1997 Donruss

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1997 Donruss is a 450-card issued in two separate series of 270 and 180 cards respectively. (The second series was issued as "Donruss Update," however since the set is numbered as an extension of Series One, it is considered part of this set.)

The following subsets are included within the set: Checklists (267-270/448-450), Rookies (353-397), Hit List (398-422), King of the Hill (423-437) and Interleague Showdown (438-447).

Distribution

Series One Hobby: 18 packs per box, ten cards per pack (MSRP: $1.99).

Update Series Hobby: 24 packs per box, ten cards per pack (MSRP: $1.99).

Update Series Blister Pack: 14 cards per pack (MSRP: $2.99).

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Series One Hobby Odds Series One Retail Odds Series One Jumbo Odds Update Hobby Odds Update Retail Odds
Base 450 - ? ? ? ? ?
Silver Press Proof 450 2000 1:8 1:8 ? 1:16 1:16
Gold Press Proof 450 500 1:32 1:32 ? 1:64 1:64
Rated Rookies 30 - 1:6 1:6 1:6 N/A N/A
Diamond Kings 10 9500 1:45 1:45 ? N/A N/A
Diamond Kings Canvas 10 500 1:864 1:864 ? N/A N/A
Elite 12 2500 1:144 1:144 ? N/A N/A
Armed and Dangerous 15 5000 1:58 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Longball Leaders 15 5000 N/A ? N/A N/A N/A
Rocket Launchers 15 5000 N/A N/A ? N/A N/A
Dominators 20 - N/A N/A N/A ? ?
Rookie Diamond Kings 10 9500 N/A N/A N/A 1:24 1:24
Rookie Diamond Kings Canvas 10 500 N/A N/A N/A 1:480 1:480
Cal Ripken: The Only Way I Know 9 5000 N/A N/A N/A 1:24 1:24
Power Alley 24 varies N/A N/A N/A ? ?
Power Alley Die-Cuts 24 250 N/A N/A N/A ? ?
Franchise Features 20 3000 N/A N/A N/A 1:48 N/A

