Do You Remember How the Future of Baseball Cards Looked? Part One
Does anyone remember way back in the late 1990s when companies tried to capture the idea of a futuristic baseball card? During this series, I will try to recapture some of these great sets in hopes of bringing some of you back to those days of collecting.
From the years 1995-1999, each company produced several sets that captured this spirit. So let’s take a one tank trip down memory lane and rediscover some of these lost sets.
1. Metal Universe
The short lived, colorful cards from 1996-1998 were extremely popular among kids because of their “cool” backgrounds.
Fleer again hit the spot of futuristic baseball cards with their EX series. It began in 1995 as Emotion, but that name was short lived as it became Emotion-XL in 1996 and EX-2000 in 1997, EX-2001 in 1998, EX Century in 1999, and finally settling on EX for 2000-2004. And while this set has a nice run into the 2000s, the idea of in the 1990s was far greater.
From 2000-2004, Fleer abandoned the transparent backgrounds and went with an array of colors which really took away from the EX feel. The cards were still of high quality in that era, but they just didn’t have the futuristic feel that I think was intended for them.
3. Upper Deck HoloGrFX
While not their first futuristic set, Upper Deck again joined the party in 1999 with thier release of Upper Deck HoloGrFX.
As I said before, there will be more of these articles coming. In the end, I would like to have a vote to see what people’s favorite futuristic style sets are. If it goes well, perhaps I will focus on other theme based sets from other eras.
Thanks and I hope you enjoyed this one tank trip down memory lane.
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