My quest is to reach 200 different (base cards, inserts and parallels) cards for 1998. Here are the 3rd and 4th cards I've acquired.
1998 Bowman's Best Refractor #19 Gary Sheffield1998 Bowman's Best was a pretty expensive purchase, a 6-card pack set you back $5.00. The cards have a heavy gloss finish, something like the Topps Chrome finish. The refractor cards were inserted 1 in 20 packs and were serial numbered to 400. The backs of the refractor cards also have a heavier gloss than the base cards. There is another parallel, the Atomic Refractor. I've already won an auction for one of those but haven't received it yet.
I've got card #319.
1998 Circa Thunder Limited Access #19 Greg Maddux
This 15-card insert set had a lot going on. High gloss, gold foil and die cut. The cards were inserted in 1 of 18 packs. Fleer/Skybox had started the Circa set in 1996 and for some reason renamed it Circa Thunder for 1998, which will be the last year for the set.
The back of the card also had a heavy gloss finish. And if all that wasn't enough, the card opens up!
Inside is another photo and player stats.