1998 Donruss Signature Series

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1998 Donruss Signature Series is a 140-card set released under a temporary license by Playoff, Inc., in January 1999. Like in previous years, each pack contained one on-card autograph.

This product was originally intended for release in October, 1998, but was delayed due to the bankruptcy of Pinnacle Brands. As part of Pinnacle's agreement with the Players Association, those players who signed for this product would NOT be paid for their signatures until AFTER the set's release. To ensure that their members would get paid for their services, MLB and the MLBPA granted Playoff (who had bought the rights to Pinnacle's name and inventory in bankruptcy) a temporary license that allowed them to release Signature Series and 1998 Leaf Rookies & Stars.


Four cards plus one autograph per pack (MSRP: $14.99)


Significant Signatures Autograph Set Review: http://sanjosefuji.blogspot.com/2015/06/very-significant-set-completion.html

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds
Base 140 - ?
Proof 140 150 ?
Autographs 98 varies 1:1
Significant Signatures 23 2000 ?
Signing Bonus 32 varies ?



See 1998 Donruss Signature Series Previews.

Base Set

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1 Dave Justice

2 Derek Jeter

3 Nomar Garciaparra

4 Ryan Klesko

5 Jeff Bagwell

6 Dante Bichette

7 Ivan Rodriguez

8 Albert Belle

9 Cal Ripken, Jr.

10 Craig Biggio

11 Barry Larkin

12 Jose Guillen

13 Will Clark

14 J.T. Snow

15 Chuck Knoblauch

16 Todd Walker

17 Scott Rolen

18 Rickey Henderson

19 Juan Gonzalez

20 Justin Thompson

21 Roger Clemens

22 Ray Lankford

23 Jose Cruz, Jr.

24 Ken Griffey, Jr.

25 Andruw Jones

26 Darin Erstad

27 Jim Thome

28 Wade Boggs

29 Ken Caminiti

30 Todd Hundley

31 Mike Piazza

32 Sammy Sosa

33 Larry Walker

34 Matt Williams

35 Frank Thomas

36 Gary Sheffield

37 Alex Rodriguez

38 Hideo Nomo

39 Kenny Lofton

40 John Smoltz

41 Mo Vaughn

42 Edgar Martinez

43 Paul Molitor

44 Rafael Palmeiro

45 Barry Bonds

46 Vladimir Guerrero

47 Carlos Delgado

48 Bob Higginson

49 Greg Maddux

50 Jim Edmonds

51 Randy Johnson

52 Mark McGwire

53 Rondell White

54 Raul Mondesi

55 Manny Ramirez

56 Pedro Martinez

57 Tim Salmon

58 Moises Alou

59 Fred McGriff

60 Garret Anderson

61 Sandy Alomar, Jr.

62 Chan Ho Park

63 Mark Kotsay

64 Mike Mussina

65 Tom Glavine

66 Tony Clark

67 Mark Grace

68 Tony Gwynn

69 Tino Martinez

70 Kevin Brown

71 Todd Greene

72 Andy Pettitte

73 Livan Hernandez

74 Curt Schilling

75 Andres Galarraga

76 Rusty Greer

77 Jay Buhner

78 Bobby Bonilla

79 Chipper Jones

80 Eric Young

81 Jason Giambi

82 Javy Lopez

83 Roberto Alomar

84 Bernie Williams

85 A.J. Hinch

86 Kerry Wood

87 Juan Encarnacion

88 Brad Fullmer

89 Ben Grieve

90 Magglio Ordonez RC

91 Todd Helton

92 Richard Hidalgo

93 Paul Konerko

94 Aramis Ramirez

95 Ricky Ledee

96 Derrek Lee

97 Travis Lee

98 Matt Anderson RC

99 Jaret Wright

100 David Ortiz

101 Carl Pavano

102 Orlando Hernandez RC

103 Fernando Tatis

104 Miguel Tejada

105 Rolando Arrojo RC

106 Kevin Millwood RC

107 Ken Griffey, Jr. CL

