1996 Collector’s Choice Crash the Game Baseball Cards

1996 Collector's Choice Crash the Game Baseball Cards
1996 Collector’s Choice Crash the Game Baseball Cards

1996 Collector’s Choice Crash the Game is a beautiful set with a superstar player roster. I can remember opening packs of this stuff with some friends on my back porch in the summer of 1996 and being really impressed with the cracked ice design of the base set. It would be another few years before I discovered the Exchange variety and even more time before I learned that they were only available via mail.

Redemption cards of the 1990s were great because they were actual player cards. Instead of getting a generic piece of cardboard indicating what card you’re due to receive, you actually got a card you might want to keep. I miss redemption cards like this and think companies would benefit from going back to this format.

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Set Information:

Important Date(s)
November 18, 1996Exchange Deadline
1996 Collector’s Choice Crash the Game
SetTotal CardsOdds
Base Silver901:5 S2
Base Gold901:50 S2
Exchange Silver27via mail
Exchange Gold27via mail
1996 Collector’s Choice Crash the Game

Base Set Checklist:

The 1996 Collector’s Choice Crash the Game base set features an orange cracked ice design, a roster of the era’s top stars, and comes in two parallels: Silver and Gold. If a player in the set hit a home run on the date specified on the card, the card could be redeemed for an Exchange card of the same player and parallel variety: Silver or Gold. Winning cards are accompanied with a “W” in the checklist. Exchange deadline was November 18, 1996.

Card #Player(s)Date ADate BDate C
CG1Chipper Jones7/118/27 W9/19
CG2Fred McGriff7/18/309/10 W
CG3Rafael Palmeiro7/48/299/26
CG4Cal Ripken Jr.6/277/25 W9/2
CG5Jose Canseco6/277/11 W8/23 L
CG6Mo Vaughn6/217/18 W9/20
CG7Jim Edmonds7/188/16 W9/20
CG8Tim Salmon6/207/30 L9/9
CG9Sammy Sosa7/48/1 W9/2
CG10Frank Thomas6/277/4 L9/2 W
CG11Albert Belle6/258/2 W9/6
CG12Manny Ramirez7/188/269/9 W
CG13Jim Thome6/277/4 W9/23
CG14Dante Bichette7/118/9 L9/9
CG15Vinny Castilla7/18/23 W9/13 W
CG16Larry Walker6/247/18 L9/27
CG17Cecil Fielder6/277/30 W9/17 W
CG18Gary Sheffield7/48/2 L9/5 W
CG19Jeff Bagwell7/48/16 L9/13
CG20Eric Karros7/48/13 W9/16
CG21Mike Piazza6/277/26 L9/12 W
CG22Ken Caminiti7/118/16 W9/19 W
CG23Barry Bonds6/277/22 L9/24
CG24Matt Williams7/118/19 L9/27
CG25Jay Buhner6/207/25 L8/29 W
CG26Ken Griffey Jr.7/188/16 W9/20 W
CG27Ron Gant6/247/11 W9/27 W
CG28Juan Gonzalez6/287/15 W8/6 L
CG29Mickey Tettleton7/48/6 L9/6 W
CG30Joe Carter6/258/5 L9/23
1996 Collector’s Choice Crash the Game

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Exchange Checklist:

The 1996 Collector’s Choice Crash the Game Exchange set consists of 27 cards and comes in two parallels: Silver and Gold. Cards CR8 (Tim Salmon), CR16 (Larry Walker), and CR30 (Joe Carter) do not exist in either version.

Silver: Available via mail through exchange of the silver winning base card of the same player, these cards feature a glossy wood-like frame and silver foil.

Gold: Available via mail through exchange of the gold winning base card of the same player, these cards feature a wood frame and gold foil.

Frank Thomas 1996 Collector's Choice Crash the Game Exchange #CR10 Gold
Frank Thomas 1996 Collector’s Choice Crash the Game Exchange #CR10 Gold
Ken Griffey Jr. 1996 Collector's Choice Crash the Game Exchange #CR26 Gold
Ken Griffey Jr. 1996 Collector’s Choice Crash the Game Exchange #CR26 Gold

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
CR1Chipper JonesCR16Larry Walker
CR2Fred McGriffCR17Cecil Fielder
CR3Rafael PalmeiroCR18Gary Sheffield
CR4Cal Ripken Jr.CR19Jeff Bagwell
CR5Jose CansecoCR20Eric Karros
CR6Mo VaughnCR21Mike Piazza
CR7Jim EdmondsCR22Ken Caminiti
CR8Tim SalmonCR23Barry Bonds
CR9Sammy SosaCR24Matt Williams
CR10Frank ThomasCR25Jay Buhner
CR11Albert BelleCR26Ken Griffey Jr.
CR12Manny RamirezCR27Ron Gant
CR13Jim ThomeCR28Juan Gonzalez
CR14Dante BichetteCR29Mickey Tettleton
CR15Vinny CastillaCR30Joe Carter
1996 Collector’s Choice Crash the Game Exchange

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