Checklist

Base Set

Series One

1 Juan Gonzalez

2 Jim Edmonds

3 Tony Gwynn

4 Andres Galarraga

5 Joe Carter

6 Raul Mondesi

7 Greg Maddux

8 Travis Fryman

9 Brian Jordan

10 Henry Rodriguez

11 Manny Ramirez

12 Mark McGwire

13 Marc Newfield

14 Craig Biggio

15 Sammy Sosa

16 Brady Anderson

17 Wade Boggs

18 Charles Johnson

19 Matt Williams

20 Denny Neagle

21 Ken Griffey, Jr.

22 Robin Ventura

23 Barry Larkin

24 Todd Zeile

25 Chuck Knoblauch

26 Todd Hundley

27 Roger Clemens

28 Michael Tucker

29 Rondell White

30 Osvaldo Fernandez

31 Ivan Rodriguez

32 Alex Fernandez

33 Jason Isringhausen

34 Chipper Jones

35 Paul O'Neill

36 Hideo Nomo

37 Roberto Alomar

38 Derek Bell

39 Paul Molitor

40 Andy Benes

41 Steve Trachsel

42 J.T. Snow

43 Jason Kendall

44 Alex Rodriguez

45 Joey Hamilton

46 Carlos Delgado

47 Jason Giambi

48 Larry Walker

49 Derek Jeter

50 Kenny Lofton

51 Devon White

52 Matt Mieske

53 Melvin Nieves

54 Jose Canseco

55 Tino Martinez

56 Rafael Palmeiro

57 Edgardo Alfonzo

58 Jay Buhner

59 Shane Reynolds

60 Steve Finley

61 Bob Higginson

62 Dean Palmer

63 Terry Pendleton

64 Marquis Grissom

65 Mike Stanley

66 Moises Alou

67 Ray Lankford

68 Marty Cordova

69 John Olerud

70 David Cone

71 Benito Santiago

72 Ryne Sandberg

73 Rickey Henderson

74 Roger Cedeno

75 Wilson Alvarez

76 Tim Salmon

77 Orlando Merced

78 Vinny Castilla

79 Ismael Valdes

80 Dante Bichette

81 Kevin Brown

82 Andy Pettitte

83 Scott Stahoviak

84 Mickey Tettleton

85 Jack McDowell

86 Tom Glavine

87 Gregg Jefferies

88 Chili Davis

89 Randy Johnson

90 John Mabry

91 Billy Wagner

92 Jeff Cirillo

93 Trevor Hoffman

94 Juan Guzman

95 Geronimo Berroa

96 Bernard Gilkey

97 Danny Tartabull

98 Johnny Damon

99 Charlie Hayes

100 Reggie Sanders

101 Robby Thompson

102 Bobby Bonilla

103 Reggie Jefferson

104 John Smoltz

105 Jim Thome

106 Ruben Rivera

107 Darren Oliver

108 Mo Vaughn

109 Roger Pavlik

110 Terry Steinbach

111 Jermaine Dye

112 Mark Grudzielanek

113 Rick Aguilera

114 Jamey Wright

115 Eddie Murray

116 Brian L. Hunter

117 Hal Morris

118 Tom Pagnozzi

119 Mike Mussina

120 Mark Grace

121 Cal Ripken, Jr.

122 Tom Goodwin

123 Paul Sorrento

124 Jay Bell

125 Todd Hollandsworth

126 Edgar Martinez

127 George Arias

128 Greg Vaughn

129 Roberto Hernandez

130 Delino DeShields

131 Bill Pulsipher

132 Joey Cora

133 Mariano Rivera

134 Mike Piazza

135 Carlos Baerga

136 Jose Mesa

137 Will Clark

138 Frank Thomas

139 John Wetteland

140 Shawn Estes

141 Garret Anderson

142 Andre Dawson

143 Eddie Taubensee

144 Ryan Klesko

145 Rocky Coppinger

146 Jeff Bagwell

147 Donovan Osborne

148 Greg Myers

149 Brant Brown

150 Kevin Elster

151 Bob Wells

152 Wally Joyner

153 Rico Brogna

154 Dwight Gooden

155 Jermaine Allensworth

156 Ray Durham

157 Cecil Fielder

158 John Burkett

159 Gary Sheffield

160 Albert Belle

161 Tomas Perez

162 David Doster

163 John Valentin

164 Danny Graves

165 Jose Paniagua

166 Brian Giles RC

167 Barry Bonds

168 Sterling Hitchcock

169 Bernie Williams

170 Fred McGriff

171 George Williams

172 Amaury Telemaco

173 Ken Caminiti

174 Ron Gant

175 Dave Justice

176 James Baldwin

177 Pat Hentgen

178 Ben McDonald

179 Tim Naehring

180 Jim Eisenreich

181 Ken Hill

182 Paul Wilson

183 Marvin Benard

184 Alan Benes

185 Ellis Burks

186 Scott Servais

187 David Segui

188 Scott Brosius

189 Jose Offerman

190 Eric Davis

191 Brett Butler

192 Curtis Pride

193 Yamil Benitez

194 Chan Ho Park

195 Bret Boone

196 Omar Vizquel

197 Orlando Miller

198 Ramon Martinez

199 Harold Baines

200 Eric Young

201 Fernando Vina

202 Alex Gonzalez

203 Fernando Valenzuela

204 Steve Avery

205 Ernie Young

206 Kevin Appier

207 Randy Myers

208 Jeff Suppan

209 James Mouton

210 Russ Davis

211 Al Martin

212 Troy Percival

213 Al Leiter

214 Dennis Eckersley

215 Mark Johnson

216 Eric Karros

217 Royce Clayton

218 Tony Phillips

219 Tim Wakefield

220 Alan Trammell

221 Eduardo Perez

222 Butch Huskey

223 Tim Belcher

224 Jamie Moyer

225 F.P. Santangelo

226 Rusty Greer

227 Jeff Brantley

228 Mark Langston

229 Ray Montgomery

230 Rich Becker

231 Ozzie Smith

232 Rey Ordonez

233 Ricky Otero

234 Mike Cameron

235 Mike Sweeney

236 Mark Lewis

237 Luis Gonzalez

238 Marcus Jensen

239 Ed Sprague

240 Jose Valentin

241 Jeff Frye

