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Florida Marlins 1998 Topps Gallery Team Set

Florida Marlins 1998 Topps Gallery Team Set

The Topps Gallery brand is one that I have always liked and hoped that Topps continued to produce.

Of the cards that I have picked up of vintage players on modern designs, the Topps Gallery product stands tall.  The cards are unique, and they offer a nice, artsy look and feel to them.

A few weeks ago, when I started shopping for more Marlins team sets to add to my collection, I purposely set out to find an Ebay seller that had complete Marlins team sets from the Topps Gallery brand.  My search did not net me too many results to shop from, but I was able to score this team set from their 1998 release:

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While this product is not as nice as some of the other Gallery issues that came after, it still does offer that Gallery vibe.

Personally, I enjoy the Gallery product when the cards offer images that are a bit more zoomed in and detailed.

Still, a neat set for my team set project.  That Livan Hernandez card, in the upper-right corner, is SWEET!

Florida Marlins 1998 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice Team Set With Inserts

Florida Marlins 1998 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice Team Set With Inserts

It’s not often in today’s collecting climate that you get to find a team set that features more cards that a single album page can hold.

Thankfully, the 1990’s produced a lot of team sets that contain more than 18 cards.

And this is one of them – the 1998 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice team set of the Florida Marlins.

Let me apologize now for the very random scan sizes…

1998 UD CC A 1998 UD CC B 1998 UD CC C

 

 

Scan size set aside, this set features a glorious amount of Teal, Black, and White – and that makes this Marlins fan extremely happy.

Upper Deck has always offered us some great photography over the years, and while I could do without the posed portrait-style image of Livan Hernandez that is in this set, I will let it pass because I really like the action images for the rest of the guys.

A great addition to my Marlins team set collection!!  YESSIR!!!

1998 Bowman Florida Marlins Team Set

1998 Bowman Florida Marlins Team Set

When I bought this team set, I was immediately intrigues because sets that follow a team’s championship winning season tend to offer a little more ‘special’ than others.

And then I started sifting through the cards.  And as I did this, I started to feel the need to scratch my head.  And then I asked myself – ‘Who the hell is Gabe Gonzalez? And Jaime Jones?  And Nelson Lara? And Julio Ramirez?  John Roskos?  And Eddie Yarnall?

Pretty soon I was having a full-blown conversation with myself.

And then I realized what it was…

This is what is left when your team’s management dumps everything that brought you success.

And this is what your roster looks like after a fire-sale!!!

1998 BOWMAN C

1998 BOWMAN B

1998 BOWMAN A

But hey, all is not lost.  We have Kevin Millar.  And Derek Lee.  And Eddie Yarnall!!

1998 Topps Florida Marlins Team Set

1998 Topps Florida Marlins Team Set

By the time the 1998 Topps set was released, Florida Marlin fans were taken on quite a ride.

From the thrills of the 1997 World Series to the horror of watching our championship winning squad dismantled right before our eyes.

At least the team set from the 1998 Topps set still allowed us to enjoy that team one more time…

And my favorite card from this team set???

I have so many great memories from that historic 7-game series.

But none remains engrained in my brain than the one captured on this card of Edgar Rentaria as he celebrates his game-winning and series-clinching hit.

1998 Topps Florida Marlins Team Set

1998 Topps Florida Marlins Team Set

The 1998 Topps Florida Marlins team set is a special one because it features most of the World Series roster from the prior season, plus a few extra Championship cards!!

Let’s dig right in:

And my favorite card from the set:

You can’t go wrong with a card that shows off the team’s reaction to the clinching moment of the championship.

I still recall this exact moment vividly.

Livan – Edgar – Counsell: Names that will remain with me for the rest of my life!!!