JVC Jazz Festival set

JVC Jazz festival set contains of 2 metrocards, each has circulation of 50,000 and each was distributed separately.

Festival was held in New York June 15-27, 1998.

This card has 3 images on it featuring Benny Goodman, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie with slogan ‘Great Moments in New York Jazz’.

Great Moments

Great Moments

This card features subway station and jazz musicians playing on it.

Jazz in Motion

Jazz in Motion

Turn this card into a Mattress is an advertisement card for ‘Dial a mattress 800-mattress’ company issued in 1998 with circulation of 100,000. This card could give to user a $50.00 off any purchase of $500.00 or more.

Dial-a-Matress

Dial-a-Matress

Goodwill Games set

Goodwill Games set contains of 2 cards each was issued separately with circulation of 2,000,000. Games were sponsored by Time Warner. They were held in New York from May 25 till September 7, 1998.

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Gang Starr Moment of Truth record release was the reason for this metrocard issue with circulation of 100,000. Card was sponsored by Noo Trybe records, Inc. and has images from cover of an album.

Gang Starr

Gang Starr

Fox News Channel

Fox News Channel metrocard issued in 1998 to advertise launch of this channel on TimeWarner Cable channel 46 with the motto “News for the independent thinker”. Circulation is 120,000. Card features logo of the FNC channel on the background of TV screen.

Fox News Channel

Fox News Channel

Calvin Klein fragrance for a man or a woman available at Macy’s metrocard issued in 1998 with circulation of 1,000,000 is the first card with advertisement from Calvin Klein. His company used metrocards many times since then.

Calvin Klein Fragrance

Calvin Klein Fragrance

Emigrant Saving Bank first set contains of 8 metrocards each has circulation of 50,000. All cards feature black and white photograph of particular group of immigrants with logo of the bank.

Cards feature German, Jewish, Irish, Chinese, Gaudeloupe, Italian, Puerto Rican and the last card features images of immigrant children.

Then and Now: Rockeffeler Center Christmas tree metrocard was issued in 1997 and had circulation of 100,000. It is known with different expiration dates apart as far as 2 years. There is a possibility that it was re-issued in 1998 and/or 1999. Card has two pictures on it: one from 1931 and another contemporary. Both featuring Christmas tree at Rockeffeler Center in Manhattan. This card has been re-issued next year with the same design different expiration date (1998).

Then and Now: Christmas tree

Then and Now: Christmas tree

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson metrocard issued in 1997 to commemorate 50 years of Jackie Robinson appearance on baseball field in 1947 and his Foundation. Card has 3 pictures on it: Jackie Robinson, Third base Brooklyn Dodgers and riding in the subway. Card has a motto: “Sliding home – Riding home”.

There are 2 versions of this card and different expiration dates. One version was sponsored by “Topps won the game” and another in addition by Queens County Saving Bank.

Circulation of this card is 160,000. It is unknown if that number includes both version.

Jackie Robinson Topps

Jackie Robinson Topps

Jackie Robinson Topps and Queens Bank

Jackie Robinson Topps and Queens Bank

ABC Spin City

ABC Spin City sitcom promotional metrocard was issued in 1997 and had circulation of 500,000. Card features portrait of Michael J. Fox and ABC studio logo. Is is known of at least 2 different expiration dates one year apart. This is the first card with ABC promotion. Next one was made in 1998. This is the first time ABC channel collaborated with MTA.

ABC Spin City First Version

ABC Spin City First Version

There is second version of this metrocard with different encoding message: “expires on”.

ABC Spin City Second Version

ABC Spin City Second Version