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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Set Showcase #28: 1998 Collector's Edge Super Bowl Gold Foil Set

It's Super Bowl Sunday and neither of my favorite teams are playing.  But it's the biggest game of the year (at least for me), so I feel obligated to write a special Super Bowl post.

Fifteen years ago, Collector's Edge produced a special set for the Super Bowl card show.  It featured twenty-five of the biggest stars and rookies from 1997.  Collectors who attended the card show could turn in three wrappers at the Collector's Edge booth for a single card pack.

A month later, Collector's Edge created a gold parallel and distributed it through a separate wrapper redemption program.  This time collector's could send in three wrappers for a single card pack or thirty-six wrappers for either the AFC (13 card) or NFC (12 card) set.

Set:  25 Cards

Jamal Anderson, Antowain Smith, Corey Dillon, Emmitt Smith, and Terrell Davis

John Elway, Barry Sanders, Brett Favre, Antonio Freeman, and Marcus Allen

Dan Marino, Cris Carter, Drew Bledsoe, Troy Davis, and Ike Hillard

Adrian Murrell, Tim Brown, Napoleon Kaufman, Jerome Bettis, and Kordell Stewart

Jim Druckenmiller, Jerry Rice, Mike Alstott, Warrick Dunn, and Eddie George

This set is the epitome of 90's insert sets, as it contains several of the attributes that makes these sets so awesome:  gold foil, acetate, and a refractor like appearance.

Hall of Famers:  28% (7 Players)

Emmitt Smith, John Elway, Barry Sanders, Marcus Allen, Dan MarinoJerry Rice, and newly elected Cris Carter are all enshrined at Canton.  But there's a good chance you'll be seeing a few more players from this checklist entering the HOF in the next few years.

Beckett Value:  $47.75

Beckett doesn't list a completed set value, but the twenty-five inserts combined lists for $47.75.  Elway, Favre, Sanders, and Marino are the highest listed singles at $4 each.  Jim Druckenmiller and Ike Hillard represent the two cheapest singles at 50¢ each.

eBay Value: $12.99

There aren't any current listings for this set, but I found a pair of completed listings for $12.99 (free shipping) from December.  A month earlier, a seller sold the rarer Proof Set for less than $10 delivered.

So if you're a fan of wrapper redemptions, 90's foil inserts, acetate cards, shiny objects, or all of the above... I encourage you to track down this set.

Okay, it's your turn to chime in...

Who is gonna win Super Bowl XLVII?  Who are you rooting for?

I'm a huge fan of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, so I'll be quietly cheering for them.  It would be nice to see #52 leave the game on top.  But if I were a betting man, I'd place my money on the San Francisco 49ers.  I've watched plenty of their games this season and they look good.  Their defense is second to none and CK is having a Cinderella season.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday and sayonara!


  1. Being A Cowboys fan I have to root for the Ravens, only because if the 49ers win, they'll have one more super bowl than us. Already saw the Steelers break the three way tie, don't want to drop completely to 3rd!

    1. Congratulations on the win. Glad to see your team is still tied with the Niners, which is 5 more than my Seahawks ;-)

  2. SF 49'ers then i'll be watching the champions next october!

    1. They might not be the Super Bowl Champions, but watching the NFC Champions isn't too shabby either.

  3. Shows the 49er fans that its not so easy to win the Super Bowl,just goes to show how great Joe Montana(4),and Steve Young (1) were at winning Super Bowls.

    1. Yeah... those two QB's were in a league of their own. The dominating teams of the 80's and 90's are a part of the reason I root against them so often. Next year, they'll be the team to beat (IMO). They're pretty talented in all facets of the game, which is unfortunate for both of my favorite teams.