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1998 Donruss Preferred

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Description

1998 Donruss Preferred is a 200-card set that is probably best remembered for its packaging. Like the previous year's set, it is fractured into the following subsets: Similar to 1996 & 1997 Finest, the set is fractured into 100 "Grand Stand" (steel), 40 "Mezzanine" (Bronze, 1:3/packs), 30 "Club Level" (silver, 1:12), 20 "Field Box" (Gold, 1:23) and 10 "Executive Suite" (platinum, 1:65) cards.

There are no rookie cards in this set.

Each five-card pack was distributed in a collectible "tin" box.

Distribution

Hobby: 24 "tins" per box, five cards per "tin" (MSRP: $4.99).

Retail: Five cards per "double-wide" tin (MSRP: $5.99). 24 tins per (blue cardboard) box.

Reviews

http://drewsbbcards.blogspot.com/2011/02/2-quick-boxes-of-1998-donruss-preferred.html

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Total Cards 200 - 5:1 5:1
Grandstand 100 - 4:1 4:1
Mezzanine 40 - 1:6 1:6
Club Box 30 - 1:12 1:12
Field Box 20 - 1:23 1:23
Executive Suite 10 - 1:65 1:65
Preferred Seating 200 - ? ?
Precious Metal 30 50 ? ?
Title Waves 30 varies ? ?
Great X-Pectations 26 2700 ? ?
Great X-Pectations Die-Cut 26 300 ? ?

Checklist

Base Set

The base set is fractured into Grandstand (GS), Mezzanine (ME), Club Box (CB), Field Box (FB) and Executive Suite (EX) cards.

