Hobby Oddities: Fleer’s All-Star Collector’s Hat

Our hobby is filled with lots of crazy stuff.  When it comes to odd merchandise, Fleer’s All-Star Collector’s Hat has to be at the top of the “What were they thinking?” list.

Mail-in offers have been around the hobby since the beginning.  During the 80s though, card companies started to offer all kinds of weird stuff on the back of their packs.  Topps, Fleer, and Donruss all offered something as a thank you for your purchase.  Card storage units, team hats, and albums are among some of the items you could get.

1986 Fleer Baseball is remembered for rookies of Jose Canseco, Cecil Fielder, Paul O’Neill, and Lenny Dykstra.  The set’s blue borders are notorious for chipping which can make high-grade examples very desirable to collectors.  In a million years you couldn’t have guessed what the Fleer marketing team settled on as their mail-in offer for this set.

With a cost of $2.95 plus (3) proofs of purchase, you could be the proud owner of this ultra-cool Fleer All-Star Collector’s Hat.  This just isn’t any regular old hat either.  It has pocket sleeves that can hold eight of your favorite cards.  You heard correctly boys and girls.  Now you can proudly display your favorite cards on your head.

What a dumb idea.  I can’t imagine many people actually sent away for this.  You rarely find them today.  Which eight cards would you put in this hat?  I’d fill mine with eight ’52 Topps Mickey Mantle cards, and wear it outside on the sunniest summer day.

Earnhardt Jr Dual Relic Contest! – NOW CLOSED

 The winner of this contest will receive a Dale Earnhardt Jr 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia Firesuit/Hat Dual Relic #’ed/75.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Sunday, February 26, 2012 @ 8:00 p.m. EST
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post
  • You can enter once per day
  • The winner will be selected at random
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Card of the Day: Jimmie Johnson 2009 Press Pass Driver Worn Santa Hat

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New Hat – Phillies Are 2010 NL East Division Champs

Despite all the injuries, the Phillies are the 2010 National League East Division Champs for a 4th year in a row.  Roy Halladay pitched a complete game shutout against the Nationals last night in a 8-0 win.  I think its time to buy a new hat!

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Needed To Pickup a Little Something This Morning

Congrats to the Phillies on winning the 2008 World Series!!!!!  That was the best season of baseball I have ever watched.  Lets do it again!!!!!!

Most In Demand Hat

Sitting at the computer this afternoon, the doorbell rang and it was the mailman.  They had a package for me (along with the rest of the mail).  In the box was my brand new Phillies 2008 Division Champions hat.  These hats are sold out everywhere and the only place you can find them is in on eBay.  Whenever the Phillies get more in stock, they sellout very fast.  This picture isn’t of my hat.  It is what mine looks like though.