1997 Score All-Star FanFest Baseball Box Break, Review and Breakdown

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The MLB All-Star Game. – the unofficial middle of the baseball season. Every year there is controversy surrounding the vote. Some fanbases try a lot harder than others and get a not-so-deserving player elected as their starter. A high performing player is snubbed and does not earn a cap. It happens, but I still love the All-Star Game and all the festivities that surround it. I was lucky enough to attend all of the events in 2014 in Minnesota and hope to see it all in person one day. That said, let’s talk about this week’s featured product, 1997 Score All-Star FanFest Baseball.

Isn’t that just 1997 Score Baseball in a different box? Almost. The core checklist is made up of the same 330 cards as 1997 Score Series 1. FanFest also features the same parallel set (Showcase Series) and most of the same inserts, but with different odds of finding them. The only major difference between this and Series 1 is the All-Star FanFest insert set. The set consists of 20 cards, and can only be found in FanFest boxes. Looking at the pack ratings, I should pull at least one of these inserts, two if I’m lucky.

1997 Score All-Star FanFest Baseball Box Break

Cards per pack: 12
Packs per box: 36
Price paid: $36

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Pack 1 Highlights:

Ryne Sandberg, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Isringhausen and Mark Grace

Sandberg was voted to 10 consecutive All-Star teams from 1984 to 1993.

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Package 2:

Bobby Bonilla, Darryl Strawberry and Bernie Williams

Package 3:

Raul Mondesi, Barry Larkin, Tino Martinez, Jason Giambi and Mike Piazza All-Star FanFest (1:29 packs)

Package 4:

Harold Baines, Mark McGwire, David Cone and Robb Nen Showcase Series (1:6 packs)

Robb Nen was one of the best closers in the game during a 10-year major league career. Over his past nine seasons, Nen has recorded 314 saves and posted a 2.66 ERA.

Package 5:

Jeff Conine

Package 6:

Mike Piazza, Mike Cameron and Paul Molitor CL

Package 7:

Jack McDowell, Dennis Eckersley and Carlos Delgado

Ah yes, Carlos Delgado the catcher. Delgado appeared in just two major league games behind the flat, totaling five innings.

Package 8:

Johnny Damon, Albert Belle and Greg Maddux

Package 9:

Alan Trammell, Eddie Murray CL, Chipper Jones, Larry Walker and Cal Ripken, Jr. Pitcher Perfect (1:19 packs)

Package 10:

Mike Mussina and Tony Gwynn

These two Hall of Famers have combined for 20 All-Star selections.

Package 11:

Fred McGriff

Package 12:

Jeff Bagwell and Chuck Finley

Package 13:

Edgar Renteria, David Wells, Omar Vizquel, Hideo Nomo and Osvaldo Fernandez Showcase Series (1:6 packs)

Osvaldo has appeared on the mound in 76 major league games. He holds a career ERA of 4.93.

Package 14:

Shawn Green, Dwight Gooden and Gary Sheffield

Package 15:

Matt Williams and Joe Carter

Package 16:

Trevor Hoffman, Wade Boggs, Wally Joyner and Mark Wohlers Artist proof (1:29 packs)

Mark Wohlers is now a realtor in the Atlanta area.

Bundle 17:

Randy Johnson, Eric Davis, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire Pitcher Perfect (1:19 packs)

Package 18:

Kevin Brown and Cal Ripken Jr.

Package 19:

Barry Bonds, Andruw Jones and George Williams Showcase Series (1:6 packs)

Andruw’s son, Druw Jones, was just selected by the Diamondbacks with the second pick in the MLB draft. Are we already that old?

Pack 20:

Roberto Alomar, Tony Gwynn and Mike Mussina

Package 21:

The crime dog

Package 22:

Omar Vizquel

The 11-time Gold Glove winner has only been selected to the All-Star Team three times.

Package 23:

Jeff Bagwell, David Wells, Hideo Nomo and Dwight Gooden

Package 24:

Edgar Renteria, Gary Sheffield and Tom Gordon

Package 25:

Matt Williams, Joe Carter and LaTroy Hawkins Showcase Series (1:6 packs)

Williams ended his career with exactly 7,000 at bat.

Package 26:

Eric Davis, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Johnson, Wade Boggs and Jose Canseco

Package 27:

Vinny Castilla & Mike Grace Artist’s Proof (1:29 packs)

Package 28:

Derek Jeter, Kenny Lofton, Manny Ramirez and Nerlo Rodriguez Showcase Series (1:6 packs)

Jeter, Lofton and Manny combined for an incredible 32 All-Star selections.

Package 29:

Andy Pettitte and John Smoltz

Package 30:

Cecil Fielder, Frank Thomas, Troy Percival and Paul O’Neill

Bundle 31:

Moises Alou, Edgar Martinez, Ken Griffey, Jr. & Juan Gonzalez

Can you imagine training with Edgar, A-Rod and Griffey? Hard to beat these three guys hitting back to back.

Package 32:

Tom Glavine, Mariano Rivera, Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez

Package 33:

Dante Bichette, Craig Biggio, Sammy Sosa and Andres Galarraga

Package 34:

Alex Rodriguez, Eddie Murray, Rickey Henderson and Derek Bell Showcase Series (1:6 packs)

Rickey is, and likely always will be, the all-time leader in three categories: runs scored (2,295), stolen bases (1,406) and steal caught (335). The active stealing leader is Dee Strange-Gordon with just 336 bases stolen.

Package 35:

Will Clark and Jermaine Dye

Package 36:

Ivan Rodriguez, Billy Wagner and Paul Molitor

Finally, the back of the Ivan card. Pudge failed to enter the Hall of Fame at the age of 30, but he was inducted when he first appeared on the ballot.

I was hoping to find two All-Star FanFest cards in this one, but only released the expected one. I also missed one of The Franchise’s awesome (and hard to pull) inserts. These are only found once in 60 packs. They also have glow-in-the-dark versions, found only once in every 200 FanFest packs. Both of these inserts are actually easier to pull in the FanFest packs than they were in the 1997 Score Series 1 packs. So if you’re looking to pull The Franchise inserts for yourself, FanFest may be the way forward. These boxes can still be found online for less than $40.

Want more slices of Shane Salmonson’s Cheap Wax Wednesday? Check out his other breaks in the archives.

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