Box Break: 2000 E-X (Very nice hit!!)
4 Cards per pack
Price: $43 + shipping
Hey everyone! I know it’s been a couple weeks but I have a great excuse. I was out working on an Alaska Dream Cruise ship as the children’s coordinator and I had one amazing experience 🙂 Here is a shot I took of Dawes glacier to prove I really have been busy.
Anyhow, I did return home to an epic mailday and a sealed box of 2000 Fleer EX baseball. The E-X sets have always been something I enjoy looking at. They have thicker stock and typically have really good looking inserts not matter what the year. They became famous later in the years following this set, and in 1999 for their translucent base cards. In the past I opened several 1999 E-X Century boxes when they were in the 40 range and the base cards are quite nice.
The following year Fleer went back to these for the base cards:
I was only 10 or so away from the base set so that was certainly exciting! A young man who goes to church with me loves baseball cards and is getting into collecting the “old school” cards. He’s going to be putting most of my breaks’ base cards into organized sets, most of which he will be keeping for his own collection. Someone has to teach him about the good ol’ days right? A handful of base were peeling off the cardstock but thankfully my Rodriguez was not one of them.
Prospects (1:12 Packs)
There are 30 prospects in total that come in this set, the most of the time being Rick Ankiel, Pat Burrell, and Alfonso Soriano. They stand out a little with their gold lettering and prospect wording. There were two in this box:
Generation E-X (1:8 packs)
Every set has to have some easier to find inserts with talented young players. This set fits the bill here. Nothing major to write home about but as you all know, I do love shiny inserts whether they’re tough to pull or not. I received 3 in this box; Alex Rodriguez, Shawn Green, and Adam Kennedy.
E-Xciting (1:24 packs)
These reminded me of a fleer ultra insert from the 1996-97 Basketball set called Fresh Faces. Coming in at 1 per box, you always hope to find a player out of the 15 card set that you’re happy to get. While the uniform isn’t the “right” one in this picture, it was great to see The Kid.
E-Xplosive (Random Odds)
These inserts are all #d to 2499…yeah in a 2000 product! My feeling is that Fleer wanted to give collectors the feeling of getting a numbered card, no matter how high that number might be. There was one in this box of one of the best hitters of all time:
E-Xceptional (Random Odds)
There are 3 different subsets of these Jambalaya look alikes: Red (#d to 1999),
Green (#d to 999), and Blue (#d to 250). I managed to pull one Green from this box. They are really unique feeling and looking cards! My card tried to throw itself at me like a broken bat…thankfully I was prepared.
Skybox Autographics (One game used or Autograph per box)
Well this blog sure has luck with 2000 boxes containing big time autographs doesn’t it? If you remember, when I reviewed my box of 2000 SPX I linked John’s Break where the best pull this blog has had showed up. This one is probably the best card I’ve had the pleasure of pulling out of an Old School box so far:
Yeah that’s a sledgehammer he’s swinging! I’m sure that’s how to got to be jacked when he played 😉 Nevertheless, what an awesome On-Card autograph to see come out of a pack. Barry was an amazing hitter regardless of what he did off the field. I still remember his All-Star Game homerun that hit the Giants logo in 1998. I also remember that he did try to have fun although he was pretty standoffish to reporters. He’s now the hitting coach for the Florida Marlins who seem to be in the Wild Card hunt now.
I sold the card to a collector on the best forum around Freedom Card Board. I know he will appreciate this as much as I do when a nice A-Rod arrives in the mail.
3 Duplicates. Enough Said!
Having some of the base cards peeling off the cardstock is going to make it a little tougher to put this base set together.
Not much can beat a Bonds on-card autograph. The reason this box doesn’t receive an A+ is because there were no Credential parallels.
Outside of a high-end autograph or Credentials parallel, these aren’t highly sought after cards in general. I was very fortunate to find the Bonds which is going to allow me to purchase another box + an A-Rod.
I do hope everyone enjoyed the review and for those of you at FCB, I do want to give you all a big shout out because you’ve been a huge help in finding some of my most highly sought after Alex Rodriguez inserts! Mailday update will be coming when my most recent purchase arrives.