108 Frank Thomas CL

109 Cal Ripken, Jr. CL

110 Greg Maddux CL

111 John Olerud

112 David Cone

113 Vinny Castilla

114 Jason Kendall

115 Brian Jordan

116 Hideki Irabu

117 Bartolo Colon

118 Greg Vaughn

119 David Segui

120 Bruce Chen

121 Julio Ramirez RC

122 Troy Glaus RC

123 Jeremy Giambi RC

124 Ryan Minor RC

125 Richie Sexson

126 Dermal Brown

127 Adrian Beltre

128 Eric Chavez

129 J.D. Drew RC

130 Gabe Kapler RC

131 Masato Yoshii RC

132 Mike Lowell RC

133 Jim Parque RC

134 Roy Halladay

135 Carlos Lee RC

136 Jin Ho Cho RC

137 Michael Barrett

138 Fernando Seguignol RC

139 Odalis Perez RC

140 Mark McGwire CL


Signature Proofs

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All 140 base cards are also available as a Signature Proof parallel. Proofs are limited (but not serial-numbered) to 150 copies.

Convention Parallels

Special parallels of the 1998 Donruss Signature Series set were produced for numerous conventions held in the United States from 1999-2001. These convention parallels were produced by Playoff and it is unclear why Playoff chose an old baseball product for this promotion, as they had neither an MLB Properties nor an MLBPA license at the time. These cards were not serial numbered and it is unclear if parallels exist for all 140 players in the set or if parallels were produced just for specific players. However, there are 11 Ken Griffey, Jr. convention parallels that exist, with each displaying a unique stamp representing its respective convention:

  • Sportsfest 1999 (June 17-20, Philadelphia, PA)
  • Sportsfest 1999 (August 19-22, Chicago, IL)
  • Superbowl XXXIV (January 26-30, Atlanta, GA)
  • Comic Con (July 15-18, San Diego, CA)
  • The 21st National (July 27-30, Anaheim, CA)
  • General Convention Show (August 6-9, Milwaukee, WI)
  • Sportsfest 2000 (August 18-20, Chicago, IL)
  • Wizard World Convention (August 27-30, Chicago, IL)
  • MLB All-Star FanFest (July 5-10, Seattle, WA)
  • Comic Con (July 19-22, San Diego, CA)
  • Wizard World Convention (August 17-19, Chicago, IL)

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Signature Series Autographs

122 players signed for 1998 Donruss Signature Series. Not all players signed an equal number of cards, and for most players there were three cards produced.

  • Century Marks (First 100 cards, serial-numbered; blue background)
  • Millenium Marks (Next 1000 cards, serial-numbered; green background)
  • Base Autograph (All other cards; red background)

For example, for a player who signed 5000 cards, the first 100 were designated as "Century Marks" and serial-numbered 1 through 100. The next 1000 were "Millennium Marks" and numbered 101-1100. The other 3900 cards were base autographs and not serial-numbered.

For those players who signed less than 1100 cards, no base autograph exists -- only Century and Millennium Marks.

A Travis Lee card featuring a facsimile signature was distributed as a promo card.

Base Autographs

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NOTE: The production figures listed below are for the base autograph only. None of the base autographs are serial-numbered.

