1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Checklist, Team Set Lists and Details

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball brings things closer to home compared to the Metal release from earlier in the season. It’s still out there in regards to them and design, but there isn’t quite the same level of extremes as before. That’s not to say that the checklist doesn’t have its share of wild designs and bold themes. They’re there, especially with some of the base background. And PMGs return, although they’re completely different in their approach.

1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Overview

Although the initial Metal release of 1997-98 has “Series 1” on its packaging, that doesn’t make Championship the Series 2 (one wasn’t made). Outside of the name, this is an entirely separate release with a reset checklist and different layout. Think of the two products as complimentary of each other.

The 1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball base set has 100 cards. This is down from the previous set’s 125. Here, there is a much bigger emphasis on rookies. Almost a quarter of the checklist is Rookie Cards with Tim Duncan and Tracy McGrady the clear headliners. Back when the set first came out, Keith Van Horn would be up there as well, but things never really panned out for him like many expected.

Instead of the etched foil of 1997-98 Metal Universe, Championship goes with a more traditional approach to foil. Cards don’t have nearly the same level of surface pop, but there’s still a shine, even if it is a flat one. The background are also different. Rather than cartoonish illustrations from the outer reaches of the galaxy, 1997-98 Metal Universe Championship uses photo backdrops. That doesn’t mean that they’re traditional. They’re not. You get things like natural landscapes, players on top of the earth and some soaring through city skylines.

Precious Metal Gems

Precious Metal Gems are the only parallels in the set, covering the 98 player cards (checklists do not have PMGs). Without the etched foil, these needed a different spin. Backgrounds on the follow-up Precious Metal Gems have a repeating circular pattern similar to “Scope” parallels in recent Panini products. For those keeping track, Pacific also used the pattern for the Prisms inserts in the 1994 Saved by the Bell: The College Years release.

1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Precious Metal Gems Kobe Bryant

PMGs have a much smaller print run in 1997-98 Metal Universe Championship. Each has 50 numbered copies versus the 100 total in the previous set.

Five copies of each Championship PMG were reserved for an Ultimate Gems redemption. Those that pulled one received a full set of 98 cards.

1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Precious Metal Gems Michael Jordan

Additional Inserts

Autographs are part of the cross-brand 1997-98 SkyBox Autographics set that wove its way between all of the season’s basketball sets put out by Fleer/SkyBox. These land 1:72 hobby packs. A checklist for the set can be found in the Beckett database.

1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball has five additional insert sets. Insertion rates vary from being quite common to extremely rare.

All-Millennium Team are the most common, falling 1:6 packs. The 20-card checklist features a bold and colorful look and some big names, though. Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson and Tim Duncan rank among them.

Next up is Future Champions, which land 1:18 packs. The all-rookie lineup has 15 cards. The die-cut design has players in a faux metal frame hanging from a hook. It’s like they’re being hoisting up into the sky (or cast as bait under the ocean).

Trophy Case (ten cards, 1:96) uses an embossed background to give cards a textured feel to them. While not the toughest inserts on the checklist, these aren’t easy with a pull rate of approximately 1:4 boxes. Prices are in a bit of a sweet spot for many players as they’re not overly available and not too expensive.

Where rarity comes into play are the final two inserts in the product. Championship Galaxy cards are 1:192 packs. The 15-card set has lots of the usual suspects including Jordan, Bryant and Grant Hill. Hardware are scarce, falling 1:360 packs. Key cards here can fetch hundreds in top grade (thousands for the Michael Jordan).

1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 8, Retail – 8, Blaster – 8
Packs per box: Hobby – 24, Retail – 20, Blaster – 5
Set size: 100 cards
Release date: April 1, 1998

Check 1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball values in the Beckett Price Guide.

1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Checklist

Base

Base Set Checklist

100 cards.

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Dennis Rodman

1 Shaquille O’Neal
2 Chris Mills
3 Tariq Abdul-Wahad RC
4 Adonal Foyle RC
5 Kendall Gill
6 Vin Baker
7 Chauncey Billups RC
8 Bobby Jackson RC
9 Keith Van Horn RC
10 Avery Johnson
11 Juwan Howard
12 Steve Smith
13 Alonzo Mourning
14 Anfernee Hardaway
15 Sean Elliott
16 Danny Fortson RC
17 John Stockton
18 John Thomas RC
19 Lorenzen Wright
20 Mark Price
21 Rasheed Wallace
22 Ray Allen
23 Michael Jordan
24 John Wallace
25 Bryant Reeves

