1998 Aurora Pennant Fever Baseball Cards

Pacific was so ahead of its time. With intricate designs, an excellent color palette, and crazy low print runs, it’s a true benchmark to its antiquity. The 1998 Aurora Pennant Fever set captures this essence wholeheartedly but it’s not for the faint of heart. Here’s what’s in it:

1998 Aurora Pennant Fever Baseball Cards
1998 Aurora Pennant Fever Baseball Cards

1998 Aurora Pennant Fever is a 50-card set featuring some of the biggest names of the league. The cards feature a horizontal pennant style design that showcases the player’s team coupled with foils of varying colors layered behind full color player action shots. It’s a great set but posses an ambitious collecting pursuit. Each card in the set can be found in five different parallels. To collect a run of any single card in the set, here’s what you’ll need to locate:

  • Base: This is the standard card. These are fairly common as they were inserted into packs at a rate of one per pack. They feature gold foil in the backgrounds.
  • Red: These parallels were inserted into retail packs at a rate of 1:4 and feature red foil in the backgrounds. While slightly rarer than the base cards, they’re usually pretty easy to track down.
  • Silver: This is where things begin to get difficult. Silver parallels were inserted exclusively into retail packs. They carry stated print runs of 250 and feature silver foil in the backgrounds. Don’t let the print run fool you; these have proven to be at least moderately difficult to track down.
  • Platinum Blue: These parallels carry stated print runs of 100 and feature light blue foil in the backgrounds. For what they are, they’re incredibly rare so expect to spend some time searching for your player’s Platinum Blue parallel.
  • Copper: The Copper parallel is the unicorn. These have stated print runs of just 20 copies and feature copper foil in the backgrounds. If you’re attempting a run, expect to spend years searching for your player’s Copper parallel if you’re lucky enough to find one at all. In 1998, print runs below 100 were (and still are) considered by many to be extremely rare. Because the Copper parallel is 5x rarer, it’s an exceedingly tough one to capture.

At the time, Tony Gwynn was the ambassador for the Pacific brand and as such signed single copies of the Silver, Platinum Blue, and Copper parallels.

1998 Aurora Pennant Fever is an excellent albeit challenging set to collect. In terms of difficulty, I put this set at upper moderate to mild advanced. I say this because while the Silver and Platinum Blue parallels make this set difficult to collect by themselves, the Copper parallel presents a potentially extensive acquisition lead time with no guarantees.

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Set Information:

Tony Gwynn signed three versions of his 1999 Aurora Pennant Fever card – Silver, Platinum Blue, and Copper – which is why those three parallel sets contain one more card than the sets of the other two versions. All three signed Tony Gwynn cards are extremely rare.

SetTotal CardsPrint Run(s)Odds
Platinum Blue51100
1998 Aurora Pennant Fever


Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Tony Gwynn26Brady Anderson
2Derek Jeter27Jaret Wright
3Alex Rodriguez28Roberto Alomar
4Paul Molitor29Joe Carter
5Nomar Garciaparra30Hideo Nomo
6Jeff Bagwell31Mike Piazza
7Ivan Rodriguez32Andres Galarraga
8Cal Ripken Jr.33Larry Walker
9Matt Williams34Tim Salmon
10Chipper Jones35Frank Thomas
11Edgar Martinez36Moises Alou
12Wade Boggs37David Justice
13Paul Konerko38Manny Ramirez
14Ben Grieve39Jim Edmonds
15Sandy Alomar Jr.40Barry Bonds
16Travis Lee41Jim Thome
17Scott Rolen42Mo Vaughn
18Ryan Klesko43Rafael Palmeiro
19Juan Gonzalez44Darin Erstad
20Albert Belle45Pedro Martinez
21Roger Clemens46Greg Maddux
22Javy Lopez47Jose Canseco
23Jose Cruz Jr.48Vladimir Guerrero
24Ken Griffey Jr.49Bernie Williams
25Mark McGwire50Randy Johnson
1998 Aurora Pennant Fever

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