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1999 E-X Century

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Description

1999 E-X Century was produced by Fleer/Skybox and was a 120-card set distributed exclusively to Hobby outlets. For a fourth consecutive year, this brand continued its theme of depth on a card through the use of multiple card stock layers. Similar to the previous year's set, acetate was the foundation for each base card: The "top" layer featured the player photo over a colored holographic crescent that accented the player's team colors. This layer was embedded in the the transparent, uncolored "bottom" acetate layer, which featured the player nameplate and position in silver holographic foil, his team's logo, and the "E-X Century" logo in etched foil; additionally, this same layer of acetate also featured a shadow of the player's nameplate and an enlarged shadow of the player's team logo that was offset to create the illusion of a 3-D effect on the acetate. Due to the majority of the card being acetate, the card back was a non-holographic mirror image of the front.

The set contained a 30-card Rookie short-printed subset (91-120) that was inserted at a rate of 1:2 packs. The only notable Rookie Card in the set was of Pat Burrell.

The numbering of the base set was subjectively arranged to have top current stars in the game featured first in the set, semi-stars next, minor-stars after, and the young stars featured last - this arrangement was key to the serial-numbering rationale for the Essential Credentials parallel sets.

Distribution

18 packs per box, three cards per pack (MSRP: $5.99). Hobby exclusive.

Reviews

Stale Gum (archived)

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Odds
Base 120 - ?
Short Set 90 - ?
Prospects 30 - 1:2
Essential Credentials Now 120 varies ?
Essential Credentials Future 120 varies ?
E-X Quisite 15 - 1:18
Favorites for Fenway '99 20 - 1:36
Milestones of the Century 10 varies ?
Authen-Kicks 10 varies ?

Checklist

Promos

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A promotional sample card featuring Ben Grieve was distributed to dealer accounts and Hobby media shortly before the product's national release. This card resembled Grieve's base card but had "PROMOTIONAL SAMPLE" text printed across the back.

81 Ben Grieve

Base Set

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1 Scott Rolen

2 Nomar Garciaparra

3 Mike Piazza

4 Tony Gwynn

5 Sammy Sosa

6 Alex Rodriguez

7 Vladimir Guerrero

8 Chipper Jones

9 Derek Jeter

10 Kerry Wood

11 Juan Gonzalez

12 Frank Thomas

13 Mo Vaughn

14 Greg Maddux

15 Jeff Bagwell

16 Mark McGwire

17 Ken Griffey, Jr.

18 Roger Clemens

19 Cal Ripken, Jr.

20 Travis Lee

21 Todd Helton

22 Darin Erstad

23 Pedro Martinez

24 Barry Bonds

25 Andruw Jones

26 Larry Walker

27 Albert Belle

28 Ivan Rodriguez

29 Magglio Ordonez

30 Andres Galarraga

31 Mike Mussina

32 Randy Johnson

33 Tom Glavine

34 Barry Larkin

35 Jim Thome

36 Gary Sheffield

37 Bernie Williams

38 Carlos Delgado

39 Rafael Palmeiro

40 Edgar Renteria

41 Brad Fullmer

42 David Wells

43 Dante Bichette

44 Jaret Wright

45 Ricky Ledee

46 Ray Lankford

47 Mark Grace

48 Jeff Cirillo

49 Rondell White

50 Jeromy Burnitz

51 Sean Casey

52 Rolando Arrojo

53 Jason Giambi

54 John Olerud

55 Will Clark

56 Raul Mondesi

57 Scott Brosius

58 Bartolo Colon

59 Steve Finley

60 Javy Lopez

61 Tim Salmon

62 Roberto Alomar

63 Vinny Castilla

64 Craig Biggio

65 Jose Guillen

66 Greg Vaughn

67 Jose Canseco

68 Shawn Green

69 Curt Schilling

70 Orlando Hernandez

71 Jose Cruz, Jr.

72 Alex Gonzalez

73 Tino Martinez

74 Todd Hundley

75 Brian Giles

76 Cliff Floyd

77 Paul O'Neill

78 Ken Caminiti

79 Ron Gant

80 Juan Encarnacion

81 Ben Grieve

82 Brian Jordan

83 Rickey Henderson

84 Tony Clark

85 Shannon Stewart

86 Robin Ventura

87 Todd Walker

88 Kevin Brown

89 Moises Alou

90 Manny Ramirez


Prospects

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91 Gabe Alvarez SP

92 Jeremy Giambi SP

93 Adrian Beltre SP

94 George Lombard SP

95 Ryan Minor SP

96 Kevin Witt SP

97 Scott Hunter SP RC*

98 Carlos Guillen SP

99 Derrick Gibson SP

100 Trot Nixon SP

101 Troy Glaus SP

102 Armando Rios SP

103 Preston Wilson SP

104 Pat Burrell SP RC

105 J.D. Drew SP

106 Bruce Chen SP

107 Matt Clement SP

108 Carlos Beltran SP

109 Carlos Febles SP

110 Robert Fick SP

111 Russell Branyan SP

112 Roosevelt Brown SP RC

113 Corey Koskie SP

114 Mario Encarnacion SP RC

115 Peter Tucci SP

116 Eric Chavez SP

117 Gabe Kapler SP

118 Marlon Anderson SP

119 A.J. Burnett SP RC

120 Ryan Bradley SP


Parallels

Essential Credentials

Similar to the 1998 Essential Credentials set, there were once again were two types of Essential Credentials parallels: Now and Future. In total, each player had 121 serial-numbered Essential Credentials cards produced; however, the specific number of Now and Future versions produced for each player varied.

