Wednesday, December 5, 2012

1998 Ultra Diamond Producers

Set Size: 15 cards

Design Notes: The front has a color photo and foil highlights over a wood background with a felt border; the back carries over the diamond design from the front with a highlight biography.

Parallels and Similars: None known; this set name was used over a few years, though.

Distribution: This was the most difficult inset to pull from Series 1 packs of 1998 Ultra, at one per 288 packs.

Thoughts: Using three interesting card materials (wood, prismatic foil, and felt), the card stands out from most of the rest of the 1998 Ultra inserts. Add to that the difficulty in pulling a single card, and you have one of the most surprisingly valuable sets from the 1990s. Top-tier players in the set are easily valued around $50! I like the set for the "gimmicky" use of different materials. It doesn't look that bad, either.