Cracked Ice Before There Was Cracked Ice: 1999-00 Flair Showcase Elevators

Parallels of all different colors and types have come and gone over the years, and they are more prevalent today than ever before. A popular parallel in many Panini products is Cracked Ice, and they are stunning parallels, for sure. When we look back at similar parallels from other companies, the Topps Atomic Refractors definitely… Read More Cracked Ice Before There Was Cracked Ice: 1999-00 Flair Showcase Elevators

It’s Showtime: 2009-10 Upper Deck Now Appearing

A couple things I miss since the pandemic began, going to the movies, and going to professional sporting events. I enjoy seeing the coming attractions as I walk up to the theater, the movie posters and cardboard cutouts inside, and the previews before the movies. On the sports side, and in particular, going to NBA… Read More It’s Showtime: 2009-10 Upper Deck Now Appearing

Under the Magnifying Glass – 1996-97 Skybox Premium Close-Ups

1996-97 was a huge year for basketball cards. Huge draft class, first year of Topps Chrome, some other iconic sets like EX-2000, Metal, and I think Skybox Premium goes into that category. It was the only Kobe rookie I actually pulled from a pack in my childhood. It was the first year of Autographics as… Read More Under the Magnifying Glass – 1996-97 Skybox Premium Close-Ups

The Force is Strong with This One – 1999-00 Fleer Force Special Forces

The Fleer Force brand only had two iterations, in 1999-00 and 2001-02. In 1999-00 it was a silver version of the Fleer Tradition set. It was like the Fleer version of Topps Chrome, in that the photo and design were the same as the Fleer Tradition card, except with silver foil added. That’s how I… Read More The Force is Strong with This One – 1999-00 Fleer Force Special Forces

The Court is Their Checker Board – 1996-97 Ultra Board Game

First off, 1996-97 Ultra is an iconic set in the 90s in my mind, for several reasons. The draft class is phenomenal, the set is condition sensitive, has tough to find parallels, and the inserts are great (see All-Rookie, Court Masters, Scoring Kings, the list goes on). I opened a few packs of this set… Read More The Court is Their Checker Board – 1996-97 Ultra Board Game

Insert Set Flashback: 1997-98 Fleer Key Ingredients

The Set: 1997-98 Fleer Key Ingredients Set Odds: 1 in 2 series one retail packs Key Cards: Shaquille O’Neal $1.50 Scottie Pippen $1.00 Why I Like It: I actually didn’t know this set existed until recently, but its metallic looking finish jumped out at me.  These players are the ‘Keys’ to their teams, and each… Read More Insert Set Flashback: 1997-98 Fleer Key Ingredients