1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Cards

1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Cards

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Featuring one of the most exciting base designs of the 1990s, 1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe is most notable for the rare Precious Metal Gems cards. The foil-covered parallels have seen considerable interest in recent years, making 1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe one of the most popular and valuable products from the 1990s.

The smaller 125-card base set combines player images with a celestial-themed background to make for some wild cards. The checklist is led by rookie cards for Tim Duncan and Tracy McGrady as well as base cards for the top players of the decade, including Michael Jordan.

Precious Metal Gems, or PMG, parallels are easily distinguished from the base cards due to the colorful foil and serial numbering. The entire print run for each player is 100 cards, but that total is split between two different versions. The first ten cards in the numbering feature green foil, while the remaining 90 include red foil. Only 123 cards are covered in the parallel, as the checklist cards (#124,125) are left out.

A print run of 100 sets might sound like a lot today, but given the huge overall print un of the product, they are very tough pulls. However, the rarity is only part of the reason for the high values. Because the PMG parallels are very susceptible to chipping damage on the foil edges, high grades are not easy to locate, resulting in a considerable premium for those in mint condition.

1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Base Michael Jordan1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Precious Metal Gems Red Michael Jordan PMG1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Precious Metal Gems Emerald Green Michael Jordan PMG

There is also a subtle Reebok parallel that includes 15 cards from the base set. The partial parallel features 15 players who had Reebok deals at the time and can be identified by a Reebok logo on the back of the card. The base Bronze version averages one per pack and there is also a Silver and Gold parallel.

Platinum Portrait inserts use a series of holes to form an image of the player on a silver card and are also very popular. Silver Slam utilizes black-and-white images set against Refractor-like foilboard. The even-numbered cards showcase a purple background and the odd cards go with orange.

Planet Metal includes a colorful swirl feature, reminiscent of a quasar, along with a black-and-white basketball and large "M" logo. Unlike most of the other inserts in the product, Gold Universe continues the space theme, but with a gold finish, and is only found in retail packs. Finally, Titainum is a die-cut and acetate-esque insert that is finished with a blue foil.

Once the prices for the Precious Metal Gems parallels began to push higher, sealed wax began to dry up, making 1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball boxes very tough to find. Expect to pay several hundred per box if you do track some down.

Occasionally causing confusion for collectors, 1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Championship is an entirely different product from the Metal brand. Although it also includes PMG parallels, the designs and numbering is vastly different.

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Checklist

1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

125 cards
1997-98 Metal Universe Tim Duncan RC #66

1 Charles Barkley
2 Dell Curry
3 Derek Fisher
4 Derek Harper
5 Avery Johnson
6 Steve Smith
7 Alonzo Mourning
8 Rod Strickland
9 Chris Mullin
10 Rony Seikaly
11 Vin Baker
12 Austin Croshere RC
13 Vinny Del Negro
14 Sherman Douglas
15 Priest Lauderdale
16 Cedric Ceballos
17 LaPhonso Ellis
18 Luc Longley
19 Brian Grant
20 Allen Iverson
21 Anthony Mason
22 Bryant Reeves
23 Michael Jordan
24 Dale Ellis
25 Terrell Brandon
26 Patrick Ewing
27 Allan Houston
28 Damon Stoudamire
29 Loy Vaught
30 Walt Williams
31 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
32 Mario Elie
33 Juwan Howard
34 Tom Gugliotta
35 Glen Rice
36 Isaiah Rider
37 Arvydas Sabonis
38 Derrick Coleman
39 Kevin Willis
40 Kendall Gill
41 John Wallace
42 Tracy McGrady RC
43 Travis Best
44 Malik Rose
45 Anfernee Hardaway
46 Roy Rogers
47 Kerry Kittles
48 Matt Maloney
49 Antonio McDyess
50 Shaquille O'Neal
51 George McCloud
52 Wesley Person
53 Shawn Bradley
54 Antonio Davis
55 P.J. Brown
56 Joe Dumars
57 Horace Grant
58 Steve Kerr
59 Hakeem Olajuwon
60 Tim Hardaway
61 Toni Kukoc
62 Ron Mercer RC
63 Gary Payton
64 Grant Hill
65 Detlef Schrempf
66 Tim Duncan RC
67 Shawn Kemp
68 Voshon Lenard
69 Othella Harrington
70 Hersey Hawkins
71 Lindsey Hunter
72 Antoine Walker
73 Jamal Mashburn
74 Kenny Anderson
75 Todd Day
76 Todd Fuller
77 Jermaine O'Neal
78 David Robinson
79 Erick Dampier
80 Keith Van Horn RC
81 Kobe Bryant
82 Chris Childs
83 Scottie Pippen
84 Marcus Camby
85 Danny Ferry
86 Jeff Hornacek
87 Bo Outlaw
88 Larry Johnson
89 Tony Delk
90 Stephon Marbury
91 Robert Pack
92 Chris Webber
93 Clyde Drexler
94 Eddie Jones
95 Jerry Stackhouse
96 Tyrone Hill
97 Karl Malone
98 Reggie Miller
99 Bryon Russell
100 Dale Davis
101 Steve Nash
102 Vitaly Potapenko
103 Nick Anderson
104 Ray Allen
105 Sean Elliott
106 Dikembe Mutombo
107 Dennis Rodman
108 Lorenzen Wright
109 Kevin Garnett
110 Christian Laettner
111 Mitch Richmond
112 Joe Smith
113 Jason Kidd
114 Glenn Robinson
115 Mark Price
116 Mark Jackson
117 Bobby Phills
118 John Starks
119 John Stockton
120 Mookie Blaylock
121 Dean Garrett
122 Olden Polynice
123 Latrell Sprewell
124 Checklist
125 Checklist