242 Charles Nagy

243 Carlos Garcia

244 Mike Hampton

245 B.J. Surhoff

246 Wilton Guerrero

247 Frank Rodriguez

248 Gary Gaetti

249 Lance Johnson

250 Darren Bragg

251 Darryl Hamilton

252 John Jaha

253 Craig Paquette

254 Jaime Navarro

255 Shawon Dunston

256 Mark Loretta

257 Tim Belk

258 Jeff Darwin

259 Ruben Sierra

260 Chuck Finley

261 Darryl Strawberry

262 Shannon Stewart

263 Pedro Martinez

264 Neifi Perez

265 Jeff Conine

266 Orel Hershiser

267 Eddie Murray CL

268 Paul Molitor CL

269 Barry Bonds CL

270 Mark McGwire CL


Update Series

439 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Andres Gallaraga IS

271 Matt Williams

272 Todd Zeile

273 Roger Clemens

274 Michael Tucker

275 J.T. Snow

276 Kenny Lofton

277 Jose Canseco

278 Marquis Grissom

279 Moises Alou

280 Benito Santiago

281 Willie McGee

282 Chili Davis

283 Ron Coomer

284 Orlando Merced

285 Delino DeShields

286 John Wetteland

287 Darren Daulton

288 Lee Stevens

289 Albert Belle

290 Sterling Hitchcock

291 Dave Justice

292 Eric Davis

293 Brian Hunter

294 Darryl Hamilton

295 Steve Avery

296 Joe Vitiello

297 Jaime Navarro

298 Eddie Murray

299 Randy Myers

300 Francisco Cordova

301 Javy Lopez

302 Geronimo Berroa

303 Jeffrey Hammonds

304 Deion Sanders

305 Jeff Fassero

306 Curt Schilling

307 Robb Nen

308 Mark McLemore

309 Jimmy Key

310 Quilvio Veras

311 Bip Roberts

312 Esteban Loaiza

313 Andy Ashby

314 Sandy Alomar, Jr.

315 Shawn Green

316 Luis Castillo

317 Benji Gil

318 Otis Nixon

319 Aaron Sele

320 Brad Ausmus

321 Troy O'Leary

322 Terrell Wade

323 Jeff King

324 Kevin Seitzer

325 Mark Wohlers

326 Edgar Renteria

327 Dan Wilson

328 Brian McRae

329 Rod Beck

330 Julio Franco

331 Dave Nilsson

332 Glenallen Hill

333 Kevin Elster

334 Joe Girardi

335 David Wells

336 Jeff Blauser

337 Darryl Kile

338 Jeff Kent

339 Jim Leyritz

340 Todd Stottlemyre

341 Tony Clark

342 Chris Hoiles

343 Mike Lieberthal

344 Matt Lawton

345 Alex Ochoa

346 Chris Snopek

347 Rudy Pemberton

348 Eric Owens

349 Joe Randa

350 John Olerud

351 Steve Karsay

352 Mark Whiten

353 Bob Abreu

354 Bartolo Colon

355 Vladimir Guerrero

356 Darin Erstad

357 Scott Rolen

358 Andruw Jones

359 Scott Spiezio

360 Karim Garcia

361 Hideki Irabu RC

362 Nomar Garciaparra

363 Dmitri Young

364 Bubba Trammell RC

365 Kevin Orie

366 Jose Rosado

367 Jose Guillen

368 Brooks Kieschnick

369 Pokey Reese

370 Glendon Rusch

371 Jason Dickson

372 Todd Walker

373 Justin Thompson

374 Todd Greene

375 Jeff Suppan

376 Trey Beamon

377 Damon Mashore

378 Wendell Magee

379 Shigetoshi Hasegawa RC

380 Bill Mueller RC

381 Chris Widger

382 Tony Graffanino

383 Derrek Lee

384 Brian Moehler RC

385 Quinton McCracken

386 Matt Morris

387 Marvin Benard

388 Deivi Cruz RC

389 Javier Valentin

390 Todd Dunwoody

391 Derrick Gibson

392 Raul Casanova

393 George Arias

394 Tony Womack RC

395 Antone Williamson

396 Jose Cruz, Jr. RC

397 Desi Relaford

398 Frank Thomas HIT

399 Ken Griffey, Jr. HIT

400 Cal Ripken, Jr. HIT

401 Chipper Jones HIT

402 Mike Piazza HIT

403 Gary Sheffield HIT

404 Alex Rodriguez HIT

405 Wade Boggs HIT

406 Juan Gonzalez HIT

407 Tony Gwynn HIT

408 Edgar Martinez HIT

409 Jeff Bagwell HIT

410 Larry Walker HIT

411 Kenny Lofton HIT

412 Manny Ramirez HIT

413 Mark McGwire HIT

414 Roberto Alomar HIT

415 Derek Jeter HIT

416 Brady Anderson HIT

417 Paul Molitor HIT

418 Dante Bichette HIT

419 Jim Edmonds HIT

420 Mo Vaughn HIT

421 Barry Bonds HIT

422 Rusty Greer HIT

423 Greg Maddux KING

424 Andy Pettitte KING

425 John Smoltz KING

426 Randy Johnson KING

427 Hideo Nomo KING

428 Roger Clemens KING

429 Tom Glavine KING

430 Pat Hentgen KING

431 Kevin Brown KING

432 Mike Mussina KING

433 Alex Fernandez KING

434 Kevin Appier KING

435 David Cone KING

436 Jeff Fassero KING

437 John Wetteland KING

438 Barry Bonds / Ivan Rodriguez IS

440 Fred McGriff / Rafael Palmeiro IS

441 Barry Larkin / Jim Thome IS

442 Sammy Sosa / Albert Belle IS

443 Bernie Williams / Todd Hundley IS

444 Chuck Knoblauch / Brian Jordan IS

445 Mo Vaughn / Jeff Conine IS

446 Ken Caminiti / Jason Giambi IS

447 Raul Mondesi / Tim Salmon IS

448 Cal Ripken, Jr. CL

449 Greg Maddux CL

450 Ken Griffey, Jr. CL


Parallels

Press Proof

All 450 cards are available in the following "Press Proof" parallels.

