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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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
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.
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
Pack Issued | Purple /100
Pack Issued | Red /25
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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.
Replacements | Green (No Serial Number)
Replacements | Purple (No Serial Number)
Replacements | Red (No Serial Number)
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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)
Executive Master Set Editions | Purple (XXX/100)
Executive Master Set Editions | Red (XX/25)
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The 1998 Donruss Crusade set was initially intended to be a two-part series, the latter of which was never officially released due to the Pinnacle bankruptcy. Had this second wave been released, the full set would’ve been much bigger. The second wave features flipped designs i.e., cards of players depicted on the Call to Arms (CTA) design in the first wave are depicted on the standard 1998 Donruss Crusade design in the second wave, and vice versa. Unlike the pack issued CTAs, the unreleased CTAs possess card numbers and the card backs are flipped vertically.
Because this second wave was never officially released, the cards in it aren’t found in any database or price guide, which makes them that much more mysterious. This stuff is as rare as it is expensive.