Hobby Oddities: 1999 Fleer Tradition Spectra Star All Star Baseball Kites

Spectra Star was a toy company known for making marbles, flying discs, yo-yos, and kites.

In 1995 they were purchased by now defunct Toy Biz.

Most of their products featured the images of licensed properties – Star Wars, Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc…

One specific line of kites they sold jumps out to me. Spectra Star released six kites that have baseball cards on them. Specifically six cards from the 1999 Fleer Tradition set. The players they made kites for are Ken Griffey, Jr., Greg Maddux, Mike Piazza, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Derek Jeter.

The kite measures 28″, and is a sled style.

Included with the kite is a matching baseball card.

The card looks just like it’s normal counterpart found in the regular 1999 Fleer Tradition set except for one tiny difference.

You can see the card that comes with the kite has a different number.

Kite cards are numbered “X OF 6”. This Derek Jeter kite card is numbered “6 OF 6”. Derek Jeter’s regular base card found in packs of 1999 Fleer Tradition is #5.

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Product Highlight: 1995 Fleer Easter Cards Premiere Edition

Basing an entire product around the Easter holiday may not have been the best idea. But that’s exactly what Fleer did in 1995 with their Easter Cards Premiere Edition. Let’s just say the Premiere Edition is the only edition they made.

The entire set consists of (42) cards. (6) 7-card subsets make up the whole set – I’m A Little Teapot, Little Chick’s Easter Treasure, Mother Goose, Peter Cottontail’s Surprise, The Story Of The Easter Bunny, and The Ugly Duckling.

1:6 packs has a Golden Memories parallel. One card from each subset has a parallel like this. They don’t carry much of a premium on the secondary market.

Dealers received an uncut 6-card promo sheet featuring one card from each subset.

I think the most interesting thing about this product is the pack design. There is a window on the front that allows you to see inside the pack. Definitely not the most secure packaging, but these cards were made for little kids and there really isn’t anything worth searching for.

As a standalone set this product couldn’t survive. Cards like this make better inserts for Allen & Ginter and Goodwin Champions.

Hobby Pack
Base Front
Base Back
Golden Memories Parallel Front
Golden Memories Parallel Back
Uncut 6-card Promo Sheet

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