Sanders

90 Wilton Guerrero

91 Andy Pettitte

92 Brian Giles

93 Dmitri Young

94 Ron Coomer

95 Mike Cameron

96 Edgardo Alfonzo

97 Jimmy Key

98 Ryan Klesko

99 Andy Benes

100 Derek Jeter

101 Jeff Fassero

102 Neifi Perez

103 Hideo Nomo

104 Andruw Jones

105 Todd Helton

106 Livan Hernandez

107 Brett Tomko

108 Shannon Stewart

109 Bartolo Colon

110 Matt Morris

111 Miguel Tejada

112 Pokey Reese

113 Fernando Tatis

114 Todd Dunwoody

115 Jose Cruz

116 Chan Ho Park

117 Kevin Young

118 Rickey Henderson

119 Hideki Irabu

120 Francisco Cordova

121 Al Martin

122 Tony Clark

123 Curt Schilling

124 Rusty Greer

125 Jose Canseco

126 Edgar Renteria

127 Todd Walker

128 Wally Joyner

129 Bill Mueller

130 Jose Guillen

131 Manny Ramirez

132 Bob Higginson

133 Kevin Orie

134 Will Clark

135 Dave Nilsson

136 Jason Kendall

137 Ivan Cruz

138 Gary Sheffield

139 Bubba Trammell

140 Vladimir Guerrero

141 Dennis Reyes

142 Bobby Bonilla

143 Ruben Rivera

144 Ben Grieve

145 Moises Alou

146 Tony Womack

147 Eric Young

148 Paul Konerko

149 Dante Bichette

150 Joe Carter

151 Rondell White

152 Chris Holt

153 Shawn Green

154 Mark Grudzielanek

155 Jermaine Dye

156 Ken Griffey, Jr. FC

157 Frank Thomas FC

158 Chipper Jones FC

159 Mike Piazza FC

160 Cal Ripken, Jr. FC

161 Greg Maddux FC

162 Juan Gonzalez FC

163 Alex Rodriguez FC

164 Mark McGwire FC

165 Derek Jeter FC

166 Larry Walker CL

167 Tony Gwynn CL

168 Tino Martinez CL

169 Scott Rolen CL

170 Nomar Garciaparra CL


Update Series

171 Mike Sweeney

172 Dustin Hermanson

173 Darren Dreifort

174 Ron Gant

175 Todd Hollandsworth

176 John Jaha

177 Kerry Wood

178 Chris Stynes

179 Kevin Elster

180 Derek Bell

181 Darryl Strawberry

182 Damion Easley

183 Jeff Cirillo

184 John Thomson

185 Dan Wilson

186 Jay Bell

187 Bernard Gilkey

188 Marc Valdes

189 Ramon J. Martinez

190 Charles Nagy

191 Derek Lowe

192 Andy Benes

193 Delino DeShields

194 Ryan Jackson

195 Kenny Lofton

196 Chuck Knoblauch

197 Andres Galarraga

198 Jose Canseco

199 John Olerud

200 Lance Johnson

201 Darryl Kile

202 Luis Castillo

203 Joe Carter

204 Dennis Eckersley

205 Steve Finley

206 Esteban Loaiza

207 Ryan Christenson

208 Deivi Cruz

209 Mariano Rivera

210 Mike Judd

211 Billy Wagner

212 Scott Spiezio

213 Russ Davis

214 Jeff Suppan

215 Doug Glanville

216 Dmitri Young

217 Rey Ordonez

218 Cecil Fielder

219 Masato Yoshii

220 Raul Casanova

221 Rolando Arrojo

222 Ellis Burks

223 Butch Huskey

224 Brian L. Hunter

225 Marquis Grissom

226 Kevin Brown

227 Joe Randa

228 Henry Rodriguez

229 Omar Vizquel

230 Fred McGriff

231 Matt Williams

232 Moises Alou

233 Travis Fryman

234 Wade Boggs

235 Pedro Martinez

236 Rickey Henderson

237 Bubba Trammell

238 Mike Caruso

239 Wilson Alvarez

240 Geronimo Berroa

241 Eric Milton

242 Scott Erickson

243 Todd Erdos

244 Bobby Hughes

245 Dave Hollins

246 Dean Palmer

247 Carlos Baerga

248 Jose Silva

249 Jose Cabrera

250 Tom Evans

