Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Woooooo!



Best I can remember, Fleer's 1993 Flair baseball was the forerunner to high-end, ultra thick cards such as Topps Museum, Bowman Platinum and the rest of today's 'premium' products. If there was a thicker card stock prior to the first Flair release, then it must have been a forgettable one.

With cards printed on a 24-point thick cardstock and on six-color printing presses, the set was one of, if not, the most breath-taking release the hobby had seen to that point. Throw in an elegant gold-foiled font used for the product logo and players' names,
 top-notch photography, a high-glossed finish, and you have a set that was well ahead of its time.

The backs of the cards feature yet another full-bleed photo of the featured player, a sentence about said player, team logo in upper right-hand corner, and career stats (including select minor league seasons). One thing missing: the players vital stats (hometown, height, weight, etc.)- but that doesn't detract from the overall greatness of Flair.

Flair also included one insert set, the twenty-card Wave of the Future set that focused on some of the game's top prospects.

1993 Flair Braves
1 Steve Avery
2 Jeff Blauser
3 Ron Gant
4 Tom Glavine
5 David Justice
6 Mark Lemke
7 Greg Maddux
8 Fred McGriff
9 Terry Pendleton
10 Deion Sanders
11 John Smoltz
12 Mike Stanton
298 Greg Maddux/Bo Jackson Checklist


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