I saved the cards, I saved the wrapper, the gum is long gone, and the stickers are probably still somewhere, but I don’t know where.
…And at this point I want to make it absolutely clear that even though I’m featuring this pack, it’s not a newly-ripped pack.
I kinda like this Jets card… A leaping attempt to block a field goal, and you can see the football touching the lefthand border, near the ref’s head.
This is back when the Jets played at Shea; you can tell from the Expos pennant on the outfield wall. In a way, it’s unfortunate that the Jets play in New Jersey now… with the real jets flying overhead on their way to or from LaGuardia Airport, the Jets should play in Queens.
Back at the time, Topps had licensing from the players’ union but not the NFL, and Fleer had licensing from the league but not the union.
Topps couldn’t use team logos, although team names were apparently OK… or perhaps the names weren’t yet trademarked and copyrighted every which way ‘til Sunday.
Fleer couldn’t use player names, and I would imagine that any photos used had to include multiple players so they couldn’t be accused of featuring an individual player, even if they didn’t name him.
If Fleer did sets like this in today’s litigious climate, they would probably have to make sure that the photos did not include any clearly recognizable faces, tattoos or any other identifiable features. Perhaps they would photoshop in some full-face visors so that it looked like the game was between Daft Punk and the ‘Niners.
These cards are OK in their own way, but I’ve never cared for them. A card should ideally give you a feeling of being “up close and personal”, but these cards are kind of “far away and anonymous”.