Awesome Inserts: 1993 Fleer Ultra Strikeout Kings

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Before baseball cards had chrome, there was the floating baseball in the background of 1993 Fleer Ultra Strikeout Kings. The cards have the kind of design that could be at home airbrushed on the side of an old van.

Highlighting a handful of the best pitchers in baseball at the time, the set standouts more for its design today than what they’re worth.

1993 Fleer Ultra Strikeout Kings land 1:37 Series 2 packs. With 36 packs in a box, virtually all of them have one. By today’s standards, that doesn’t sound too special. But this was a time when a lot of collectors were still buying largely by the pack. Today, a lot of sales come by the box.

Strikeout Kings has a small checklist with just five cards. Today, most remain big names. Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan and John Smoltz are in the Hall of Fame. Roger Clemens has the numbers to be there, too. And then there’s Juan Guzman. To be fair, in 1993 Guzman was dominant and a member of the reigning World Series Champions.

1993 was the first of three years that Ultra had Strikeout Kings cards. The designs changed dramatically in 1994 and 1995 when the metallic ball was dropped. When 2006 Fleer Ultra returned in 2006 from Upper Deck, Strikeout Kings made one final run.

You can shop for 1993 Fleer Ultra Strikeout Kings on both the Beckett Marketplace and on eBay.

1993 Fleer Ultra Strikeout Kings Checklist

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1 Roger Clemens, Boston Red Sox
2 Juan Guzman, Toronto Blue Jays
3 Randy Johnson, Seattle Mariners
4 Nolan Ryan, Texas Rangers
5 John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves

1993 Fleer Ultra Strikeout Kings Gallery

1 Roger Clemens

2 Juan Guzman

3 Randy Johnson

4 Nolan Ryan

1993 Fleer Ultra Strikeout Kings

5 John Smoltz

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks or by email.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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4 comments

  1. Fred 25 January, 2018 at 16:44

    I was stuck on that Ryan to finish the set for the longest time. I finally found it for $1.00 at a show about 10 years ago.

  2. John 28 January, 2018 at 07:17

    Those are indeed sweet. I really dig the early Ultra inserts. I own all the 1992 and 1993 insert sets. Maybe you can cover the 1994 Ultra On Base Leaders next. Those are gorgeous all etched foil cards and somewhat difficult to find.

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