Roberto Alomar 150

Sandy Alomar, Jr. 700

Moises Alou 900

Gabe Alvarez 2900

Wilson Alvarez 1600

Jay Bell 1500

Adrian Beltre 1900

Andy Benes 2600

Aaron Boone 3400

Russell Branyan 1650

Orlando Cabrera 3100

Mike Cameron 1150

Joe Carter 400

Sean Casey 2275

Bruce Chen 150

Tony Clark 2275

Will Clark 1400

Matt Clement 1400

Pat Cline 1400

Ken Cloude 3400

Michael Coleman 2800

David Cone 25

Jeff Conine 1400

Jacob Cruz 3200

Russ Davis 3500

Jason Dickson 1400

Todd Dunwoody 3500

Juan Encarnacion 3400

Darin Erstad 700

Bobby Estalella 3400

Jeff Fassero 3400

John Franco 1800

Brad Fullmer 3100

Jason Giambi 3100

Derrick Gibson 1200

Todd Greene 1400

Ben Grieve 1400

Mark Grudzielanek 3200

Vladimir Guerrero 2100

Wilton Guerrero 1900

Jose Guillen 2400

Todd Helton 1300

Richard Hidalgo 3400

A.J. Hinch 2900

Butch Huskey 1900

Raul Ibanez 3300

Damian Jackson 900

Geoff Jenkins 3100

Eric Karros 650

Ryan Klesko 400

Mark Kotsay 3600

Ricky Ledee 2200

Derrek Lee 3100

Travis Lee 150

Javy Lopez 650

Mike Lowell 3500

Greg Maddux 12

Eli Marrero 3400

Al Martin 1300

Rafael Medina 1400

Scott Morgan 900

Abraham Nunez 3500

Paul O'Neill 1000

Luis Ordaz 2700

Magglio Ordonez 3200

Kevin Orie 1350

David Ortiz 3400

Rafael Palmeiro 1000

Carl Pavano 2600

Neifi Perez 3300

Dante Powell 3050

Aramis Ramirez 2800

Mariano Rivera 900

Felix Rodriguez 1400

Henry Rodriguez 3400

Scott Rolen 1900

Brian Rose 1400

Curt Schilling 900

Richie Sexson 3500

Randall Simon 3500

J.T. Snow 400

Jeff Suppan 1400

Fernando Tatis 3900

Miguel Tejada 3800

Brett Tomko 3400

Bubba Trammell 3900

Ismael Valdes 1900

Robin Ventura 1400

Billy Wagner 3900

Todd Walker 1900

Daryle Ward 400

Rondell White 3400

Antone Williamson 3350

Dan Wilson 2400

Enrique Wilson 3400

Preston Wilson 2100

Tony Womack 3500

Kerry Wood 3400

Millennium/Century Marks

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Listed below is the checklist for the Millennium Marks autographs and the number of each produced. As you can see, not all players signed their full allotment of 1000 Millennium Marks.

The checklist for the Century Marks is identical to that of the Millennium's, and for brevity's sake we are not repeating the full checklist. Suffice to say, most players signed their full allotment of 100 Century Marks.

Juan Encarnancion, Dante Powell, and Brett Tomko did not sign any Century Marks.

