1999 Black Diamond

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1999 Black Diamond hobby box

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Description

1999 Black Diamond is a 120-card set released by Upper Deck in December, 1998. The last 30 cards in the base set make up a "Diamond Debuts" subset, which is short-printed. There are no rookie cards in the set.

Distribution

Hobby: 30 packs per box, six cards per pack (MSRP: $3.99).

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 120 - ? ?
short set 90 - ? ?
Diamond Debut 30 - 1:4 ?
Double Diamond short set 90 3000 ? ?
Double Diamond Debut Debut 30 2500 ? ?
Triple Diamond short set 90 1500 ? ?
Triple Diamond Debut 30 1000 ? ?
Quadruple Diamond short set 90 150 ? ?
Quadruple Diamond Debut 30 100 ? ?
Diamond Dominance 30 1500 ? ?
Diamond Dominance Emerald 30 one-of-one ? ?
Mystery Numbers 30 varies ? ?
Mystery Numbers Emerald 30 varies ? ?
A Piece of History 6 350 ? ?

Checklist

Base Set

1 Darin Erstad

2 Tim Salmon

3 Jim Edmonds

4 Matt Williams

5 David Dellucci

6 Jay Bell

7 Andres Galarraga

8 Chipper Jones

9 Greg Maddux

10 Andruw Jones

11 Cal Ripken, Jr.

12 Rafael Palmeiro

13 Brady Anderson

14 Mike Mussina

15 Nomar Garciaparra

16 Mo Vaughn

17 Pedro Martinez

18 Sammy Sosa

19 Henry Rodriguez

20 Frank Thomas

21 Magglio Ordonez

22 Albert Belle

23 Paul Konerko

24 Sean Casey

25 Jim Thome

26 Kenny Lofton

27 Sandy Alomar

28 Jaret Wright

29 Larry Walker

30 Todd Helton

31 Vinny Castilla

32 Tony Clark

33 Damion Easley

34 Mark Kotsay

35 Derrek Lee

36 Moises Alou

37 Jeff Bagwell

38 Craig Biggio

39 Randy Johnson

40 Dean Palmer

41 Johnny Damon

42 Chan Ho Park

43 Raul Mondesi

44 Gary Sheffield

45 Jeromy Burnitz

46 Marquis Grissom

47 Jeff Cirillo

48 Paul Molitor

49 Todd Walker

50 Vladimir Guerrero

51 Brad Fullmer

52 Mike Piazza

53 Hideo Nomo

54 Carlos Baerga

55 John Olerud

56 Derek Jeter

57 Hideki Irabu

58 Tino Martinez

59 Bernie Williams

60 Miguel Tejada

61 Ben Grieve

62 Jason Giambi

63 Scott Rolen

64 Doug Glanville

65 Desi Relaford

66 Tony Womack

67 Jason Kendall

68 Jose Guillen

69 Tony Gwynn

70 Ken Caminiti

71 Greg Vaughn

72 Kevin Brown

73 Barry Bonds

74 J.T. Snow

75 Jeff Kent

76 Ken Griffey, Jr.

77 Alex Rodriguez

78 Edgar Martinez

79 Jay Buhner

80 Mark McGwire

81 Delino DeShields

82 Brian Jordan

83 Quinton McCracken

84 Fred McGriff

85 Juan Gonzalez

86 Ivan Rodriguez

87 Will Clark

88 Roger Clemens

89 Jose Cruz

90 Babe Ruth


Diamond Debut

91 Troy Glaus

92 Jarrod Washburn

93 Travis Lee

94 Bruce Chen

95 Mike Caruso

96 Jim Parque

97 Kerry Wood

98 Jeremy Giambi

99 Matt Anderson

100 Seth Greisinger

101 Gabe Alvarez

102 Rafael Medina

103 Daryle Ward

104 Alex Cora

105 Adrian Beltre

106 Geoff Jenkins

107 Eric Milton

108 Carl Pavano

109 Eric Chavez

110 Orlando Hernandez

111 A.J. Hinch

112 Carlton Loewer

113 Aramis Ramirez

114 Cliff Politte

115 Matt Clement

116 Alex Gonzalez

117 J.D. Drew

118 Shane Monahan

119 Rolando Arrojo

120 George Lombard


Parallels

Each base card is available in one of three "Diamond" parallels: Double, Triple, and Quadruple. Each is serial-numbered to the following production figures EXCEPT the cards of Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Mark McGwire.

