Tuesday, April 08, 2008

The 50-Cent Cheapo Pack Break: 1996 Studio

This is the final installment of the initial wave of 50-Cent Cheapo Pack Break videos. The results of this ongoing experiment in video gonzo baseball card journalism are, and I must admit, mixed. Not a failed experiment, not yet.... More packs must be acquired. But which ones? Did they like the late-80s/early-90s Topps cellos? Or was it the mid-90s semi-premium wax?

More packs must be busted, and more videos must be made. But when? And from where?
How would Jefferson Burdick handle the situation?

But most important of all is some advice my attorney recently e-mailed to me.

"As your attorney, I advise you to wear the royal blue `Rated Rookie' t-shirt from now on. Your fans seem to think that it has mysterious, God-like powers."

My attorney is very wise. He's not just some dingbat I found on the strip. He's a foreigner. I think he's probably Samoan.

Ahh, yes. The video.... 1996 Studio.... Fine product, fine product. A marked improvement over the disastrous 1995 set. '96 Studio was the first "Donruss" product released by Pinnacle Brands after they bought 'em out. (Some good that did them, huh?) I believe I already have the whole base set stashed away somewhere -- probably in my parent's basement -- so I'm just looking for inserts. Hopefully a Stained Glass Star.

1 comment:

MMayes said...

The best thing about the Studio sets were the comments on the back. I don't remember what year ('92 or '93 maybe) Hard Hittin' Mark Whiten was asked what he'd be doing if not playing baseball. Most guys were stuff like lawyer, teacher, insurance sales, etc. Mark said he's be driving a trash truck.