Roberto Alomar 1000

Sandy Alomar, Jr. 1000

Moises Alou 1000

Gabe Alvarez 1000

Wilson Alvarez 1000

Brady Anderson 800

Jay Bell 1000

Albert Belle 400

Adrian Beltre 1000

Andy Benes 1000

Wade Boggs 900

Barry Bonds 400

Aaron Boone 1000

Russell Branyan 1000

Jay Buhner 400

Ellis Burks 900

Orlando Cabrera 1000

Mike Cameron 1000

Ken Caminiti 900

Joe Carter 1000

Sean Casey 1000

Bruce Chen 1000

Tony Clark 1000

Will Clark 1000

Roger Clemens 400

Matt Clement 900

Pat Cline 1000

Ken Cloude 1000

Michael Coleman 1000

David Cone 1000

Jeff Conine 1000

Jacob Cruz 1000

Jose Cruz, Jr. 850

Russ Davis 950

Jason Dickson 950

Todd Dunwoody 1000

Scott Elarton 900

Juan Encarnacion 1000

Darin Erstad 1000

Bobby Estalella 1000

Jeff Fassero 1000

John Franco 950

Brad Fullmer 1000

Andres Galarraga 900

Nomar Garciaparra 400

Jason Giambi 1000

Derrick Gibson 1000

Tom Glavine 700

Juan Gonzalez 1000

Todd Greene 1000

Ben Grieve 1000

Mark Grudzielanek 1000

Vladimir Guerrero 1000

Wilton Guerrero 1000

Jose Guillen 1000

Tony Gwynn 900

Todd Helton 1000

Richard Hidalgo 1000

A.J. Hinch 1000

Butch Huskey 1000

Raul Ibanez 1000

Damian Jackson 1000

Geoff Jenkins 1000

Derek Jeter 400

Randy Johnson 800

Chipper Jones 900

Eric Karros 1000

Ryan Klesko 1000

Chuck Knoblauch 900

Mark Kotsay 1000

Ricky Ledee 1000

Derrek Lee 1000

Travis Lee 1000

Javy Lopez 800

Mike Lowell 1000

Greg Maddux 400

Eli Marrero 1000

Al Martin 950

Rafael Medina 850

Paul Molitor 900

Scott Morgan 1000

Mike Mussina 900

Abraham Nunez 1000

Paul O'Neill 900

Luis Ordaz 1000

Magglio Ordonez 1000

Kevin Orie 1000

David Ortiz 1000

Rafael Palmeiro 900

Carl Pavano 1000

Neifi Perez 1000

Andy Pettitte 900

Dante Powell 950

Aramis Ramirez 1000

Cal Ripken, Jr. 375

Mariano Rivera 1000

Alex Rodriguez 350

Felix Rodriguez 1000

Henry Rodriguez 1000

Ivan Rodriguez 1000

Scott Rolen 1000

Brian Rose 1000

Curt Schilling 1000

Richie Sexson 1000

Randall Simon 1000

J.T. Snow 1000

Darryl Strawberry 900

Jeff Suppan 1000

Fernando Tatis 1000

Miguel Tejada 1000

Brett Tomko 1000

Bubba Trammell 1000

Ismael Valdes 1000

Robin Ventura 1000

Billy Wagner 900

Todd Walker 1000

Daryle Ward 1000

Rondell White 1000

Matt Williams 820

Antone Williamson 1000

Dan Wilson 1000

Enrique Wilson 1000

Preston Wilson 400

Tony Womack 1000

Kerry Wood 1000

Significant Signatures

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This 18-card set features autographs of some of baseball's all-time great players. Only 2000 sets were produced and each card is serial-numbered.


  • The Catfish Hunter card was signed in either blue or blank ink.
  • Only 1000 serial #'d copies of Phil Rizzuto's card were produced.
  • Nolan Ryan and Ozzie Smith packed out as exchange cards as they were unable to return their cards to Playoff in time. Both of the exchange cards were reprints of what the autographed versions would eventually look like and were sequentially-numbered (#14 and 15) as part of the set. Cards 14 and 15 were good for cards R1 and R2.

Sandy Koufax was on the original checklist issued by the pre-bankruptcy Donruss, but he did not return his cards in time for the pack out. In the time between Donruss's acquisition by Playoff and the release of Signature Series, it was uncertain if Playoff could come to terms with Koufax. Therefore, unlike Ryan and Smith, a Koufax exchange card was not issued in packs. Eventually, officials at Playoff were able to come to terms with Koufax and made the Billy Williams card an exchange card. Each collector that pulled Billy Williams's Significant Signature card could send it in to Donruss for the Koufax (#R3) card. In addition, the signed Williams card was sent back too, but marked with the word "REDEEMED" on the back so that it could not be used again.

The exchange deadline for cards R1-R3 was December 31st, 1999. All three "R-Series" exchange cards (Ryan, Koufax and Smith) feature refractive, shiny fronts whereas the other cards seeded in packs are printed on basic foilboard.

  • At some point in time after the product's release, non-refractive versions of the Ryan, Smith, and Koufax cards made their way into the secondary market. Each card features a different card image than the Refractor versions (most notably with Koufax wearing a Brooklyn cap). The Koufax and Smith cards were serial-numbered to 2000 copies, while the Nolan Ryan was numbered to 1000.

