Topps 1999

1999 Topps hobby boxes

1999 Topps hobby boxes

Both series 1 and 2 come 36 packs to a hobby box with 11 cards per pack.

There’s a big picture of Roger Clemens in the midst of ‘roid rage on the front of the box.

SERIES 1 PROMOS

Look for MVP Parallel Game/Sweepstakes cards randomly inserted

Randomly Inserted:  Nolan Ryan Reprints PLUS Finest & Refractors (1968-1994)
SERIES 1 ODDS PER PACK OF FINDING

(subsets in green can be expected in every hobby box)

Picture Perfect 1:8; Hall of Fame Collection 1:12; Lords of the Diamond 1:18; New Breed 1:18; Nolan Ryan Reprint 1:18; Power Broker 1:36; Nolan Ryan Finest Reprint 1:72; Power Broker Refractor 1:144; Nolan Ryan Finest Refractor Reprint 1:288; MVP Promo/Sweeps Card 1:515

1999 Topps packs

1999 Topps packs

SERIES 2 ODDS PER PACK OF FINDING

(subsets in green can be expected in every hobby box)

Record Number Silver 1:8; Nolan Ryan Repring 1:18; All-Matrix 1:18; All-Topps Mystery Finest 1:36; Nolan Ryan Finest Reprint 1:72; All-Topps Mystery Finest Refractors 1:144; Nolan Ryan Finest Refractor Reprint 1:288; Autograph Card 1:501; MVP Promo 1:504; *Sequentially Numbered Record Number Gold RN#9 1:3,891; Nolan Ryan Autograph Card 1:5,007; *Sequentially Numbered Record Number Gold RN#3 1:25,426; *Sequentially Numbered Record Number Gold RN#4 1:29,288; *Sequentially Numbered Record Number Gold RN#10 1:63,312; *Sequentially Numbered Record Number Gold RN#1 1:151,320;  *Sequentially Numbered Record Number Gold RN#2 1:272,376; *Sequentially Numbered Record Number Gold RN#6 1:340,470; *Sequentially Numbered Record Number Gold RN#5 1:907,920; *Sequentially Numbered Record Number Gold RN#7 1:907,920; *Sequentially Numbered Record Number Gold RN#8 1:907,920

KEY CARDS

There are some nifty cards to be had in the 1999 set.

From the base set, the key rookies are A.J. Burnett, Austin Kearns, Matt Holliday, Brad Lidge, and Pat Burrell.  Other key cards from the base set include Roger Clemens, Nolan Ryan, Mark McGwire, Derek Jeter, Cal Ripken, and Barry Bonds.

1999 Topps cards, front and back

1999 Topps cards, front and back

The subset cards look pretty exciting.  Two cards to chase in the subsets are:

1) Topps Ryan Finest Refractor reprint of Nolan Ryan’s 1968 rookie card

2) Power Brokers Refractor Barry Bonds

THE BIG CARD

1999 Topps series 2 also includes an oversize card in every hobby box.  I don’t really see the point, but I like how they’re trying different things.  My hobby box came with #4 of 8 Mike Piazza:

4_mike_piazza

3 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jun
    12
    8:24
    AM
    Richard

    What was the difference between the “finest” and the “finest refractors”?

  2. Jun
    12
    2:44
    PM
    Steve

    I don’t have any refractors in my collection, but I think the difference is that finest use chrome technology (like a dull metallic look), while finest refractors “refract” rainbow colors in the light.

  3. Sep
    27
    1:50
    AM
    vintage baseball cards

    I always wondered what that meant as well. The finest and the finest refractors. Roger Clemens, I just wish he would just come clean and apologize instead of dragging this whole fiasco out into the street.

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