Friday, November 21, 2008

1986 Fleer Baseball's Best No. 38 of 44


At this point, the cards may start jumping around a little bit chronologically. For whatever reason, I have a bunch of 1986 cards lined up before some '85, and I'm sure it'll happen even more as I move forward. No big deal, I just don't want people to think I can't arrange years correctly.

This card comes from the 1986 Fleer Baseball's Best set, another one of those popular mid-80s glossy sets, and is numbered 38 of 44. Twice the size of those Topps Glossy sets, which was nice of Fleer. Nothing like added value, ya know?

Normally I like to point out what I find interesting from the back of the card, or at least retype what the card says. Not necessary here, as there is almost literally nothing on the back of it! Even though this was the case for Topps Glossy as well, at least they stretched out the design to use up all of the available space. But Fleer, not so much; more than half of it is blank. There must've been something interesting they could've come up with.

As for the front: not much of an action shot, but I still like it. I really like the patch on Strawberry's left arm, which research tells me was to commemorate the organization's 25th Anniversary. The jersey is of the v-neck pullover variety, which was fairly common back then. The photo is a glimpse of what things were like before Under Armor; note that Darryl is wearing an actual turtleneck shirt under the jersey. Very retro!

I wonder, though, why at the bottom, where it says "Sluggers" before Darryl's name, they chose to list his batting average?? And it's his major league career average, too, not from just 1985 or '86. Odd that it's listed on the back under "percentage", as opposed to "average". They should've gone with his far more impressive home run totals.

I own three of these cards.

On a non-specific card related note, I should be receiving the first of three boxes I've ordered off ebay today, so keep a lookout for the "Searching for Straw" feature. I can't decide whether I'll do it through videos or pictures... probably some of both. Speaking of ebay, isn't it frustrating when you're charged a premium for shipping and the seller doesn't bother to ship your item 2-3 day priority? I don't mind paying a little extra for shipping; I don't care if you charge $12 for a $9 flat rate box. Just don't charge me priority and proceed to send my item via media mail!

2 comments:

Term Papers said...

The photo is a glimpse of what things were like before Under Armor; note that Darryl is wearing an actual turtleneck shirt under the jersey.

Jeffrey FX said...

Fleer had a lot of odd ball sets. I have Darryl in "Baseball's Best" sets for the next two years as well. One of my favorite Fleer sets is the 1988 Headliners that has Darryl pictured with a newspaper background.