1997 Topps ProShooters Marbles

1997 Topps ProShooters Marbles



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Player collectors are a passionate bunch. That's one of the only ways 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.

1997 Topps ProShooters Marbles Set Details

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.

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In all, 60 players make up the 1997 Topps ProShooters Marbles set, including many of the most widely collected players from the era. The 1" marbles were issued two to a pack.

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Just as popular, 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 surface. The main reason for this 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.

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So little is available about the set that it is unknown how the checklists were distributed and whether they appeared one per pack or less frequently. It is likely that most were simply tossed out by collectors, further fueling their rarity and popularity among player and oddball aficionados.

Key 1997 Topps ProShooters Marbles:

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

 

Set Checklist

1997 Topps ProShooters Marbles Checklist

Base Set Checklist

60 subjects.

1 Roberto Alomar - Baltimore Orioles
2 Brady Anderson - Baltimore Orioles
3 Carlos Baerga - New York Mets
4 Jeff Bagwell - Houston Astros
5 Albert Belle - Chicago White Sox
6 Dante Bichette - Colorado Rockies
7 Craig Biggio - Houston Astros
8 Wade Boggs - New York Yankees
9 Barry Bonds - San Francisco Giants
10 Jay Buhner - Seattle Mariners
11 Ken Caminiti - San Diego Padres
12 Jose Canseco - Boston Red Sox
13 Roger Clemens - Boston Red Sox
14 David Cone - New York Yankees
15 Cecil Fielder - New York Yankees
16 Travis Fryman - Detroit Tigers
17 Andres Galarraga - Colorado Rockies
18 Ron Gant - St. Louis Cardinals
19 Bernard Gilkey - New York Mets
20 Tom Glavine - Atlanta Braves
21 Juan Gonzalez - Texas Rangers
22 Mark Grace - Chicago Cubs
23 Ken Griffey Jr. - Seattle Mariners
24 Tony Gwynn - San Diego Padres
25 Todd Hundley - New York Mets
26 John Jaha - Milwaukee Brewers
27 Derek Jeter - New York Yankees
28 Lance Johnson - New York Mets
29 Randy Johnson - Seattle Mariners
30 Andruw Jones - Atlanta Braves
31 Chipper Jones - Atlanta Braves
32 Brian Jordan - St. Louis Cardinals
33 Jason Kendall - Pittsburgh Pirates
34 Chuck Knoblauch - Minnesota Twins
35 Ray Lankford - St. Louis Cardinals
36 Barry Larkin - Cincinnati Reds
37 Kenny Lofton - Cleveland Indians
38 Greg Maddux - Atlanta Braves
39 Edgar Martinez - Seattle Mariners
40 Fred McGriff - Atlanta Braves
41 Mark McGwire - Oakland Athletics
42 Paul Molitor - Minnesota Twins
43 Raul Mondesi - Los Angeles Dodgers
44 Eddie Murray - Baltimore Orioles
45 Mike Mussina - Baltimore Orioles
46 Hideo Nomo - Los Angeles Dodgers
47 Rafael Palmeiro - Baltimore Orioles
48 Andy Pettitte - New York Yankees
49 Mike Piazza - Los Angeles Dodgers
50 Cal Ripken Jr. - Baltimore Orioles
51 Ivan Rodriguez - Texas Rangers
52 Tim Salmon - California Angels
53 Ryne Sandberg - Chicago Cubs
54 Gary Sheffield - Florida Marlins
55 John Smoltz - Atlanta Braves
56 Sammy Sosa - Chicago Cubs
57 Frank Thomas - Chicago White Sox
58 Mo Vaughn - Boston Red Sox
59 Bernie Williams - New York Yankees
60 Matt Williams - San Francisco Giants

 

Checklists Set Checklist

2 checklists.
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Checklist #1
Checklist #2

 

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Ryan Cracknell  |  E-Mail Author
Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His 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.

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