VH1: 7 days of 70′s metrocard was issued in 1996 to promote VH1 channel program “7 days of 70′s”. Card has circulation of 25,000 and most of them were given out on Times Square to passerby. That could explain why this card is hard to come by.
NY96 Fun Pass is the first metrocard featuring New York Visitor Bureau. Card had circulation of 445,000. Fun Pass is the way to visit New York Museums and other sightseeing places by paying less in advance for the package.
This card is known as ‘blue fan pass’ because of blue background.
100 years Wildlife Conservation Society founded in 1895 as the New York zoological society: visit the Bronx Zoo – it’s closer than you think! That is full description of this metrocard issued in 1995 with circulation of 20,000.
Radio City Music hall was issued in 1995 with circulation of 20,000. This card has 2 different types. One card has caption: ‘New York Landmark Grand Tour: (212) 632-4041′, another one has caption: ‘Grand Tour Behind the Scenes: (212) 632-4041′. Is is unknown to me if that circulation is for both cards.
Queens Unisphere was made in 1995 with circulation of 20,000 and is another card featuring New York city landmarks.
Brooklyn Bridge metrocard issued in 1995 with circulation of 20,000 is another fine example of earlier efforts of MTA to promote New York city landmarks.
Claes Oldenburg: An Anthology at Guggenheim Museum was issued in 1995 and had circulation of 20,000, there are cards with different date of expiration exist.
Staten Island Snug Harbor Cultural Center metrocard was issued in 1995 and had circulation of 20,000. This one of the earlier metrocards which actually promoted New York city. There are at least 2 different expiration dates known for this card and matching leaflet.
New York Times metrocard was enclosed in specially designed envelope and into some newspaper distributed across New York city. Official circulation is 1,000. That is the main reason this card is so rare. In addition, most customers who found that card inside newspaper used fare encoded into metrocard and through it into garbage adding to initial shortage of cards. At the same time, there are known cards with different expiration dates which add doubts that actual circulation was just a thousand cards, it could be more than that. Metrocard was inserted into special envelope that could be used to send request for subscription.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe is musical which was running in 1995 in Virginia Theater on Broadway. Card had circulation of 20,000. There are at least 2 known expiration dates: one ends in 1996 and another in 1997 and matching leaflet which if presented into Sam Goody music store could give you a $5.00 off while buying original recording of this musical. That is the first known cross promotion used with metrocard.