  • 1 Ken Griffey, Jr. EX
  • 2 Frank Thomas EX
  • 3 Cal Ripken, Jr. EX
  • 4 Alex Rodriguez EX
  • 5 Greg Maddux EX
  • 6 Mike Piazza EX
  • 7 Chipper Jones EX
  • 8 Tony Gwynn FB
  • 9 Derek Jeter FB
  • 10 Jeff Bagwell EX
  • 11 Juan Gonzalez EX
  • 12 Nomar Garciaparra EX
  • 13 Andruw Jones FB
  • 14 Hideo Nomo FB
  • 15 Roger Clemens FB
  • 16 Mark McGwire FB
  • 17 Scott Rolen FB
  • 18 Vladimir Guerrero FB
  • 19 Barry Bonds FB
  • 20 Darin Erstad FB
  • 21 Albert Belle FB
  • 22 Kenny Lofton FB
  • 23 Mo Vaughn FB
  • 24 Tony Clark FB
  • 25 Ivan Rodriguez FB
  • 26 Larry Walker CB
  • 27 Eddie Murray CB
  • 28 Andy Pettitte CB
  • 29 Roberto Alomar CB
  • 30 Randy Johnson CB
  • 31 Manny Ramirez CB
  • 32 Paul Molitor FB
  • 33 Mike Mussina CB
  • 34 Jim Thome FB
  • 35 Tino Martinez CB
  • 36 Gary Sheffield CB
  • 37 Chuck Knoblauch CB
  • 38 Bernie Williams CB
  • 39 Tim Salmon CB
  • 40 Sammy Sosa CB
  • 41 Wade Boggs ME
  • 42 Will Clark GS
  • 43 Andres Galarraga CB
  • 44 Raul Mondesi CB
  • 45 Rickey Henderson GS
  • 46 Jose Canseco GS
  • 47 Pedro Martinez GS
  • 48 Jay Buhner GS
  • 49 Ryan Klesko GS
  • 50 Barry Larkin CB
  • 51 Charles Johnson GS
  • 52 Tom Glavine GS
  • 53 Edgar Martinez GS
  • 54 Fred McGriff ME
  • 55 Moises Alou GS
  • 56 Dante Bichette CB
  • 57 Jim Edmonds CB
  • 58 Mark Grace ME
  • 59 Chan Ho Park ME
  • 60 Justin Thompson ME
  • 61 John Smoltz ME
  • 62 Craig Biggio CB
  • 63 Ken Caminiti ME
  • 64 Deion Sanders ME
  • 65 Carlos Delgado GS
  • 66 Dave Justice CB
  • 67 J.T. Snow GS
  • 68 Jason Giambi CB
  • 69 Garret Anderson ME
  • 70 Rondell White ME
  • 71 Matt Williams ME
  • 72 Brady Anderson ME
  • 73 Eric Karros GS
  • 74 Javy Lopez GS
  • 75 Pat Hentgen GS
  • 76 Todd Hundley GS
  • 77 Ray Lankford GS
  • 78 Denny Neagle GS
  • 79 Henry Rodriguez GS
  • 80 Sandy Alomar, Jr. ME
  • 81 Rafael Palmeiro ME
  • 82 Robin Ventura GS
  • 83 John Olerud GS
  • 84 Omar Vizquel GS
  • 85 Joe Randa GS
  • 86 Lance Johnson GS
  • 87 Kevin Brown GS
  • 88 Curt Schilling GS
  • 89 Ismael Valdes GS
  • 90 Francisco Cordova GS
  • 91 David Cone GS
  • 92 Paul O'Neill GS
  • 93 Jimmy Key GS
  • 94 Brad Radke GS
  • 95 Kevin Appier GS
  • 96 Al Martin GS
  • 97 Rusty Greer ME
  • 98 Reggie Jefferson GS
  • 99 Ron Coomer GS
  • 100 Vinny Castilla GS
  • 101 Bobby Bonilla ME
  • 102 Eric Young GS
  • 103 Tony Womack GS
  • 104 Jason Kendall GS
  • 105 Jeff Suppan GS
  • 106 Shawn Estes ME
  • 107 Shawn Green GS
  • 108 Edgardo Alfonzo ME
  • 109 Alan Benes ME
  • 110 Bob Higginson GS
  • 111 Mark Grudzielanek GS
  • 112 Wilton Guerrero GS
  • 113 Todd Greene ME
  • 114 Pokey Reese GS
  • 115 Jose Guillen CB
  • 116 Neifi Perez ME
  • 117 Luis Castillo GS
  • 118 Edgar Renteria GS
  • 119 Karim Garcia GS
  • 120 Butch Huskey GS
  • 121 Michael Tucker GS
  • 122 Jason Dickson GS
  • 123 Todd Walker ME
  • 124 Brian Jordan GS
  • 125 Joe Carter GS
  • 126 Matt Morris ME
  • 127 Brett Tomko ME
  • 128 Mike Cameron CB
  • 129 Russ Davis GS
  • 130 Shannon Stewart ME
  • 131 Kevin Orie GS
  • 132 Scott Spiezio GS
  • 133 Brian Giles GS
  • 134 Raul Casanova GS
  • 135 Jose Cruz, Jr. CB
  • 136 Hideki Irabu GS
  • 137 Bubba Trammell GS
  • 138 Richard Hidalgo CB
  • 139 Paul Konerko CB
  • 140 Todd Helton FB
  • 141 Miguel Tejada CB
  • 142 Fernando Tatis ME
  • 143 Ben Grieve FB
  • 144 Travis Lee FB
  • 145 Mark Kotsay CB
  • 146 Eli Marrero ME
  • 147 David Ortiz CB
  • 148 Juan Encarnacion ME
  • 149 Jaret Wright ME
  • 150 Livan Hernandez CB
  • 151 Ruben Rivera GS
  • 152 Brad Fullmer ME
  • 153 Dennis Reyes GS
  • 154 Enrique Wilson ME
  • 155 Todd Dunwoody ME
  • 156 Derrick Gibson ME
  • 157 Aaron Boone ME
  • 158 Ron Wright ME
  • 159 Preston Wilson ME
  • 160 Abraham Nunez GS
  • 161 Shane Monahan GS
  • 162 Carl Pavano GS
  • 163 Derrek Lee GS
  • 164 Jeff Abbott GS
  • 165 Wes Helms ME
  • 166 Brian Rose GS
  • 167 Bobby Estalella GS

