Monday, July 30, 2012

#5 Ben McDonald

DELIVERING: to send (something aimed or guided) to an intended target or destination "ability to deliver nuclear warheads" "delivered a fastball"

Another 1988 Olympic Team Gold Medalist - man them Orioles were STACKED with Olympians!

He was considered the Stephen Strasburg of 20 years ago.

At 6'7" his fastball probably seemed at times to be nuclear tipped.

His first Major League start was a complete game shutout.

Friday, July 27, 2012

#4 Jeffrey Hammonds

NATURAL: implanted or being as if implanted by nature : seemingly inborn

As a freshman he broke the Pac-10 single season stolen base record, stealing 102 bases for Stanford.

Batted .414 for Team USA in the Barcelona Olympics.

Known for extremely high contract demands and being often injured.

Somehow tripled his Major League salary between 1997 and 1998 to 1.3 million.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

#3 Curtis Goodwin

DAZZLING: intransitive verb - to arouse admiration by an impressive display

Curtis was very fast on the base paths.

Stole 50 bases 3 straight seasons in the minors.

Walter Payton and Gary Payton are his cousins.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

#2 Kevin Brown

REACHING: intransitive verb - to strain after something

He strained so much he was often injured.

This Kevin Brown was often confused with two other MLB players named Kevin Brown whose careers overlapped his.

His 1997 no-hitter was a hit-batter short of a perfect game.

The Dodgers made him the first million-dollar man in baseball.

Brown was named in the Mitchell Report.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

#1 Brady Anderson

DRIVING: acting with vigor : energetic <a hard-driving worker>

He is one of three major league baseball players to guest on TV's "Sabrina the Teenage Witch."

He is also the brother-in-law of former outfielder Steve Finley.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

1995 Skybox E-Motion Want List

Getting close on this complete set. Any trade help would be appreciated.

Base Set:

Emotion Rookies:

Emotion Masters:

Emotion Ripken Time:
7 Conditioning

Emotion N-Tense:
6 Ken Griffey Mariners
7 Mark McGwire Athletics
8 Mike Piazza Dodgers
9 Manny Ramirez Indians
10 Frank Thomas White Sox
11 Mo Vaughn Red Sox
12 Matt Williams Giants

Also looking for an empty pack wrapper and an empty box.

Monday, July 16, 2012

1995 E-Motion Advertisement

In addition to the Cal Ripken promo card given out at the 1995 National, Fleer/Skybox International took to the collecting magazines to spark interest.  This page is from one of the many sports collecting magazines published in the mid 90's.

The very effective and attractive ad gives a great overview of the four different sub-sets in this debut set.

The cards were considered a super-premium type card...printed on double-thick cardboard, borderless "special effects" photos, gold foil stamping (the ad calls it etching), and a glossy coating. 

A large foil-stamped word is displayed on each card which is either a nickname, or an emotion, or one of that players attributes.  Hence E-Motion.

The sequence of the card numbers follow the alphabetical listing of the teams city, or state, starting with all the American League teams first: so cards 1-8 are of the Baltimore Orioles, then Boston, and so on.  The subsets follow up at the end of the base set, each having it's own numbering system.

Eight card packs were issued with a suggested retail price of $4.99.  Not cheap in 1995.
My 2010 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards has an 8 card pack valued at a buck.
Not a good investment.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

1995 Skybox E-Motion Promo - Cal Ripken

At the 1995 National Sports Collectors Convention held in St. Louis, Skybox debuted this Cal Ripken promo card to introcuce collectors to it's new baseball card line E-Motion.  These were considered super-premium cards.

This card was identical to Ripkens card in the set with the exception of the "Promotional Sample" stamped in gold foil on the front and back of the card.

A brief history of Skybox International:  it was originally formed as Impel Marketing in 1989. In 1990, the company was renamed SkyBox International.  In 1995, Fleer acquired the company and produced cards under the Skybox name for several more years. When Fleer went bankrupt in 2005 the brands, rights and business strategies were purchased by Upper Deck.  Then, as we all know, Topps screwed Upper Deck.