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1998 Donruss Crusade Baseball Cards

Welcome to the most comprehensive all-in-one resource for 1998 Donruss Crusade baseball cards.

In a previous blog post, I discussed 1998 Donruss Crusade baseball cards from a hobby popularity standpoint. To respect the historical significance of that post, this resource is provided as an addendum on 1998 Donruss Crusade baseball cards and covers all known facts and images. Let’s dig in.


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Database Organization:

This 1998 Donruss Crusade baseball cards database is organized by:

  • Types: Pack Issued, Replacements, Executive Master Set Editions, and Unreleased
  • Image Galleries: For each of the three colors – Green, Purple, and Red
  • Cumulative Checklists: For each of the four types
  • The database concludes with a small section for Errors

Release Formats:

It’s important here to note that the pack issued variety is the only type that was meant for public consumption and had an official release date complete with a marketing budget. All other types – Replacements, Executive Master Set Editions, and Unreleased – weren’t meant for public consumption but likely made their way into the secondary market through employee backdooring during the Pinnacle bankruptcy. Keep this in mind.


Pack Issued

The 1998 Donruss Crusade baseball set consists of 130 cards of which come in three different color parallels – Green, Purple, and Red – with each color accompanied by a unique print run. The first 100 cards in the set depict veteran stars while the remaining 30 feature young hopefuls.

1998 Donruss Crusade is a multi-product release; the first 100 cards were randomly inserted into three products: 1998 Donruss (40), 1998 Leaf (30), and 1998 Donruss Update (30). All “Call to Arms” (CTA) subset cards were mistakenly printed without card numbers. Cards 101-130 were inserted into packs of 1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars.


Pack Issued | Green /250

Neifi Perez 1998 Donruss Crusade #69 Green /250
Neifi Perez 1998 Donruss Crusade #69 Green /250

Pack Issued | Purple /100

Hideo Nomo 1998 Donruss Crusade #81 Purple /100 CTA
Hideo Nomo 1998 Donruss Crusade #81 Purple /100 CTA

Pack Issued | Red /25

Mo Vaughn 1998 Donruss Crusade #12 Red /25 CTA
Mo Vaughn 1998 Donruss Crusade #12 Red /25 CTA
Frank Thomas 1998 Donruss Crusade CTA #14 Red /25
Frank Thomas 1998 Donruss Crusade CTA #14 Red /25

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Replacements

While not known for certain, it’s believed that replacement examples were produced for every parallel of pack issued 1998 Donruss Crusade cards. Other than not possessing serial numbers, they are identical in every way to their pack issued counterparts. These replacements are exceedingly rare and very few have been found.

→ Related article: Replacements and Why Your Card Doesn’t Have a Serial Number When You Think it Should


Replacements | Green (No Serial Number)

Magglio Ordonez 1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars Crusade Update #130 Green Replacement
Magglio Ordonez 1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars Crusade Update #130 Green Replacement

Replacements | Purple (No Serial Number)

David Ortiz 1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars Crusade Update #110 Purple Replacement
David Ortiz 1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars Crusade Update #110 Purple Replacement

Replacements | Red (No Serial Number)

Juan Encarnacion 1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars Crusade Update #111 Red Replacement
Juan Encarnacion 1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars Crusade Update #111 Red Replacement
Travis Lee 1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars #105 Red Replacement
Travis Lee 1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars #105 Red Replacement

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Executive Master Set Editions

While it’s unknown if these were made for 1998 Leaf Rookie and Stars Crusade Update cards (#101-130), it’s believed that examples of each of the first 100 cards in the pack issued 1998 Donruss Crusade set can be found with X’s in the numerator position of the serial numbers. These are called Executive Master Set Editions a.k.a. Executive Proofs. They were printed for final review before the product went into official production and release.

While print runs aren’t confirmed, it’s likely every card of this version regardless of color was printed in the same quantity. That said, however, it’s believed that that particular quantity is exceptionally small, possibly less than 10. Again, there’s no way to confirm this other than assumptions from sales observations over time. If you’re chasing a specific player in the set, this stuff makes for excellent additions to the PC.

→ Related article: The Differences Between Prototypes, Proofs, Promos, Previews, and Samples


Executive Master Set Editions | Green (XXX/250)

Paul Molitor 1998 Donruss Crusade #28 Green Executive Master Set Edition
Paul Molitor 1998 Donruss Crusade #28 Green Executive Master Set Edition

Executive Master Set Editions | Purple (XXX/100)

Jim Thome 1998 Donruss Crusade #19 Purple CTA Executive Master Set Edition
Jim Thome 1998 Donruss Crusade #19 Purple CTA Executive Master Set Edition

Executive Master Set Editions | Red (XX/25)

Darin Erstad 1998 Donruss Crusade #4 Red CTA Executive Master Set Edition
Darin Erstad 1998 Donruss Crusade #4 Red CTA Executive Master Set Edition