Monday, June 27, 2011

STASHED IN THE CLOSET - Action Packed Big Picture Promo

I was getting this card out tonight in hopes of trading it for a Linden that I need. I remember it being such an odd card when I originally bought it that I thought I'd share it with you.

1994/95 Action Packed
Big Picture Promo
BP4 Steve Yzerman

How many of you remember Action Packed? My knowledge of them is nothing more than seeing them make some neat football cards in the early 1990's.

That....and they liked embossing.

This card came from a 4-card set that was issued to propose a new set (that ended up never being released). To my knowledge, Action Packed never delved into the hockey market after that.

This set also included Jeremy Roenick, John Vanbeisbrouck and Jaromir Jagr. What really caught my eye about these cards was that they folded out into a little mini poster.

A neat idea...but what's with Keith Primeau in the background? Is it me, or is he about 8 feet tall?

Back to the embossing on the front for a second. I've always wondered just how effective embossing is when it comes to selling a card. I mean, does it really matter?

The time and money spent embossing each card (and each one is unique since it follows the contours of the player) must make it impractical to produce - one would think.

Nonetheless, it's a neat feature, a neat card and a throwback to a time where anything (literally) was possible in the sports card world.

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