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Monday Mets randomness: 1996 Pro Stamps

Chris Martin Enterprises Pro Stamps 1996 New York Mets team set from my collection

I love oddball baseball items, and these New York Mets “stamps” produced in 1996 by Chris Martin Enterprises fit the bill. Released a  few years before self-adhesive stamps became popular with the United States Postal Service, these collectible “stamps” should really be classed as stickers in my opinion.

The Mets were represented by Todd Hundley, Jose Vizcaino, Jeff Kent, Rico Brogna and Bobby Jones. According to the checklist on the back, each of baseball’s 28 teams had its own sheet of five players. (The Phillies’ chosen five were Jim Eisenreich, Gregg Jefferies, Mickey Morandini, Paul Quantrill and Darren Daulton. The selected Yankees were Wade Boggs, Jimmy Key, Paul O’Neill, David Cone and Bernie Williams.)

For $5 or 10 proof of purchase seals, you could join the Pro Stamps Club and receive “a cool membership card, team stamp poster (8.5×11), newsletter and information on how to order other NFL, NHL and NBA team Pro Stamps sets.”

Does anybody remember these?

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1995 Donruss Studio

Mario over at Wax Heaven spotlighted the 1995 Donruss Studio release last month, and helpfully (?) pointed out an eBay auction for four unopened packs. I won the lot for less than $1 (though I spent more than that for shipping, lol ) and they arrived today.

Each pack contains five cards – four silver cards printed on standard cardstock, and one insert card printed on credit card-style plastic. Which makes sense – the card design was meant to resemble a credit card. (I think it would actually be kind of neat if somebody resurrected this idea for an insert set.)

There are 200 cards in the base set, and 50 cards in the insert set – which come in gold and platinum versions. Sometime I’ll have to figure out the Mets team set checklist.

 

Without further ado, let’s see what I got.

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