1999 Upper Deck Forte Baseball Cards

1999 Upper Deck Forte Baseball Cards
1999 Upper Deck Forte Baseball Cards

1999 Upper Deck Forte baseball cards makeup a very colorful run. That is, of course, if you can find all four pieces for any one player in the set. The full 4-card run is kindof a monster in terms of rarity and difficulty. This 30-card set was randomly inserted into Series 2 packs of 1999 Upper Deck Baseball. If you’re new to this achievement, here’s what to expect:

  • Single: This is the blue version. It’s the base card. These were inserted at a rate of 1:23. These are not serial numbered.
  • Double: This is the green version. They are serial numbered to 2000.
  • Triple: This is the red version. They are serial numbered to 100. For cards with print runs of 100, these are surprisingly tough to find. The other three versions hold the expected levels of rarity for their respective print runs (or lack thereof) but this one for some reason, is much harder to find than one might expect for a card serial numbered to 100.
  • Quadruple: This is the purple version. They are serial numbered to 10. The Quadruple Thomas parallel shown here is the only one I’ve ever seen. Granted, I’m not surprised. For a card printed to just 10 copies, I don’t expect to find another one anytime soon.

Despite what one might think, the Triple parallel was the last card I needed to complete this somewhat mythical rainbow. I just love the design with these cards. The standard flagship release of 1999 Upper Deck Baseball was an excellent release in that it hosted a variety of interesting insert sets, many of which with a 4-tier parallel structure. It’s times like these that I’m glad I only player collect one guy. Any more than one, especially of similar caliber, would make things really difficult to enjoy. It’s hard enough tracking down ultra rare cards of one guy, much less two.

This probably goes without saying but I figured what the heck – If you collect a player featured in this set, especially one of minimal (yes, you read that right – minimal) notable significance, the Triple and Quadruple parallels may prove to be exceptionally difficult to find. The beauty of these cards, however, is that in my experience, they can sometimes be found in bargain bins. This is more the case with the Doubles and Triples than with the Quadruples, of course, but it’s nice to know that these are sometimes considered lackluster by some dealers. In a way, it’s encouraging.

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Set Information:

SetTotal CardsPrint Run(s)Odds
Single301:23 S2
1999 Upper Deck Forte


Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
F1Darin ErstadF16Mike Piazza
F2Troy GlausF17Derek Jeter
F3Mo VaughnF18Ben Grieve
F4Greg MadduxF19Eric Chavez
F5Andres GalarragaF20Scott Rolen
F6Chipper JonesF21Mark McGwire
F7Cal Ripken Jr.F22J.D. Drew
F8Albert BelleF23Tony Gwynn
F9Nomar GarciaparraF24Barry Bonds
F10Sammy SosaF25Alex Rodriguez
F11Kerry WoodF26Ken Griffey Jr.
F12Frank ThomasF27Ivan Rodriguez
F13Jim ThomeF28Juan Gonzalez
F14Jeff BagwellF29Roger Clemens
F15Vladimir GuerreroF30Andruw Jones
1999 Upper Deck Forte
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Derek Jeter 1999 Upper Deck Forte #F17
Derek Jeter 1999 Upper Deck Forte #F17 | Source: Tai Ling
Ivan Rodriguez 1999 Upper Deck Forte #F27
Ivan Rodriguez 1999 Upper Deck Forte #F27 | Source: Thomas Smith


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