Sunday, December 26, 2010

1986 Fleer Update

It’s 1986. You’re the Cleveland Indians. Last year you lost 102 games. What do you do?
You sign 47-year old knuckle ball pitcher Phil Niekro. That’s what.

Hold the laughter. Phil starts 32 games and eats 210.1 innings. That’s remarkable and that’s why he is in the Hall of Fame.

About the Card

In 1984, Fleer as usual, completely ripped off a significant new concept that Topps had developed in 1981. The Traded set.  Fleer titled theirs “Update”. That’s about the extent of their imagination. How hard would it have been for Fleer to come up with a different design for the update set? What we get it a better card stock but that’s it. It’s the same design, which you can categorize under: haven’t we’ve seen this before?

This beautiful Beckett slab is sitting on eBay for a BIN price of $24.95 which is about $24 more than it's worth. Nothing remotely rare about this card and considering you can buy the entire factory set which includes a Barry Bonds rookie for $12 - I'd say this slab will never be bought at this price. Furthermore, these used a different stock for the update set so it's not its even condition sensitive like the regular issue.

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