1996 Studio Baseball Cards

1996 Studio Baseball Cards
1996 Studio Baseball Cards

Regarding Press Proofs:

I know what you’re thinking, why is the Silver Press Proof shown last? It should be third in this run if this batch is organized by metallic rarity and value. Yes, that’s true but in this instance, the Silver Press Proof is the rarest of them all.

1996 Studio was and still is, among some, one of the great classics of the 1990s. This set was released right around the prime time of when companies were utilizing lots of interesting technologies spread across a slew of interesting parallel sets. Things were really heating up in 1996.

With excellent fade-out headshots with action shot overlays and professional placement of the nameplate and brand logo, this product was sure to please collectors on point of aesthetic alone. It’s just a really nice design!

This set features 3 unique parallels per base card for a total of 4 different cards for any single player in the set. Shown are examples of each of the 4 different cards you could find featuring your player.

  • Base: These are the standard base cards that make up the set and most, if not all, of the contents in most packs. It features flat silver foil on the front.
  • Bronze Press Proof: These carry a stated print run of 2000 and parallel the base set with holo-bronze foil on the front.
  • Gold Press Proof: These carry a stated print run of 500 and parallel the base set with holo-gold foil on the front. Insertion ratio: 1:24.
  • Silver Press Proof: These carry a stated print run of 100 and parallel the base set with holo-silver foil on the front. These were available exclusively in retail magazine packs.
Frank Thomas 1996 Studio #93 Silver Press Proof /100
Frank Thomas 1996 Studio #93 Silver Press Proof /100

For the longest time, the Silver Press Proof was on my Top 5 Most Wanted checklist. I can remember back in summer of 2008 asking around if anyone had or knew anyone who had this card. One guy facetiously replied, “Sure, how many you want?” I immediately knew he was kidding but in an enticing way I can still remember thinking how impressive it would be to have two of these. Well, wouldn’t you know it, over time I did, in fact, acquire not one but two of the ultra rare Silver Press Proof parallels featuring my guy, Frank Thomas. Of course, I didn’t find them at the same time. These acquisitions occurred over the course of a few years. A graded copy surfaced after I had already secured my raw example and the price was so right at the time, I really couldn’t let it get away.

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Set Information:

SetTotal CardsPrint Run(s)Odds
Base1507:1
Bronze Press Proof15020001:6
Gold Press Proof1505001:24
Silver Press Proof150100Magazine Packs
Hit Parade1050001:48 H
Masterstrokes850001:96
Masterstrokes Sample8Dealers & Hobby Media
Stained Glass Stars121:24
1996 Studio

Base Set Checklist:

1996 Studio is a one-series, 150-card set issued in 7-card packs. The set design features a portrait background and action shot foreground. Press Proof parallels: Bronze /2000; Gold /500, and Silver /100.