26 Allen Iverson
27 Antoine Walker
28 Terrell Brandon
29 Damon Stoudamire
30 Antonio Daniels RC
31 Corey Beck
32 Tyrone Hill
33 Grant Hill
34 Tim Thomas RC
35 Clifford Robinson
36 Tracy McGrady RC
37 Chris Webber
38 Austin Croshere RC
39 Reggie Miller
40 Derek Anderson RC
41 Kevin Garnett
42 Kevin Johnson
43 Antonio McDyess
44 Brevin Knight RC
45 Charles Barkley
46 Tom Gugliotta
47 Jason Kidd
48 Marcus Camby
49 God Shammgod RC
50 Wesley Person

51 Clyde Drexler
52 Paul Grant RC
53 Rod Strickland
54 Tony Delk
55 Stephon Marbury
56 Detlef Schrempf
57 Joe Smith
58 Sam Cassell
59 Gary Payton
60 Chris Crawford RC
61 Hakeem Olajuwon
62 Dennis Rodman
63 Eddie Jones
64 Mitch Richmond
65 David Wesley
66 Tony Battie RC
67 Isaac Austin
68 Isaiah Rider
69 Jacque Vaughn RC
70 Tim Hardaway
71 Darrell Armstrong
72 Tim Duncan RC
73 Glen Rice
74 Bubba Wells RC
75 Maurice Taylor RC

76 Kelvin Cato RC
77 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
78 Shawn Kemp
79 Michael Finley
80 Chris Mullin
81 Ron Mercer RC
82 Brian Williams
83 Kerry Kittles
84 David Robinson
85 Scottie Pippen
86 Kobe Bryant
87 Anthony Johnson RC
88 Karl Malone
89 Mookie Blaylock
90 Joe Dumars
91 Patrick Ewing
92 Bobby Phills
93 Dennis Scott
94 Rodney Rogers
95 Jim Jackson
96 Kenny Anderson
97 Jerry Stackhouse
98 Larry Johnson
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100 Checklist

Precious Metal Gems Checklist

98 cards.
5 Ultimate Gems redemptions cards randomly inserted that were good for a full set.

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Precious Metal Gems Bryant Reeves

1 Shaquille O’Neal /50
2 Chris Mills /50
3 Tariq Abdul-Wahad /50
4 Adonal Foyle /50
5 Kendall Gill /50
6 Vin Baker /50
7 Chauncey Billups /50
8 Bobby Jackson /50
9 Keith Van Horn /50
10 Avery Johnson /50
11 Juwan Howard /50
12 Steve Smith /50
13 Alonzo Mourning /50
14 Anfernee Hardaway /50
15 Sean Elliott /50
16 Danny Fortson /50
17 John Stockton /50
18 John Thomas /50
19 Lorenzen Wright /50
20 Mark Price /50
21 Rasheed Wallace /50
22 Ray Allen /50
23 Michael Jordan /50
24 John Wallace /50
25 Bryant Reeves /50

26 Allen Iverson /50
27 Antoine Walker /50
28 Terrell Brandon /50
29 Damon Stoudamire /50
30 Antonio Daniels /50
31 Corey Beck /50
32 Tyrone Hill /50
33 Grant Hill /50
34 Tim Thomas /50
35 Clifford Robinson /50
36 Tracy McGrady /50
37 Chris Webber /50
38 Austin Croshere /50
39 Reggie Miller /50
40 Derek Anderson /50
41 Kevin Garnett /50
42 Kevin Johnson /50
43 Antonio McDyess /50
44 Brevin Knight /50
45 Charles Barkley /50
46 Tom Gugliotta /50
47 Jason Kidd /50
48 Marcus Camby /50
49 God Shammgod /50
50 Wesley Person /50

51 Clyde Drexler /50
52 Paul Grant /50
53 Rod Strickland /50
54 Tony Delk /50
55 Stephon Marbury /50
56 Detlef Schrempf /50
57 Joe Smith /50
58 Sam Cassell /50
59 Gary Payton /50
60 Chris Crawford /50
61 Hakeem Olajuwon /50
62 Dennis Rodman /50
63 Eddie Jones /50
64 Mitch Richmond /50
65 David Wesley /50
66 Tony Battie /50
67 Isaac Austin /50
68 Isaiah Rider /50
69 Jacque Vaughn /50
70 Tim Hardaway /50
71 Darrell Armstrong /50
72 Tim Duncan /50
73 Glen Rice /50
74 Bubba Wells /50
75 Maurice Taylor /50

76 Kelvin Cato /50
77 Shareef Abdur-Rahim /50
78 Shawn Kemp /50
79 Michael Finley /50
80 Chris Mullin /50
81 Ron Mercer /50
82 Brian Williams /50
83 Kerry Kittles /50
84 David Robinson /50
85 Scottie Pippen /50
86 Kobe Bryant /50
87 Anthony Johnson /50
88 Karl Malone /50
89 Mookie Blaylock /50
90 Joe Dumars /50
91 Patrick Ewing /50
92 Bobby Phills /50
93 Dennis Scott /50
94 Rodney Rogers /50
95 Jim Jackson /50
96 Kenny Anderson /50
97 Jerry Stackhouse /50
98 Larry Johnson /50

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Inserts

1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Inserts Checklists

All-Millennium Team Checklist

20 cards.
1:6 packs.

