1998 Topps Gold Label can be a challenging product to collect if you don’t know what’s what. It took me some time before I figured out what was what with this set since Topps didn’t clearly state the class identification on the cards. Luckily, they fixed this in 1999. Let’s makes some sense of the 1998 issue. Here’s what you need to know:
Class 1: This class features the player in a fielding pose in the background. The text on the card is flat gold foil. Common.
Class 2: This class features the player in a running pose in the background. The text on the card is silver sparkle foil. Uncommon. Insertion ratio: 1:2
Class 3: This class features the player in a batting pose in the background. The text on the card is gold sparkle foil. Rare. Insertion ratio: 1:4
Each class comes in 4 different versions for a total of 12 different cards per player. Here’s the rundown:
Gold Label: This is the base card; it has a flat gold foil label. Common.
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