Set Type: Insert
Card dimensions: 2½” x 3½”
Additional Information/14,000 Phillies Commentary: Seeded in packs of 1997 Donruss Signature Series. The cards are unnumbered. Both SCD and Beckett list all the players in alphabetical order by last name and then assign numbers accordingly. All cards are serial numbered to 2000 on the back of the card, and the set contains the first Steve Carlton certified autograph card (Mike Schmidt previously signed cards for the 1992 Classic Best set). Nowadays, the 2,000-card print run seems almost ridiculously large, but at the time, it was actually a rather limited print run. As a result, this set contains some of the easier to acquire Schmidt and Carlton autograph cards.
Unfortunately, the foil surface of the card detracts from the appearance of the autograph — as suggested by the scans above. Despite this, it’s amazing to look at the Significant Signatures cards and remember that once upon a time, all certified autograph cards — no matter the size of the print run — were signed directly by the player, with no stickers involved.