Thursday, January 2, 2020

Glow-in-the-dark spotlight: 1993 Skybox Simpsons

The Simpsons card set that SkyBox put out in 1993 seems like a fun product. Fellow cardblogger Mario A. recently named it the best of '93.

While the Simpsons is an all-time favorite TV show of mine, I've never messed much with the cards they put out in the 90s and early 00s. Maybe 2020 is the year I get around to building those sets.

But at least I've now completed a tiny niche that most interested me: the glowing inserts from the 1993 SkyBox set. There are 4 unnumbered, untitled cards each marked on the back as "Your Genuine Bart Simpson Glow-in-the-Dark Happy Card". Let's take a look.

Here they are in the light.

Here they are in the dark. I think the TV one is the best.

The backs are all the same except for the color of the Bart drawing.

Anyhoo, I love the Simpsons. I'm one of the crazy die-hards who still watch the new episodes and don't think they're all that bad, generally. Sure, they can't hold a candle to the glory years of the show, but still better than most stuff on TV today. Now that we've got Disney+ we've been hitting a few of the classics. I own the first 14 seasons on DVD, but it's convenient to be able to get an episode playing without leaving the sofa. Sure hope Disney fixes the aspect ratio on the old episodes though-- they zoom in and stretch it to create a fake "widescreen" presentation while cutting off the top and bottom of the picture. Not cool.

Oh hey, don't forget to check out the LIST OF KNOWN GLOW-IN-THE-DARK TRADING CARDS to learn about the other fascinating glow-in-the-dark cards that are out there.

I'm getting over a nasty stomach flu (rough way to ring in the new year!), so sorry if I'm not bringing my A-game today, lol.


  1. Awesome! I pulled the TV card when it was new, but I've never been able to find the other three.

    The two Skybox sets are some of my all time favorites. I'm two base cards away from completion and I have one on the way from COMC. I refuse to pay $4 for a 1990s base card so I held off on the other one.

  2. I have the one of the family but I was really disappointed when I figured out that only the eyes glow. The other three look great glowing. I will eventually pick up the other three. I am going back and forth on the various Simpsons sets. I don’t think I am ready to start any new set collections while I still have a set not yet done.

  3. Hope you feel better Gavin. That TV card is definitely the coolest.

  4. The hidden "Simpsons" logo in the TV makes it the easy choice for best one. I'm excited that Disney+ has the classic episodes, but I'm disappointed they pulled the one with Michael Jackson.

  5. Had no idea these existed. Also, regarding your list of known glow-in-the-dark cards: Wow.

  6. I’m pretty much in the same boat as far as the Simpsons goes. I have most of the DVD sets and still watch the current episodes even though it’s pretty rare that it gets more than a chuckle out of me. I’m still a cable TV person for some reason, so I occasionally tune into an occasional marathon on FXX and the aspect ratio problem is really annoying.