Founded in early 1992, Bench Warmer created the female trading card category with its first release of 120 cards featuring beautiful women in their favorite sports garb. Although primitive by today's collecting standards, this premiere edition set featured outstanding photography printed on high quality card stock and spawned a plethora of copycat "Girl Card" competitors. In early 1994, Bench Warmer released its "Series 2" edition, following up with a more modern look and "Refractive Etch" insert cards which were produced from original photos of our Bench Warmer models as they appeared in a special 1993 Sport Magazine Pull-Out. During this time Bench Warmer went on to produce other amazing products including calendars, posters, phone cards and finally a new 100 card packaged series in 1997. The 1997 Bench Warmer Series was a big hit with collectors and included major celebrities including the #1 Pin Up Model of all time, Pamela Anderson! Inserts included Pamela Anderson "Chromium" cards and the very rare "Refractor" Chromium Cards, which are highly sought after and extremely valuable today. Since these early days, numerous Bench Warmer Models have gone on to stardom after their Bench Warmer appearance including Brooke Burke, Cindy Margolis, Gena Lee Nolin, Kiana Tom, Charisma Carpenter, Nikki Ziering and Traci Bingham.
In 2002, for its tenth anniversary, Bench Warmer came back better than ever with a brand new 250 card set that can be collected over three series (Series #1, #2 and Final Update) This ground breaking release features all new exclusive photography and all new ground original and exciting insert sets. Keeping with this, the standards demanded by today's card collecting public, Bench Warmer 2002 contained Authentic Bikini Swatch cards and signed versions of the same card limited to 25. Featured celebrities in this highly anticipated "Chase" set include Cindy Margolis, Gena Lee Nolin, Traci Bingham and Shauna Sand Lamas. There are also 20 different autograph cards found randomly inserted two per every display box and once again, two sets of Chromium cards: "All American" and "Hotties" which feature our hottest girls photographed in a special pyrotechnic studio in front of REAL FIRE. Series #2 and Final Update treated collectors to something really exciting: "Authentic Kiss Cards" which have an actual lip print from the depicted model.
In 2003, Bench Warmer produced four new Series including a higher end "Premium" product, "Bench Warmer GOLD Edition", for the more serious Bench Warmer collectors. With a Suggested retail price of $ 4.99 per pack, this exciting series featured the best girls of 2002 on a super premium metallic card stock using FX Technology. Each Gold Edition Box guaranteed the collector an Authentic Kiss Card and the series also featured a special "Hawaii FX" Series (Photographed on location in Hawaii) and new Bench Warmer Lenticular "MOVIE" cards that feature actual video footage from Bench Warmer photo shoots! The 2003 Series #2 was especially exciting because it featured the famous "Miller Catfight Girls" Tanya Ballinger and Kitana Baker who were seen by tens of millions of people in the Miller Lite "Catfight" Commercial. Along with a new group of 100 gorgeous models, Bench Warmer 2003 editions featured Celebrities such as Fox Sports Commentator Lisa Dergan, Baywatch Star Angelica Bridges, Sandra Taylor, Alicia Rickter, L.A 102.75 KISS Radio Star Ellen K, The Tenison Twins, "Price is Right Barker Beauty" Claudia Jordan and Supermodel Carol Grow!
Many, many Bench Warmer Rare insert cards have sold for high dollars on Ebay (upwards of $ 500.00) and there is now brisk activity in all of our products on the popular auction marketplace. Bench Warmer dealers are reporting quick sell outs of our releases as our loyal core collecting audience grows and grows.
2004 will feature a new group of the most beautiful women as well as super celebrities Victoria Sivstedt and Jaime Bergman!
Bench Warmer is proud to serve all of the collectors worldwide that love our product. We are especially excited to announce that as of January 1st, 2004 over 250 different gorgeous models have appeared on our products. Bench Warmer models will continue appearing at card shows and many hobby shops across the nation so keep an eye out and ask your favorite retailers about an upcoming Bench Warmer promotion.
We thank all of our loyal customers worldwide for their support and continued patronage and we look forward to hearing from you!.