Saturday, November 30, 2019

Does Chernobyl explain 1995 Fleer?

1988 Fleer is one of their best designs of all time. It's bright; and the red, white, and blue color scheme is as American as it gets. The ghosted fogginess at the top of the player image and just below the name/position/team name labels is a technique Topps would use, that same year, on it's Major League Leaders Mini  set, as well as team leaders in the base (full size) set. It's interesting to see what the hot technology trends looked like in any given year, or in successive years (Score's colorful sets I think influenced Topps 1990 design). That still doesn't really explain 1995 fucking Fleer. 

Nothing does. Maybe, actually, it was Chernobyl?  

I think it was. It is the only explanation.

Anyway, I like the design of the set, but many of the images are really boring. Steve Carlton was confounded.

This is the 1988 Fleer Glossy card for Kruk and I appreciate the very helpful help of several people on Twitter for helping me see the difference between it and the base card. I love the ball where it is as it captures a moment you see quite regularly in any given game.

I suppose Fleer Glossy is much like Topps Tiffany and that these both were kind of what lead us to where we are now with umpteen different color parallels.

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  1. This is a great looking set. It's one I own and really like. No argument on the Carlton card or some of the other photos.

  2. If Chernobyl was their inspiration... they were almost a decade late. But who knows what goes on in the heads of card designers.

    1. Hey there! I didn't mean it was their inspiration, I'm suggesting that the long term effects of the fallout caused it. Somehow.

    2. Lol. Oh... that makes more sense.