Also, the random cards inside the clamshell were much less crappy than I was expecting too, so that was cool. But that's a post for my own blog. Someday. Maybe... Anyway, here are the odds, even though none of these will be appearing in the pack, sadly (because most of them are pretty bippin' amazing):The scans don't do these any justice at all. The foil is actually a really bright bronze. Thus the "your mileage may vary" if they'd found their stroke by that point.
Eddie Jones- unsuccessfully attempting to dunk on Shawn Freakin' Kemp, but successfully drawing a foul probably.
Nick Van Exel
Lakers Building a Winner- They did have their stroke on this subset at least. The red part has a subtle foiliness to it, a hint of shine that's almost more like glowing.
The Game In Pictures "Triumph"- Another cool subset with better use of foil than probably anything that has come along in the last five years. That would be Cedric Ceballos. He appears on the back of the Building A Winner card too.
The photography is amazing, whether you like the design or not. And the front is only the beginning. Check out the backs!
Full stats, a second decent-sized action shot, a blurb and career highlights. Great use of space. And hey look, there's Kobe hiding on the back of that building a winner card! The red on the back isn't foil and lacks the glow.
There be the back of the triumph card. I like the idea of the set. Like a less nonsensical (but not quite as insanely pretty, though still nice) version of Emotion.
In summation, 40% of the pack was Lakers. Fortunately their insufferable reign of terror was only being built at this point in, so I'm okay with this. And I think the cards look good even without requiring the use of my fierce '90s nostalgia filter (seriously, best decade ever!). Only card I'll be keeping is Eddie Jones, because I was a fan of both him and Shawn Kemp back in the day. Man, has it really been almost 15 years since these cards came out???
Time keeps on slippin'...