1998 E-X2001 Baseball Cards

1998 E-X2001 Baseball Cards
1998 E-X2001 Baseball Cards

Essential Credential Parallels:

If there was ever a release that would be impossible for more than one person to complete a full set of each card shown, it would be this one. 1998 E-X2001 is a 100-card set and with the addition of the parallel sets, it’s quite the monster. The design alone is incredible and has since been used in 2012-13 Fleer Retro products for both basketball and hockey. Three versions exist for each card in the set:

  • Base: The base set features striking holo foil with clear plastic and gold foil text. The stock design elements are enough to entice many collectors.
  • Essential Credentials Future: This is a parallel to the base set and features beautiful fluorescent pink holo foil with translucent pink plastic and the same gold foil text. The serial numbering for these corresponds opposite the card number in the 100-card set. For example, card #8 is serial numbered to 93.
  • Essential Credentials Now: This is another parallel to the base set and features gorgeous fluorescent green holo foil with translucent green plastic and the same gold foil text. The serial numbering for these corresponds directly to the card number in the 100-card set. For example, card #8 is serial numbered to 8.

As we can see, each of these Essential Credentials sets would be very difficult to complete for any one collector. For the Now variety, card #100 has a print run of 100 copies whereas card #1 is a 1/1. The reverse occurs for the Future variety; card #100 is a 1/1 and card #1 has a print run of 100.

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Set Information:

Important Date(s)
March 31, 1999Exchange Deadline
1998 E-X2001
SetTotal CardsPrint Run(s)Odds
Base103
Essential Credentials Future1001-100
Essential Credentials Now1001-100
Cheap Seat Treats201:24
Destination Cooperstown151:720
Signature 2001171:60
Star Date 2001151:12
Rodriguez Hawaii XIII Promo1200Industry Dist.
1998 E-X2001

Base Set Checklist:

1998 E-X2001 (issued by Fleer/Skybox) is a one-series, 100-card set issued exclusively to hobby outlets in 2-card packs came with an SRP of $3.99. The set features player action shots printed on clear acetate stock with beautiful sparkly foil printed along one side vertically. Parallel(s): Essential Credentials Future /1-100 and Essential Credentials Now /1-100.

1998 E-X2001 Baseball Cards
1998 E-X2001 Baseball Cards

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Alex Rodriguez51Mike Lieberthal
2Barry Bonds52Henry Rodriguez
3Greg Maddux53Edgar Renteria
4Roger Clemens54Eric Karros
5Juan Gonzalez55Marquis Grissom
6Chipper Jones56Wilson Alvarez
7Derek Jeter57Darryl Kile
8Frank Thomas58Jeff King
9Cal Ripken Jr.59Shawn Estes
10Ken Griffey Jr.60Tony Womack
11Mark McGwire61Willie Greene
12Hideo Nomo62Ken Caminiti
13Tony Gwynn63Vinny Castilla
14Ivan Rodriguez64Mark Grace
15Mike Piazza65Ryan Klesko
16Roberto Alomar66Robin Ventura
17Jeff Bagwell67Todd Hundley
18Andruw Jones68Travis Fryman
19Albert Belle69Edgar Martinez
20Mo Vaughn70Matt Williams
21Kenny Lofton71Paul Molitor
22Gary Sheffield72Kevin Brown
23Tony Clark73Randy Johnson
24Mike Mussina74Bernie Williams
25Barry Larkin75Manny Ramirez
26Moises Alou76Fred McGriff
27Brady Anderson77Tom Glavine
28Andy Pettitte78Carlos Delgado
29Sammy Sosa79Larry Walker
30Raul Mondesi80Hideki Irabu
31Andres Galarraga81Ryan McGuire
32Chuck Knoblauch82Justin Thompson
33Jim Thome83Kevin Orie
34Craig Biggio84Jon Nunnally
35Jay Buhner85Mark Kotsay
36Rafael Palmeiro86Todd Walker
37Curt Schilling87Jason Dickson
38Tino Martinez88Fernando Tatis
39Pedro Martinez89Karim Garcia
40Jose Canseco90Ricky Ledee
41Jeff Cirillo91Paul Konerko
42Dean Palmer92Jaret Wright
43Tim Salmon93Darin Erstad
44Jason Giambi94Livan Hernandez
45Bobby Higginson95Nomar Garciaparra
46Jim Edmonds96Jose Cruz Jr.
47David Justice97Scott Rolen
48John Olerud98Ben Grieve
49Ray Lankford99Vladimir Guerrero
50Al Martin100Travis Lee
1998 E-X2001

An unnumbered Kerry Wood Exchange card printed on standard card stock was inserted into packs at a rate of 1:50. This card could be redeemed for the standard acetate card in the set (#101). An Alex Rodriguez Sample card was issued to dealers and hobby media some months prior to the product’s release date. All three of these additional cards are included in the base set.