251 Marty Cordova

252 Hanley Frias

253 Javier Valentin

254 Mario Valdez

255 Joey Cora

256 Mike Lansing

257 Jeff Kent

258 Dave Dellucci

259 Curtis King

260 David Segui

261 Royce Clayton

262 Jeff Blauser

263 Manny Aybar

264 Mike Cather

265 Todd Zeile

266 Richard Hidalgo

267 Dante Powell

268 Mike DeJean

269 Ken Cloude

270 Danny Klassen

271 Sean Casey

272 A.J. Hinch

273 Rich Butler

274 Ben Ford

275 Billy McMillon

276 Wilson Delgado

277 Orlando Cabrera

278 Geoff Jenkins

279 Enrique Wilson

280 Derrek Lee

281 Marc Pisciotta

282 Abraham Nunez

283 Aaron Boone

284 Brad Fullmer

285 Rob Stanifer

286 Preston Wilson

287 Greg Norton

288 Bobby Smith

289 Josh Booty

290 Russell Branyan

291 Jeremi Gonzalez

292 Michael Coleman

293 Cliff Politte

294 Eric Ludwick

295 Rafael Medina

296 Jason Varitek

297 Ron Wright

298 Mark Kotsay

299 David Ortiz

300 Frank Catalanotto

301 Robinson Checo

302 Kevin Millwood

303 Jacob Cruz

304 Javier Vazquez

305 Magglio Ordonez RC

306 Kevin Witt

307 Derrick Gibson

308 Shane Monahan

309 Brian Rose

310 Bobby Estalella

311 Felix Heredia

312 Desi Relaford

313 Esteban Yan

314 Ricky Ledee

315 Steve Woodard

316 Pat Watkins

317 Damian Moss

318 Bob Abreu

319 Jeff Abbott

320 Miguel Cairo

321 Rigo Beltran

322 Tony Saunders

323 Randall Simon

324 Hiram Bocachica

325 Richie Sexson

326 Karim Garcia

327 Mike Lowell

328 Pat Cline

329 Matt Clement

330 Scott Elarton

331 Manuel Barrios

332 Bruce Chen

333 Juan Encarnacion

334 Travis Lee

335 Wes Helms

336 Chad Fox

337 Donnie Sadler

338 Carlos Mendoza

339 Damian Jackson

340 Julio Ramirez

341 John Halama

342 Edwin Diaz

343 Felix Martinez

344 Eli Marrero

345 Carl Pavano

346 Vladimir Guerrero HIT

347 Barry Bonds HIT

348 Darin Erstad HIT

349 Albert Belle HIT

350 Kenny Lofton HIT

351 Mo Vaughn HIT

352 Jose Cruz, Jr. HIT

353 Tony Clark HIT

354 Roberto Alomar HIT

355 Manny Ramirez HIT

356 Paul Molitor HIT

357 Jim Thome HIT

358 Tino Martinez HIT

359 Tim Salmon HIT

360 Dave Justice HIT

361 Raul Mondesi HIT

362 Mark Grace HIT

363 Craig Biggio HIT

364 Larry Walker HIT

365 Mark McGwire HIT

366 Juan Gonzalez HIT

367 Derek Jeter HIT

368 Chipper Jones HIT

369 Frank Thomas HIT

370 Alex Rodriguez HIT

371 Mike Piazza HIT

372 Tony Gwynn HIT

373 Jeff Bagwell HIT

374 Nomar Garciaparra HIT

375 Ken Griffey, Jr. HIT

376 Livan Hernandez UN

377 Chan Ho Park UN

378 Mike Mussina UN

379 Andy Pettitte UN

380 Greg Maddux UN

381 Hideo Nomo UN

382 Roger Clemens UN

383 Randy Johnson UN

384 Pedro Martinez UN

385 Jaret Wright UN

386 Ken Griffey, Jr. SG

387 Todd Helton SG

388 Paul Konerko SG

389 Cal Ripken, Jr. SG

390 Larry Walker SG

391 Ken Caminiti SG

392 Jose Guillen SG

393 Jim Edmonds SG

394 Barry Larkin SG

395 Bernie Williams SG

396 Tony Clark SG

397 Jose Cruz, Jr. SG

398 Ivan Rodriguez SG

399 Darin Erstad SG

400 Scott Rolen SG

401 Mark McGwire SG

402 Andruw Jones SG

403 Juan Gonzalez SG

