1998 Topps Gold Label can be a challenging product to collect if you don't know what's what. It took me some time before I figured out what was what with this set since Topps didn't clearly state the class identification on the cards. Luckily, they fixed this in 1999.
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Let's makes some sense of the 1998 issue. Here's what you need to know:
- Class 1: This class features the player in a fielding pose in the background. The text on the card is flat gold foil. Common.
- Class 2: This class features the player in a running pose in the background. The text on the card is silver sparkle foil. Uncommon. Insertion ratio: 1:2
- Class 3: This class features the player in a batting pose in the background. The text on the card is gold sparkle foil. Rare. Insertion ratio: 1:4
Each class comes in 4 different versions for a total of 12 different cards per player. Here's the rundown:
- Gold Label: This is the base card; it has a flat gold foil label. Common.
- Black Label: The label on these is black. Uncommon.
- Class 1: Insertion ratio: 1:8
- Class 2: Insertion ratio: 1:16
- Class 3: Insertion ratio: 1:32
- Red Label: The label on these is red and each class comes with a different print run. Rare.
- Class 1: Print run of 100. Insertion ratio: 1:99
- Class 2: Print run of 50. Insertion ratio: 1:198
- Class 3: Print run of 25. Insertion ratio: 1:396
- One to One: These are the most difficult to find. Only one set was printed, which makes each card a 1/1. Insertion ratio: Unstated. Ultra rare.