1993 SkyBox : DC SkyCaps


DC SkyCaps from Skybox International were released in July 1993. SkyCaps are based on the Hawaiian milk cap cover game, commonly known as POGs. The set is comprised of 60 caps depicting super heroes and villains from the DC Comics universe.
1993 SkyBox DC SkyCaps
Boxes contain 36 packs. There are six caps and one instruction card per pack. Packs originally retailed for $1.49. Each pack has a 1:6 chance of finding a foil-stamped logo cap and a 1:36 chance of finding a "DC SkyCap Slammer." Each cap is approximately 1.5 inches in diameter.

Superman appears on #01 and Clark Kent on #02. Both images are from the 1991 Superman Style Guide by José Luis García-López. According to García-López, "Joe Orlando, in charge of licensing at that time, asked me to imitate Jon Bogdanove's style."
1993 SkyBox DC SkyCaps - 01 - Superman
The Hawaiian game of milk caps, or milk covas, is derived from the 17th century Japanese game of Menko. Milk cap games were being played by immigrants on Maui plantations as early as 1927. Players stack the discs face down and drop a "kini," or slammer cap, onto the pile. The die-cut tab and staple produces a random spring element and the player wins any caps that have flipped over.

The Honolulu Dairymen's Association began distributing collectible game caps in the 1930s. Superman milk caps first appeared in 1942 from the Roberts Superman Defense Club wartime promotion. Roberts Dairy also produced milk caps for the Supermen of America Club.
1941 Roberts Superman Defense LeagueRoberts Milk Cap - Supermen of America Code
POG is a tropical juice drink created in 1971 by Mary Soon at Haleakala Dairy on Maui. The name is an acronym for passion fruit, orange, and guava. Glass milk bottles had widely been replaced by cardboard and plastic containers, but there was still a demand for game caps in Hawaii. Haleakala Dairy produced "Milk Cap Cover" game pieces printed with the POG logo and Poglodyte mascot.
Haleakala Dairy POG
In 1991, a fifth grade teacher named Blossom Galbiso introduced the game to students at Waialua Elementary School in Oahu. Galbiso's niece brought Haleakala Dairy POG caps from Honolulu to the students. The game revival rapidly spread throughout Hawaii. A billion caps are estimated to have circulated on the islands during 1993.

In January 1993, SkyBox representatives took notice of the game while attending an industry convention in Hawaii. The company began marketing DC SkyCaps that March with a promotional sheet for the "Reign of the Supermen!" story arc. Sealed packs of 50 punch-out sheets were distributed to dealers. The sheet was included with collector editions of The Adventures of Superman #500, on sale April 15, 1993. The promo was also packaged with the June 1993 issue of Tuff Stuff and two-pack bundles of DC Cosmic Teams.

1993 SkyBox DC SkyCaps : Superman Promo
Promo sets of other SkyCaps were distributed in packs at the 14th National Sports Collectors Convention in July 1993. SkyBox printed caps for Batman: Knightfall, Batman Forever, Jurassic Park, Last Action Hero, Malibu Comics, NFL, The Simpsons, and characters created by Jim Lee.

POGs became a generic term for the caps and the game itself. In September 1993, Armor All founder Alan Forman Rypinski purchased the copyright and trademark from Haleakala Dairy. Rypinski established the World POG Federation and the game exploded as a global marketing phenomenon. In November 1994, Rypinski settled an agreement to retain exclusive rights to the POG name. Millions of similar products were produced with names such as Slammer Whammers and Flippos. The pieces are known as "Tazos" in Latin America countries. McDonald's packaged McCaps inside of Happy Meals. Marvel characters were marketed as Hero Caps and Spawn caps were sold as Spogz.

Cap games received criticism due to the gambling mechanics involved. Teachers reported that the caps were distracting students. Arguments and thefts were also a cause for concern. By 1997, various schools in the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Sweden, and the UK had banned the game.

The fad came to an end in 1998. Funrise Toys licensed the POG name in 2005 in an attempt to evoke consumer nostalgia. The POG drink has been produced by Meadow Gold Dairies in Hawaii since 1999.

1993 SkyBox : DC SkyCaps
Superman
1 Superman
2 Clark Kent
3 The Last Son of Krypton
4 The Man of Tomorrow
5 Superboy
6 The Man of Steel
7 Ma & Pa Kent
8 Lois Lane
9 Supergirl
Foes of Superman
10 Doomsday
11 Mr. Mxyzptlk
12 Lex Luthor
13 Brainiac
14 Parasite
15 Metallo
Batman
16 Batman
17 The Joker
18 Robin
Justice League
19 Guy Gardner
20 Bloodwynd
21 Blue Beetle
22 Flash
23 Green Lantern
24 Wonder Woman
25 Booster Gold
26 Fire
27 Ice
28 Metamorpho
29 Elongated Man
30 Aquaman
31 Martian Manhunter
Power Players
32 Hourman
33 John Stewart
34 Black Condor
35 Black Lightning
36 The Creeper
37 Deathstroke
38 Geo-Force
39 Guardian
40 Nghtwing
41 Pantha
42 Peacemaker
43 Hawkman
44 Shazami
45 Lobo
46 Orion
47 Green Arrow
Super Villians
48 Dead Shot
49 Monarch
50 Ocean Master
51 Phobia
52 Vandal Savage
53 Kanjar Ro
54 Darkseid
Instructions / Checklist
Instructions / Limited Edition Collectors Caddy Advertisement
DC SkyCap Slammer
1:36 packs
Foil-Stamped Bonus SkyCap
1:6 packs
F1 Superman Logo
F2 The Last Son of Krypton Logo
F3 The Man of Tomorrow Logo
F4 Superboy Logo
F5 The Man of Steel Logo
F6 Batman Logo
Superman Promo Sheet
DC SkyCap Slammer
Superboy
The Man of Tomorrow
The Last Son of Krypton
The Man of Steel

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