I was a Fleer guy in the 1980’s.
I guess part of it was that I was ready for something different after collecting only Topps for seven years, and part of it is that I’ve always had a tendency to march to the beat of a different drummer, but when Fleer first came out in 1981, during my teen years, I fell in with the Fleer crowd. Sure, I collected Topps, but I stuck with Fleer through most of the 1980’s until they got outdone by Score at the end of the decade.
It was the “State Penitentiary” design of 1989 Fleer that broke the chain, but I’ve long thought of 1988 as the year where Fleer became “meh” for me. Before that – excluding the mess that is 1982 Fleer – I would defend the 1980’s Fleer output, and I got a little offended when anyone derided 1987 as being sub-standard. Hey, it’s Fleer, ya gotta love Fleer!
When I was flipping through one of my Fleer binders looking for cards for this series, I got to the 1987 Fleer and found myself flipping through pages… and flipping… and flipping… and not pulling anything out.
At that point I realized that my fondness for 1987 Fleer might be misplaced. I have a complete regular and Update set, and I still like the design, but even I have to admit that the photography is fairly well uninteresting through most of the set.
My immediate reaction was whether if the set should even be in a binder…
And then I had a “Marie Kondo moment”: If I’m removing the cards from a binder, should I just go the extra step and remove them from my collection?
I’m putting the final decision off until after I finish some other collection decluttering projects, but I have to say that it’s not looking good for 1987 Fleer as anything but material for my team and player collections.
I *did* find a couple of cards worth scanning….
I’ve always liked this Cory Snyder card…
I love the attitude being flashed by Rey Quinones in this card. He seems almost resentful at having his photo taken.
That about does it for 1987 Fleer, unless I come up with some cards which are interesting for other reasons…
I can’t very well leave the post at “Here are my fave two from an admittedly uninteresting set”, so here are a few other cards for the 1980’s Desert Island Binder…
When the clubhouse guy was washing Mike Laga’s airbrushed jersey, he mistakenly mixed whites and colors.
Laga is airbrushed because he’d been acquired from the Tigers in September, 1986. I guess he didn’t get his picture taken during the 16 games he played for the Cards in 1986.
I love a good autograph shot, but this card might have added appeal to Twins and Tigers fans who are more familiar with Ron Gardenhire as a white-haired manager.
As a former New Yorker, I also love the big old Sports Channel logo on the back of the program or yearbook he’s signing.
I really enjoyed these “Super Veteran” cards from the 1983 Topps set, and part of me wishes they’d revisit it, but it got me thinking… Back in 1983 most of the long-term vets had careers that spanned back to before I followed baseball and the unfamiliar “Before” photos made these cards cool.
If Topps were to do a set like that today and feature guys like Albert Pujols and CC Sabathia, would I enjoy them or would it just be “Been there, done that, got the t-shirt”?
Just to give Donruss a little equal time – I did love me some Donruss, especially in 1982, 1983 and 1989 – here’s a fun 1982 Donruss action shot of the Astros Craig Reynolds with a ‘cameo appearance’ by Mets shortstop Frank Taveras.
Quick summary of where the fictional binder stands… I’m adding six standard-sized cards, which brings the totals to…
Nine-pocket (standard sized): 7 sheets (55 cards)
Eight-pocket (1950’s sized): 1 sheet (2 cards)
Four-pocket (postcard sized): 1 sheet (2 cards)
Two-pocket (5″ x 7″): 1 sheet (1 card)
Have you ever had a situation where some new music makes you suddenly appreciate the older songs by the same artist? That’s what happened to me in 1986 when I started hearing songs from Joe Jackson’s Big World album on the radio. I really liked what I heard, and as radio stations tend to do when an artist has new music out, his older songs got played and that’s when I started to put all the pieces together. “Wait a minute… ‘You Can’t Get What You Want’, ‘Stepping Out’ and ‘Is She Really Going Out With Him’ are all by *the same guy*????”
That was when I became a Joe Jackson fan and started buying up his catalog to make up for lost time. This song, “Home Town”, comes from Big World, which remains one of my favorite JJ albums.