For example, Ken Griffey Jr. is card #17 in the set. Just like any player in the set, Griffey has 121 total Essential Credentials cards that are serial-numbered. Specifically, Griffey had 17 Essential Credential Nows (matching his card number in the set) and 104 Essential Credentials Futures (121 - 17 = 104) produced.

Essential Credentials Now:

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The serial-numbering for the Essential Credentials Now parallel set mirrored numbering of the base set such that card #1 in the set was serial-numbered to 1, #2 was serial numbered to 2, etc. The arrangement of players in the base set placed the top current stars in the game first, semi-stars next, minor-stars after, and the young stars last - thus, the established players who were starring "Now" in the game featured the lowest serial-numbering in the Essential Credentials Now set.

Essential Credentials Now featured a silver theme finish to the card. For each player in this parallel, the team-colored holographic foil from the base design remained but the acetate layer was silver and opaque. Additionally, the player's nameplate, "E-X Century" logo, and position text were given a silver holographic "shading"-foil finish. "Essential Credentials Now" was printed on the back, along with the serial number.


Essential Credentials Future:

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The serial-numbering for the Essential Credentials Future parallel was determined by subtracting the player's card number in the base set from 121. Again, due to the arrangement of players in the base set, the top current stars were featured first while the young stars were featured last - thus, the potential "Future" stars of the game featured the lowest serial-numbering in the Essential Credentials Future set.

Essential Credentials Future featured a gold theme finish to the card. For each player in this parallel, the team-colored holographic foil from the base design remained but the acetate layer was gold and opaque. Additionally, the player's nameplate, "E-X Century" logo, and position text were given a gold holographic "shading"-foil finish. "Essential Credentials Now" was printed on the back, along with the serial number.

For the sake of brevity, the individual serial-number production figures for each card are not listed here.

Inserts

E-X Quisite

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This 15-card set featured some of the top young players in the game. Each card was printed on grey-black stock with an interior shadow-box die-cut design that revealed a transparent, sky-themed acetate. This design mimicked the design from the 1997 E-X 2000 base set.


1 E-X Troy Glaus

2 E-X J.D. Drew

3 E-X Pat Burrell

4 E-X Russell Branyan

5 E-X Kerry Wood

6 E-X Eric Chavez

7 E-X Ben Grieve

8 E-X Gabe Kapler

9 E-X Adrian Beltre

10 E-X Todd Helton

11 E-X Roosevelt Brown

12 E-X Marlon Anderson

13 E-X Jeremy Giambi

14 E-X Magglio Ordonez

15 E-X Travis Lee


Favorites for Fenway '99

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This 20-card set featured players that had a strong probability of participating in the 1999 All-Star Game. Each card was composed of clear acetate, silver-blue etched foil on the front, and gold etched foil on the back. The center of each card featured a picture of Fenway Park - home of that year's ASG - printed on acetate.

1 FF Mo Vaughn

2 FF Nomar Garciaparra

3 FF Frank Thomas

4 FF Ken Griffey, Jr.

5 FF Roger Clemens

6 FF Alex Rodriguez

7 FF Derek Jeter

8 FF Juan Gonzalez

9 FF Cal Ripken, Jr.

10 FF Ivan Rodriguez

11 FF J.D. Drew

12 FF Barry Bonds

13 FF Tony Gwynn

14 FF Vladimir Guerrero

15 FF Chipper Jones

16 FF Kerry Wood

17 FF Mike Piazza

18 FF Sammy Sosa

19 FF Scott Rolen

20 FF Mark McGwire


Milestones of the Century

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This 10-card set honored individual player records/statistical achievements accomplished in the 1998 season. Each card featured a color player photo and a silver-grey portion of the card that featured the insert name and the number representing the specific "milestone" - this number represented the serial-number that each player's card was numbered to.

1 MC Kerry Wood 20

2 MC Mark McGwire 70

3 MC Sammy Sosa 66

4 MC Ken Griffey, Jr. 350

5 MC Roger Clemens 98

6 MC Cal Ripken, Jr. 17

7 MC Alex Rodriguez 40

8 MC Barry Bonds 400

9 MC N.Y. Yankees 114

10 MC Travis Lee 98


Autographs & Game-Used

Authen-Kicks

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This nine-card set featured top young players in the game with swatches of their game-worn shoes embedded in the cards beside black-and-white head shots of the player in purple-sky background. Each card is hand-numbered and the print run for each is listed below.

In addition, Fleer had J.D. Drew autograph 16 copies of his card; eight in red ink and eight in black ink.

1 AK J.D. Drew 160

2 AK Travis Lee 175

3 AK Kevin Millwood 165

4 AK Bruce Chen 205

5 AK Troy Glaus 205

6 AK Todd Helton 205

7 AK Ricky Ledee 180

8 AK Scott Rolen 205

9 AK Jeremy Giambi 205

B1 AK J.D. Drew AU (Black Ink) 8

R1 AK J.D. Drew AU (Red Ink) 8