Precious Metal Gems PMG Base Parallel Set Checklist

123 cards. Serial numbered #/100. View a complete PMG guide here. 
The first ten cards of the print run are green and the final 90 cards are red. The checklist cards are not included.
1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Kobe Bryant #81 Red1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems PMGs Green Hakeem Olajuwon #59

1 Charles Barkley
2 Dell Curry
3 Derek Fisher
4 Derek Harper
5 Avery Johnson
6 Steve Smith
7 Alonzo Mourning
8 Rod Strickland
9 Chris Mullin
10 Rony Seikaly
11 Vin Baker
12 Austin Croshere RC
13 Vinny Del Negro
14 Sherman Douglas
15 Priest Lauderdale
16 Cedric Ceballos
17 LaPhonso Ellis
18 Luc Longley
19 Brian Grant
20 Allen Iverson
21 Anthony Mason
22 Bryant Reeves
23 Michael Jordan
24 Dale Ellis
25 Terrell Brandon
26 Patrick Ewing
27 Allan Houston
28 Damon Stoudamire
29 Loy Vaught
30 Walt Williams
31 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
32 Mario Elie
33 Juwan Howard
34 Tom Gugliotta
35 Glen Rice
36 Isaiah Rider
37 Arvydas Sabonis
38 Derrick Coleman
39 Kevin Willis
40 Kendall Gill
41 John Wallace
42 Tracy McGrady RC
43 Travis Best
44 Malik Rose
45 Anfernee Hardaway
46 Roy Rogers
47 Kerry Kittles
48 Matt Maloney
49 Antonio McDyess
50 Shaquille O'Neal
51 George McCloud
52 Wesley Person
53 Shawn Bradley
54 Antonio Davis
55 P.J. Brown
56 Joe Dumars
57 Horace Grant
58 Steve Kerr
59 Hakeem Olajuwon
60 Tim Hardaway
61 Toni Kukoc
62 Ron Mercer RC
63 Gary Payton
64 Grant Hill
65 Detlef Schrempf
66 Tim Duncan RC
67 Shawn Kemp
68 Voshon Lenard
69 Othella Harrington
70 Hersey Hawkins
71 Lindsey Hunter
72 Antoine Walker
73 Jamal Mashburn
74 Kenny Anderson
75 Todd Day
76 Todd Fuller
77 Jermaine O'Neal
78 David Robinson
79 Erick Dampier
80 Keith Van Horn RC
81 Kobe Bryant
82 Chris Childs
83 Scottie Pippen
84 Marcus Camby
85 Danny Ferry
86 Jeff Hornacek
87 Bo Outlaw
88 Larry Johnson
89 Tony Delk
90 Stephon Marbury
91 Robert Pack
92 Chris Webber
93 Clyde Drexler
94 Eddie Jones
95 Jerry Stackhouse
96 Tyrone Hill
97 Karl Malone
98 Reggie Miller
99 Bryon Russell
100 Dale Davis
101 Steve Nash
102 Vitaly Potapenko
103 Nick Anderson
104 Ray Allen
105 Sean Elliott
106 Dikembe Mutombo
107 Dennis Rodman
108 Lorenzen Wright
109 Kevin Garnett
110 Christian Laettner
111 Mitch Richmond
112 Joe Smith
113 Jason Kidd
114 Glenn Robinson
115 Mark Price
116 Mark Jackson
117 Bobby Phills
118 John Starks
119 John Stockton
120 Mookie Blaylock
121 Dean Garrett
122 Olden Polynice
123 Latrell Sprewell

