On a day when many are unwrapping treats, let's open the sealed 1987 Fleer tin (coffin) set.
OK, it's not exactly like Geraldo unsealing Al Capone's vault.
I purchased it in late '87, figuring to sell it for thousands in the future. After 27 years, the conclusion reached is it's worth less than the sticker price. And the arrow is not trending up.
It's called junk wax for a reason, right? Turd's a turd -- even wrapped in gold foil.
Despite it being the equivalent to fool's gold, the presentation is anything but. I mean, the packaging is nicer than the cards. Then there's the shrink wrap and the gold "Collectors Edition'' seal on the bottom, making it seem valuable maybe?
This was Fleer's answer to Topps' Tiffany sets. Like those, the Fleers have a semi-gloss sheen. Moreover, it's the only Fleer set I own; so seeing all 660 cards -- plus the 12-card underwhelming '86 World Series set that was available only here -- is kind of thrilling.
I like the '87 design quite a bit. The Big 3 put out quality cards that year. Proud to say I own them all. Not proud to say I paid the highly inflated '87 prices for them.
On to the scans of some of my favorite cards. So, unwrap a blue taffy treat and slide in the '87 horror movie Hellraiser into the DVD player for the right vibe.
|BLUE SKY BACKGROUND PERFECT FOR THIS SET.|
|IS IT THE BALL OR THE BAT?|
|BACKS ARE SO-SO, EXCEPT FOR THE CHART.|
|THIS CARD WAS SMOKIN' HOT IN '87.|
|PITCHERS GOT THEIR OWN REPORT.|
|FLEER WAS ALL ABOUT THE SUPERSTAR SPECIALS.|
|AND I LOVED THEM.|
|BUT SOME WERE REACHES.|
|IF YOU HATE THE '86 METS, DON'T BUY THIS SET;|
THEY'RE EVERYWHERE, LIKE THEIR GROUPIES.
|GOLD GOES WITH BLUE QUITE WELL.|
|THERE ARE A FEW BALL-IN-THE-BORDER CARDS.|
|LEG KICK ENHANCED BY STIRRUPS,|
BUT WISH THE BAT WASN'T CROPPED.
|SUBSET DESIGN IS A LITTLE ORDINARY.|
|DECENT WRITE-UP, THOUGH.|