1999 Topps Gold Label Baseball Cards

Kevin Brown 1999 Topps Gold Label #48 Class 3 Red Label Error
Kevin Brown 1999 Topps Gold Label #48 Class 3 Red Label Error

Due to a faulty alignment when the foil was applied to card fronts, some cards can be found with mismatched names and logos.

When 1998 Topps Gold Label hit the market, unless you were aware of the vague tip on how to differentiate the different classes, it was really hard to distinguish what was what. When Topps hooked it up with 1999 Topps Gold Label they accompanied it with an easy to notice Class identifier on the backs of each card, which was incredibly helpful.

I really like the concept behind this product. Any given player has three Class variations with each Class having three label color variations and finally a 1/1 for each of the three Classes of each of the three versions for a grand total of 18 possible variations to chase. To me, this makes for an exciting and challenging rainbow to complete. Granted, most of us collectors will never see our guys 1/1s but we do have realistic chances of obtaining the other 9 versions. Let’s have a closer look at what we’re up against here. Below, find title and Classes accompanied by odds of pulling that card. H = Hobby; R = Retail.

  • Gold Label (base) – Class 1 (1:1); Class 2 (1:2); Class 3 (1:4)
  • Black Label – Class 1 (1:8H / 1:12R); Class 2 (1:16H / 1:24R); Class 3 (1:32H / 1:48R)
  • Red Label – Class 1 (1:118H / 1:148R); Class 2 (1:237H / 1:296R); Class 3 (1:473H / 1:591R)
  • One to One – 1:1,200H / 1:1,600R (same odd regardless of class or label color)

The Breakdown:

Let’s get a better perspective here. Based on market research, this product’s stats are roughly as follows. I use the term roughly in a somewhat liberal manner given that outside of packaging, prices may vary.

  • Box = 24 packs
  • Pack = 5 cards
  • Cards per box = 120
  • Suggested Retail Price (SRP) = $70/box, $3/pack
  • Complete set = 100 cards

Let’s keep going. Below find the hard data, how much money you’re expected to put into pulling a particular card. To keep it simple, we’ll focus specifically on Hobby prices per pack at a $3 SRP. Keep in mind that the numbers below will always be higher for Retail. Lastly, we’ll look at how many packs and boxes you’d have to bust to find any Class from any Label and any particular player in said Class for each Label. Everything is depicted in the chart below. Let’s see what we’re up against.

Gold Label:

  • Class 1: (1:1 pack or 1:1 box) $3 for a Class 1; (1:20 packs or 1:1 box) $60 for a particular player
  • Class 2: (1:2 packs or 1:1 box) $6 for a Class 2; (1:40 packs or 1:2 boxes) $120 for a particular player
  • Class 3: (1:4 packs or 1:1 box) $12 for a Class 3; (1:80 packs or 1:4 boxes) $240 for a particular player

Black Label:

  • Class 1: (1:8 packs or 1:1 box) $24 for a Class 1; (1:160 packs or 1:7 boxes) $480 for a particular player
  • Class 2: (1:16 packs or 1:1 box) $48 for a Class 2; (1:320 packs or 1:14 boxes) $960 for a particular player
  • Class 3: (1:32 packs or 1:2 boxes) $96 for a Class 3; (1:640 packs or 1:28 boxes) $1,920 for a particular player

Red Label:

  • Class 1: (1:118 packs or 1:6 boxes) $354 for a Class 1; (1:2360 packs or 1:102 boxes) $7,080 for a particular player
  • Class 2: (1:237 packs or 1:11 boxes) $711 for a Class 2; (1:4740 or 1:204 boxes) $14,220 for a particular player
  • Class 3: (1:473 packs or 1:21 boxes) $1,419 for a Class 3; (1:9460 packs or 1:406 boxes) $28,380 for a particular player

One to One:

  • 1:1,200 packs or 1:51 boxes (same odd regardless of class or label color): $3600 for any Class; (1:24000 packs or 1:1029 boxes) $72,000 for any particular player (assuming none had been pulled)

Think about it, in order to pull a 1/1 of any particular player, you’d have to open over a thousand boxes of this stuff! I don’t even know what a thousand boxes looks like. I can’t even conceptualize that amount of boxes of 1999 Topps Gold Label, heck any product for that matter! It might take you weeks to open up all those boxes which would set you back a cool $72k! In today’s economy, that’s a good down payment on a nice little house!

As you can see, Topps Gold Label was an army strong release for its day. I hope my calculations will come in handy the next time you happen upon a Red Label or any Class from any Label for that matter from 1999 Topps Gold Label baseball. Good luck!