1 Ernie Banks 2000

2 Yogi Berra 2000

3 George Brett 2000

4 Catfish Hunter 2000

5 Al Kaline 2000

6 Harmon Killebrew 2000

7 Ralph Kiner 2000

9 Eddie Mathews 2000

10 Don Mattingly 2000

11 Willie McCovey 2000

12 Stan Musial 2000

13 Phil Rizzuto 1000

14 Nolan Ryan EXCH 2000

15 Ozzie Smith EXCH 2000

16 Duke Snider 2000

17 Don Sutton 2000

18 Billy Williams 2000

18a Billy Williams Redeemed 2000

SP Nolan Ryan 1000

NNO Sandy Koufax (Brooklyn) 2000

NNO Ozzie Smith 2000

R1 Nolan Ryan 2000

R2 Ozzie Smith 2000

R3 Sandy Koufax (L.A.) 2000

Signing Bonus

This 32-card set features redemption cards that could be redeemed for an autographed baseball signed by player. Each baseballs was laser burned with a Donruss logo as a security measure. In addition, every ball, except for Ben Grieve's, is serial-numbered.

The blank-backed exchange cards are serial-numbered in gold foil on front, but are unnumbered within the context of a complete set and therefore checklisted in alphabetical order. These exchange cards carried an expiration date of December 31st, 1999.

Roberto Alomar 60

Sandy Alomar, Jr. 60

Ernie Banks 12

Ken Caminiti 60

Tony Clark 60

Jacob Cruz 12

Russ Davis 60

Juan Encarnacion 60

Bobby Estalella 60

Jeff Fassero 60

Ben Grieve 30

Mark Grudzielanek 60

Jose Guillen 120

Tony Gwynn 60

Al Kaline 12

Paul Konerko 100

Travis Lee 100

Mike Lowell 60

Eli Marrero 60

Eddie Mathews 12

Paul Molitor 60

Stan Musial 12

Abraham Nunez 12

Luis Ordaz 12

Magglio Ordonez 12

Scott Rolen 60

Bubba Trammell 24

Robin Ventura 60

Billy Wagner 60

Rondell White 60

Antone Williamson 12

Tony Womack 60

Executive Proofs

In May 2018, a lot of never before seen executive proofs from the autograph set emerged on the secondary market. These proofs were not autographed. The Millennium Marks and Century Marks proofs featured a 'XXXX' designation where the serial number would be while the Base red proofs did not have the 'XXXX' because these were not serially numbered in the autograph set. A proof of each autograph parallel (Base red, Millennium green, and Century blue) surfaced for nearly every player in the set.

Further, executive proofs of players who never signed at all were among the cards that emerged - for example, Mike Piazza never signed a base, Millennium Mark, or Century Mark autograph; however, an executive proof of Piazza's base/Millennium/Century autograph card exists. This is notable because he was not included on the original autograph set checklist and thus there was no reason to expect that cards of his from these sets even existed, until now. Executive proofs in general are very rare, but in the case of Piazza and other players that were not in the original autograph checklist, they are especially noteworthy because it is the first time these cards have ever surfaced. These were probably players that Donruss expected to sign/to be included in the autograph sets but were not for unknown reasons.

Below is the list of the 182 players with a confirmed executive proof. Executive proofs for John Franco, Andres Galarraga, Nomar Garciaparra, Eli Marrero, Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte, Ivan Rodriguez, Matt Williams, Dan Wilson, and Kerry Wood (all players with autographs in the 3 sets) have not been confirmed. Players in bold with an asterisk(*) have an executive proof but do not have an autographed base, Millennium, or Century Marks that were issued in packs (67 players in total):

Edgardo Alfonzo*

Roberto Alomar

Sandy Alomar, Jr.

