When I saw a box marked Ex 2000, I immediately scooped it up. I knew already what I was getting. Would the box have flair and possible big time hits..most likely no. And that isn't the reason I wanted it. It was for these cards. Yup, base cards. How many collectors now-a-days get excited over base cards..well this guy does!
This design is spectacular. Rainbow cardboard with different colored borders. A full action shot of a player in front of an acetate background. This kind of design is one of the very few that I enjoy that don't involve action photography. This also happens to be one of the brands I really miss. I know I say I miss a lot of them, but this one truly is at the top.
At one point in my collecting career, I had this set put together. But, time wore on and when I was still living at home my father decided to sell it. So finding some of the base cards again, which I found out that it was about 8 cards short of a set, was very exciting.
Ex2000 baseball came out in 1997 and was created by the geniuses at Fleer (which rights are now owned by Upper Deck).
Here is what a box breakdown is for the product:
24 packs per box, 2 cards per pack
Credentials - numbered to 299
Essential Credentials - numbered to 99
A Cut Above 1:288
Emerald Autographs 1:500
Hall or Nothing 1:20
Star Date 2000 1:9
It was a product for baseball, basketball, football. The Ex line didn't make it too many years but I always enjoyed what they brought to the table for base cards. In my next Yard Sale post will be an even better designed Ex set that came out the following year in Ex2001.
There are also treasures to find in this product too, that's what you would call some of their inserts now-a-days anyways. Pulling the Credentials and the Essential Credentials may not have seen like much then, but they are now HOT inserts to have especially for basketball. I am shaking my head as I type this knowing what I may have lost back then and could no longer afford now.
Let me know your thoughts on this pretty product.