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1 Stephon Marbury
2 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
3 Karl Malone
4 Scottie Pippen
5 Michael Jordan
6 Marcus Camby
7 Kobe Bryant
8 Allen Iverson
9 Kerry Kittles
10 Ray Allen
11 Dennis Rodman
12 Damon Stoudamire
13 Antoine Walker
14 Anfernee Hardaway
15 Hakeem Olajuwon
16 Shawn Kemp
17 Antonio Daniels
18 Juwan Howard
19 Gary Payton
20 Tim Duncan

Championship Galaxy Checklist

15 cards.
1:192 packs.

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Championship Galaxy Kobe Bryant

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 Kerry Kittles
13 Antoine Walker
14 Scottie Pippen
15 Damon Stoudamire

Future Champions Checklist

15 cards.
1:18 packs.

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1 Tim Duncan
2 Tony Battie
3 Keith Van Horn
4 Antonio Daniels
5 Chauncey Billups
6 Ron Mercer
7 Tracy McGrady
8 Danny Fortson
9 Brevin Knight
10 Derek Anderson
11 Bobby Jackson
12 Jacque Vaughn
13 Tim Thomas
14 Austin Croshere
15 Kelvin Cato

Hardware Checklist

15 cards.
1:360 packs.

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Hardware Michael Jordan

1 Stephon Marbury
2 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
3 Shaquille O’Neal
4 Scottie Pippen
5 Michael Jordan
6 Marcus Camby
7 Kobe Bryant
8 Kevin Garnett
9 Kerry Kittles
10 Grant Hill
11 Dennis Rodman
12 Tim Duncan
13 Antonio Daniels
14 Anfernee Hardaway
15 Allen Iverson

Trophy Case Checklist

10 cards.
1:96 packs.

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Trophy Case Hakeem Olajuwon

1 Kevin Garnett
2 Grant Hill
3 Damon Stoudamire
4 Shaquille O’Neal
5 Ray Allen
6 Gary Payton
7 Shawn Kemp
8 Hakeem Olajuwon
9 John Stockton
10 Antoine Walker

Promo Sheet

1 sheet.

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1 Grant Hill, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Keith Van Horn, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan

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Team Sets

1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Team Set Checklists

Want to know what cards your favorite team has in 1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Bsaketball? Here’s the checklist broken down by team. Scroll through or click below to go directly to that team.

Please note that parallels and the promo sheet are not included here. Please check the main checklist in the other tab for parallel specifics and insertion rates.

1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Atlanta Hawks Checklist

12 Steve Smith
60 Chris Crawford RC

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Boston Celtics Checklist

89 Mookie Blaylock
7 Chauncey Billups RC
18 John Thomas RC
27 Antoine Walker
81 Ron Mercer RC

All-Millennium Team
13 Antoine Walker

Championship Galaxy
13 Antoine Walker

Future Champions
5 Chauncey Billups
6 Ron Mercer

Trophy Case
10 Antoine Walker

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Charlotte Hornets Checklist

31 Corey Beck
54 Tony Delk
65 David Wesley
73 Glen Rice
92 Bobby Phills

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Chicago Bulls Checklist

23 Michael Jordan
62 Dennis Rodman
85 Scottie Pippen

All-Millennium Team
4 Scottie Pippen
5 Michael Jordan
11 Dennis Rodman

Championship Galaxy
1 Michael Jordan
10 Dennis Rodman
14 Scottie Pippen

Hardware
4 Scottie Pippen
5 Michael Jordan
11 Dennis Rodman

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Cleveland Cavaliers Checklist

40 Derek Anderson RC
44 Brevin Knight RC
50 Wesley Person
78 Shawn Kemp

All-Millennium Team
16 Shawn Kemp

Future Champions
9 Brevin Knight
10 Derek Anderson

Trophy Case
7 Shawn Kemp

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Dallas Mavericks Checklist

74 Bubba Wells RC
79 Michael Finley
93 Dennis Scott

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Denver Nuggets Checklist

8 Bobby Jackson RC
16 Danny Fortson RC
66 Tony Battie RC

Future Champions
2 Tony Battie
8 Danny Fortson
11 Bobby Jackson

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Detroit Pistons Checklist

33 Grant Hill
82 Brian Williams
90 Joe Dumars
97 Jerry Stackhouse

Championship Galaxy
11 Grant Hill

Hardware
10 Grant Hill

Trophy Case
2 Grant Hill

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Golden State Warriors Checklist

