1997 Flair Showcase Baseball Cards

Tony Clark 1997 Flair Showcase #173 Row 2 Masterpiece /1
Tony Clark 1997 Flair Showcase #173 Row 2 Masterpiece /1

1997 Flair Showcase is historically significant in that it’s the first set to produce a pack-issued 1/1. This innovation was met with some criticism as it meant player collectors could no longer expect to own every card of their player. As with other innovations, however, it got grossly overused in the proceeding years.

Fred McGriff 1997 Flair Showcase #127 Masterpiece Run
Fred McGriff 1997 Flair Showcase #127 Masterpiece Run | Source: Lingua Sports Cards
1997 Flair Showcase
1997 Flair Showcase

Set Information:

Important Date(s)
August 1, 1998Exchange Deadline
1997 Flair Showcase
SetTotal CardsPrint Run(s)Odds
Row 21811-60 (Showtime): 5:1
61-120 (Showpiece): 1:1.5
121-180 (Showstopper): 1:1
Row 11801-60 (Showstopper): 1:2.5
61-120 (Showtime): 1:2
121-180 (Showpiece): 1:3
Row 01801-60 (Showpiece): 1:24
61-120 (Showstopper): 1:12
121-180 (Showtime): 1:5
Legacy Collection5401001:30
Alex Rodriguez Promos2Vary
Diamond Cuts201:20
Hot Gloves151:90
Wave of the Future271:4
1997 Flair Showcase

Base Set Checklist:

1997 Flair Showcase is an ultra-premium release produced by Fleer that was issued in one series containing three versions (Rows) of each of the 180 cards in the set for a total of 540 cards. The set is broken down into three blocks: 1-60, 61-120, and 121-180. Each block is assigned a different designation: Showtime, Showstopper, or Showpiece and they are applied differently across the three Rows: 2 (Style), 1 (Grace), and 0 (Showcase). Each Row has a unique designs on card fronts but features the same player image on card backs. Cards were distributed in 5-card packs with an SRP of $4.99. Cards were printed using a thick, laminated card stock with a shinny gloss for a super-premium presentation. The pull odds for Legacy Collection and Masterpiece parallels are the same across the three Rows respectively but not necessarily for any specific Row. Key RC: Brian Giles. Parallel(s): Legacy Collection /100 and Masterpiece /1. Legacy Collection parallels feature blue foil text and Masterpiece parallels feature purple foil text.

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Andruw Jones91Wilton Guerrero
2Derek Jeter92Geronimo Berroa
3Alex Rodriguez93Al Martin
4Paul Molitor94Danny Tartabull
5Jeff Bagwell95Brian McRae
6Scott Rolen96Steve Finley
7Kenny Lofton97Todd Stottlemyre
8Cal Ripken Jr.98John Smoltz
9Brady Anderson99Matt Williams
10Chipper Jones100Eddie Murray
11Todd Greene101Henry Rodriguez
12Todd Walker102Marty Cordova
13Billy Wagner103Juan Guzman
14Craig Biggio104Chili Davis
15Kevin Orie105Eric Young
16Hideo Nomo106Jeff Abbott
17Kevin Appier107Shannon Stewart
18Bubba Trammell RC108Rocky Coppinger
19Juan Gonzalez109Jose Canseco
20Randy Johnson110Dante Bichette
21Roger Clemens111Dwight Gooden
22Johnny Damon112Scott Brosius
23Ryne Sandberg113Steve Avery
24Ken Griffey Jr.114Andres Galarraga
25Barry Bonds115Sandy Alomar Jr.
26Nomar Garciaparra116Ray Lankford
27Vladimir Guerrero117Jorge Posada
28Ron Gant118Ryan Klesko
29Joe Carter119Jay Buhner
30Tim Salmon120Jose Guillen
31Mike Piazza121Paul O’Neill
32Barry Larkin122Jimmy Key
33Manny Ramirez123Hal Morris
34Sammy Sosa124Travis Fryman
35Frank Thomas125Jim Edmonds
36Melvin Nieves126Jeff Cirillo
37Tony Gwynn127Fred McGriff
38Gary Sheffield128Alan Benes
39Darin Erstad129Derek Bell
40Ken Caminiti130Tony Graffanino
41Jermaine Dye131Shawn Green
42Mo Vaughn132Danny Neagle UER (Debut in ’91 not ’92)
43Raul Mondesi133Alex Fernandez
44Greg Maddux134Mickey Morandini
45Chuck Knoblauch135Royce Clayton
46Andy Pettitte136Jose Mesa
47Deion Sanders137Edgar Martinez
48Albert Belle138Curt Schilling
49Jamey Wright139Lance Johnson
50Rey Ordonez140Andy Benes
51Bernie Williams141Charles Nagy
52Mark McGwire142Mariano Rivera
53Mike Mussina143Mark Wohlers
54Bob Abreu144Ken Hill
55Reggie Sanders145Jay Bell
56Brian Jordan146Bob Higginson
57Ivan Rodriguez147Mark Grudzielanek
58Roberto Alomar148Ray Durham
59Tim Naehring149John Olerud
60Edgar Renteria150Joey Hamilton
61Dean Palmer151Trevor Hoffman
62Benito Santiago152Dan Wilson
63David Cone153J.T. Snow
64Carlos Delgado154Marquis Grissom
65Brian Giles RC155Yamil Benitez
66Alex Ochoa156Rusty Greer
67Randell White157Darry Kile
68Robin Ventura158Ismael Valdes
69Eric Karros159Jeff Conine
70Jose Valentin160Darren Daulton
71Rafael Palmeiro161Chan Ho Park
72Chris Snopek162Troy Percival
73David Justice163Wade Boggs
74Tom Glavine164Dave Nilsson
75Rudy Pemberton165Vinny Castilla
76Larry Walker166Kevin Brown
77Jim Thome167Dennis Eckersley
78Charles Johnson168Wendell Magee Jr.
79Dante Powell169John Jaha
80Derrek Lee170Garret Anderson
81Jason Kendall171Jason Giambi
82Todd Hollandsworth172Mark Grace
83Bernard Gilkey173Tony Clark
84Mel Rojas174Moises Alou
85Dmitri Young175Brett Butler
86Bret Boone176Cecil Fielder
87Pat Hentgen177Chris Widger
88Bobby Bonilla178Doug Drabek
89John Wetteland179Ellis Burks
90Todd Hundley180Shigetoshi Hasegawa RC
1997 Flair Showcase