Card #Player(s)Odds
101Kerry Wood
101Kerry Wood Exchange1:50
1Alex Rodriguez SampleDealers & Hobby Media

Cheap Seat Treats:

Inserted into packs at a rate of 1:24, 1998 E-X2001 Cheap Seat Treats is a 20-card set that features a die cut design in the shape of folding chairs with silver foil stamping and color photos of some of the day’s greatest hitters.

Barry Bonds 1998 E-X2001 Cheap Seat Treats #CS14
Barry Bonds 1998 E-X2001 Cheap Seat Treats #CS14

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
CS1Frank ThomasCS11Andres Galarraga
CS2Ken Griffey Jr.CS12Jim Thome
CS3Mark McGwireCS13Mo Vaughn
CS4Tino MartinezCS14Barry Bonds
CS5Larry WalkerCS15Vladimir Guerrero
CS6Juan GonzalezCS16Scott Rolen
CS7Mike PiazzaCS17Travis Lee
CS8Jeff BagwellCS18David Justice
CS9Tony ClarkCS19Jose Cruz Jr.
CS10Albert BelleCS20Andruw Jones
1998 E-X2001 Cheap Seat Treats

Destination Cooperstown:

Inserted into packs at a rate of 1:720, 1998 E-X2001 Destination Cooperstown is a 15-card set designed to resemble luggage destination tags and include a piece of string tied to a hole at the top of each card. The set is devoted to future Hall-of-Fame quality players.

Mark McGwire 1998 E-X2001 Destination Cooperstown #DC8
Mark McGwire 1998 E-X2001 Destination Cooperstown #DC8
E-X2001 Destination Cooperstown Set
E-X2001 Destination Cooperstown Set

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
DC1Alex RodriguezDC9Tony Gwynn
DC2Frank ThomasDC10Mike Piazza
DC3Cal Ripken Jr.DC11Jeff Bagwell
DC4Roger ClemensDC12Jose Cruz Jr.
DC5Greg MadduxDC13Derk Jeter
DC6Chipper JonesDC14Hideo Nomo
DC7Ken Griffey Jr.DC15Ivan Rodriguez
DC8Mark McGwire
1998 E-X2001 Destination Cooperstown

Signature 2001:

Inserted into packs at a rate of 1:60, 1998 E-X2001 Signature 2001 is a 17-card set that features color action shots and autographs by some of MLBs hottest young stars.

Ben Grieve 1998 E-X2001 Signature 2001 #7
Ben Grieve 1998 E-X2001 Signature 2001 #7

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Ricky Ledee10Randall Simons
2Derrick Gibson11Paul Konerko
3Mark Kotsay12Todd Helton
4Kevin Millwood13David Ortiz
5Brad Fullmer14Alex Gonzalez
6Todd Walker15Bobby Estalella
7Ben Grieve16Alex Rodriguez SP
8Tony Clark17Mike Lowell
9Jaret Wright
1998 E-X2001 Signature 2001

Star Date 2001:

Inserted into packs at a rate of 1:12, 1998 E-X2001 Star Date 2001 is a 15-card set that features a space-type graphic in the background with gold foil stamping on plastic card stock and color action shots of some of the MLBs hottest rising stars.

Magglio Ordonez 1998 E-X2001 Star Date 2001 #SD5
Magglio Ordonez 1998 E-X2001 Star Date 2001 #SD5

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
SD1Travis LeeSD9Sean Casey
SD2Jose Cruz Jr.SD10Todd Helton
SD3Paul KonerkoSD11Brad Fullmer
SD4Bobby EstalellaSD12Ben Grieve
SD5Magglio OrdonezSD13Livan Hernandez
SD6Juan EncarnacionSD14Jaret Wright
SD7Richard HidalgoSD15Todd Dunwoody
SD8Abraham Nunez
1998 E-X2001 Star Date 2001

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