Randomly inserted into packs of 1998 Donruss Signature were Significant Signatures inserts, which featured beautiful on-card autographs of legends such as Yogi Berra, Eddie Mathews, Ernie Banks, Stan Musial, and Phil Rizzuto, just to name a few. Each card was limited to 2,000 copies, with the exception of Rizzuto, who only signed 1,000.
However, not all the cards were directly inserted into packs. Redemption cards were created for Sandy Koufax, Ozzie Smith, and Nolan Ryan. The redemptions (which had to be redeemed before the year 2000) were for special signed REFRACTORS with a print run of 2,000. However, some time after the product’s release, non-refractive versions of these three cards were found. They featured different photographs from their refractor counterparts, but still looked very sharp in basic foilboard. While Koufax and Ozzie once again had 2,000 cards out there, there were only 1,000 of the non-fractor Nolan Ryan card.
Oh, and if you’re reading this Jason, this Ryan is your prize for winning the contest. Congratulations and enjoy!
As you probably all know, the majority of boxes I break are from the 1990’s and early 2000’s and are broken specifically for this blog. However, every once in a while I get the urge to bust something (fairly) new so I recently placed an order with Chris of The Hobby Box aka chri5784, one of Youtube’s most prolific box breakers. I ordered a box of the brand new 2008-09 SP Authentic Hockey, a box of 2007 UD Masterpieces Baseball and a tin of 2007 Sweet Spot Classic. These were busted on video for all to see, and here it is…
Nearly hitting the 11-minute mark, the video is a little long so here’s a summary of what was pulled:
2007 UD Masterpieces Baseball:
Box Topper: Billy Butler
Green Border: Roberto Clemente, Travis Hafner, Tom Glavine, Albert Pujols, and one last one who I want to say is Josh Beckett (wasn’t called out by Chris)
Black Border /99: Ty Cobb
Blue Border /50: Howie Kendrick
Captured on Canvas Jerseys: Hank Blalock, J.J. Hardy, Jake Peavy
Stroke of Genius Autograph: Carlos Quentin
2008-09 SP Authentic Hockey:
Limited Parallel /100: Johan Franzen
Notables /999: Marian Gaborik, Mike Bossy, Daniel Briere, Evgeni Malkin
Holo F/X: Vincent Lecavalier, Marc-Andre Fleury
Future Watch /999: Nathan Gerbe, Tom Sestito
Future Watch AUTOGRAPHS /999: Brian Lee, Zach Bogosian
Sign of the Times Autograph: Jakub Voracek
Future Watch Limited Autographed Patch /100: Alex Pietrangelo
2007 UD Sweet Spot Classic Baseball:
Manufactured Lettermen /25: Ernie Banks “N” (this replaced the two base cards)
Game-used Jerseys: Eddie Murray, Tony Oliva
Leather Signatures Blue Ink /25: NOLAN RYAN
Overall, I was very pleased with the breaks. Everything will be available for trade with the exception of the Ryan autograph. As always, thanks for looking and good luck with your own breaks!