When you can combine embossing with action packed photography.
And there is one hard hitting product that did provide that, Action Packed.
One of my favorites came from 1996. The design led to crystal clear photography, the players on the field really stood out and not just because of the embossing, but because the background was a rough texture while the player was full gloss. Made for a beautiful combo.
All 115 base cards captured great photography like this....
The final 11 cards in the base set took a different approach with a subset called Eyeing The Storm. Which took a unique perspective showcasing an up close photo of the player in the background, then a full picture of them in the front.
I keep my fingers crossed every day that Panini will revive the product. So far the closest they have come was an insert set that wasn't embossed in Rookies and Stars. That was disappointing. But maybe it's a start. I even put a word in.
Thoughts on today's BASEically Awesome product is welcomed in comments.