Moises Alou

Gabe Alvarez

Wilson Alvarez

Brady Anderson

Garret Anderson*

Kevin Appier*

Jeff Bagwell*

Jay Bell

Albert Belle

Adrian Beltre

Andy Benes

Kris Benson*

Geronimo Berroa*

Craig Biggio*

Wade Boggs

Barry Bonds

Bobby Bonilla*

Aaron Boone

Russell Branyan

Jay Buhner

Ellis Burks

Orlando Cabrera

Mike Cameron

Ken Caminiti

Joe Carter

Sean Casey

Eric Chavez*

Bruce Chen

Tony Clark

Will Clark

Roger Clemens

Matt Clement

Pat Cline

Ken Cloude

Michael Coleman

David Cone

Jeff Conine

Jacob Cruz

Jose Cruz, Jr.

Russ Davis

Carlos Delgado*

Jason Dickson

Mike Drumright*

Todd Dunwoody

Lenny Dykstra*

Jim Edmonds*

Scott Elarton

Juan Encarnacion

Darin Erstad

Bobby Estalella

Shawn Estes*

Jeff Fassero

Cecil Fielder*

Brad Fullmer

Travis Fryman*

Karim Garcia*

Jason Giambi

Derrick Gibson

Tom Glavine

Juan Gonzalez

Alex Gonzalez*

Dwight Gooden*

Todd Greene

Rusty Greer*

Ben Grieve

Marquis Grissom*

Mark Grudzielanek

Vladimir Guerrero

Wilton Guerrero

Jose Guillen

Tony Gwynn

Jeffery Hammonds*

Todd Helton

Chad Hermansen*

Livan Hernandez*

Orel Hershiser*

Richard Hidalgo

A.J. Hinch

Todd Hundley*

Butch Huskey

Raul Ibanez

Damian Jackson

Geoff Jenkins

Derek Jeter

Charles Johnson*

Randy Johnson

Chipper Jones

David Justice*

Eric Karros

Jason Kendall*

Jimmy Key*

Ryan Klesko

Chuck Knoblauch

Paul Konerko*

Mark Kotsay

Mike Lansing*

Barry Larkin*

Ricky Ledee

Derrek Lee

Travis Lee

Esteban Loaiza*

Kenny Lofton*

Javier Lopez

Mike Lowell

Greg Maddux

Al Martin

Edgar Martinez*

Pedro Martinez*

Ramon Martinez*

Jesus Martinez*

Ben McDonald*

Fred McGriff*

Mark McGwire*

Rafael Medina

Paul Molitor

Kevin Millwood*

Raul Mondesi*

Scott Morgan

Matt Morris*

Charles Nagy*

Hideo Nomo*

Abraham Nunez

Paul O'Neill

Luis Ordaz

Magglio Ordonez

Kevin Orie

David Ortiz

Rafael Palmeiro

Chan Ho Park*

Carl Pavano

Jay Payton*

Neifi Perez

Mike Piazza*

Dante Powell

Aramis Ramirez

Manny Ramirez*

Cal Ripken, Jr.

Mariano Rivera

Ruben Rivera*

Alex Rodriguez

Felix Rodriguez

Henry Rodriguez

Scott Rolen

Brian Rose

Tim Salmon*

Curt Schilling

Richie Sexson

Gary Sheffield*

Randall Simon

John Smoltz*

J.T. Snow

Sammy Sosa*

Scott Spiezio*

Shannon Stewart*

Darryl Strawberry

Jeff Suppan

Fernando Tatis

Miguel Tejada

Justin Thompson*

Brett Tomko

Bubba Trammell

Ismael Valdez

Mario Valdez*

Mo Vaughn*

Robin Ventura

Omar Vizquel*

Billy Wagner

Todd Walker

Larry Walker*

Daryle Ward

Rondell White

Antone Williamson

Preston Wilson

Enrique Wilson

Tony Womack

Steve Woodward*

Jaret Wright*

Ron Wright*

Todd Zeile*