1999 Skybox Molten Metal Fusion baseball cards are things of beauty. The first thing that stands out with this 50-card set is the very simple design. The laser die-cut player portrait stamped into these cards is reminisce of 1999 Pacific EO Portraits. This is a design feature that's been rarely used in sports cards. This triplet run is a nice little feat if you can make it happen. Here's what's in it:
- 1999 Skybox Molten Metal Fusion: This is the silver version and it's not serial numbered. Depending on the subset version, Heavy Metal (cards 1-30) or Supernaturals (cards 31-50), these were inserted at a rate of 1:12 and 1:24 respectively. Frank Thomas is in the Supernaturals subset.
- 1999 Skybox Molten Metal Fusion Sterling: This is the blue version and it's serial numbered to 500 copies. The serial number is printed in silver foil on the card back.
- 1999 Skybox Molten Metal Fusion Titanium: This is the gold version and it's serial numbered to 50 copies. The serial number is punched through the card along the top left edge of the front of the card.
What I like about this set is its minimalistic design. It showcases the player action shot beautifully. I also really appreciate the flat colors. It's one of those sets that was done just right. It's the perfect combination of not too much, not too little. The holo-foil text is a perfect addition.
Like a lot of other products of similar quality from the late 1999s, sealed boxes of 1999 Skybox Molten Metal Baseball have become somewhat challenging to find. It took me a number of years to pull this 3-card set together and as with literally all of my projects, I didn't do it by opening any packs. For obvious reasons, the Titanium parallels present the biggest challenge. These cards have picked up attention over the past several years and I'd imagine will continue to do so as more and more of these 1999 Skybox Molten Metal Fusion baseball cards end up in permanent player and set collections.