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1999 Topps Gold Label
1999 Topps Gold Label

Set Information:

1999 Topps Gold Label is a 100-card set distributed in 4-card packs with an SRP of $3.99.

SetTotal CardsPrint Run(s)Odds
Class 11004:1
Class 1 Black1001:12 R; 1:8 HTA
Class 1 Red1001001:148 R; 1:118 HTA
Class 1 One to One10011:1200-1600
Class 1 Black One to One10011:1200-1600
Class 1 Red One to One10011:1200-1600
Class 21001:4 R; 1:2 HTA
Class 2 Black1001:24 R; 1:16 HTA
Class 2 Red100501:296 R; 1:237 HTA
Class 2 One to One10011:1200-1600
Class 2 Black One to One10011:1200-1600
Class 2 Red One to One10011:1200-1600
Class 31001:8 H; 1:4 HTA
Class 3 Black1001:48
Class 3 Red100251:591
Class 3 One to One10011:1200-1600
Class 3 Black One to One10011:1200-1600
Class 3 Red One to One10011:1200-1600
Race to Aaron101:20 R; 1:12 HTA
Race to Aaron Black101:80 R; 1:48 HTA
Race to Aaron Red10441:3343 R; 1:2695 HTA
Race to Aaron One to One101
1999 Topps Gold Label

Base Set Checklist:

1999 Topps Gold Label is a 100-card set that features a reflective rainbow finish on 35pt card stock. Each card in the set is paralleled 18 different times across the label colors, classes, and One to Ones.

Vladimir Guerrero 1999 Topps Gold Label #76 Class 1 Red /100
Vladimir Guerrero 1999 Topps Gold Label #76 Class 1 Red /100

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Mike Piazza51Curt Schilling
2Andres Galarraga52Ken Caminiti
3Mark Grace53Brad Fullmer
4Tony Clark54Bobby Seay RC
5Jim Thome55Orlando Hernandez
6Tony Gwynn56Sean Casey
7Kelly Dransfeldt RC57Al Leiter
8Eric Chavez58Sandy Alomar Jr.
9Brian Jordan59Mark Kotsay
10Todd Hundley60Matt Williams
11Rondell White61Raul Mondesi
12Dmitri Young62Joe Crede RC
13Jeff Kent63Jim Edmonds
14Derek Bell64Jose Cruz Jr.
15Todd Helton65Juan Gonzalez
16Chipper Jones66Sammy Sosa
17Albert Belle67Cal Ripken Jr.
18Barry Larkin68Vinny Castilla
19Dante Bichette69Craig Biggio
20Gary Sheffield70Mark McGwire
21Cliff Floyd71Greg Vaughn
22Derek Jeter72Greg Maddux
23Jason Giambi73Paul O’Neill
24Ray Lankford74Scott Rolen
25Alex Rodriguez75Ben Grieve
26Ruben Mateo76Vladimir Guerrero
27Wade Boggs77John Olerud
28Carlos Delgado78Eric Karros
29Tim Salmon79Jeromy Burnitz
30Alfonso Soriano RC80Jeff Bagwell
31Javy Lopez81Kenny Lofton
32Jason Kendall82Manny Ramirez
33Nick Johnson RC83Andruw Jones
34A.J. Burnett RC84Travis Lee
35Troy Glaus85Darin Erstad
36Pat Burrell RC86Nomar Garciaparra
37Jeff Cirillo87Frank Thomas
38David Justice88Moises Alou
39Ivan Rodriguez89Tino Martinez
40Bernie Williams90Carlos Pena RC
41Jay Buhner91Shawn Green
42Mo Vaughn92Rusty Greer
43Randy Johnson93Matt Belisle RC
44Pedro Martinez94Adrian Beltre
45Larry Walker95Roger Clemens
46Todd Walker96John Smoltz
47Roberto Alomar97Mark Mulder RC
48Kevin Brown98Kerry Wood
49Mike Mussina99Barry Bonds
50Tom Glavine100Ken Griffey Jr.
1999 Topps Gold Label

Race to Aaron:

1999 Topps Gold Label Race to Aaron is a 10-card set that features color action shots in the foreground of MLB’s top hitters chasing two of Hank Aaron’s all-time records: Career HRs and RBIs. A silhouette portrait of Hank Aaron appears in the background. Each card in the set is paralleled 4 different times.

Albert Belle 1999 Topps Gold Label Race to Aaron #RA5 Black
Albert Belle 1999 Topps Gold Label Race to Aaron #RA5 Black

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
RA1Mark McGwireRA6Nomar Garciaparra
RA2Ken Griffey Jr.RA7Ken Griffey Jr.
RA3Alex RodriguezRA8Alex Rodriguez
RA4Vladimir GuerreroRA9Juan Gonzalez
RA5Albert BelleRA10Barry Bonds
1999 Topps Gold Label Race to Aaron

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