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captkirk42
FLEER - WORLD SERIES
(with Drawings by Robert Laughlin)

1970 and 1971 (plus any B&W '67s if I can find them)


I've loved these cards since I was a kid and first saw a pack in either K-Mart or some other big retail chain in 1970/71. I also recall that the gum included by Fleer in this product and in others had a powder (presumably to keep the gum from sticking to the cards) that had a distinctive taste. I both hated it and yet loved it at the same time thinking it was worse/better than the Topps gum.

These cards have political style cartoons depicting the teams that played in the World Series for that card's particular year. The blog The Fleer Sticker Project is a good background source for identifying these cards, and was a major help to me in reconnecting to this set. Ebay and Sportlots also had a hand in reconnecting me.

The 1970 set has 66 cards From World Series 1903 - 1969 (minus 1904 when there was no series) the 1971 set has 68 cards and includes 1904 and 1970. From 1972 - 1978 Fleer apparently released an update each year to include the most recent year, or they had a reprint set made in 1978. The jury is still out concerning when/how these updates were released. I'm going with the yearly updates as I recall seeing that mentioned in a price guide or a hobby magazine about these sets. I think at one time they may have also reprinted one or both of the sets some of my 1970 card backs seem to have darker blue ink than others. My 1971 card to me seems more of a dark brown than true black.

In 1980 Fleer reprinted (sort of) the 1971 set with card fronts and sticker backs from WS 1940 to 1979 with some of the cartoons replaced by new ones. I have the full Sticker set, although I'm curious about sticker variations that I might try to find.

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Above is card # 47 from the 1970 set. The two 70s sets are very similar but have tell-tale signs to tell the differences.

Keys to telling the sets apart:

1970
* The WS year is in a baseball.
* The card back is white with Blue inked lettering.

1971
*The WS year is above the MLB Logo.
*The card back is white with Black inked lettering.

Here is what I need:

UPDATED 31 January 2014

1971
#s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 56, 57, 58, 60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68

These are ones I need to replace for being off centered (some more so than others):
1970: 1, 3, 14, 19, 23, 32, 35, 38, 41, 42, 43, 44, 53, 54, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 66
1971 61
captkirk42
Got Six to check off the old want list:

9 Gaints vs. Red Sox 1912 World Series
20 Yankees vs. Giants 1923 WS (slightly off center toward top and left)
36 Reds vs. Yankees 1939 WS
41 Cardinals vs Browns 1944 WS (Way off center to right at edge)
48 Yankees vs. Giants 1951 WS
61 Yankees vs. Cardinals 1964 WS (slightly off center toward bottom)
captkirk42
Got some '71s in lately.

#43, 55, 59

I just noticed some of these I think are the reissued "Updates". They have a sideways "B" on the bottom right-hand corner on the card back.
captkirk42
Hey I have recently completed the 1970 set, so now I just need to look for the '71s I need. toot.gif clapping.gif punk.gif
aceecards
loved that set and the writeups on the back!

mine are in horrible condition as I was an 8 year old..

the gum had a distinctive cherry flavor to it unlike topps!
aceecards
In particular I always thought the 1960 world series card was the best with the battered bucco!
captkirk42
QUOTE(aceecards @ Jan 31 2014, 02:17 PM)
loved that set and the writeups on the back!

mine are in horrible condition as I was an 8 year old..

the gum had a distinctive cherry flavor to it unlike topps!
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I recall that the Fleer gum was powdered as well.
aceecards
QUOTE(captkirk42 @ Jan 31 2014, 02:34 PM)
I recall that the Fleer gum was powdered as well.
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YES AND THINNER STICKS
beanschat
I loved them as well! Wish I had kept mine...
captkirk42
QUOTE(beanschat @ Feb 1 2014, 12:25 AM)
I loved them as well!  Wish I had kept mine...
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I have some doubles I could send your way if you are interested.
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