404 Derek Jeter SG

405 Chipper Jones SG

406 Greg Maddux SG

407 Frank Thomas SG

408 Alex Rodriguez SG

409 Mike Piazza SG

410 Tony Gwynn SG

411 Jeff Bagwell SG

412 Nomar Garciaparra SG

413 Hideo Nomo SG

414 Barry Bonds SG

415 Ben Grieve SG

416 Barry Bonds CL

417 Mark McGwire CL

418 Roger Clemens CL

419 Livan Hernandez CL

420 Ken Griffey, Jr. CL


Parallels

Press Proof

Each of the 420 base cards are available in the following Press Proof parallels.

  • Silver Press Proof (limited to 1500 copies)
  • Gold Press Proof (limited to 500 copies)

NOTE: Press Proofs are NOT serial-numbered.

Inserts

Crusade

See 1998 Donruss Crusade.

Diamond Kings

This 20-card set features color portraits of some of the greatest names in baseball. Only 10,000 serial-numbered copies of each card were produced, with the first 500 of each card were printed on actual canvas card stock.

In addition, a Frank Thomas sample card was created as a promo for the 1998 Donruss Series One product. The card was sent to all wholesale accounts along with the order forms for the product. The large "SAMPLE" stamp across the back of the card makes it easy to differentiate from Thomas' standard 1998 Diamond King insert card.

1 Cal Ripken, Jr.

2 Greg Maddux

3 Ivan Rodriguez

4 Tony Gwynn

5 Paul Molitor

6 Kenny Lofton

7 Andy Pettitte

8 Darin Erstad

9 Randy Johnson

10 Derek Jeter

11 Hideo Nomo

12 Dave Justice

13 Bernie Williams

14 Roger Clemens

15 Barry Larkin

16 Andruw Jones

17 Mike Piazza

18 Frank Thomas

19 Alex Rodriguez

20 Ken Griffey, Jr.


Dominators

This 30-card set was randomly inserted into Update Series packs.

1 Roger Clemens

2 Tony Clark

3 Darin Erstad

4 Jeff Bagwell

5 Ken Griffey, Jr.

6 Andruw Jones

7 Juan Gonzalez

8 Ivan Rodriguez

9 Randy Johnson

10 Tino Martinez

11 Mark McGwire

12 Chuck Knoblauch

13 Jim Thome

14 Alex Rodriguez

15 Hideo Nomo

16 Jose Cruz, Jr.

17 Chipper Jones

18 Tony Gwynn

19 Barry Bonds

20 Mo Vaughn

21 Cal Ripken, Jr.

22 Greg Maddux

23 Manny Ramirez

24 Andres Galarraga

25 Vladimir Guerrero

26 Albert Belle

27 Nomar Garciaparra

28 Kenny Lofton

29 Mike Piazza

30 Frank Thomas


Elite

Each Donruss Elite insert is serial-numbered to 2500 copies, and randomly inserted into Series One packs.

1 Jeff Bagwell

2 Andruw Jones

3 Ken Griffey, Jr.

4 Derek Jeter

5 Juan Gonzalez

6 Mark McGwire

7 Ivan Rodriguez

8 Paul Molitor

9 Hideo Nomo

10 Mo Vaughn

11 Chipper Jones

12 Nomar Garciaparra

13 Mike Piazza

14 Frank Thomas

15 Greg Maddux

16 Cal Ripken, Jr.

17 Alex Rodriguez

18 Jose Cruz, Jr.

19 Barry Bonds

20 Tony Gwynn


FANtasy Team

Randomly inserted in Update Series packs, this 20-card set features the leading vote-getters from the on-line FAN Club promotion. The first ten cards make up the FANtasy 1st Team and consist of the top 10 vote-getters. Each FANtasy 1st Team card is serial-numbered to 2000 copies. The remaining players make up the FANtasy 2nd Team and are each serial-numbered to 4000 copies.

