Thursday, January 14, 2021

Whiteouts and a card from Frank Mustin

 I acquired an odd card last year and decided to do a write-up about it.  I posted in under the 'Fleer' tab and labeled it 'Frank Mustin'

Fleer - Frank Mustin Link


Four cut corners, white mark created by an eraser? and handwriting on it.  Frank Mustin was the head of Fleer in 1989 and this card came from his estate following his death in 2018.  Could this help explain the mysterious Whiteout variation?

Saturday, December 5, 2020

1995 Collector's Sportlook Magazine

 Thanks to Donovan for sending a page from the January 1995 edition of Collector's Sportlook.  It has a 'Trivia' page mentioning the FF!  Added it to the Articles page as well.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

1985 Daytona Islanders XRC Billy Ripken

 Not related to the FF in anyway but picked up a 1985 Daytona Islander team set with Billy's first ever (I think) card.  Cheap fun!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

October 2020 pickups

 Picked up a couple nice cards this month.  

1)  Mickey Mantle FF Parody card for $1 (Love seeing these parody cards)

2)  1985 Fleer Sticker with an early Billy signature for $5  (something Fleer related signed by Bill)

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Instagram Baseball Art from @modernbaseballart

 This was posted last month on Instagram.  Like seeing all these creations.  Long Live the FF!

Shout out to @modernbaseballart on Instagram.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Article from Down Under

 Had a writer from Australia contact me this month about a short piece for his weekly column.  Nice to see the FF is far reaching!

Nathan Jolly - September 12th, 2020

Weekly Posts 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Real or Fake?

 In 2020, the question I get asked the most is - "Is this card real or fake?"

While I like seeing all of the parody cards floating around (licensed or not) - I'm also concerned at the amount of fake "reprint" cards out there.  One person makes a cheap knock off and sells it for $3.  The next person tries to sell it as an original or get it graded/authenticated for a huge payday.  For someone that has handled thousands of 1989 Fleer cards over the years, the fakes are easy to spot.  For someone else that is new to the hobby or looking for a 'steal' - it can be difficult.  Technology is always getting better and detecting these fakes in the future will be tough.  These aren't photocopies on cheap paper.  Be careful out there!

I recently picked up a fake/"reprint" White Scribble version to examine.  I've seen a few of these being sold online as 'Original'.  The fakes (so far) are fairly easy to see.  Here are 2 picture showing side-by-side comparisons.  The fakes are on the left.  The closeups were scanned at the same time with 1200dpi.