CyberAction, Inc. invented the concept of digitally animated trading cards and has created several different series of trading cards, one of which was Star Trek digital cards. They provide you a free program, a viewer, that downloads, stores and allows you to view the cards on your computer. The card sets are purchased online and when you next run the program, you will be able to download the new cards you purchased. Some sets, when purchased, open up a bonus card. The cards have short video clips, sort sound clips and text. They can be flipped to view both sides. They cover all 4 series and the movies and are individually numbered.
CyberAction released a boxed set of 9 CDROM’s with the cards released to that point. Each CD is the shape and size of a trading card and each has a different card-like picture on one side. 6,000 of each CD was made, with 5000 having silver backs and 1,000 of each having gold backs. They can be bought individually or as a box of all nine. A box of 9 is guaranteed to have at least one gold-backed CD and can fit into a 9-pocket page card sheet.
Cyberaction has produced no new CDROMS of late and their web site has been down since at least 2002. The cards, although unique, never took off in the card market as a *card* and many collectors never added them to their collections, though the promotional cards themselves remain popular.
Sadly, since the website no longer exists, the viewers can not be registered and will not work.They continue to be collectible as card-shaped CD’s, but if making a purchase, or changing computers, remember that if the viewer can’t be verified, you can’t see the cards you bought.
Tips and Tricks
Click on the front image to start the video clip. Click on the blue button on the Lower Right to ’flip the card over’. See the little yellow scroll bars? You can click those to see the up and down text. The yellow bar in the lower right flips it back over to the front. The White text in the left corner changes the back scenes.
SENSORY READINGS on some cards is a text clip. Click on the quotes to start the speech. Take three of the same cards..turn them over to the back and line them up in a row across. The image will change to a different image that covers all three cards.
- To promote their product, they released two sets of trading card/contest cards. Oversized, these 4×6 cards feature the 4 Captains. They layout on the front is similar to the design of the digital cards and the back provides information on the contest. The difference between the two sets of cards is in the back. The upper left corner is either LV Hilton ST Experience logo or a small image of the 4 cards.
- In 2000, the company released a set of 9 trading card sized promos. They were released to promote a trading card shaped CD ROM versions of their online digital trading cards. Each card has the same image as one of the CDROM’s.
- CyberAction employees each had some business cards made up that look similar to the promo cards. They are trading card sized, but have all their contact information on the backs. There are 10 different business cards (three of the 10 are the Ent-D.
- In an MBNA tie-in, Cyberaction offered two exclusive downloads when you apply online for an MBNA credit card..Quark and Admiral Kirk.