1999 Upper Deck MVP baseball cards present player collectors with somewhat of a challenging run of cards to chase. Depicted are all of the different versions of parallels to the base card less the Preview. Frank Thomas was also included in the 30-card FanFest set so he has six unique examples (as stated, Preview not shown). Other than the 30 players featured in the FanFest set, all other players in the 1999 Upper Deck MVP base set will have four or five unique parallels to chase, depending on who made it into the Preview set.
I like this set but it's certainly a tough one to pull together. If your goal is to bring all of the different versions together of any one player, here's what to expect:
- Base: This is the standard issue card. The set is comprised of 220 cards.
- Silver Script: These parallel the base set and depict flat silver foil facsimile player signatures on the card fronts. These were seeded into packs at a rate of 1:2.
- Gold Script: These parallel the base set and depic flat gold foil facsimile player signatures on the card fronts. These were seeded into hobby packs and have a stated print run of 100.
- Super Script: These parallel the base set and depic holo-foil facsimile player signatures on the card fronts. These come with a print run of just 25. These parallels perform exceedingly well in market, which is especially the case with superstars. For obvious reasons, this is often the most expensive version and may take some time to track down. I acquired mine in 2014, 15 years after its release.
- FanFest: Only 30 players made it into this set. These were given to attendees at the annual FanFest in 3-card packs with a total yield of 15,000 packs. These feature flat silver FanFest logos on the card fronts.
- Preview (not shown as existence is unknown): This is a skip number set consisting of 110 cards. This set was produced to preview what the base set would look like. These were available in 5-card packs at retails stores. To my knowledge, these are difficult to differentiate from the base set. I've never seen a single card from this set.
I like this product as I think the concept was tastefully done. The holo-foil facsimile signature on the Super Script parallel is a favorite of mine in terms of appearance. I always appreciated the way Upper Deck moved around the design atmosphere with various foil colors and print runs. In addition to the many parallels, 1999 Upper Deck MVP Baseball offers a variety of insert sets to chase featuring rookies and veterans alike. If you're a player collector looking for a challenge, try pulling a Super Script from a box of 1999 Upper Deck MVP Baseball.
Do you have or have you seen a 1999 Upper Deck MVP Preview? I'd love to know in the comments area.