Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 1995 SkyBox Impact Football
Skybox Impact was released for the first time in 1992. I don’t think that is a coincidence, either.
To me, Impact seems like Skybox’s response to Topps debuting their Stadium Club brand in 1991. That is certainly not a bad thing, as Stadium Club is one of my favorite brands. I see a lot of parallels between the two brands, just looking at the 1995 Impact release. For instance, a lot of good photography (a Stadium Club staple) is used in Impact. Also, quite a few photos featuring players in throwback uniforms are in this set. What did Stadium Club do in 1994? They released an entire series (Series 3) using throwback uniforms. Again, not a bad thing, simply an observation.
1995 Skybox Impact Football has 200 total base cards. Included in those 200 cards are 31 rookies showing the players in their college uniforms. The rookie class was full of talent including Jeff Blake, Steve McNair, Kerry Collins, Joey Galloway, Warren Sapp, Ty Law and Derrick Brooks.
In addition to the base set there are five different, colorful, inserts to chase. SkyMotion Exchange cards are the toughest to pull, found just once in every ten boxes.
1995 Skybox Impact Football Box Break
Cards per pack: 12
Packs per box: 36
Price paid: $18
Pack 1 highlights:
Troy Aikman, Barry Sanders, Joe Montana, Mike Mamula RC & Rashaan Salaam Same Game More Attitude (1:9 packs)
Reggie White, Cris Carter, Junior Seau & Kevin Carter RC
Brett Favre & Ki-Jana Carter RC
Thurman Thomas, Marshall Faulk, Jerry Rice, Joey Galloway RC & Barry Sanders Impact Power (1:3 packs)
Robert Brooks & Jerry Rice Impact Power (1:3 packs)
Herman Moore & Andre Reed
Steve Young, Rashaan Salaam RC, Trent Dilfer, Emmitt Smith & Brett Favre SkyMotion Exchange (1:360 packs)! SkyMotion Exchange cards could be redeemed for a Skybox SkyMotion card, which are 3D lenticular cards.
Michael Irvin, J.J. Stokes RC & Willie McGinest Super Sophs (subset)
Tim Brown, Rodney Hampton, Shannon Sharpe, Bruce Smith, Warren Sapp RC & Eric Metcalf TS
Andre Rison, Rodney Hampton, Warren Sapp RC & Ben Coates Same Game (1:9 packs)
Trent Dilfer, Jim Kelly, Derrick Thomas, Steve Young & Rashaan Salaam RC
Ben Coates, Thurman Thomas, Marshall Faulk, Faulk SS (not much effort into choosing another photo here) & Rob Johnson RC
Andre Reed, Napoleon Kaufman RC, Michael Westbrook RC & Marcus Allen Impact Power (1:3 packs)
Brett Favre, James Stewart RC & Herman Moore Impact Power (1:3 packs)
Barry Sanders, Troy Aikman, Joe Montana, Warren Sapp RC & Errict Rhett SS
Cris Carter, Frank Sanders RC & Troy Aikman Countdown to Impact (1:20 packs)
Drew Bledsoe & Brett Favre
Sterling Sharpe, Marcus Allen & Joey Galloway RC
Warren Moon & Ben Coates Impact Power (1:3 packs)
Tim Brown, Junior Seau, Kevin Carter RC, Trent Dilfer SS & John Elway Impact Power (1:3 packs)
Emmitt Smith, Vinny Testaverde & Jeff George
Reggie White, Michael Irvin, Derrick Brooks RC & Joey Galloway Same Game (1:9 packs)
Tim Brown, Rodney Hampton, Ki-Jana Carter RC & Warren Sapp RC
Jerry Rice, Ricky Watters & Steve McNair RC
John Elway, Jerome Bettis, Dan Marino, Kyle Brady RC, Ty Law RC & Derrick Thomas Impact Power (1:3 packs)
Shannon Sharpe, Willie McGinest SS & Deion Sanders Impact Power (1:3 packs)
Marshall Faulk SS & Derrick Brooks RC
Ben Coates, Rod Woodson, Steve McNair RC & Steve Young Impact Power (1:3 packs)
Jerome Bettis, Jim Kelly, Ty Law (Not the last time the Patriots would draft a player from Michigan that would turn into a long-time starter.) & Michael Irvin Impact Power (1:3 packs)
Trent Dilfer, John Elway, Steve Young & Warren Moon
Steve McNair Same Game (1:9 packs)
Herschel Walker & Robert Brooks
Jim Everett & Frank Sanders RC
Boomer Esiason, Deion Sanders & Reggie White Impact Power (1:3 packs)
Drew Bledsoe, Randall Cunningham, Kerry Collins RC & Chester McGlockton Impact Power (1:3 packs)
Dan Marino, Rodney Hampton & Ki-Jana Carter RC
Lastly, the Marino card back.
I really enjoyed this product, which should come as no surprise since I liken it to Stadium Club. There is plenty of good photography, including the appearance of throwback jerseys. I also appreciate the rookies being featured in their college uniforms. As a player sorter who puts their cards into binders, I like the variety.
Unfortunately I was about 25 years too late to redeem the Favre exchange card, but it is still a nice card on its own.
I was lucky to grab this one just over a year ago for $18. Prices have obviously come up since then, but this box can still be found for about $1 a pack.
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