The introduction of the Hobby Rainbow

For as long as I can remember, parallels have been a dreaded part of our hobby. For one, I never understood their purpose. I mean, it’s basically the same photo with a little extra gold or silver foil. Big freakin’ deal, right? Well, all that changed in 1996 when Score Select Certified came out with a load of different colored parallels, thus the rainbow was born. Of course, back then the cards were not numbered and you had to open quite a few packs to beat the odds of pulling one of the higher cards. For example, the base card was easy enough to pull but the odds of pulling the next level is 1 in 30 packs. The next level, Blue, was 1/45, 1/90 for Red and then it gets tricky. The next level, Certified Blue had odds of 1 in 180 packs. I don’t know about you but I cannot imagine anyone opening more than 100 packs of ’96 Certifed. I mean, great looking cards and all but there’s only so much Score cards that I’d like to own. To get the Artist Proof you’d have to go through 500 packs. The final level was Certified Red, which was inserted once for every 1,800 packs. The rumor is that only 90 of the Certified Red were produced so you can imagine how difficult it is to find one of your favorite player.

For the last couple of days I have been surfing eBay looking to purchase my very first Superfractor. Considering that you can get a hobby stud like Johan Santana or David Ortiz Super for under $150, I should be able to get a Marlins player for under $100 if I keep an eye out. Really, the only way to start a rainbow in today’s market is to start from the top otherwise you might have to wait years for your Super to show up and who knows if you will still be collecting by then.

Brad, the proud owner of the hobby’s first rainbow below would like to recommend 1997 Select Certified, 1998 Donruss Crusade, and 2000 Pacific Prisms as other sets with great-looking rainbows. You can check out his extensive Mark Grace collection by cliking HERE. He was also one of the original collectors featured in the close to extinct Heavenly Collections. You can see that post by clicking HERE.



  1. Message from Brad:

    Certified Red (1,800 cards made total)
    Artist’s Proof (500 cards made total)
    Certified Blue (180 cards made total)
    Mirror Red (90 cards made total)
    Mirror Blue (45 cards made total)
    Mirror Gold (30 cards made total)

    I’ll try to figure out the pack totals for you in a little bit.

    Brad W.

  2. I say go for 2000 Prism. That set has a small but good selection of team players and enough of a challenge because of the retail only and Seven-11 only parallels

  3. For the differences in 2000 Prism

    The cards are in the Grace Museum. He has scans of the 2000 Prism so you can see the background difference.

    1 – Base card
    2 – Rapture Silver 916 made w/o serial number
    3 – Drops Silver 799 made
    4 – Pebbly Dots 691 made
    5 – Sliders Silver 448 made
    6 – Sheen Silver 448 made
    7 – Texture Silver 448 made
    8 – Woodgrain Silver 331 made
    9 – Tinsel Silver 331 made
    10 – Rapture Gold 545 made
    11 – Holographic Gold Numbered to 480
    12 – Holographic Mirror Numbered to 160
    13 – Holographic Purple Numbered to 99
    14 – Holographic Blue Numbered to 80
    15 – Premiere Date Numbered to 61

  4. I hate to bring it up. But, it seems you are missing 1 2000 Prism Grace for your rainbow. The Proof #d out of 10. There is a Clemens on Ebay (item # 130123372971) to prove they do exist. It’s the only one I’ve ever seen.

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