4 Adonal Foyle RC
57 Joe Smith

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Houston Rockets Checklist

45 Charles Barkley
51 Clyde Drexler
61 Hakeem Olajuwon

All-Millennium Team
15 Hakeem Olajuwon

Trophy Case
8 Hakeem Olajuwon

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Indiana Pacers Checklist

38 Austin Croshere RC
39 Reggie Miller
80 Chris Mullin

Future Champions
14 Austin Croshere

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Los Angeles Clippers Checklist

19 Lorenzen Wright
75 Maurice Taylor RC
94 Rodney Rogers

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Los Angeles Lakers Checklist

1 Shaquille O’Neal
63 Eddie Jones
86 Kobe Bryant

All-Millennium Team
7 Kobe Bryant

Championship Galaxy
3 Kobe Bryant
4 Shaquille O’Neal

Hardware
3 Shaquille O’Neal
7 Kobe Bryant

Trophy Case
4 Shaquille O’Neal

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Miami Heat Checklist

13 Alonzo Mourning
67 Isaac Austin
70 Tim Hardaway

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Milwaukee Bucks Checklist

22 Ray Allen
28 Terrell Brandon
32 Tyrone Hill

All-Millennium Team
10 Ray Allen

Trophy Case
5 Ray Allen

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Minnesota Timberwolves Checklist

41 Kevin Garnett
46 Tom Gugliotta
52 Paul Grant RC
55 Stephon Marbury

All-Millennium Team
1 Stephon Marbury

Championship Galaxy
5 Stephon Marbury
8 Kevin Garnett

Hardware
1 Stephon Marbury
8 Kevin Garnett

Trophy Case
1 Kevin Garnett

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New Jersey Nets Checklist

5 Kendall Gill
9 Keith Van Horn RC
58 Sam Cassell
83 Kerry Kittles

All-Millennium Team
9 Kerry Kittles

Championship Galaxy
12 Kerry Kittles

Future Champions
3 Keith Van Horn

Hardware
9 Kerry Kittles

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball New York Knicks Checklist

2 Chris Mills
91 Patrick Ewing
98 Larry Johnson

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Orlando Magic Checklist

14 Anfernee Hardaway
20 Mark Price
71 Darrell Armstrong

All-Millennium Team
14 Anfernee Hardaway

Championship Galaxy
7 Anfernee Hardaway

Hardware
14 Anfernee Hardaway

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Philadelphia 76ers Checklist

26 Allen Iverson
34 Tim Thomas RC
95 Jim Jackson

All-Millennium Team
8 Allen Iverson

Championship Galaxy
2 Allen Iverson

Future Champions
13 Tim Thomas

Hardware
15 Allen Iverson

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Phoenix Suns Checklist

35 Clifford Robinson
42 Kevin Johnson
43 Antonio McDyess
47 Jason Kidd

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Portland Trail Blazers Checklist

21 Rasheed Wallace
68 Isaiah Rider
76 Kelvin Cato RC
96 Kenny Anderson

Future Champions
15 Kelvin Cato

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Sacramento Kings Checklist

3 Tariq Abdul-Wahad RC
64 Mitch Richmond
87 Anthony Johnson RC

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball San Antonio Spurs Checklist

10 Avery Johnson
15 Sean Elliott
72 Tim Duncan RC
84 David Robinson

All-Millennium Team
20 Tim Duncan

Future Champions
1 Tim Duncan

Hardware
12 Tim Duncan

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Seattle Supersonics Checklist

6 Vin Baker
56 Detlef Schrempf
59 Gary Payton

All-Millennium Team
19 Gary Payton

Trophy Case
6 Gary Payton

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Toronto Raptors Checklist

24 John Wallace
29 Damon Stoudamire
36 Tracy McGrady RC
48 Marcus Camby

All-Millennium Team
6 Marcus Camby
12 Damon Stoudamire

Championship Galaxy
6 Marcus Camby
15 Damon Stoudamire

Future Champions
7 Tracy McGrady

Hardware
6 Marcus Camby

Trophy Case
3 Damon Stoudamire

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Utah Jazz Checklist

17 John Stockton
69 Jacque Vaughn RC
88 Karl Malone

All-Millennium Team
3 Karl Malone

Future Champions
12 Jacque Vaughn

Trophy Case
9 John Stockton

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Vancouver Grizzlies Checklist

25 Bryant Reeves
30 Antonio Daniels RC
77 Shareef Abdur-Rahim

All-Millennium Team
2 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
17 Antonio Daniels

Championship Galaxy
9 Shareef Abdur-Rahim

Future Champions
4 Antonio Daniels

Hardware
2 Shareef Abdur-Rahim
13 Antonio Daniels

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1997-98 Metal Universe Championship Basketball Washington Wizards Checklist

11 Juwan Howard
37 Chris Webber
49 God Shammgod RC
53 Rod Strickland

All-Millennium Team
18 Juwan Howard

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A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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