1996 Studio Baseball Cards
1996 Studio Baseball Cards

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Cal Ripken Jr.76Barry Bonds
2Alex Gonzalez77David Segui
3Roger Cedeno78Larry Walker
4Todd Hollandsworth79Jason Kendall
5Gregg Jefferies80Mike Piazza
6Ryne Sandberg81Brian L. Hunter
7Eric Karros82Julio Franco
8Jeff Conine83Jay Bell
9Rafael Palmeiro84Kevin Seitzer
10Bip Roberts85John Smoltz
11Roger Clemens86Joe Carter
12Tom Glavine87Ray Durham
13Jason Giambi88Carlos Baerga
14Rey Ordonez89Ron Gant
15Chan Ho Park90Orlando Merced
16Vinny Castilla91Lee Smith
17Butch Huskey92Pedro Martinez
18Greg Maddux93Frank Thomas
19Bernard Gilkey94Al Martin
20Marquis Grissom95Chad Curtis
21Chuck Knoblauch96Eddie Murray
22Ozzie Smith97Rusty Greer
23Garret Anderson98Jay Buhner
24J.T. Snow99Rico Brogna
25John Valentin100Todd Hundley
26Barry Larkin101Moises Alou
27Bobby Bonilla102Chili Davis
28Todd Zeile103Ismael Valdes
29Roberto Alomar104Mo Vaughn
30Ramon Martinez105Juan Gonzalez
31Jeff King106Mark Grudzielanek
32Dennis Eckersley107Derek Bell
33Derek Jeter108Shawn Green
34Edgar Martinez109David Justice
35Geronimo Berroa110Paul O’Neill
36Hal Morris111Kevin Appier
37Troy Percival112Ray Lankford
38Jason Isringhausen113Travis Fryman
39Greg Vaughn114Manny Ramirez
40Robin Ventura115Brooks Kieschnick
41Craig Biggio116Ken Griffey Jr.
42Will Clark117Jeffrey Hammonds
43Sammy Sosa118Mark McGwire
44Bernie Williams119Danny Neagle
45Kenny Lofton120Quilvio Veras
46Wade Boggs121Alan Benes
47Javy Lopez122Rondell White
48Reggie Sanders123Osvaldo Fernandez RC
49Jeff Bagwell124Andres Galarraga
50Fred McGriff125Johnny Damon
51Charles Johnson126Lenny Dykstra
52Darren Daulton127Jason Schmidt
53Jose Canseco128Mike Mussina
54Cecil Fielder129Ken Caminiti
55Hideo Nomo130Michael Tucker
56Tim Salmon131LaTroy Hawkins
57Carlos Delgado132Checklist
58David Cone133Delino DeShields
59Tim Raines134Dave Nilsson
60Lyle Mouton135Jack McDowell
61Wally Joyner136Joey Hamilton
62Bret Boone137Dante Bichette
63Raul Mondesi138Paul Molitor
64Gary Sheffield139Ivan Rodriguez
65Alex Rodriguez140Mark Grace
66Russ Davis141Paul Wilson
67Checklist142Orel Hershiser
68Marty Cordova143Albert Belle
69Ruben Sierra144Tino Martinez
70Jose Mesa145Tony Gwynn
71Matt Williams146George Arias
72Chipper Jones147Brian Jordan
73Randy Johnson148Brian McRae
74Kirby Puckett149Rickey Henderson
75Jim Edmonds150Ryan Klesko
1996 Studio

Hit Parade:

Inserted into hobby packs at a rate of 1:48, 1996 Studio Hit Parade is a 10-card set that features some of the game’s top hitters, and a print run of 5000.

Barry Bonds 1996 Studio Hit Parade #7 /5000
Barry Bonds 1996 Studio Hit Parade #7 /5000

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Tony Gwynn6Mike Piazza
2Ken Griffey Jr.7Barry Bonds
3Frank Thomas8Albert Belle
4Jeff Bagwell9Tim Salmon
5Kirby Puckett10Mo Vaughn
1996 Studio Hit Parade

Masterstrokes:

Inserted into packs at a rate of 1:96, 1996 Studio Masterstrokes features some of the game’s most popular players, a canvas appearance, and a print run of 5000. Samples of each card in the set were also made.

Cal Ripken Jr. 1996 Studio Masterstrokes #5 /5000
Cal Ripken Jr. 1996 Studio Masterstrokes #5 /5000

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Tony Gwynn5Cal Ripken Jr.
2Mike Piazza6Frank Thomas
3Jeff Bagwell7Ken Griffey Jr.
4Manny Ramirez8Greg Maddux
1996 Studio Masterstrokes

Stained Glass Stars:

Inserted into packs at a rate of 1:24, 1996 Studio Stained Glass Stars is a 12-card set that honors some of the game’s hottest stars. The cards feature color images on a stained glass-looking background printed on clear, die-cut plastic.

Mike Piazza 1996 Studio Stained Glass Stars #6
Mike Piazza 1996 Studio Stained Glass Stars #6

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Card #Player(s)Card #Player(s)
1Cal Ripken Jr.7Albert Belle
2Ken Griffey Jr.8Jeff Bagwell
3Frank Thomas9Hideo Nomo
4Greg Maddux10Barry Bonds
5Chipper Jones11Manny Ramirez
6Mike Piazza12Kenny Lofton
1996 Studio Stained Glass Stars

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