Silver (limited to 2000 copies)

Gold (limited to 500 copies)

Inserts

Rated Rookies

Randomly inserted in all first series packs, this 30-card set honors the top rookie prospects as chosen by Donruss to be the most likely to succeed. Like they did with the Diamond Kings five years earlier, this is the first time Donruss' Rated Rookies were issued as an insert set.

1 Jason Thompson

2 LaTroy Hawkins

3 Scott Rolen

4 Trey Beamon

5 Kimera Bartee

6 Nerio Rodriguez

7 Jeff D'Amico

8 Quinton McCracken

9 John Wasdin

10 Robin Jennings

11 Steve Gibralter

12 Tyler Houston

13 Tony Clark

14 Ugueth Urbina

15 Karim Garcia

16 Raul Casanova

17 Brooks Kieschnick

18 Luis Castillo

19 Edgar Renteria

20 Andruw Jones

21 Chad Mottola

22 Mac Suzuki

23 Justin Thompson

24 Darin Erstad

25 Todd Walker

26 Todd Greene

27 Vladimir Guerrero

28 Darren Dreifort

29 John Burke

30 Damon Mashore


Diamond Kings

Exclusive to all Series One packs, the 1997 Diamond Kings are a ten-card set that commemorates the 15th Anniversary of the original Diamond Kings. Dan Gardner replaced longtime DK artist Dick Perez, and for the first time not all MLB teams were represented with a DK.

Each card is serial-numbered to 10,000 copies with the first 500 printed on a canvas-like substance. As part of a promotion, collectors who found their card serial-numbered "01982/10000" could redeem their card for the original artwork.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

2 Cal Ripken, Jr.

3 Mo Vaughn

4 Chuck Knoblauch

5 Jeff Bagwell

6 Henry Rodriguez

7 Mike Piazza

8 Ivan Rodriguez

9 Frank Thomas

10 Chipper Jones


Elite

Each Elite insert is serial-numbered to 2500 copies.

1 Frank Thomas

2 Paul Molitor

3 Sammy Sosa

4 Barry Bonds

5 Chipper Jones

6 Alex Rodriguez

7 Ken Griffey, Jr.

8 Jeff Bagwell

9 Cal Ripken, Jr.

10 Mo Vaughn

11 Mike Piazza

12 Juan Gonzalez


Armed and Dangerous

This 15-card set is exclusive to Series One Hobby packs and is serial-numbered to 5000 copies.

1 Ken Griffey, Jr.

2 Raul Mondesi

3 Chipper Jones

4 Ivan Rodriguez

5 Randy Johnson

6 Alex Rodriguez

7 Larry Walker

8 Cal Ripken, Jr.

9 Kenny Lofton

10 Barry Bonds

11 Derek Jeter

12 Charles Johnson

13 Greg Maddux

14 Roberto Alomar

15 Barry Larkin


Longball Leaders

This 15-card set is exclusive to Series One retail packs, and is serial-numbered to 5000 copies.

1 Frank Thomas

2 Albert Belle

3 Mo Vaughn

4 Brady Anderson

5 Greg Vaughn

6 Ken Griffey, Jr.

7 Jay Buhner

8 Juan Gonzalez

9 Mike Piazza

10 Jeff Bagwell

11 Sammy Sosa

12 Mark McGwire

13 Cecil Fielder

14 Ryan Klesko

15 Jose Canseco


Rocket Launchers

This 15-card set is exclusive to Series One jumbo (a.k.a. "Magazine") packs, and is serial-numbered to 5000 copies.

1 Frank Thomas

2 Albert Belle

3 Chipper Jones

4 Mike Piazza

5 Mo Vaughn

6 Juan Gonzalez

7 Fred McGriff

8 Jeff Bagwell

9 Matt Williams

10 Gary Sheffield

11 Barry Bonds

12 Manny Ramirez

13 Henry Rodriguez

14 Jason Giambi

15 Cal Ripken, Jr.


Dominators

This 20-card set was randomly inserted into all Update Series packs.

