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    The Top 20 Toughest 90s Pulls

    Below are the Top 20 Toughest 90s Pulls, based on stated pull odds.

    What I mean by stated is these are pull odds that were either printed on the packs or hobby boxes. I gathered most of this info from baseballcardpedia.com. So while I'd agree that a pull like a 1999 Fleer Tradition Starting Nine should be on the list, the pull odds were never made public, so we don't really know. I also left out 1/1s, because there really are no stated print runs for 1/1s in the 90s (except for apparently 1997 Flair Showcase Masterpieces at 1:3,000). I also left out cards where only 1 player could be pulled. These cards were: 1997 Flair Showcase Alex Rodriguez Emerald Exchange 1:64,800, 1999 Bowman's Best Rookie of the Year Ben Grieve 1:1239, 1997 Topps Willie Mays Reprint Autos 1:2,440, 1998 Topps Roberto Clemente Memorabilia Madness 1:3,708, 1999 Topps Nolan Ryan Autos 1:4,250 and 1999 Upper Deck Babe Ruth 500 HR Piece of History 1:15,000 (no stated print runs on the other 90s 500 HR Pieces of History). And I did not consider the 1998 Pinnacle Press Plates 1:1,250 because they fall into 1/1 territory.

    Now that that is all out of the way, here are the toughest pulls of the 90s...who says it's all junk wax.

    By Any Player

    1. 1999 Stadium Club Co-Signers Series A (Quad Auto) 1:45,213 packs
    2a. 1998 Topps Stars Gold Rainbow Galaxy /5 1:13,643
    2b. 1998 Topps Stars Gold Rainbow Supernova /5 1:13,643
    3. 1998 Topps Stars Luminaries Gold Rainbow /5 1:9,095
    4. 1998 Bowman's Best Atomic Refractor Auto 1:6,437
    5. 1999 Bowman's Best Franchise Favorites Auto C Jeter/Mattingly & Rolen/Schmidt 1:6,174
    6. 1997 Bowman's Best Atomic Refractor Auto 1:6,107
    7. 1998 Topps Gold Label Home Run Race Red 1:4,055
    8a. 1998 Bowman's Best Performers Atomic Refractors 1:3,237
    8b. 1998 Bowman's Best Mirror Image Fusion Atomic Refractors 1:3,327
    9. 1996 Ultra Hitting Machine Gold Medallion 1:2,880
    10a. 1998 Upper Deck A Piece of the Action Series 1 1:2,500
    10b.1998 Upper Deck A Piece of the Action Series 2 1:2,500
    10c. 1998 Upper Deck A Piece of the Action Rookie Edition 1:2,500
    11. 1998 Bowman's Best Refractor Auto 1:2158
    12a. 1999 Topps Stars Bright Futures Foil 1:2,702
    12b. 1999 Topps Stars Galaxy Foil 1:2,702
    13. 1999 Topps Gold Label Race Red 1:2,695
    14. 1997 Bowman's Best Refractor Auto 1:2,036
    15. 1996 Upper Deck SPX Commemorative Griffey / Pizza Tribute Autos 1:2,000
    16. 1997 Pinnacle Certified Mirror Gold Certified Team 1:1,800
    17. 1999 Topps Stars 4-Star Foil 1:1,650
    18a.1999 Bowman's Best Franchise Favorites Auto A Jeter & Rolen 1:1,550
    18b.1999 Bowman's Best Franchise Favorites Auto B Mattingly & Schmidt 1:1,550
    19. 1999 UD Ionix Hologrfx 1:1,500
    20. 1998 Bowman Chrome Golden Anniversary Refractor 1:1,279

    Honorable Mentions:
    1997 Topps Gallery Peter Max Signature Series 1:1,200
    1997 Finest Gold Embossed Refractor 1:1,152
    1997 Circa Emerald Autograph Redemptions 1:1,000
    1997 UD Game Jersey 1:800
    1996 Ultra Home Run Kings Gold Medallion 1:750
    1996/97/98 Pacific Cramer's Choice 1:721
    1998 ex 2000 destination Cooperstown 1:720
    1996 Ultra Thunderclap Gold Medallion 1:720

