Insert Set Flashback: 1997-98 Fleer Key Ingredients




The Set:
1997-98 Fleer Key Ingredients

Set Odds:
1 in 2 series one retail packs

Key Cards:
Shaquille O’Neal $1.50
Scottie Pippen $1.00

Why I Like It:
I actually didn’t know this set existed until recently, but its metallic looking finish jumped out at me.  These players are the ‘Keys’ to their teams, and each card has an identical background of the paint which is, as with several inserts sets from the late 90s, not a flat card.  There’s a 3D type effect that makes the player stand out against the background.  Fleer also produced a Gold version of these that were inserted at 1 in 18 packs.

I am putting the regular set together, and have just a few more cards I need to finish it.  You can find the ones I need on my Insert Wantlists page.  Let me know if you have any of the remaining cards there.  I have lots to trade. You can leave a comment or contact me at HoopsHobby@gmail.com


Wednesday Wax: 1999-00 Topps Series 1 Hobby

The Set:
1999-00 Topps Series 1
36 packs per box, 11 cards per pack
Series 1 base set contains 110 base cards, 10 rookies inserted 1 in 5
MVP Promo, 1 in 336 packs
Record Numbers, 1 in 12 packs
Season’s Best, 1 in 12 packs
Patriarchs, 1 in 22 packs
Picture Perfect, 1 in 8 packs
Prodigy, 1 in 36 packs
Prodigy Refractor, 1 in 144 packs
Autographs Group A, 1 in 877 packs
Autographs Group B, 1 in 351 packs

Our Break:
Definitely received a complete base set, likely came up with two.  As with our Series 2 break, the base cards have the blindingly bright orange borders, with otherwise nice action shots of the player in the center.  The photography in the Shaq we’ve shown above is magnificent, capturing the dominance of Shaq’s time with the Lakers.  Again though, we busted this box for shot at some nice inserts, and because it was a cheap break with much enjoyment in pack breaking.  It’s nice to open 18 packs and realize you still have half the box to go.


’99 Draft Picks (8): Jason Terry, Corey Maggette x2, Ron Artest x2, Richard Hamilton x2, Elton Brand


Picture Perfect (6): Shaquille O’Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Keith Van Horn, Tim Hardaway, Ron Mercer, David Robinson


Record Numbers (4): Karl Malone, Kerry Kittles, Hakeem Olajuwon, Tim Duncan


Season’s Best (2): Tim Hardaway, Vince Carter


Patriarchs (2): Mitch Richmond, Patrick Ewing


Prodigy (1): Michael Doleac


Prodigy Refractors (1): Matt Harpring

Impressions:

Once again, the design and flair on some of these insert sets, Patriarchs and Season’s Best in particular, is something you just don’t see in modern-day sets.  The Picture Perfect inserts don’t do much for me, but most of the others are attractive and colorful sets.  Prodigy has a Chrome feel.  The excitement I felt opening the Prodigy insert and refractor quickly faded when I saw the players on each card.  Certainly could have done better, but pulling an insert with 1:144 odds felt pretty good.

Pulling multiples on several rookies was disappointing as well, but at least these are of guys that are still playing today.

As with our series 2 break, this one was a blast to break, and it won’t cost a fortune to pick up.  These should be available for under $30 on ebay or elsewhere.  One of these days we’ll open an autograph, but for now, we’ll treasure our Matt Harpring Refractor.


Wednesday Wax Update: Upcoming Breaks

Several boxes on the way for the next several editions of Wednesday Wax, some of which are older breaks that should provide some interesting pulls:

1999-00 Fleer Force
One of my favorite products back in the day.  Forcefield rookie parallels are #’d to 100 and the chance at insert parallels is what prompted picking up this box.

2000-01 Topps Reserve
8×10 canvas autograph in each box.  Chance at autographs of Shaq and Magic.  A longshot, sure, but a chance nonetheless.  Some other potential autographs include Jermaine O’Neal, Antawn Jamison, Baron Davis, Shawn Marion, Elton Brand, and Andre Miller.  There’s also a PSA graded rookie card in each box.

2010-11 Panini Totally Certified 
6 ‘hits’ per box, generally two autographs and four memorabilia cards per box.  Each card is serially numbered.


Insert Set Flashback: 1995-96 Fleer Flair Hardwood Leaders


The Set:
1995-96 Fleer Flair Hardwood Leaders

Set Odds:
1:1 Series One packs

Key Cards:
Michael Jordan $8.00
Shaquille O’Neal $3.00

Why I Like It:
This was the first insert set I tried to put together. Despite these being inserted one per series 1 pack, opening that many packs to complete a 27 card insert set was a pretty daunting task for a 9 year old. I still have the complete set in a binder and it remains one of my favorite sets.  The Jordan was one of the last ones I needed, and finally pulling it after opening so many Fleer packs was part of what hooked me on the hobby and following the NBA in general.