1 Frank Thomas

2 Ken Griffey, Jr.

3 Greg Maddux

4 Cal Ripken, Jr.

5 Alex Rodriguez

6 Albert Belle

7 Mark McGwire

8 Juan Gonzalez

9 Chipper Jones

10 Hideo Nomo

11 Roger Clemens

12 John Smoltz

13 Mike Piazza

14 Sammy Sosa

15 Matt Williams

16 Kenny Lofton

17 Barry Larkin

18 Rafael Palmeiro

19 Ken Caminiti

20 Gary Sheffield


Rookie Diamond Kings

Exclusive to all Update Series packs, the 1997 Rookie Diamond Kings are a ten-card set that features 10 of that season's hottest rookies. Each card is serial-numbered to 10,000 copies with the first 500 printed on a canvas-like substance.

1 Andruw Jones

2 Vladimir Guerrero

3 Scott Rolen

4 Todd Walker

5 Bartolo Colon

6 Jose Guillen

7 Nomar Garciaparra

8 Darin Erstad

9 Dmitri Young

10 Wilton Guerrero


Cal Ripken: The Only Way I Know

This special 10-card autobiographical tribute to Cal Ripken Jr. delivers a one-of-a-kind inside look at the modern day "Iron Man," and was meant to promote Ripken's book of the same name. The first nine cards in the set were randomly seeded into packs of Donruss Update, while Card #10 was available exclusively in his book, The Only Way I Know. Ripken autographed 2131 of these #10 cards and they were randomly inserted into the books (see below). Because of it's separate distribution, #10 is not commonly included in complete sets, thus the set is considered complete with cards 1-9.

Only 5000 serial-numbered copies of each of the first nine cards were produced. Card #10 is not serial-numbered.

1 Cal Ripken, Jr.

2 Cal Ripken, Jr.

3 Cal Ripken, Jr.

4 Cal Ripken, Jr.

5 Cal Ripken / Eddie Murray

6 Ripken Family

7 Ripken Family

8 Cal Ripken, Jr.

9 Cal Ripken, Jr.

10 Cal Ripken, Jr.


Power Alley

This 24-card set features the league's top hitters printed on a micro-etched, all-foil card stock with holographic foil stamping. Using a "fractured" printing structure, 12 players utilize a green (GR) finish and are numbered to 4000. Eight players are printed on all blue (B) finish and number to 2000, with the last four players utilizing a gold (G) finish and are numbered to 1000.

The first 250 copies of each card, regardless of color, are die-cut.

1 Frank Thomas G

2 Ken Griffey, Jr. G

3 Cal Ripken, Jr. G

4 Jeff Bagwell B

5 Mike Piazza B

6 Andruw Jones GR

7 Alex Rodriguez G

8 Albert Belle GR

9 Mo Vaughn GR

10 Chipper Jones B

11 Juan Gonzalez B

12 Ken Caminiti GR

13 Manny Ramirez GR

14 Mark McGwire GR

15 Kenny Lofton B

16 Barry Bonds GR

17 Gary Sheffield GR

18 Tony Gwynn GR

19 Vladimir Guerrero B

20 Ivan Rodriguez B

21 Paul Molitor B

22 Sammy Sosa GR

23 Matt Williams GR

24 Derek Jeter GR


Franchise Features

This 15-card set, exclusive to Update Series Hobby packs, features player photos on a unique dual-fronted, "movie-poster". Each card highlights a superstar veteran on one side displaying a "Now Playing" banner, while the other side features a rookie prospect with a "Coming Attraction" banner. Each card is printed on an all foil card stock and serial numbered to 3000 copies.

15 Tony Gwynn / Bob Abreu

14 Derek Jeter / Pokey Reese

13 Cal Ripken, Jr. / Scott Rolen

11 Gary Sheffield / Jose Guillen

12 Kenny Lofton / Shannon Stewart

10 Mo Vaughn / Tony Clark

9 Mike Piazza / Mike Sweeney

8 Mark McGwire / Dmitri Young

6 Chipper Jones / Todd Walker

5 Juan Gonzalez / Bubba Trammell

4 Chuck Knoblauch / Wilton Guerrero

2 Frank Thomas / Darin Erstad

1 Ken Griffey, Jr. / Andruw Jones

3 Alex Rodriguez / Nomar Garciaparra

7 Barry Bonds / Vladimir Guerrero


Autographs & Game-Used

Cal Ripken: The Only Way I Know Autograph

Card #10 in the Cal Ripken: The Only Way I Know insert set was available exclusively in his of the same name. Ripken autographed 2131 of these cards and they were randomly inserted into the books.

10 Cal Ripken /2131

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