The turquoise name plates on the base cards distinguish it from the Pennant Edition parallel shown below. A very straightforward comparison that’s easy to identify.
The Kenny Lofton card (middle) comes from the MVP insert set. These cards depict a beautiful holo-foil technology and are serial numbered to 1000. If you didn’t know that these came out of the team boxes, you may find product identification more challenging. It’s not intuitive in this case.
Each teams sets were available exclusively within their respective regions. I would feel comfortable assuming an initial per box price point to be around the $25-30 mark. Prices in today’s market may vary depending on the purchasing medium.
Supply & Demand:
I wouldn’t imagine these boxes to be very rare but surprisingly, other than the box you see here, I’ve never seen another one in person. But then again I don’t live in or around the Seattle area. No matter where you live, you can always grab one online.
The team set concept was an interesting one that made it very easy to pull your favorite player from a particular team. See the doubles breakdown above. As such, this release strategy makes it equally easy to piece together complete team sets. The parallels and inserts are scarce enough to keep them interesting without making you feel left out. While I’m somewhat biased in my review due to my love of the Donruss brand, I’m confident that no matter how novice or advanced of a collector you are, you’ll enjoy opening these packs. Enjoy a box of 1997 Donruss Team Sets Seattle Mariners.