Preferred Power

  • 168 Ken Griffey, Jr. GS
  • 169 Frank Thomas GS
  • 170 Cal Ripken, Jr. GS
  • 171 Alex Rodriguez GS
  • 172 Greg Maddux GS
  • 173 Mike Piazza GS
  • 174 Chipper Jones GS
  • 175 Tony Gwynn GS
  • 176 Derek Jeter GS
  • 177 Jeff Bagwell GS
  • 178 Juan Gonzalez GS
  • 179 Nomar Garciaparra GS
  • 180 Andruw Jones GS
  • 181 Hideo Nomo GS
  • 182 Roger Clemens GS
  • 183 Mark McGwire GS
  • 184 Scott Rolen GS
  • 185 Barry Bonds GS
  • 186 Darin Erstad GS
  • 187 Mo Vaughn GS
  • 188 Ivan Rodriguez GS
  • 189 Larry Walker ME
  • 190 Andy Pettitte GS
  • 191 Randy Johnson ME
  • 192 Paul Molitor GS
  • 193 Jim Thome GS
  • 194 Tino Martinez ME
  • 195 Gary Sheffield GS
  • 196 Albert Belle GS
  • 197 Jose Cruz, Jr. GS

Checklists

  • 198 Todd Helton GS
  • 199 Ben Grieve GS
  • 200 Paul Konerko GS

Parallels

Preferred Seating

Preferred Seating is a die-cut parallel of the full 200-card base set. Just like the base set, it is fractured into five different groups with Grandstand the easiest to find, Executive Suite the scarcest.

Precious Metals

Precious Metals is a 30-card partial parallel printed on card stock made of one gram of real silver (S), gold (G), or platinum (P). Only 50 copies of each card was produced.

  • 1 Ken Griffey, Jr. P
  • 2 Frank Thomas P
  • 3 Cal Ripken, Jr. P
  • 4 Alex Rodriguez P
  • 5 Greg Maddux P
  • 6 Mike Piazza P
  • 7 Chipper Jones P
  • 8 Tony Gwynn G
  • 9 Derek Jeter G
  • 10 Jeff Bagwell P
  • 11 Juan Gonzalez P
  • 12 Nomar Garciaparra P
  • 13 Andruw Jones G
  • 14 Hideo Nomo G
  • 15 Roger Clemens G
  • 16 Mark McGwire G
  • 17 Scott Rolen G
  • 18 Barry Bonds G
  • 19 Darin Erstad G
  • 20 Kenny Lofton G
  • 21 Mo Vaughn G
  • 22 Ivan Rodriguez G
  • 23 Randy Johnson S
  • 24 Paul Molitor G
  • 25 Jose Cruz, Jr. S
  • 26 Paul Konerko S
  • 27 Todd Helton G
  • 28 Ben Grieve G
  • 29 Travis Lee G
  • 30 Mark Kotsay S

Inserts

Great X-Pectations

Great X-Pectations is a 26-card set featuring a veteran player on one side and a young star on the other. 3000 serial-numbered copies of each card were produced, with the first 300 cards die-cut.

Promo cards from this set were distributed along with dealer order forms and to the Hobby media. The promos have the word "SAMPLE" printed on the back of the card and are not serial-numbered.

  • 1 Jeff Bagwell / Travis Lee 2700
  • 2 Jose Cruz, Jr. / Ken Griffey, Jr. 2700
  • 3 Larry Walker / Ben Grieve 2700
  • 4 Frank Thomas / Todd Helton 2700
  • 5 Jim Thome / Paul Konerko 2700
  • 6 Alex Rodriguez / Miguel Tejada 2700
  • 7 Greg Maddux / Livan Hernandez 2700
  • 8 Roger Clemens / Jaret Wright 2700
  • 9 Albert Belle / Juan Encarnacion 2700
  • 10 Mo Vaughn / David Ortiz 2700
  • 11 Manny Ramirez / Mark Kotsay 2700
  • 12 Tim Salmon / Brad Fullmer 2700
  • 13 Cal Ripken, Jr. / Fernando Tatis 2700
  • 14 Hideo Nomo / Hideki Irabu 2700
  • 15 Mike Piazza / Todd Greene 2700
  • 16 Gary Sheffield / Richard Hidalgo 2700
  • 17 Paul Molitor / Darin Erstad 2700
  • 18 Ivan Rodriguez / Eli Marrero 2700
  • 19 Ken Caminiti / Todd Walker 2700
  • 20 Tony Gwynn / Jose Guillen 2700
  • 21 Derek Jeter / Nomar Garciaparra 2700
  • 22 Chipper Jones / Scott Rolen 2700
  • 23 Juan Gonzalez / Andruw Jones 2700
  • 24 Barry Bonds / Vladimir Guerrero 2700
  • 25 Mark McGwire / Tony Clark 2700
  • 26 Bernie Williams / Mike Cameron 2700

