Flashback Product of the Week: 1992 Courtside College Flashback Set

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This was the first year I filled out a bracket.  BCW Supplies and Sports Card Album are giving away some great prizes for those top people with the most points at the end.  I picked UK to go all the way, but I highly doubt I’ll be winning anything.

Courtside was one of those here today and gone tomorrow manufacturers.  As far as basketball goes, they only made two products between 1991 and 1992.  Courtside did issue some football sets, but they for the most part are very forgettable.  It never made sense for a company named Courtside to be making football cards anyway.  Football sure isn’t played on a court.  I guess not too much thought went into that when they were naming the company.  At this point in the hobby, companies were just going for the cash.  Collectors were buying everything, thinking that it was going to be worth a fortune down the road.

1992 Courtside College Flashback was issued in factory set form.  There are 45 cards to the main set.  Randomly inserted were autographs.  I believe the 1992 set has a stronger demand because the autograph checklist is much better than the previous year.  The 1992 set contains autographs of John Wooden, Dean Smith, Al McGuire, Jim Valvano, George Mikan, and Calvin Murphy.  There are a lot more, but those are some of the bigger cards to pull.

Complete factory sealed sets can easily be found for under $15.00.  They only made 199,000 sets.  I guess in 1992 that was a big deal.  It was 1,000 more than the 1991 set.  Both the 1991 and 1992 sets are similarly designed.  The on-card autographs came out really nice and still hold some weight today.

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