    By Specific Player- numbers in parenthesis are number of players in set

    1. 1998 Bowman Chrome Golden Anniversary Refractor (220) 1:1,279=281,380 packs
    2. 1999 Stadium Club Co-Signers Series A (Quad Auto)(6)1:45,213= 271,278
    3a. 1998 Topps Stars Gold Rainbow Galaxy /5 (10) 1:13,643=136,430
    3b. 1998 Topps Stars Gold Rainbow Supernova /5 (10) 1:13,643= 136,430
    4. 1998 Topps Stars Luminaries Gold Rainbow /5 (15) 1:9,095= 136,425
    5. 1998 Bowman's Best Mirror Image Atomic Fusion Refractors (20) 1:3,327=66,540
    6. 1998 Bowman's Best Atomic Auto (10) 1:6,437=64,370
    7. 1998 Circa Thunder Super Rave (296) 1:216= 63,936 (Note: no stated print run for '99 Super Rave)
    8. 1997 Bowman's Best Atomic Auto (10) 1:6,107=61,070
    9. 1997 Finest Gold Embossed Refractor (50) 1:1,152=57,600
    10. 1998 Bowman Chrome Golden Anniversary (220) 1:165= 36,080
    11. 1997 Pinnacle Certified Mirror Gold Certified Team (20) 1:1,800=36,000
    12. 1998 Bowman's Best Performers Atomic Refractors (10) 1:3,237=32,370
    13. 1996 Ultra Hitting Machine Gold Medallion (10) 1:2,880=28,800
    14a. 1999 Topps Stars Bright Futures Foil (10) 1:2,702=27,020
    14b. 1999 Topps Stars Galaxy Foil (10) 1:2,702= 27,020
    15. 1999 Topps Gold Label Race to Aaron Red (10) 1:2,695= 26,950
    16. 1998 Upper Deck A Piece of the Action Series 1 (10) 1:2,500= 25,000
    17. 1998 Bowman's Best Refractor Auto (10) 1:2,158=21,580
    18. 1997 Bowman's Best Refractor Auto (10) 1:2,036=20,360
    19. 1999 Topps Stars 4-Star Foil (10) 1:1,650=16,500
    20. 1998 Topps Gold Label Home Run Race Red (4) 1:4,055= 1:16,220

    Honorable Mentions:
    1999 UD Ionix Hologrfx (10) 1:1,500=15,000
    1996 Ultra Thunderclap Gold Medallion(20)1:720=14,400
    1996 Circa Rave (220) 1:60= 13,200
    1999 Bowman's Best Franchise Favorites Auto C (2) Jeter/Mattingly & Rolen/Schmidt 1:6,174 =12,348
    1998 Upper Deck A Piece of the Action Rookie Edition(5)1:2,500=12,500
    1997 Topps Gallery Peter Max Signature Series /40 (10) 1:1,200=12,000
    1998 EX 2001 Destination Cooperstown (15)1:720=10,814
    1998 Upper Deck A Piece of the Action Series 2(4)1:2,500=10,000
    1996 Ultra Home Run Kings Gold Medallion (12) 1:750=9,000
    1996/97/98 Pacific Cramer's Choice (10) 1:721=7,210
    1997 Circa Emerald Autograph Redemptions (6) 1:1,000= 6,000
    1996 Upper Deck SPX Commemorative Griffey / Pizza Tribute Autos (2) 1:2,000=4,000
    1999 Bowman's Best Franchise Favorites A Jeter & Rolen (2) 1:1,550 =3,100
    1999 Bowman's Best Franchise Favorites B Mattingly & Schmidt (2) 1:1,550 =3,100
    1997 UD Game Jersey 1:800(3)= 2,400

    In conclusion:

    1999 Stadium Club Co-Signers Series Quad Autos and 1998 Topps Stars Gold Rainbow Galaxy/Supernova are ridiculously tough pulls.
    If you're looking to pull your favorite player from a pack of 1998 Bowman Chrome the odds of it being a Golden Anniversary Refractor are 1:281,380 packs or 1:11,724 hobby boxes.

