Upper Deck resurrects Metal Universe!

16 03 2009

If there was one brand that stuck out back in the late-90’s when companies were releasing 30+ brands per year, it was Skybox. Having left the Hobby in 1997 and not returned for a decade, I really don’t know when or why Skybox left baseball.

While busting a box of 2008-’09 Skybox basketball the other day I was shocked to find a 90’s favorite return in the form of an insert set: Skybox Metal Universe. You can find coverage of past Skybox Metal Universe baseball releases here.

As you can see from the scan below, Skybox is still making unique trading cards. I pulled six of these Metal Universe inserts, which believe it or not, was only the second-best insert in Skybox basketball. I will have a full review later today.

What do you think of the return of Metal Universe?

Which Fleer brand would you like to see make a comeback?

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Derek Jeter’s (Metal) Universe

21 01 2009

Below is a few of the many base cards and inserts released by Fleer/Skybox Metal Universe from 1996-2000. As always, each of the small thumbnails will lead you to a full-size scan.

Also, most of these cards will not hurt your wallet and are readily available through eBay and other secondary sports cards markets. Trust me when I tell you, they make a great addition to any player collection and in some cases overshadow that plain-white game-used jersey you paid $10 dollars for.

It’s a damn shame Fleer is no longer around in baseball.

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Card of the Day – ’98 Metal Universe

21 01 2009

Before I even begin writing about Metal Universe you should probably ask yourself if this is the kind of product that you would be into. Basically, if you collect for the fun and excitement of pulling a rare or unique card definitely stick around. If your idea of collecting involves going through a 5,000 count box of 2004 Topps Total or are simply a collecting snob who looks down on non-prospect or high-end products, click HERE.

Now, if you are still here then you probably know exactly what Fleer/Skybox Metal Universe was all about. How it made its baseball debut in 1996 with comic book-inspired themes and all foil fronts. Even back then, Metal Universe was a bit tacky but no one could say it wasn’t innovative. Their inserts, especially the hard to find ones are some of the most unique of all-time, something that Fleer will always be remembered for.

This wonderful card came courtesy of “Topher”, a Wax Heaven reader and published author! I just want to thank you for reading the site and sending a few 90’s cards my way. In a few hours I will post a tribute to Metal Universe featuring none other than Derek Jeter, so stay tuned!

P.S – Old School Box Breaks just did a box break of this (link).