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 parallels exist for each card in the set:
- Base (left): 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 (middle): 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 (right): 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.
I’ve been intrigued with this set for many years and while I don’t ever expect to complete the set, I’ve been slowly and casually piecing together cards from the Essential Credentials Now set. You can see my progress here.