    If I miss any let me know and post any cards you have from the list.

    If you enjoyed this list, here's one I did for the Top Lowest Serial #d Inserts of the 90s:
    https://www.freedomcardboard.com/foru...t-are-not-1-1s
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    - '98 and 99 Metal Universe Precious Metals

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    Where would the 1999 Fleer Tradition Starting 9 fall on the list?
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    If I remember correctly this card was 1-24000.

    1999 Stadium Club Co-Signers #CS41 Gonzalez/Alou/Clemens/Castilla A

    http://www.juangone.com/pictures.php?cardid=1838

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    Solid list....

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    Quote Originally Posted by WizardofOz1982 View Post
    Where would the 1999 Fleer Tradition Starting 9 fall on the list?
    I would probably put it ranked around #16 for 'By Any Player', but it might be fighting for the #1 spot with 1998 Bowman Chrome Golden Anniversary 'For Specific Player'. Reason being is because 1999 Fleer Tradition is a 600 card single series set. 1998 Bowman Chrome has 441 cards but they are broken into two series. So if you were looking to pull a specific player with 1998 Bowman Chrome you can make it "easier" by going after the series the player is in meaning cutting it to 220 cards (that's still a 1: 281,380 pack odd though). HOWEVER, a set # to 9 is theoretically easier to pull than a set # to 5. So it's really hard to tell, which set would win out.

    Quote Originally Posted by nosterbor View Post
    If I remember correctly this card was 1-24000.

    1999 Stadium Club Co-Signers #CS41 Gonzalez/Alou/Clemens/Castilla A

    http://www.juangone.com/pictures.php?cardid=1838
    I'm aware of that card, but do you have any info that states the 1:2,400 odds? Baseballcardpedia doesn't list the stated odds for the co-signers. Perhaps it's on a pack of 1999 Stadium Club or the hobby box. Happy to add it to the list if you have proof (even if its vague) of the 1:2,400 state pull odds.
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    I will have to find an old December 1999 Beckett price guide. It has the stated odds as a group A. Anyone have one handy?
    It was 1-24,000. not 2,400.
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    1996 Ultra Thunderclap Gold Medallion probably deserves Honorable Mention. (20) 1:720=14,400.

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    The Top 20 Toughest 90s Pulls

    From the August 1999 Beckett:
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    Thanks for posting the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewN View Post
    1996 Ultra Thunderclap Gold Medallion probably deserves Honorable Mention. (20) 1:720=14,400.

    Great catch! I forgot there were 20 players in the set. That actually made the 1996 Ultra Thunderclap Gold Medallion break the Top 20 By Specific Player at #19.

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    From the August 1999 Beckett:
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    Thanks for digging this up! Wow that is an extremely tough pull, making it #1 on the toughest stated pull by any player and #2 toughest stated pull by specific player.
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    - '96 Select Certified Mirror Gold (even a photo)
    - '98 Leaf Fractal Materials Z2 Axis
    - '99 Fleer Tradition Starting Nine
    - '98 and 99 Metal Universe Precious Metals

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    Added a few ones to the list:

    1998 Topps Gold Label Home Run Race Red (4) 1:4,055=1:16,220
    1999 Topps Gold Label Race to Aaron Red (10) 1:2,695=26,950
    1998 Bowman Chrome Golden Anniversary (220) 1:165=36,080

    These new additions kicked the 1997 Finest Gold Embossed Refractors off the Top 20.

    Shows just how tough the 1998 Bowman Chrome Golden Anniversary is to pull in refractor or non-refractor form for a specific player.

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    Wow I was wrong they were 1-45,000 packs!

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