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2000 Metal

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Description

2000 Skybox Metal (the "Universe" moniker was dropped due to the re-branding effort that started with the previous year's set) was a 250-card single-series set produced by Fleer/Skybox and released in March, 2000. Notably, this was the final year for the Metal brand in baseball as Fleer discontinued the Skybox brand name. In the basketball Hobby, the Metal brand reappeared in 2008 for a single release but more prominently in 2011 for a Fleer Retro release; in the football Hobby, the Metal brand reappeared in 2012 through its own Fleer Retro release. However, no such revival has occurred in baseball and the brand has been defunct ever since.

Each card in the set is printed on silver etched foil that created a textured look and feel and emanated from the player photo in the center. The last fifty cards in the base set made up a short-printed "Prospects" subset. As in previous years, all cards were highly susceptible to chipping along the edges and marked as "condition sensitive" by Beckett.

Alex Rodriguez returned as the frontman for this product has he continued to be the face of Fleer and was featured to promote their other brands that year (e.g., 2000 E-X, 2000 Fleer Ultra).

Distribution

Although Hobby boxes were wrapped in plastic marked "Hobby Exclusive", Retail boxes were also distributed.

Hobby: 28 packs per box, 10 cards per pack (MSRP: $1.99).

Retail: 20 packs per box, 9 cards per pack (MSRP: $1.99).

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 250 - ? ?
short set 200 - ? ?
Prospects 50 - 1:2 1:2
Emerald 200 - 1:4 1:4
Emerald Prospects 50 - 1:8 1:8
Fusion 15 - 1:4 1:4
Talent Show 15 - 1:4 1:4
Platinum Portraits 10 - 1:8 1:8
Heavy Metal 10 - 1:20 1:20
Hit Machines 10 - 1:20 1:20
Autographics 54 - 1:96 ?
Purple Foil Autographics 47 50 ? ?
Base Shredders 18 - 1:288 1:288

Checklist

Promo

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Alex Rodriguez promo cards were distributed prior to the set's release. The card is identical to Rodriguez's base card except for the text "PROMOTIONAL SAMPLE" written diagonally along the card front and back.

