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1997-98 SkyBox Fleer Metal Universe Basketball Cards Series 1 Hobby Box Factory SealedGo Back
Winning Bid: $7,288.11
Winning Bid: $7,288.11
Auction ends: 2020-11-21 23:40
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Presented is a factory sealed hobby box (24 packs) of 1997-98 SkyBox Fleer Metal Universe Series 1 basketball cards. This is a true rarity to come to market. The box is still factory sealed and inside one of the most highly sought after basketball parallel insert cards (oh, so precious) is waiting to be found. This is of course if you decide to break the seal and ripp’em (please let us watch if you do so).
Important to note, once the prices for the Precious Metal Gems parallels began to push higher, sealed wax began to dry up, making 1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball boxes very tough to find.
Featuring one of the most exciting base designs of the decade, 1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball is most notable for the rare Precious Metal Gems cards.
The foil-covered NBA parallels have seen considerable interest in recent years, making 1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe one of the most popular and valuable products from the 1990s.
The smaller 125-card base set combines player images with a celestial-themed background to make for some wild cards. The checklist is led by rookie cards for Tim Duncan and Tracy McGrady as well as base cards for the top players of the decade, including Michael Jordan.
Precious Metal Gems, or PMG, parallels are easily distinguished from the base cards due to the colorful foil and serial numbering. The entire print run for each player is 100 cards, but that total is split between two different versions. The first 10 copies in the numbering feature green foil, while the remaining 90 include red foil. Only 123 cards are covered in the parallel, as the checklist cards (#124 and #125) are left out. Because the PMG parallels are very susceptible to chipping damage on the foil edges, high grades are not easy to locate, resulting in a considerable premium for those in mint condition.
There is also a subtle Reebok parallel that includes 15 cards from the base set. The partial parallel features 15 players who had Reebok deals at the time and can be identified by a Reebok logo on the back of the card. The base Bronze version averages one per pack and there is also a Silver and Gold parallel.
Platinum Portrait inserts use a series of holes to form an image of the player on a silver card and are also very popular. Silver Slam utilizes black-and-white images set against Refractor-like foilboard. The even-numbered cards showcase a purple background and the odd cards go with orange.
Planet Metal includes a colorful swirl feature, reminiscent of a quasar, along with a black-and-white basketball and large “M” logo. Unlike most of the other inserts in the product, Gold Universe continues the space theme, but with a gold finish, and is only found in retail packs. Finally, Titanium is a die-cut and acetate-esque insert that is finished with a blue foil.