Title Waves

Title Waves is a 30-card set of players who have won various awards and championships. The cards are printed on a die-cut plastic stock and were designed to link up with the cards of other players who also won an award in that same year. Each card is serial-numbered to the year in which the player won their respective award, and is noted in the checklist below.

  • 1 Nomar Garciaparra 1997
  • 2 Scott Rolen 1997
  • 3 Roger Clemens 1997
  • 4 Gary Sheffield 1997
  • 5 Jeff Bagwell 1997
  • 6 Cal Ripken, Jr. 1997
  • 7 Frank Thomas 1997
  • 8 Ken Griffey, Jr. 1997
  • 9 Larry Walker 1997
  • 10 Derek Jeter 1996
  • 11 Juan Gonzalez 1996
  • 12 Bernie Williams 1996
  • 13 Andruw Jones 1996
  • 14 Andy Pettitte 1996
  • 15 Ivan Rodriguez 1996
  • 16 Alex Rodriguez 1996
  • 17 Mark McGwire 1996
  • 18 Andres Galarraga 1996
  • 19 Hideo Nomo 1995
  • 20 Mo Vaughn 1995
  • 21 Randy Johnson 1995
  • 22 Chipper Jones 1995
  • 23 Greg Maddux 1995
  • 24 Manny Ramirez 1995
  • 25 Tony Gwynn 1995
  • 26 Albert Belle 1995
  • 27 Kenny Lofton 1995
  • 28 Mike Piazza 1993
  • 29 Paul Molitor 1993
  • 30 Barry Bonds 1993

Tins

Tin Packs

Each five-card Hobby pack came packaged in one of 24 collectible tins. A few tins will have the words "Preferred Honor" on the front; however, they do not contain different cards. Each tin is available in the following versions.

  • Green
  • Silver (serial-numbered to 999)
  • Gold (serial-numbered to 199)
  • 1 Todd Helton
  • 2 Ben Grieve
  • 3 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 4 Alex Rodriguez
  • 5 Greg Maddux
  • 6 Mike Piazza
  • 7 Chipper Jones
  • 8 Travis Lee
  • 9 Derek Jeter
  • 10 Jeff Bagwell
  • 11 Juan Gonzalez
  • 12 Mark McGwire
  • 13 Hideo Nomo
  • 14 Roger Clemens
  • 15 Andruw Jones
  • 16 Paul Molitor
  • 17 Vladimir Guerrero
  • 18 Jose Cruz, Jr.
  • 19 Nomar Garciaparra
  • 20 Scott Rolen
  • 21 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 22 Larry Walker
  • 23 Frank Thomas
  • 24 Tony Gwynn

Tin Boxes

Each 24-tin Hobby box was packaged in one of 24 oversized tins which parallel the smaller tin packs. Each tin box is available in the following versions.

  • Green (serial-numbered to 999 lids)
  • Gold (serial-numbered to 199 lids)

Double-Wide Tins

The retail version of 1998 Donruss Preferred was packaged in a plain corrugated cardboard box, with 24 "Double-Wide" tins per box. The checklist and player images used are identical to that of the Hobby tin packs, but the retail Double-Wide packs paired up two players at a time.

  • 1 Todd Helton / Ben Grieve
  • 2 Cal Ripken, Jr. / Alex Rodriguez
  • 3 Greg Maddux / Mike Piazza
  • 4 Chipper Jones / Travis Lee
  • 5 Derek Jeter / Jeff Bagwell
  • 6 Juan Gonzalez / Mark McGwire
  • 7 Hideo Nomo / Roger Clemens
  • 8 Andruw Jones / Paul Molitor
  • 9 Vladimir Guerrero / Jose Cruz
  • 10 Nomar Garciaparra / Scott Rolen
  • 11 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 12 Tony Gwynn / Frank Thomas