Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2001 Fleer Futures Bats to the Future Bat relic card

Card Manufacturer: Fleer
Card Set: Fleer Futures
Year: 2001
Card Number: NNO
Card Type: Insert Relic
Insert Set: Bats to the Future
Card Attributes: Bat relic

Here we have another great relic insert from the early 2000's.  Fleer pretty much stopped putting out a flagship set at the end of the 90's and started focusing on mid to high end, at least for the time, issues. Fleer Futures was one of those new sets that featured something a little different. Card companies in the late 90's and early 2000's were always trying to one up the other with new gimmicks and technologies.  The base cards in this set featured a rough textured surface with embedded sparkles and a quasi futuristic design.  I don't remember what this went for back in the day, but the going rate seems to be between 50 and 60 bucks a box.  I remember opening a few packs that were in K-Mart repacks years ago, I don't think I hit anything good.  

This insert was a listed feature on the front of boxes. The insert is three tiered with this bat relic being the second tier.  The first tier was the base insert, which will be featured here in the future, and the second tier is an autographed bat relic card numbered to fifty.

Like a lot of Fleer's relic issues from the early 2000's this card is unnumbered.  So when you look it up depending on where it's listed its given an arbitrary number based on the player name alphabetically or sometimes it's given the letter designation RY and listed alphabetically.  Since the base insert was numbered these relics are usually numbered with their base inserts number. In Robin's case here his base insert number is BF11 so this card is usually called card 11 in the set.  

The cards themselves look nice. There's no real futuristic coatings or materials on the front, but a little foil lettering. The overall design is futuristic I suppose, and the design works well with the round opening for the piece of bat. 

1 comment:

  1. So many of these relic cards just leave me cold. This one really looks no different from any other relic card, it seems.