The first 250 copies of each Fantasy Team card are die-cut.

1 Frank Thomas

2 Ken Griffey, Jr.

3 Cal Ripken, Jr.

4 Jose Cruz, Jr.

5 Travis Lee

6 Greg Maddux

7 Alex Rodriguez

8 Mark McGwire

9 Chipper Jones

10 Andruw Jones

11 Mike Piazza

12 Tony Gwynn

13 Larry Walker

14 Nomar Garciaparra

15 Jaret Wright

16 Livan Hernandez

17 Roger Clemens

18 Derek Jeter

19 Scott Rolen

20 Jeff Bagwell


Longball Leaders

This 24-card set features all the top sluggers in baseball printed on etched-foil cards. Only 5000 serial-numbered copies of each card were produced.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

2 Mark McGwire

3 Tino Martinez

4 Barry Bonds

5 Frank Thomas

6 Albert Belle

7 Mike Piazza

8 Chipper Jones

9 Vladimir Guerrero

10 Matt Williams

11 Sammy Sosa

12 Tim Salmon

13 Raul Mondesi

14 Jeff Bagwell

15 Mo Vaughn

16 Manny Ramirez

17 Jim Thome

18 Jim Edmonds

19 Tony Clark

20 Nomar Garciaparra

21 Juan Gonzalez

22 Scott Rolen

23 Larry Walker

24 Andres Galarraga


MLB 99

Randomly inserted into both Update Series and 1998 Studio packs, this 20-card set promoted the upcoming MLB 99 video game for the Sony PlayStation.

1 Cal Ripken, Jr.

2 Nomar Garciaparra

3 Barry Bonds

4 Mike Mussina

5 Pedro Martinez

6 Derek Jeter

7 Andruw Jones

8 Kenny Lofton

9 Gary Sheffield

10 Raul Mondesi

11 Jeff Bagwell

12 Tim Salmon

13 Tom Glavine

14 Ben Grieve

15 Matt Williams

16 Juan Gonzalez

17 Mark McGwire

18 Bernie Williams

19 Andres Galarraga

20 Jose Cruz, Jr.


Production Line

This 60-card set features color player images printed on holographic board. Each card is serial-numbered according to the player's 1997 statistics (multiplied by 1000) in three different categories: Power Index (more commonly known as OPS), Slugging Percentage, and On-Base Percentage. Production figures of each card are denoted in the checklists.

Power Index is exclusive to Series One Hobby packs, Slugging to retail, and On-Base to Jumbo packs.

