Tuesday, December 4, 2007

1986 Fleer Future Hall Of Famers

I love finding out about oddball inserts. I had no clue about this one until today. This was a six card insert set from Fleer. I'm not exactly sure how this one was randomly distributed (wax pack, cello, etc.), but I never got one.

The checklist is easy and considering 1986 standards, a no brainer. Tom Seaver is the only White Sox card in the set, but since it's an interesting six card set, I'll list all the cards.

1 - Pete Rose
2 - Steve Carlton
3 - Tom Seaver
4 - Rod Carew
5 - Nolan Ryan
6 - Reggie Jackson

Talk about your easy predictions! The only fly in the ointment was Pete Rose getting banned from baseball. If that didn't happen, Fleer would've been six for six. A bold statement at the time would've been including rising stars like Cal Ripken Jr., Ryne Sandberg, Wade Boggs and Kirby Puckett. At this point each of them would've had four years or less of major league experience. The only one on the actual list that I would've debated about in 1986 was Steve Carlton. Not because he didn't deserve it, but because at that point in my life, I wasn't too familiar with him. That would change later in 1986, when he landed on the White Sox.

This is a typical lazy design by Fleer for their inserts around this time. A bold shade of a primary color offset by lighter lines of said primary color. This was followed by a player slapped on top, who was cut out by a Fleer employee's six year old daughter. Then throw a couple of basic geometric shapes on there haphazardly and write something in each of the large shapes. Frank Viola! You have a crappy insert card!

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