Saturday, August 6, 2011
1998 Fleer Tradition Diamond Ink
Front Design: These cards were designed as redemptions, and contain no pictures. The fronts have the Fleer logo, a Fleer logo-style Diamond Ink logo, the player's name, year of issue, and a value of 1, 5, or 10 points. The cards are embossed.
Back Design: The backs explain the terms and conditions of the program.
Parallels and Similars: None known.
Distribution: Cards were randomly inserted in Ultra Series 1 and Fleer Tradition Series 1 packs. Collectors could save 500 points for one player and redeem those points for an autographed baseball. Some players are apparently short-printed relative to the overall run, namely superstars like Roger Clemens and Alex Rodriguez. Greg Maddux was inserted only in Fleer packs.
Thoughts: You won't be seeing me put together this set any time soon. I'm sure it was quite difficult to gather 500 points for any given player - it would take anywhere from 50 to 500 cards to gather up enough points, and they must be of the same player. I'd be interested in knowing how many balls were actually redeemed.
Additional Images: card back