Base Reebok Bronze Back Partial Parallel Set Checklist

15 cards. 1 per hobby pack.
PARALLEL CARDS: Silver Back, Gold Back

5 Avery Johnson
6 Steve Smith
13 Vinny Del Negro
16 Cedric Ceballos
20 Allen Iverson
32 Mario Elie
50 Shaquille O'Neal
67 Shawn Kemp
68 Voshon Lenard
74 Kenny Anderson
91 Robert Pack
93 Clyde Drexler
96 Tyrone Hill
114 Glenn Robinson
116 Mark Jackson
1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Reebok Clyde Drexler Back

Gold Universe Set Checklist

10 cards. 1:120 packs - retail only.

1 Damon Stoudamire
2 Shawn Kemp
3 John Stockton
4 Jerry Stackhouse
5 John Wallace
6 Juwan Howard
7 David Robinson
8 Gary Payton
9 Joe Smith
10 Charles Barkley
1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Gold Universe David Robinson

Planet Metal Set Checklist

15 cards. 1:24 hobby packs.

1 Michael Jordan
2 Allen Iverson
3 Kobe Bryant
4 Shaquille O'Neal
5 Stephon Marbury
6 Marcus Camby
7 Anfernee Hardaway
8 Kevin Garnett
9 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
10 Dennis Rodman
11 Grant Hill
12 Hakeem Olajuwon
13 David Robinson
14 Charles Barkley
15 Gary Payton
1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Planet Metal Kobe Bryant

Platinum Portrait Set Checklist

15 cards. 1:288 hobby packs.

1 Michael Jordan
2 Allen Iverson
3 Kobe Bryant
4 Shaquille O'Neal
5 Stephon Marbury
6 Marcus Camby
7 Anfernee Hardaway
8 Kevin Garnett
9 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
10 Dennis Rodman
11 Ray Allen
12 Grant Hill
13 Kerry Kittles
14 Antoine Walker
15 Scottie Pippen
1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Platinum Portrait Shaquille O'Neal

Silver Slam Set Checklist

20 cards. 1:6 hobby packs.

1 Ray Allen
2 Kerry Kittles
3 Antoine Walker
4 Scottie Pippen
5 Damon Stoudamire
6 Shawn Kemp
7 Jerry Stackhouse
8 John Wallace
9 Juwan Howard
10 Gary Payton
11 Joe Smith
12 Terrell Brandon
13 Hakeem Olajuwon
14 Tom Gugliotta
15 Glen Rice
16 Charles Barkley
17 David Robinson
18 Patrick Ewing
19 Christian Laettner
20 Chris Webber
1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Silver Slam Hakeem Olajuwon

Titanium Die-Cut Set Checklist

20 cards. 1:72 hobby packs.
1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Titanium Die-Cut Michael Jordan

1 Michael Jordan
2 Allen Iverson
3 Kobe Bryant
4 Shaquille O'Neal
5 Stephon Marbury
6 Marcus Camby
7 Anfernee Hardaway
8 Kevin Garnett
9 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
10 Dennis Rodman
11 Ray Allen
12 Grant Hill
13 Kerry Kittles
14 Antoine Walker
15 Scottie Pippen
16 Damon Stoudamire
17 Shawn Kemp
18 Hakeem Olajuwon
19 Jerry Stackhouse
20 Juwan Howard

Autographics Set Checklist

1:96 packs
Skybox Premium Autographics are found across all 1997-98 Skybox/Fleer products. Full checklist and guide here.

1997-98 Skybox Premium Autographics Charles Barkley

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  1. Looking to sell the 010/100 Tim Duncan 97-98 pmg (green). …Check eBay this summer.

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