In the early-90’s, Pro-Set wanted badly to get into the baseball market and compete with the “big boys” of The Hobby like Upper Deck, Topps, Donruss, & Fleer. In 1992, someone in the company had the bright idea of creating a parody product for collectors.
Flopps was set to be a 66-card set making innocent fun of the game’s most well-known players and teams. As a preview of their product, they produced a 5-card promo set featuring such players as Barry Bones (pictured), Wade Bugs, Ken Groovy Jr., Stickey Henderson and the best one of all, Lance Parishable.
Before Pro-Set began production, the Players Union threw a Beckett-style fit and the product was shelved before it even hit the printing press. Not surprisingly, Pro-Set’s application to produce licensed Major League Baseball cards was also denied. Just imagine what could have been…
Anyway, you can find the full 5-card promo set on eBay for around $5 dollars. It is believed that other players were printed and possibly released through the “back door” but I could not find any information to confirm that rumor. The cards believed to be in existence are: Craig Piggio, Cal Ripped One, and George Bratt.
Talk about a missed opportunity for collectors!