I’ve been trying to figure out what to write about today when the idea hit me. Actually I guess hit isn’t necessarily the right word, more surfing eBay looking for an autograph fix. When I come across this beauty:
As I looked at it I thought about all the things I like in an autographed card:
- On card autograph – check!
- Big signature space – check!
- Nice big photograph of player – check!
- Great card layout – check!
- Team colors infused into design – check!
It was all there. Let’s face it Fleer made some seriously wonderful cards over the years, it’s an injustice that Upper Deck hasn’t used their ownership of the brand better. Some of their past designs were so over the top (as I am sure many of you have your own examples of this) that it just made their cards more fun to collect.
But back to the original reason I posted about the Fleer autographics line. In 2000-01 Fleer produced these cards for their baseball, football and basketball card sets. What I am having a hard time trying to figure out is the checklist of these sets. It looks like there were between 50-100 subjects in each of the three sports and that they were seeded through multiple releases.
Most of the cards sell for between $1-$3 but there are some big names (Tom Brady, Michael Strahan, Allen Iverson, Derek Jeter, Emmit Smith, Dirk Nowitzki, Greg Maddux and Bernie Williams) that sell for a whole lot more (think $75 – as much as $800). The best part about these autographs is that there are a lot of my favorite players represented. Guys like:
- Shaun Alexander
- Priest Holmes
- Issac Bruce
- Mike Lowell
- Michael Dickerson
- Joe Hamilton
- Jon Kitna
Here is my question posed to my readers – can anyone find a checklist of all the autographics cards for all of the sports for the 2000-2001 year? Admittedly I did a quick search and gave up, but there have to be more people like me that love this design that might actually go for the whole set. Help me (and them) out.