From what I remember... Action Packed first released promos in the late 80's. I believe the first one produced were of baseball players. Later the company came out with football, basketball, hockey, racing promos too. They even produced a promo card of Sugar Ray Leonard... but I'm not going to get into that, because I don't own any of those. Some of them pass the century mark... which is too rich for my blood.
Nope... I'm sticking to the cheap, mass produced stuff. Early 90's football.
If you've never owned any of these cards... I encourage you to go out and buy a few packs. They shouldn't be too expensive since it's from the junk wax era. Anyways... the cool thing about these cards are that they're embossed, so they jump out of the card. My scanner doesn't do the cards justice, so here's a photo that shows of the card's texture:
Well... that's it. That's what made Action Packed different. Topps had put out something previously... called Topps 3D, but they were a little bigger than standard sized cards. Sorry... getting off track... here's my early 90's Action Packed collection highlights:
1990 Action Packed
1990 Action Packed Rookies
1990 Action Packed All-Madden
1991 Action Packed
1991 Action Packed Rookies
1991 Action Packed All-Madden
Action Packed stuck around for several more years... but 1991 was the last product I busted boxes of. Although... I did find this little gem inside of my promos collection:
It's a 1997 Action Packed promo card of Jerry Rice. The insert set was called Studs... and the cards inserted into packs actually featured a real diamond. Unfortunately... the little rock attached to Jerry's ear on my card is fake. I must admit... it's a pretty unique concept though.
I did some research... and from what I can tell... Action Packed went on hiatus after the 1997 season. They didn't resurface until 2002. That year, they were put into packs as inserts in Leaf Rookies & Stars. I'm old school though. Give me some early 90's Action Packed and I'm happy.
What about you? Did you guys ever bust this stuff?
Well... have a good evening everyone. Only three more days until my two week vacation. Sayonara.