After cracking open several less than stellar boxes of baseball cards I figured I would switch things up a bit. I hit the eBay market looking for something other than sports cards, having been a fan of the Marvel Masterpieces comic trading cards as a kid I thought I might wind up with some of those. Nope. The adult kid in me saw Sports Illustrated Swimsuit trading cards and that’s what was soon shipped to my home. I mean, even if I didn’t find any valuable cards it wouldn’t be all that depressing considering the theme of the cards, right? Here’s what I got out of a hobby box of 2005 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit trading cards.
The box art itself would be hard to pass up on a shelf featuring model Carolyn Murphy in a seductive bikini top falling off the shoulders pose. But if you can take your eyes off her, in small print is the information regarding the product within. There are 24 packs per box with 10 cards per pack. Insert cards to be collected include 8 Gold stamped Fresh Face cards, 12 Underwater Beauties cards, 7 Memorabilia cards, and also some autograph cards.
The cards feature great photographic artwork with vivid colors and of course sexy ladies in swimsuits. Opening a pack it seems that the product is put into the pack with five cards facing one direction and five the opposite, mean you can’t shuffle right through the stack to see the fronts, gotta turn them around midway. Considering the low amount of actual models and cards in the base set of the 2005 Swimsuit series it came as no surprise that there were loads of doubles to be had. (There are 98 cards in the base series.) Within a pack of cards you might find 3-4 of the same girl all in a row; mind you these are 3-4 different cards featuring different pictures, but the same girl. Then as you open further packs you will find the same is true for most models and that you’ll find the same several models you’ve already pulled in said packs. Long story short this doesn’t seem like a case busting worthy product if you are looking for value in variety overall.
Those inserts are of course why one might really desire to bust open a box of 2005 Swimsuit cards. I pulled three different Fresh Face cards, which feature Alicia Hall. I was disappointed to see the front of one of the cards was somehow damaged in packing ala a big dent in the front of the card. I landed five different Underwater Beauty cards, which are really neat cards artistically. The ones with night/ dark borders are especially cool, but at the same time the borders being dark means they chip rather easily. I also nabbed two Olympian cards featuring not a swimsuit model, but rather Olympian Amanda Beard. They were two separate cards with different poses, not doubles.
What about the big pull insert cards? Yep, got them. I pulled an autographed card featuring the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model named Anne V. She drew little flowers and hearts and signed it: “Love Anne V.” I also pulled a memorabilia card featuring swimsuit model Daniella Sarahyba. The card features a picture of her hanging out in a dark colored bikini and then under that is a square with a piece of fabric cut off from said bikini. Do you think they wash the swimsuits before cutting them up?
Opening a box of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit trading cards was not a negative experience. It made for a nice change of pace and the inserts are fairly cool. These cards can be somewhat pricey to find still in boxes, though it’s not so hard to find full sets already pulled from packs for a low cost. So, the demand for such in the marketplace in terms of getting your money’s worth trying to re-sell seems a bit hit and miss and you’re probably going to end up holding on to a lot of doubles cards of women in swimsuits. There is a decent chance of getting a full base set from a single box, but then one could actually just go buy said full set cheaper than a full box.
If you buy a whole box of 2005 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit trading cards you’ll be guaranteed the memorabilia or autograph cards, but if you’re merely curious and want to see some chicks in bikinis on a card, might want to just try some packs to satiate said need; considering costs. But then again, can one get too much of a good thing?