Beckett Set Notes (from set page)
“The 1999 Paramount set was issued in one series for a total of 250 cards and distributed in six-card packs with a suggested retail price of $1.49. The set features color action photos of some of today’s biggest superstars and tomorrow’s up-and-comers in their 1999 uniforms. As was typical with 1999 Pacific products, a Tony Gwynn Sample card was produced and distributed to dealers and hobby media several weeks prior to the product’s release. The large “SAMPLE” text running across the back, and lack of a card number make this an easy card to distinguish.”
$0.25 (part of a large group of packs picked up at a show)
Whoo hoo! A pack from 1999 – absolute top shelf material for this blog.
Insert / Parallel List (taken from the pack)
Platinum Blue parallel – 250 cards – 1:73 packs
Copper parallel (hobby) – 250 cards – 1:1 packs
Gold parallel (retail) – 250 cards – 1:1 packs
Holographic Silver parallal (hobby) – 250 cards – unknown
Holographic Gold parallel (retail) -250 cards – unknown
Team Checklists – 30 cards – 2:37 packs
Personal Bests – 36 cards – 1:37 packs
Fielder’s Choice – 20 cards – 1:73 packs
Cooperstown Bound – 10 cards – 1:361 packs
220 – Alex Rodriguez (front and back)
14 – Luis Gonzalez (front only)
49 – Lance Johnson (front only)
169 – Ryan Christenson (front only)
220 – Dan Wilson (front only)
Inserts and parallels
235 – Copper Parallel – Rusty Greer (front and back)
I have recently liked just about everything that I’ve opened. From packs of newer stuff to boxes of junk, I have found something redeeming in all of it. It stops here. This product, 1999 Paramount, is lousy. Allow me to elaborate.
The white borders don’t work well. I have never liked new, glossy cards with white borders. I think these cards look like some lame effort from Topps. (That might be hitting below the belt.) Look around your house. Are there any pictures framed in a white mat? No. Frames are dark. Maybe in the 70s white borders were OK and accepted without question. Even I like the look of the 1973 and 1977 sets. But, by 1999, the white border looks washed out. (Glossy white borders are also hard to crop and trim in scans.)
What else don’t I like? Let’s see, the backs don’t look like real card backs. The font size is so big that I feel like I’m in the third grade. Maybe the writers at Pacific didn’t feel like creating too much text. Maybe these cards are designed for the visually impaired. Whatever the reason, the backs just don’t feel like real backs. (Whatever that means.)
A final point is that I have no idea whether I opened a retail or hobby pack. The one insert card looks like a Copper parallel, which would make the pack a hobby pack. Then again, the insert could be a Gold parallel, which is retail only. Gold and Copper are kind of hard to differentiate based on foil lettering alone.
In conclusion, this pack is kind of a bust. Pacific put out a ton of different sets in the late 90s. They can’t all be great products.
Other 1999 Paramount pack rips or box breaks
Pack Rip by The Priceless Pursuit
Part of a box break by Nachos Grande