  • Double (Red foil): short set, 3000; Debuts, 2500
  • Triple (Yellow foil): short set, 1500; Debuts, 1000
  • Quadruple (Green foil): short set, 150; Debuts, 100

For Sosa, Griffey, and McGwire their Double, Triple, and Quadruple Diamond parallels are as follows.

  • Double (serial-numbered to 1998)
  • Triple (Sosa: 273 copies, Griffey: 350, McGwire: 457)
  • Quadruple (Sosa: 66 copies, Griffey: 56, McGwire: 70)

The Triple Diamonds were serial-numbered to their career home run total after the 1998 season. The Quadruple Diamonds were numbered to their 1998 season home run total.

Inserts

Diamond Dominance

Each Diamond Dominance card is serial-numbered to 1500 copies, with a one-of-one Emerald parallel also available.

D1 Kerry Wood

D2 Derek Jeter

D3 Alex Rodriguez

D4 Frank Thomas

D5 Jeff Bagwell

D6 Mo Vaughn

D7 Ivan Rodriguez

D8 Cal Ripken, Jr.

D9 Rolando Arrojo

D10 Chipper Jones

D11 Kenny Lofton

D12 Paul Konerko

D13 Mike Piazza

D14 Ben Grieve

D15 Nomar Garciaparra

D16 Travis Lee

D17 Scott Rolen

D18 Juan Gonzalez

D19 Tony Gwynn

D20 Tony Clark

D21 Roger Clemens

D22 Sammy Sosa

D23 Larry Walker

D24 Ken Griffey, Jr.

D25 Mark McGwire

D26 Barry Bonds

D27 Vladimir Guerrero

D28 Tino Martinez

D29 Greg Maddux

D30 Babe Ruth


Mystery Numbers

Each Mystery Numbers card is serial-numbered based on its sequential number in the set multiplied by 100. For example card #M1 is serial-numbered to 100 copies, card #M14 is numbered to 1400, et al. Each card is also available in an Emerald parallel which is serial-numbered to its set sequential number.

M1 Babe Ruth 100

M2 Ken Griffey, Jr. 200

M3 Kerry Wood 300

M4 Mark McGwire 400

M5 Alex Rodriguez 500

M6 Chipper Jones 600

M7 Nomar Garciaparra 700

M8 Derek Jeter 800

M9 Mike Piazza 900

M10 Roger Clemens 1000

M11 Greg Maddux 1100

M12 Scott Rolen 1200

M13 Cal Ripken, Jr. 1300

M14 Ben Grieve 1400

M15 Troy Glaus 1500

M16 Sammy Sosa 1600

M17 Darin Erstad 1700

M18 Juan Gonzalez 1800

M19 Pedro Martinez 1900

M20 Larry Walker 2000

M21 Vladimir Guerrero 2100

M22 Jeff Bagwell 2200

M23 Jaret Wright 2300

M24 Travis Lee 2400

M25 Barry Bonds 2500

M26 Orlando Hernandez 2600

M27 Frank Thomas 2700

M28 Tony Gwynn 2800

M29 Andres Galarraga 2900

M30 Craig Biggio 3000


Autographs & Game-Used

A Piece of History

Although each A Piece of History bat card is not serial-numbered, Upper Deck stated that only 350 copies of each were produced. Shortly before this product's release, Mark McGwire publicly stated his disapproval with Upper Deck cutting up one of his bats for this set. It would be years before another McGwire game-used card would be produced.

BW Bernie Williams

JG Juan Gonzalez

MM Mark McGwire

MV Mo Vaughn

SS Sammy Sosa

TG Tony Gwynn


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