Alex Rodriguez Promotional Items:

Alex Rodriguez 1997 Flair Showcase 3-Card Sample Strip
Alex Rodriguez 1997 Flair Showcase 3-Card Sample Strip
Alex Rodriguez Promotional Items
Signed Glove Exchange Card: The base set includes an Emerald Exchange Card that could be redeemed for a glove signed by Alex Rodriguez. These Exchange Cards were randomly inserted into packs and only 25 copies were made. The exchange deadline was August 1, 1998.
3-Card Promo Strip: A sample strip containing all three Rows of the Alex Rodriguez card was produced and distributed to dealers and hobby media to promote the product leading up to release date. In addition to the the words, “Promotional Sample” written diagonally across the front and back of each card, the only difference among the cards on the strip and the pack-issued examples is on the Row 0 card, which features sparkle text on the printed last name and the font used in the name plate.
1997 Flair Showcase

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Diamond Cuts:

Inserted into packs at a rate of 1:20, 1997 Flair Showcase Diamond Cuts is a 20-card set that features some of baseball’s biggest names on a holofoil die-cut diamond-shaped background.

Derek Jeter 1997 Flair Showcase Diamond Cuts #13
Derek Jeter 1997 Flair Showcase Diamond Cuts #13

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Jeff Bagwell11Mark McGwire
2Albert Belle12Mike Piazza
3Ken Caminiti13Derek Jeter
4Juan Gonzalez14Manny Ramirez
5Ken Griffey Jr.15Cal Ripken Jr.
6Tony Gwynn16Alex Rodriguez
7Todd Hundley17Frank Thomas
8Andruw Jones18Mo Vaughn
9Chipper Jones19Bernie Williams
10Greg Maddux20Matt Williams
1997 Flair Showcase Diamond Cuts

Hot Gloves:

Inserted into packs at a rate of 1:90, 1997 Flair Showcase Hot Gloves is a 15-card set that features some of baseball top glove talent on a bright die-cut flame design.

Ivan Rodriguez 1997 Flair Showcase Hot Gloves #14
Ivan Rodriguez 1997 Flair Showcase Hot Gloves #14

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Roberto Alomar9Kenny Lofton
2Barry Bonds10Greg Maddux
3Juan Gonzalez11Mike Piazza
4Ken Griffey Jr.12Cal Ripken Jr.
5Marquis Grissom13Alex Rodriguez
6Derek Jeter14Ivan Rodriguez
7Chipper Jones15Frank Thomas
8Barry Larkin
1997 Flair Showcase Hot Gloves

Wave of the Future:

Inserted into packs at a rate of 1:4, 1997 Flair Showcase Wave of the Future is a 27-card set that features newer players showcased on an embossed design.

David Ortiz 1997 Flair Showcase Wave of the Future #11
David Ortiz 1997 Flair Showcase Wave of the Future #11

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Todd Greene15Ricky Ledee
2Andruw Jones16Jorge Posada
3Randall Simon17Ruben Rivera
4Wady Almonte18Scott Spiezio
5Pat Cline19Scott Rolen
6Jeff Abbott20Emil Brown
7Justin Towle21Jose Guillen
8Richie Sexson22T.J. Staton
9Bubba Trammell23Eli Marrero
10Bob Abreu24Fernando Tatis
11David Arias-Ortiz25Ryan Jones
12Todd WalkerWF1Hideki Irabu
13Orlando CabreraWF2Jose Cruz Jr.
14Vladimir Guerrero
1997 Flair Showcase Wave of the Future

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