Thursday, 26 September 2013

1981 Fleer - What a set!

I had my '81 Fleer cards scanned for a while and now I'm showing the first 2 packs.

I loved my '83 Fleer cards for the fashion sense they transmit. But this '81 Fleer set is the design that makes me like it!

The simplicity I'm getting used to see on Fleer sets is precisely the thing that makes me like their sets more and more.

Never mind I got lots of cards way off-centered and bending like making the 'bridge'. Still I love them more!

And the wax era is just great with huge sets and packs that give you 15 or so cards.

First a 4x4.

4 game action cards and 4 portrait cards (or sort of).

Greg Gross OF@PHI - playing against Padres it seems.
Juaquin Andujar P@HOU - looking like the next Enrique Iglesias.
Don Sutton P@LAD - He cannot get the cap well placed on his head because of all that huge mane! An his name reminds me of that French expression "ton sur ton" (if I got it right because my French is something to run off from).
Bill Russell SS@LAD - there is some dust! But it's not enough to make the binder. But really like the small dust cloud and the way the bat is falling from his hand.
Ron LeFlore OF@MTL - Ou know what his nam means? 'The Flower' eheh
Fred Norman P@MTL - the fields back then look like the Snoopy and Charlie Brown field.
John D'Acquisto P@MTL - those jackets make me sweat just by looking at them!
Scott Sanderson P@MTL

Now the group of cards containing two of the best.

Ken Macha 3B@MTL - this 3B is almost in the stands.
Sammy Stewart P@BAL - look! One of the best! Look to all this fashionable wild hair with that thing playing the role of a mustache! Ohhhh got to fall in love!
Benny Ayala OF/DH@BAL
Bob Stanley P@BOS - Bob looks like those young boys going on teenagers and getting all huge arms and legs and almost stumbling on their own feet.
Jerry Remy 2B@BOS
Gene Garber P@ATL - now the second best! Garber has that fluffy beard that makes us women go would cut that off no? There must be someone saying that to him because he's already looking sideways.
Luis Gomez SS@ATL
Bert Campaneris SS@ATL

This photo looks better in a small size than zoomed. Thanks for the blurriness.

Jerry Martin OF@CHC
Randy Martz P@CHC -  a pitcher that throws the ball without setting the front foot on the ground!? That's strange...
Larry Biittner 1B@CHC
Mike Tyson 2B@CHC - I imagine the other Mike Tyson with that mustache/beard...
Pat Zachry P@NYM
Todd Cruz SS@CWS
Harold Baines OF@CWS - nice shoot with the bat and the pipe.
Kent Tekulve P@PIT - and Tekulve wins the award for the uniform and the sunglasses. Can anyone do better than him? Nooooooooo

Bert Blyleven P@PIT - those Pirates' uniforms were the thing back then.
Bo Diaz C@CLE - what a 'bad ass' catcher photo! (can I say that in a PG13 blog?)
Ernie Whitt C@TOR - that's a Pepsodent smile!
Ed Whitson P@SF
Bruce Robbins P@DET - is he calling the catcher to the mound!? I like predicting the plays and situation from this kind of photos.
Ben Oglivie OF@MIL
Buck Martinez C@MIL - he's a dugout catcher.
Keith Hernandez 1B@STL - I don't know why but this is my favourite card from both packs. After the other two best I already mention.

And I finish with the last two cards.

Rickey Henderson OF@OAK - I think it's the first card I get of Henderson that he's posing to the photo.
Ed Figueroa P@TEX

Look how off centered this cards are. They are even cuter that way or not!?

It took me around a week to get this post done. I'm really losing to the 'real world'.


  1. Love '81 Fleer! Opened packs and packs of it!

  2. 1981 Fleer is one of my favorite sets. I was very excited when it came out, because I'd been collecting for 8 years at that point, and this was the first time I had a second set to collect... and it was a set I liked BETTER than Topps. Like Night Owl, I bought packs and packs, and I completed both the Fleer and Topps set that year.

  3. 81F is the first set my parents ever bought me, so it carries a lot of sentimental meaning for me. As for the Tekulve... loved the way that guy pitched... but he always gave me the heebie-jeebies as a kid. I think it had to do with those sunglasses of his.

  4. Hi Ana,
    I know you like to collect "Dust Cloud" cards. Did you see this post at Cards From The Quarry?

    Is it the biggest dust cloud on cardboard ever??

    1. WoW!
      I have the Kevin Mitchel in my collection and I still rank it #1 but that Castilla card can make it like rank #1 1/2!

      I got some great dusty cards from Commishbob at 5ToolCollector that I have yet to add to the list.

      About the cameo of mister Sanders...he tends to get lots of those dusty cloud cards:

  5. I didn't know '81 Fleer had so much love going on! And I have to add one thing which is the fact that the gums were so good quality that after all this years they are way easy to get out of the packs without ruin the cards! It only happened to me in '81 Fleer packs.