Beckett Set Notes (from set page)
“This 90 card set was distributed in five card packs. The set is broken up into 45 regular player cards with the following themes: Power Corps, Rookie Power and Power Elite. The other 45 cards of the set feature Mark McGwire Home Run Highlight subset cards. A game-used bat from legendary slugger Harmon Killebrew was cut up and incorporated into approximately 350 A Piece of History 500 Club bat cards. In addition, Killebrew signed and numbered three copies (in concert with his jersey number). Pricing for these scarce bat cards can be referenced under 1999 Upper Deck A Piece of History 500 Club.”
$0.40 (part of a large group of packs picked up at a show)
Here is the pack with Junior gracing the front.
Insert / Parallel List (taken from pack)
Parallel – 90 cards – Challengers for 70 Challengers Edition – 1:39?
Insert – 30 cards – Challengers for 70 Inserts – 1:1
Insert Parallel – 30 cards – Challengers for 70 Challengers Inserts Parallel – 1:?
Insert – 30 cards – Longball Legends – 1:?
Insert – 25 cards – Marks on History – 1:5
Insert Parallel – 25 cards – Marks on History Parallel – 1:?
Insert – 15 cards – Swinging for the Fences – 1:19
Insert Parallel – 15 cards – Swinging for the Fences Autograph – 1:?
3 – Ken Griffey Jr. – Power Elite (front and back)
47 – Jose Canseco (ftont and back)
74 – Chipper Jones (front and back)
C10 – Challengers for 70 Inserts – Barry Bonds
83 – Challengers for 70 Challengers Edition – Barry Bonds (SN 231/600)
Here is a product that (blatantly) tried to cash in on the juiced home run binge of baseball in the late 90s and early 2000s. The set doesn’t include any pitchers, utility infielders, or rookies. It’s just guys who have established themselves as home run hitters. The backs of the cards are devoted exclusively to descriptions of home run prowess. Can the guy steal bases or gun down runners from right field? Who cares? These cards are about home runs.
The cards themselves are fine. Big picture on the front with a smaller picture on the back. There is nothing innovative. Of course this set isn’t about innovation; it’s about jumping on the band wagon.
This pack was something of a winner. It included a serial-numbered parallel which may be something like a 1:39 pull. That’s a guess on the insertion rate. Note that the serial number looks like it was made with a dot matrix printer. Some manufacturers took a while to do serial numbers in foil, which is the standard today.
All in all, this is a gimmick set, but it’s OK. If I ran across a cheap box of this stuff, I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it for a full box break.
To my knowledge, nobody else in the blogosphere has ripped this stuff and posted on it.