#34: Box Break: 1997 Donruss Team Sets Seattle Mariners Baseball

1997 Donruss Team Sets Baseball Mariners Box

Breakdown:

1997 Donruss Team Sets Baseball Mariners BoxA box of 1997 Donruss Team Sets Seattle Mariners contains 36 packs, each containing 5 cards for a gross total yield of 180 cards. The set consists of 14 cards. The breakdown is as follows:

  • 14/14 cards: % of set complete = 100%
  • Doubles: 159

Below is a list of cards from the set and the number of copies of each card that I pulled out of this box. Card #144 does not exist.

  • 136: Ken Griffey Jr. – 11
  • 137: Alex Rodriguez – 12
  • 138: Jay Buhner – 11
  • 139: Randy Johnson – 10
  • 140: Paul Sorrento – 10
  • 141: Edgar Martinez – 32
  • 142: Joey Cora – 11
  • 143: Bob Wells – 12
  • 145: Jamie Moyer – 11
  • 146: Jeff Fassero – 10
  • 147: Dan Wilson – 11
  • 148: Jose Cruz Jr. – 11
  • 149: Scott Sanders – 11
  • 150: Rich Amaral – 10

1997 Donruss Team Sets Baseball Mariners PackInserts

MVP: 1/18, 5.6%

  • 14: Kenny Lofton

1997 Donruss Team Sets Pennant Edition parallel: 6/14, 42.9%

  • 136: Ken Griffey Jr.
  • 138: Jay Buhner
  • 139: Randy Johnson
  • 141: Edgar Martinez
  • 142: Joey Cora
  • 146: Jeff Fassero

1997 Donruss Team Sets Baseball Mariners odds

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.

1997 Donruss Team Sets Baseball Mariners base

1997 Donruss Team Sets Baseball Mariners inserts

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.

Availability:

1997 Donruss Team Sets Baseball Mariners stackEach 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.

Conclusion:

1997 Donruss Team Sets Baseball Mariners wrappersThe 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.

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