Monday, October 26, 2015

1991 Fleer

Year: 1991
Manufacturer: Fleer
Set: Flagship Baseball
Card Number: 601
Card Type: Base

If there is a set the exemplifies the overproduced junk wax era it might be 91 Fleer.  Arguably the pinnacle of the era it's a set that has a few lovers (if I remember right there was a whole blog dedicated to the set) and a ton of haters.  For me I'm probably in the hates column, mainly because along with 87 Topps, 90 Score, and 89 Donruss this is one of the most used sets for filler for repacks.  The only endearing part of the set was the Provision inserts that were randomly included in wax packs.  But I remember it being super easy to scan packs for inserts since the base stock was white, the cards were yellow and the provision cards were black.  

Anyway,  Robin actually has two variations in the set.  It's subtle and neither card is worth more than the other.  I've included both cards here for the post.  See if you can spot the variation..take your time.

Did you find it?  Yeah the tip of the bat is cut off in the lower version.  I'm assuming this is just a relic of multiple printings this set went through.  It's not a variation that's often listed and I would never have know about it had someone not tried to sell it as special on eBay.  If you have a bunch of Robin's 91 Fleers laying around flip though them and there's a good chance you have both variations. I did manage to get the variation in the checklist over at

That being said the overall design is pretty par for the course for Fleer.  Fleer wasn't know for it's bold designs.  This does mark the first year that Fleer added a photo to the back.  I'm not sure why Fleer only started Robin's stats in 1977 seems like there's room for a few more years on the back.

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