1998 Leaf Parallel Identification Guide Frank Thomas

Complicated, intricate, confusing, difficult - this is 1998 Leaf Baseball. It took me years to figure out what was what with this set. This is a very tricky run of cards. Depending on the player and die cut orientation, print runs and materials used will vary. Frank Thomas is featured twice in this set so I had to track down 8 parallels per version for a total of 16 different cards, which took me several years. Featured here are each of the 8 parallels for both cards #106 and #157. While this article will serve the most value to Frank Thomas collectors, it should still be helpful for anyone attempting to collect each card of their guy. This guide should give you a better idea of how to identify each card.

Here's what you need to know:


Frank Thomas 1998 Leaf #106

Frank Thomas 1998 Leaf #106

  • Base: This is the stock card.
  • Fractal Matrix: The back of this card doesn't have a stated print run but it's 100.
  • Fractal Matrix Die Cut: The back of this card doesn't have a stated print run but it's 400.
  • Fractal Matrix Diamond Axis: The back of this card has a stated serial number of 50.
  • Fractal Foundations: The back of this card has a stated serial number of 3999.
  • Fractal Materials: The back of this card has a stated serial number of 250. The first 50 cards in the print run are die cut so the print run for this version is 200.
  • Fractal Materials Die Cut: The back of this card has a stated serial number of 250. The first 50 cards in the print run are die cut so the print run for this version is 50.
  • Fractal Materials Z2 Axis: The back of this card has a stated serial number of 20.

Frank Thomas 1998 Leaf #157

Frank Thomas 1998 Leaf #157

  • Base: This is the stock card.
  • Fractal Matrix: The back of this card doesn't have a stated print run but it's 600.
  • Fractal Matrix Die Cut: The back of this card doesn't have a stated print run but it's 400.
  • Fractal Matrix Diamond Axis: The back of this card has a stated serial number of 50.
  • Fractal Foundations: The back of this card has a stated serial number of 3999.
  • Fractal Materials: The back of this card has a stated serial number of 3250. The first 200 cards in the print run are die cut so the print run for this version is 3050.
  • Fractal Materials Die Cut: The back of this card has a stated serial number of 3250. The first 200 cards in the print run are die cut so the print run for this version is 200.
  • Fractal Materials Z2 Axis: The back of this card has a stated serial number of 20.
1998 Leaf 183 David Ortiz Minnesota Twins Baseball Card
1998 Leaf 183 David Ortiz Minnesota Twins Baseball Card
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1998 LEAF FRACTAL FOUNDATION 152 MIKE PIAZZA HOF POP 1 PSA 9 B2679164 324
1998 LEAF FRACTAL FOUNDATION 152 MIKE PIAZZA HOF POP 1 PSA 9 B2679164 324
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1998 Leaf Heading for the Hall 15 Eddie Murray BGS 9 MINT Los Angeles Dodgers
1998 Leaf Heading for the Hall 15 Eddie Murray BGS 9 MINT Los Angeles Dodgers
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1998 Topps Chrome Milestones Refractors refractor REF MS7 Greg Maddux HOF 172
1998 Topps Chrome Milestones Refractors refractor REF MS7 Greg Maddux HOF 172
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1998 LEAF ROOKIES  STARS ROGER CLEMENS 7 EXTREME MEASURES DIE CUT 0153 1000
1998 LEAF ROOKIES STARS ROGER CLEMENS 7 EXTREME MEASURES DIE CUT 0153 1000
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1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars 211 Magglio Ordonez RC Rookie
1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars 211 Magglio Ordonez RC Rookie
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1998 Leaf Rookies  Stars True Blue 16 Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox Card
1998 Leaf Rookies Stars True Blue 16 Pedro Martinez Boston Red Sox Card
$15.73
1998 Leaf Rookies  Stars 211 Magglio Ordonez SGC 10 GEM Chicago White Sox RC
1998 Leaf Rookies Stars 211 Magglio Ordonez SGC 10 GEM Chicago White Sox RC
$50.19
1998 Leaf Rookies  Stars Longevity 206 Esteban Yan PSA 9 MINT Tampa Bay Rays
1998 Leaf Rookies Stars Longevity 206 Esteban Yan PSA 9 MINT Tampa Bay Rays
$21.44
1998 Leaf Rookies  Stars Longevity 254 Danny Clyburn Baltimore Orioles Card
1998 Leaf Rookies Stars Longevity 254 Danny Clyburn Baltimore Orioles Card
$12.58
BARRY BONDS 1998 LEAF R  S LONGEVITY 25 50 JRY 1 1
BARRY BONDS 1998 LEAF R S LONGEVITY 25 50 JRY 1 1
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1998 Leaf Heading for the Hall 8 Ken Griffey Jr Seattle Mariners Jr Card
1998 Leaf Heading for the Hall 8 Ken Griffey Jr Seattle Mariners Jr Card
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1998 Leaf State Representatives 18 Derek Jeter New York Yankees Baseball Card
1998 Leaf State Representatives 18 Derek Jeter New York Yankees Baseball Card
$12.57
1998 Leaf Heading For The Hall 8 Ken Griffey Jr Mariners HOF PSA 9 MINT
1998 Leaf Heading For The Hall 8 Ken Griffey Jr Mariners HOF PSA 9 MINT
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David Ortiz 1998 Fractal Matrix Gold Leaf Rookie 183
David Ortiz 1998 Fractal Matrix Gold Leaf Rookie 183
$26.99
1998 Leaf Heading for the Hall 17 SN 3161 3500 Cal Ripken Orioles HOF
1998 Leaf Heading for the Hall 17 SN 3161 3500 Cal Ripken Orioles HOF
$12.00

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