At the last moment before Fleers National Trading Card Day sets hit the press,
Alex Rodriguez was traded from the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees. This
created quite the problem as Fleer was featuring Rodriguez in the set. The cards
were pulled from production and Fleers photo department went to work at the
eleventh hour and captured some photos from A-Rods first appearance as a New
York Yankee. The selected photo from A-Rods first full workout day was then
rushed to production and inserted onto the card for final approval and printing.
Both MLB Properties and the MLBPA were very helpful in the process of getting
"We pride ourselves in making sure all our sets are as up to date as possible and
the NTCD set is no different," said Fleer spokesman Joshua Perlman. "In the end,
we believe the last minute change might even have an impact on the collectibility
of the set as a whole."
Source: Fleer/SkyBox International LP
Date: March 2, 2004
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