  • 100 Alex Rodriguez

Base Set

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  • 1 Tony Gwynn
  • 2 Derek Jeter
  • 3 Johnny Damon
  • 4 Javy Lopez
  • 5 Preston Wilson
  • 6 Derek Bell
  • 7 Richie Sexson
  • 8 Vinny Castilla
  • 9 Billy Wagner
  • 10 Carlos Beltran
  • 11 Chris Singleton
  • 12 Nomar Garciaparra
  • 13 Carlos Febles
  • 14 Jason Varitek
  • 15 Luis Gonzalez
  • 16 Jon Lieber
  • 17 Mo Vaughn
  • 18 Dave Burba
  • 19 Brady Anderson
  • 20 Carlos Lee
  • 21 Chuck Finley
  • 22 Alex Gonzalez
  • 23 Matt Williams
  • 24 Chipper Jones
  • 25 Pokey Reese
  • 26 Todd Helton
  • 27 Mike Mussina
  • 28 Butch Huskey
  • 29 Jeff Bagwell
  • 30 Juan Encarnacion
  • 31 A.J. Burnett
  • 32 Micah Bowie
  • 33 Brian Jordan
  • 34 Scott Erickson
  • 35 Sean Casey
  • 36 John Smoltz
  • 37 Edgard Clemente
  • 38 Mike Hampton
  • 39 Tom Glavine
  • 40 Albert Belle
  • 41 Jim Thome
  • 42 Jermaine Dye
  • 43 Sammy Sosa
  • 44 Pedro Martinez
  • 45 Paul Konerko
  • 46 Damion Easley
  • 47 Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • 48 Jose Lima
  • 49 Mike Lowell
  • 50 Randy Johnson
  • 51 Dean Palmer
  • 52 Tim Salmon
  • 53 Kevin Millwood
  • 54 Mark Grace
  • 55 Aaron Boone
  • 56 Omar Vizquel
  • 57 Moises Alou
  • 58 Travis Fryman
  • 59 Erubiel Durazo
  • 60 Carl Everett
  • 61 Charles Johnson
  • 62 Trot Nixon
  • 63 Andres Galarraga
  • 64 Magglio Ordonez
  • 65 Pedro Astacio
  • 66 Roberto Alomar
  • 67 Pete Harnisch
  • 68 Scott Williamson
  • 69 Alex Fernandez
  • 70 Robin Ventura
  • 71 Chad Allen
  • 72 Darin Erstad
  • 73 Ron Coomer
  • 74 Ellis Burks
  • 75 Kent Bottenfield
  • 76 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 77 Mike Piazza
  • 78 Jorge Posada
  • 79 Dante Bichette
  • 80 Adrian Beltre
  • 81 Andruw Jones
  • 82 Wilson Alvarez
  • 83 Edgardo Alfonzo
  • 84 Brian Giles
  • 85 Gary Sheffield
  • 86 Matt Stairs
  • 87 Bret Boone
  • 88 Kenny Rogers
  • 89 Barry Bonds
  • 90 Scott Rolen
  • 91 Edgar Renteria
  • 92 Larry Walker
  • 93 Roger Cedeno
  • 94 Kevin Brown
  • 95 Lee Stevens
  • 96 Brad Radke
  • 97 Andy Pettitte
  • 98 Bob Higginson
  • 99 Eric Chavez
  • 100 Alex Rodriguez
  • 101 Shannon Stewart
  • 102 Ryan Rupe
  • 103 Freddy Garcia
  • 104 John Jaha
  • 105 Greg Maddux
  • 106 Hideki Irabu
  • 107 Rey Ordonez
  • 108 Troy O'Leary
  • 109 Frank Thomas
  • 110 Corey Koskie
  • 111 Bernie Williams
  • 112 Barry Larkin
  • 113 Kevin Appier
  • 114 Curt Schilling
  • 115 Bartolo Colon
  • 116 Edgar Martinez
  • 117 Ray Lankford
  • 118 Todd Walker
  • 119 John Wetteland
  • 120 David Nilsson
  • 121 Tino Martinez
  • 122 Phil Nevin
  • 123 Ben Grieve
  • 124 Ron Gant
  • 125 Jeff Kent
  • 126 Rick Helling
  • 127 Russ Ortiz
  • 128 Troy Glaus
  • 129 Chan Ho Park
  • 130 Jeromy Burnitz
  • 131 Aaron Sele
  • 132 Mike Sirotka
  • 133 Brad Ausmus
  • 134 Jose Rosado
  • 135 Mariano Rivera
  • 136 Jason Giambi
  • 137 Mike Lieberthal
  • 138 Chris Carpenter
  • 139 Henry Rodriguez
  • 140 Mike Sweeney
  • 141 Vladimir Guerrero
  • 142 Charles Nagy
  • 143 Jason Kendall
  • 144 Matt Lawton
  • 145 Michael Barrett
  • 146 David Cone
  • 147 Bob Abreu
  • 148 Fernando Tatis
  • 149 Jose Canseco
  • 150 Craig Biggio
  • 151 Matt Mantei
  • 152 Jacque Jones
  • 153 John Halama
  • 154 Trevor Hoffman
  • 155 Rondell White
  • 156 Reggie Sanders
  • 157 Steve Finley
  • 158 Roberto Hernandez
  • 159 Geoff Jenkins
  • 160 Chris Widger
  • 161 Orel Hershiser
  • 162 Tim Hudson
  • 163 Kris Benson
  • 164 Kevin Young
  • 165 Rafael Palmeiro
  • 166 David Wells
  • 167 Ben Davis
  • 168 Jamie Moyer
  • 169 Randy Wolf
  • 170 Jeff Cirillo
  • 171 Warren Morris
  • 172 Billy Koch
  • 173 Marquis Grissom
  • 174 Geoff Blum
  • 175 Octavio Dotel
  • 176 Orlando Hernandez
  • 177 J.D. Drew
  • 178 Carlos Delgado
  • 179 Sterling Hitchcock
  • 180 Shawn Green
  • 181 Tony Clark
  • 182 Joe McEwing
  • 183 Fred McGriff
  • 184 Tony Batista
  • 185 Al Leiter
  • 186 Roger Clemens
  • 187 Al Martin
  • 188 Eric Milton
  • 189 Bobby Smith
  • 190 Rusty Greer
  • 191 Shawn Estes
  • 192 Ken Caminiti
  • 193 Eric Karros
  • 194 Manny Ramirez
  • 195 Jim Edmonds
  • 196 Paul O'Neill
  • 197 Rico Brogna
  • 198 Ivan Rodriguez
  • 199 Doug Glanville
  • 200 Mark McGwire

Prospects

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  • 201 Mark Quinn
  • 202 Norm Hutchins
  • 203 Ramon Ortiz
  • 204 Brett Laxton
  • 205 Jimmy Anderson
  • 206 Calvin Murray
  • 207 Wilton Veras
  • 208 Chad Hermansen
  • 209 Nick Johnson
  • 210 Kevin Barker
  • 211 Casey Blake
  • 212 Chad Meyers
  • 213 Kip Wells
  • 214 Eric Munson
  • 215 Lance Berkman
  • 216 Wily Mo Pena
  • 217 Gary Matthews, Jr.
  • 218 Travis Dawkins
  • 219 Josh Beckett
  • 220 Tony Armas
  • 221 Alfonso Soriano
  • 222 Pat Burrell
  • 223 Danys Baez RC
  • 224 Adam Kennedy
  • 225 Ruben Mateo
  • 226 Vernon Wells
  • 227 Brian Cooper
  • 228 Jeff DaVanon RC
  • 229 Glen Barker
  • 230 Robinson Cancel
  • 231 D'Angelo Jimenez
  • 232 Adam Piatt
  • 233 Buddy Carlyle
  • 234 Chad Hutchinson
  • 235 Matt Riley
  • 236 Cole Liniak
  • 237 Ben Petrick
  • 238 Peter Bergeron
  • 239 Cesar King
  • 240 Aaron Myette
  • 241 Eric Gagne
  • 242 Joe Nathan
  • 243 Bruce Chen
  • 244 Rob Bell
  • 245 Juan Sosa RC
  • 246 Julio Ramirez
  • 247 Wade Miller
  • 248 Trace Coquillette RC
  • 249 Rob Ramsay RC
  • 250 Rick Ankiel

