Interesting here as both a puzzle piece AND a Star Player sticker turn up!
Kazuhisa Ishii puzzle piece (who, according to Gary Engle, was the real prize of the puzzle piece inserts).
Doubles T. Iguchi, Kitoh, Takatsu, Wakatabe
So 16 packs in, out of 160 possible different stickers, the set stands at:
103/204 base stickers
13/108 puzzle pieces
0/24 Leading Players
2/12 Star Players
118 unique cards, 42 doubles
I think those are actually pretty decent numbers. Just over half way thru the box, and the base set is just over half complete. The inserts are a little more disappointing, but that's life with inserts. This was before the days of the card companies being masochistic enough to actually guarantee "hits" per box, which did drive up sales of high-end product, but also led to incessant whining among collectors who felt robbed when the only got a box full of base cards of Ichiro, Pujols, Griffey, Dice-K, etc, and didn't get their guaranteed GU card (which probably would have been David Wells or Omar Vizquel anyway).
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