Monday, August 1, 2011
1985 Fleer Update
Front Design: A color player photo sits inside a cup-shaped dual-border design, with the player's name, position, and team logo appearing at the top. The cards have a gray border.
Back Design: The backs are printed in black ink with red highlights, and contain the player's name, team name and position, as well as a small black-and-white photo along the top. The player's statistics fill the middle of the card, and the bottom of the card contains biographical trivia and vital statistics.
Parallels and Similars: The cards are identical to the 1985 regular Fleer issue, except for a U- prefix on card numbers.
Distribution: Cards were sold through hobby stores in a box containing team logo stickers.
Thoughts: When I first started collecting in '89 and the early '90s, Donruss and Fleer sets before 1988 seemed so exotic. They had white card stock and a completely different design feel than Topps. This issue isn't exactly amazing, but even the simple designs can be attractive at times. It's not cluttered but it isn't plain, either. It's not my favorite '80s Fleer design, but it's better than 1985 Topps and at least as good as 1985 Donruss.
Additional Images: Card back: