Flashback Product of the Week: 1989 Fleer Glossy


Over the years, sports cards have made various cameo appearances in television and film.  Given that its the holiday season, I bet you can’t guess which Christmas movie gives us a quick look at 1989 Fleer Glossy.  If you guessed Home Alone you’d be right.  For those that guessed It’s A Wonderful Life you were a few decades off.

Remember the scene where Kevin enters his older brother’s room once everyone left?  How could you not?  The place was packed with all kinds of stuff.  In fact one site actually took the time to identify as many items as possible.  They get pretty detailed, but skip over most of the sports collectibles except the Starting Lineup figures.

Its funny how you can watch a movie again and again at different times in your life and notice various things.  The other night I was watching Home Alone on T.V. and took stock of the objects in Buzz’s room.  I couldn’t help but see the 1989 Fleer Glossy tin sitting on the top shelf.  You see it once again when everything comes crashing down.  From what you can see, it doesn’t look as if the tin is filled with the 672 cards the lid promises.  If I’m not mistaken, there is a a rubber band and a loose 1987 Fleer base card in it.  Either way, it was the first time I noticed it.

The 1989 Fleer Glossy set was the last glossy parallel issue from Fleer.  The only main difference between this set and the regular issue are the glossy card fronts.  These glossy sets from Fleer were like Tiffany ones from Topps.  The set consists of 660 base cards, 12 World Series inserts, and 66 stickers.  When I think of this product, two cards comes to mind.  The first would be the Ken Griffey, Jr glossy rookie, and the other is the infamous Billy Ripken.  By the time this set was issued, Fleer had already corrected the “Fuck Face” error.  All of the glossy Billy Ripken’s have a black box over the bat knob.

Despite being released at a time when overproduction ruled the hobby, these sets continue to sell for amounts up to $70.00.  It seems as if Buzz was into some high-end stuff.  Happy Holidays trout-sniffers 🙂


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