Thursday, July 7, 2011

Use your modem to get updates! So 1994...

We moved into our new building at work about a year ago.  I am just now getting to the point of cleaning out the packed boxes of "stuff" that we moved.  What does this have to do with baseball cards?  Well, while going through one of the boxes, I came across this little gem:

This a box for the 1994 Microsoft Complete Baseball.  It even still has the shrink wrap on it! I was excited and amused all at the same time.  I pulled the package out of the box and turned it over:

Sorry for the blurry scan, but the back of the box is in pretty rough shape.  I find it interesting that the two teams featured on the back are the Phillies and the Blue Jays. After a quick search, I learned that they were the teams featured in the 1993 World Series.  So, there ya go.

It turns out that the shrink wrap may be on, but no software is home.  The box had everything inside (licensing, getting started, etc) *EXCEPT* the software CD. Figures.  Well, I can only hope to find it while looking through the half dozen boxes filled with CDs, DVDs, and who knows what other means of software distribution.  One piece of advertising I found quite entertaining:

Use your MODEM to get daily scores!  I wonder if I do find the software if there is some Microsoft online process running somewhere that actually still updates this program. I know, I know... Probably not. But, it would be fun if it was something happening. It is hard to believe this was $49.95 when originally released! Whoa.. I bet they only sold a handful of copies at best. Ouch.You can "Buy It Now" on eBay for a buck. Wait, a BUCK!? (Well, after a quick side trip to the eBay store, I bought the thing. Why not?)

I also found a similar box for "Complete Basketball 1994" and it was void of software as well.  I'll keep you posted.


  1. I remember that! I had the CD-ROM, and it was cool for its time. The website has it beat by a mile now, of course.

    - Paul

  2. Haha, I'm sure the web site does! I also learned that the "updates" were $1.25 per day! Holy smokes! What a rip off... I think there was a 1995 version and then that was it.