1997 Topps ProShooters Marbles

1997 Topps ProShooters Marbles

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Player collectors are a passionate bunch. That's one of the only way to explain the prices of 1997 Topps ProShooters Marbles. A rare test issue that is believed to have been distributed only in a small part of Canada and possibly into the United States, these oddball baseball pieces rarely pop up.

One side of the plastic-encased marble has a picture of the player's face. The back has their name, team logo and set number. Around the middle, the marbles are sealed with a black plastic band. In all, 60 players make up the set, including many of the most widely collected players from the era. The 1" marbles came two to a pack.

Just as collectible, if not more so, are the two checklists. Each has the names and photos of 30 players. Among the toughest cards to find for modern player collectors, these checklists skyrocket in price on the rare occasions that they pop up. A big reason is because so many player collectors are competing with each other. Not only are the passionate Ken Griffey Jr. collectors chasing Checklist 1, but so are the Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco and Derek Jeter collectors. So little is known about this set that it is unknown how the checklists were distributed, whether they were one per pack or less frequently. It is likely that most were simply tossed out, further fueling their rarity and popularity among player and oddball collectors.

Key 1997 Topps ProShooters Marbles:

  • Checklist #1 of 2
  • Checklist 2 of 2
  • Barry Bonds #9
  • Ken Griffey Jr. #23
  • Derek Jeter #27
  • Cal Ripken Jr. #50

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Set Checklist

1997 Topps ProShooters Marbles Set Checklist:

1Roberto Alomar
2Brady Anderson
3Carlos Baerga
4Jeff Bagwell
5Albert Belle
6Dante Bichette
7Craig Biggio
8Wade Boggs
9Barry Bonds
10Jay Buhner
11Ken Caminiti
12Jose Canseco
13Roger Clemens
14David Cone
15Cecil Fielder
16Travis Fryman
17Andres Galarraga
18Ron Gant
19Bernard Gilkey
20Tom Glavine
21Juan Gonzalez
22Mark Grace
23Ken Griffey Jr.
24Ton Gwynn
25Todd Hundley
26John Jaha
27Derek Jeter
28Lance Johnson
29Randy Johnson
30Andruw Jones
31Chipper Jones
32Brian Jordan
33Jason Kendall
34Chuck Knoblauch
35Ray Lankford
36Barry Larkin
37Kenny Lofton
38Greg Maddux
39Edgar Martinez
40Fred McGriff
41Mark McGwire
42Paul Molitor
43Raul Mondesi
44Eddie Murray
45Mike Mussina
46Hideo Nomo
47Rafael Palmeiro
48Andy Pettite
49Mike Piazza
50Cal Ripken Jr.
51Ivan Rodriguez
52Tim Salmon
53Ryne Sandberg
54Gary Sheffield
55John Smoltz
56Sammy Sosa
57Frank Thomas
58Mo Vaughn
59Bernie Williams
60Matt Williams
Checklist 11-30
Checklist 231-60

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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