On-Base

1 Frank Thomas 456

2 Edgar Martinez 456

3 Roberto Alomar 390

4 Chuck Knoblauch 390

5 Mike Piazza 431

6 Barry Larkin 440

7 Kenny Lofton 409

8 Jeff Bagwell 425

9 Barry Bonds 446

10 Rusty Greer 405

11 Gary Sheffield 424

12 Mark McGwire 393

13 Chipper Jones 371

14 Tony Gwynn 409

15 Craig Biggio 415

16 Mo Vaughn 420

17 Bernie Williams 408

18 Ken Griffey, Jr. 382

19 Brady Anderson 393

20 Derek Jeter 370


Power Index

1 Frank Thomas 1067

2 Mark McGwire 1039

3 Barry Bonds 1031

4 Jeff Bagwell 1017

5 Ken Griffey, Jr. 1028

6 Alex Rodriguez 846

7 Chipper Jones 850

8 Mike Piazza 1070

9 Mo Vaughn 980

10 Brady Anderson 863

11 Manny Ramirez 953

12 Albert Belle 823

13 Jim Thome 1001

14 Bernie Williams 952

15 Scott Rolen 846

16 Vladimir Guerrero 833

17 Larry Walker 1172

18 Dave Justice 1013

19 Tino Martinez 948

20 Tony Gwynn 957


Slugging

1 Mark McGwire 646

2 Ken Griffey, Jr. 646

3 Andres Galarraga 585

4 Barry Bonds 585

5 Juan Gonzalez 589

6 Mike Piazza 638

7 Jeff Bagwell 592

8 Manny Ramirez 538

9 Jim Thome 579

10 Mo Vaughn 560

11 Larry Walker 720

12 Tino Martinez 577

13 Frank Thomas 611

14 Tim Salmon 517

15 Raul Mondesi 541

16 Alex Rodriguez 496

17 Nomar Garciaparra 534

18 Jose Cruz 499

19 Tony Clark 500

20 Cal Ripken, Jr. 402


Rated Rookies

This 30-card set features many of the top rookies of 1998 and is randomly inserted into Series One packs. A special die-cut "Medalist" parallel, serial-numbered to 250 copies, was also produced.

1 Mark Kotsay

2 Neifi Perez

3 Paul Konerko

4 Jose Cruz, Jr.

5 Hideki Irabu

6 Mike Cameron

7 Jeff Suppan

8 Kevin Orie

9 Pokey Reese

10 Todd Dunwoody

11 Miguel Tejada

12 Jose Guillen

13 Bartolo Colon

14 Derrek Lee

15 Antone Williamson

16 Wilton Guerrero

17 Jaret Wright

18 Todd Helton

19 Shannon Stewart

20 Nomar Garciaparra

21 Brett Tomko

22 Fernando Tatis

23 Raul Ibanez

24 Dennis Reyes

25 Bobby Estalella

26 Lou Collier

27 Bubba Trammell

28 Ben Grieve

29 Ivan Cruz

30 Karim Garcia


Rookie Diamond Kings

This 20-card set features color portraits of the top rookie stars of 1998. Only 10,000 serial-numbered copies of each card were produced, with the first 500 of each card were printed on actual canvas card stock.

1 Travis Lee

2 Fernando Tatis

3 Livan Hernandez

4 Todd Helton

5 Derrek Lee

6 Jaret Wright

7 Ben Grieve

8 Paul Konerko

9 Jose Cruz, Jr.

10 Mark Kotsay

11 Todd Greene

12 Brad Fullmer


Autographs & Game-Used

1998 Donruss Signature Series Previews

Twenty-nine of these 34 autographed cards were randomly inserted into Donruss Update packs. These cards previewed the then-upcoming 1998 Donruss Signature Series set. Although the cards were not serial-numbered, production figures were publicly announced by Donruss and those figures are next to the players name in our checklist.

The five additional cards (Alou, Casey, Jenkins, Jeter and Wilson) were never intended for public release. It's believed that four players (all except Jeter) signed 100 or more cards but failed to return their cards to the manufacturer in time for the Donruss Update packout. Apparently, the cards were stored in Pinnacle's card vault, but an unknown amount of each card made their way into the secondary market during Pinnacle's bankruptcy proceeding after Playoff bought the holdings. It's believed that a handful of the Jeter cards were erroneously sent to Jeter in his 1998 Donruss Signature card agreement (red, green and blue cards for a separate brand). Jeter simply signed all of the cards and sent them back to the manufacturer.

1 Sandy Alomar, Jr. 96

2 Moises Alou

3 Andy Benes 135

4 Russell Branyan 188

5 Sean Casey

6 Tony Clark 188

7 Juan Encarnacion 193

8 Brad Fullmer 396

9 Juan Gonzalez 108

10 Ben Grieve 100

11 Todd Helton 101

12 Richard Hidalgo 380

13 A.J. Hinch 400

14 Damian Jackson 15

15 Geoff Jenkins

16 Derek Jeter

17 Chipper Jones 112

18 Chuck Knoblauch 98

19 Travis Lee 101

20 Mike Lowell 450

21 Greg Maddux 92

22 Kevin Millwood 395

23 Magglio Ordonez 420

24 David Ortiz 393

25 Rafael Palmeiro 107

26 Cal Ripken, Jr. 22

27 Alex Rodriguez 23

28 Curt Schilling 100

29 Randall Simon 380

30 Fernando Tatis 400

31 Miguel Tejada 375

32 Robin Ventura 95

33 Dan Wilson

34 Kerry Wood 373


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