Flashback Product of the Week: 1997 SkyBox Premium Batman & Robin

While growing up, my first introduction to the world of superheroes came in the form of Batman.  I never really read the comics, instead I watched the cartoons, movies, and played with the action figures.  I grew up on four Batman films – Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), and Batman & Robin (1997).  These movies would be playing religiously in my house.

I prefer Christopher Nolan’s Batman films now to anything that came before.  Of the four I grew up on, Batman and Batman Returns are still fun to watch.  Both are down right gritty and somewhat lifelike.  Watching the Penguin rise out of the water while gushing blood at the end of Batman Returns may be to violent for some six year old kids, but not me.  I thought it looked awesome!   Batman Forever and Batman & Robin just look like a joke to me now.  But when they first came out, I loved them.   Batman Forever and Batman & Robin got too comical for me, especially now if I see them on.

As you would expect, each of those Batman films had a corresponding collectible card set.  Out of them all, the 1997 SkyBox Premium Batman & Robin cards hold the most value, specifically the autographs.  The base set consists of 70 wide-vision cards.  You can look for autographs of Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone and Joel Schumacher.  The autographs fall 1:360 packs.  Considering there are 18 packs per box, the odds of finding one is pretty difficult.  They all command high prices even to this day.  An Arnold Schwarzenegger autograph recently sold for over $300.00.

Boxes can still be found for under $50.00.

This is the Batman I prefer to watch for now.

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