Brooklyn Bridge

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.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

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.

Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg

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.

Snug Harbor

Snug Harbor

New York Times

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.

New York Times

New York Times

Smokey Joe’s Cafe

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.

Smokey Joe's Cafe

Smokey Joe’s Cafe

Ringling Brothers circus set contains of 4 metrocards each issued and sold separately and was made to commemorate 125th anniversary of establishment of the circus. All cards have the same initial circulation of 20,000. Unknown number of one particular card (tiger) was given away at on of the circus performances at Madison Square Garden and most of those cards were lost in the process. That is the reason for that card to be more rare than other cards of the set.

It is known that the same cards were issued with different expiration dates.

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95-03a-ringling-bros-clowns
95-04a-ringling-bros-elephant95-05-ringling-bros-125th

Anita Baker

Anita Baker metrocard was issued in 1995 and number of metrocards in circulation is 24,000.

This card features “Rhythm of love” CD cover.

Anita Baker

Anita Baker

In 1994 Rangers won Stanley Cup. There was huge celebration in the city. MTA has decided to issue a set to commemorate this event. Set includes 5 metrocards: Mark Messier – captain of the team, Brian Leetch, Mark Messier with the Cup, Rangers team, New York Rangers Stanley Cup. All cards were distributed and sold in special plastic packet which contained invitation (see front and back of both) to buy more special edition metrocards and Signature set. All cards have circulation of 10,000.

Mark Messier

Mark Messier


Brian Leetch

Brian Leetch


Mark Messier with the Cup

Mark Messier with the Cup


Rangers Team

Rangers Team


the Stanley Cup

the Stanley Cup

After that MTA made Signature set in blue folder. Signature contains the same cards but one card reproduces Mark Messier autograph. Also included into the Signature set pictures and statistics. Signature set has very symbolic circulation: 1994. All Signature sets are numbered.

Not to be outdone, MTA issued one more card: Brian Leetch card with reproduction of his autograph with circulation of 2,000.

Brian Leetch Autographed Metrocard

Brian Leetch Autographed Metrocard

James Rizzi metrocard was the first card featuring art work and shows design made by American artist J. Rizzi.

Card had circulation of 16,000. Some cards were sold to collectors enclosed into folder (see inside and back of that folder) also designed by Rizzi.

Number of cards issued with folders is unknown.

There is also known cards with Rizzi autograph.

James Rizzi Subway Riders

James Rizzi Subway Riders

James Rizzi Autographed Metrocard

James Rizzi Autographed Metrocard

Set has circulation of 20,000. Set contains of 4 metrocards. This set has no folder. All cards were issued and sold separately the only way to sey that those cards are part of the set is design and caption ‘Third limited edition’ on each card.

World Trade Center

World Trade Center

Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum

Empire State Bilding

Empire State Bilding

Chrysler Building

Chrysler Building