Parallels

Emerald

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Emeralds fully paralleled the 250-card base set and were available in Hobby and Retail packs. Each Emerald parallel had the same base set foil design but featured a green tint at the top of the cardfront and had an encircled "E" as a marker on the back of the card.

Inserts

Fusion

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This 15-card set highlighted some of the best player duos across teams in the Major Leagues on regular, plain cardstock.

  • 1 F Ken Griffey, Jr. / Alex Rodriguez
  • 2 F Mark McGwire / Rick Ankiel
  • 3 F Scott Rolen / Curt Schilling
  • 4 F Pedro Martinez / Nomar Garciaparra
  • 5 F Carlos Beltran / Carlos Febles
  • 6 F Sammy Sosa / Mark Grace
  • 7 F Vladimir Guerrero / Ugueth Urbina
  • 8 F Roger Clemens / Derek Jeter
  • 9 F Jeff Bagwell / Craig Biggio
  • 10 F Chipper Jones / Andruw Jones
  • 11 F Cal Ripken, Jr. / Mike Mussina
  • 12 F Manny Ramirez / Roberto Alomar
  • 13 F Sean Casey / Barry Larkin
  • 14 F Ivan Rodriguez / Rafael Palmeiro
  • 15 F Mike Piazza / Robin Ventura

Heavy Metal

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This 10-card set highlighted some of the best power hitters in the game at the time on a team-colored foil background accented with holographic foil finishes on the insert nameplate.

  • 1 HM Sammy Sosa
  • 2 HM Mark McGwire
  • 3 HM Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 4 HM Mike Piazza
  • 5 HM Nomar Garciaparra
  • 6 HM Alex Rodriguez
  • 7 HM Manny Ramirez
  • 8 HM Jeff Bagwell
  • 9 HM Chipper Jones
  • 10 HM Vladimir Guerrero

Hit Machines

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This 10-card set highlighted some of the best all-around hitters in the game at the time. Each card was die-cut to resemble a series of metal machine gears and finished on team-colored foil. The insert nameplate in the center was printed on a marble-holographic foil design.

  • 1 H Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 2 H Mark McGwire
  • 3 H Frank Thomas
  • 4 H Tony Gwynn
  • 5 H Rafael Palmeiro
  • 6 H Bernie Williams
  • 7 H Derek Jeter
  • 8 H Sammy Sosa
  • 9 H Mike Piazza
  • 10 H Chipper Jones

Platinum Portraits

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This 10-card set featured some of the top young stars in the game, as this set had done in previous years. Each card was printed on white cardstock that featured a reflective-foiled headshot of the player.

  • 1 PP Carlos Beltran
  • 2 PP Vladimir Guerrero
  • 3 PP Manny Ramirez
  • 4 PP Ivan Rodriguez
  • 5 PP Sean Casey
  • 6 PP Alex Rodriguez
  • 7 PP Derek Jeter
  • 8 PP Nomar Garciaparra
  • 9 PP Vernon Wells
  • 10 PP Shawn Green

Talent Show

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This 15-card set identified some of the most promising young players in the game. Each card was designed to resemble a futuristic performance "stage" featuring the player in the center, with the background of the "stage" finished with a team-centric holographic foil.

  • 1 TS Rick Ankiel
  • 2 TS Matt Riley
  • 3 TS Chad Hermansen
  • 4 TS Ruben Mateo
  • 5 TS Eric Munson
  • 6 TS Alfonso Soriano
  • 7 TS Wilton Veras
  • 8 TS Vernon Wells
  • 9 TS Erubiel Durazo
  • 10 TS Pat Burrell

Autographs and Game Used

Autographics

See 2000 Skybox Autographics

Base Shredders

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This 18-card, unnumbered set highlighted young and established players that were skilled at getting on base. Each Base Shredders card featured a piece of a game-used base from the home stadium of the featured player.

  • Roberto Alomar
  • Manny Ramirez
  • Tony Gwynn
  • Ben Davis
  • Vladimir Guerrero
  • Michael Barrett
  • Eric Munson
  • Tony Clark
  • Ben Grieve
  • Miguel Tejada
  • Rafael Palmeiro
  • Ivan Rodriguez
  • Matt Williams
  • Erubiel Durazo
  • Mo Vaughn
  • Troy Glaus
  • Larry Walker
  • Todd Helton