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 decade, 1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball is most notable for the rare Precious Metal Gems cards.

The foil-covered NBA 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.

1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Set Details

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.

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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 10 copies 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 and #125) are left out.

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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.

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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, Titanium 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 thousands per box if you can even manage to track some down.

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

 

Set Checklist

1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Checklist

 

Base Set Checklist

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

 

Base Precious Metal Gems PMG Checklist

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

 

Base Reebok Bronze Set Checklist

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

5 Avery Johnson - San Antonio Spurs
6 Steve Smith - Atlanta Hawks
13 Vinny Del Negro - San Antonio Spurs
16 Cedric Ceballos - Phoenix Suns
20 Allen Iverson - Philadelphia 76ers
32 Mario Elie - Houston Rockets
50 Shaquille O'Neal - Los Angeles Lakers
67 Shawn Kemp - Seattle SuperSonics
68 Voshon Lenard - Miami Heat
74 Kenny Anderson - Portland Trail Blazers
91 Robert Pack - Dallas Mavericks
93 Clyde Drexler - Houston Rockets
96 Tyrone Hill - Cleveland Cavaliers
114 Glenn Robinson - Milwaukee Bucks
116 Mark Jackson - Indiana Pacers

 

1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Insert Checklist

 

Gold Universe Set Checklist

10 cards. 1:120 Retail packs.
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1 of 10 GU Damon Stoudamire - Toronto Raptors
2 of 10 GU Shawn Kemp - Cleveland Cavaliers
3 of 10 GU John Stockton - Utah Jazz
4 of 10 GU Jerry Stackhouse - Philadelphia 76ers
5 of 10 GU John Wallace - New York Knicks
6 of 10 GU Juwan Howard - Washington Wizards
7 of 10 GU David Robinson - San Antonio Spurs
8 of 10 GU Gary Payton - Seattle SuperSonics
9 of 10 GU Joe Smith - Golden State Warriors
10 of 10 GU Charles Barkley - Houston Rockets

 

Planet Metal Set Checklist

15 cards. 1:24 Hobby packs.
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1 of 15 PM Michael Jordan - Chicago Bulls
2 of 15 PM Allen Iverson - Philadelphia 76ers
3 of 15 PM Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers
4 of 15 PM Shaquille O'Neal - Los Angeles Lakers
5 of 15 PM Stephon Marbury - Minnesota Timberwolves
6 of 15 PM Marcus Camby - Toronto Raptors
7 of 15 PM Anfernee Hardaway - Orlando Magic
8 of 15 PM Kevin Garnett - Minnesota Timberwolves
9 of 15 PM Shareef Abdur-Rahim - Vancouver Grizzlies
10 of 15 PM Dennis Rodman - Chicago Bulls
11 of 15 PM Grant Hill - Detroit Pistons
12 of 15 PM Hakeem Olajuwon - Houston Rockets
13 of 15 PM David Robinson - San Antonio Spurs
14 of 15 PM Charles Barkley - Houston Rockets
15 of 15 PM Gary Payton - Seattle SuperSonics

 

Platinum Portrait Set Checklist

15 cards. 1:288 Hobby packs.
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1 of 15 PP Michael Jordan - Chicago Bulls
2 of 15 PP Allen Iverson - Philadelphia 76ers
3 of 15 PP Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers
4 of 15 PP Shaquille O'Neal - Los Angeles Lakers
5 of 15 PP Stephon Marbury - Minnesota Timberwolves
6 of 15 PP Marcus Camby - New York Knicks
7 of 15 PP Anfernee Hardaway - Orlando Magic
8 of 15 PP Kevin Garnett - Minnesota Timberwolves
9 of 15 PP Shareef Abdur-Rahim - Denver Nuggets
10 of 15 PP Dennis Rodman - Chicago Bulls
11 of 15 PP Ray Allen - Milwaukee Bucks
12 of 15 PP Grant Hill - Detroit Pistons
13 of 15 PP Kerry Kittles - New Jersey Nets
14 of 15 PP Antoine Walker - Boston Celtics
15 of 15 PP Scottie Pippen - Chicago Bulls

 

Silver Slam Set Checklist

20 cards. 1:6 Hobby packs.
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1 of 20 SS Ray Allen - Milwaukee Bucks
2 of 20 SS Kerry Kittles - New Jersey Nets
3 of 20 SS Antoine Walker - Boston Celtics
4 of 20 SS Scottie Pippen - Chicago Bulls
5 of 20 SS Damon Stoudamire - Toronto Raptors
6 of 20 SS Shawn Kemp - Seattle SuperSonics
7 of 20 SS Jerry Stackhouse - Philadelphia 76ers
8 of 20 SS John Wallace - New York Knicks
9 of 20 SS Juwan Howard - Washington Wizards
10 of 20 SS Gary Payton - Seattle SuperSonics
11 of 20 SS Joe Smith - Golden State Warriors
12 of 20 SS Terrell Brandon - Cleveland Cavaliers
13 of 20 SS Hakeem Olajuwon - Houston Rockets
14 of 20 SS Tom Gugliotta - Minnesota Timberwolves
15 of 20 SS Glen Rice - Charlotte Hornets
16 of 20 SS Charles Barkley - Houston Rockets
17 of 20 SS David Robinson - San Antonio Spurs
18 of 20 SS Patrick Ewing - New York Knicks
19 of 20 SS Christian Laettner - Atlanta Hawks
20 of 20 SS Chris Webber - Washington Bullets

 

Titanium Die-Cut Set Checklist

20 cards. 1:72 Hobby packs.

1 of 20 T Michael Jordan - Chicago Bulls
2 of 20 T Allen Iverson - Philadelphia 76ers
3 of 20 T Kobe Bryant - Los Angeles Lakers
4 of 20 T Shaquille O'Neal - Los Angeles Lakers
5 of 20 T Stephon Marbury - Minnesota Timberwolves
6 of 20 T Marcus Camby - Toronto Raptors
7 of 20 T Anfernee Hardaway - Orlando Magic
8 of 20 T Kevin Garnett - Minnesota Timberwolves
9 of 20 T Shareef Abdur-Rahim - Vancouver Grizzlies
10 of 20 T Dennis Rodman - Chicago Bulls
11 of 20 T Ray Allen - Milwaukee Bucks
12 of 20 T Grant Hill - Detroit Pistons
13 of 20 T Kerry Kittles - New Jersey Nets
14 of 20 T Antoine Walker - Boston Celtics
15 of 20 T Scottie Pippen - Chicago Bulls
16 of 20 T Damon Stoudamire - Toronto Raptors
17 of 20 T Shawn Kemp - Seattle SuperSonics
18 of 20 T Hakeem Olajuwon - Houston Rockets
19 of 20 T Jerry Stackhouse - Philadelphia 76ers
20 of 20 T Juwan Howard - Washington Wizards

 

Autographics Set Checklist

Skybox Premium Autographics are found across all 1997-98 Skybox/Fleer products.

 

Promo Sample Set Checklist

1 card. Issued separately.

Grant Hill - Detroit Pistons

 

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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