Saturday, February 10, 2018

Secrets Revealed In a 1974 Fleer Uncut Cloth Patches Sheet

Recently I had someone contact me regarding an uncut sheet of Fleer Cloth Patches to see if I would be interested in purchasing a framed uncut sheet.

Needless to say, I was blown away by the beauty of this item.  Here was the Holy Grail of Fleer cloth patch collecting!

I asked how they had acquired the sheet, and they told me that their grandfather had worked as a printer in Philadelphia, which is where Fleer was headquartered.  He did not work for Fleer, but their print shop did work for Fleer. 

Apparently anything that was off even by 1/16th of an inch would be scrapped, so he would save some of the sheets that were being trashed.  While the grandfather had saved a number of different sheets, over time most of those sheets had been given away to friends. 

This particular sheet had not been given away, and the owner decided to have it professionally framed a few years ago.

In discussing what the seller was looking to sell the sheet for, they explained that they had gotten an appraisal on it a few years ago of $2,000, so they were interested in selling it for $2,500 as they had spent a few hundred on the professional framing.

I let the seller know that I wasn't in a position to spend that amount, but that I would be glad to feature the sheet on my blog, and would let them know if anyone expressed interest.  If anyone is interested in making a serious offer, please let me know, and I will be glad to pass your information along to the seller.

As for the secrets revealed in the sheet, I think I am able to date the sheet by the fact that there is one team missing.

After comparing the layout of the sheet to the partial uncut sheet that I do have

I noticed that the 4th patch from the left on the top row on my sheet was the Padres while the full uncut sheet had a Yankees patch in its place.  Same situation for the 3rd patch from the left on the 3rd row - instead of the Padres cap patch, there was an extra Mets cap patch.  There isn't a single Padres patch on the full uncut sheet.

Therefore, I would assume this sheet would be from early 1974 when the Padres were about to move to Washington, DC.  It looks like Fleer omitted the Padres patches from the sheet as they had no idea of what patch to create for the relocating team, similar to the situation Topps had when producing their 1974 set:

Unless Fleer made changes later in the print run, it appears that Fleer did not issue any Padres patches in 1974. 

One other piece of helpful information from the sheet comes from the top left corner of the sheet:

For patches with a dark border, the instructions for peeling the sticker are black, so it looks like patches with instructions in white

were not issued until at least 1975.

I would like to thank the person who reached out to me about the sheet for contacting me and for providing a number of pictures.  They also sent pictures of 2 other Fleer items which I will be sharing in future posts, so stay tuned!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Celebrating 10 Years and 1,000,000 Page Views!

I'd been meaning to post this last month, but ended up being very busy during the holidays.  I wanted to announce that December marked the 10 year anniversary of The Fleer Sticker Project!

Another exciting milestone for the blog occurred in December as well when the blog passed the 1 million page view mark.

I would have never imagined that when I made my first post back on December 12, 2007 that 10 years later the blog would still be going, and that it would have been viewed as much as it has.

My posting frequency has decreased significantly since the first few years where I was focused on trying to cover all of the different Fleer releases and the many variations from the early 1960s to the early 1990s


as well as the many different oddball sets from the late 1960's through the 1980's:





Although I've covered just about every Fleer set that I had planned on reviewing, I still post occasionally when I come across something I find interesting that I would like to share.

Its been very rewarding to hear from people who have questions about things I've covered, and from people who have contacted me with additional information to share.  Putting together a resource of information on these Fleer items that for the most part fall outside of the standard baseball card catalogs was my goal in starting the blog, so it is very satisfying when I hear from others who say that the blog has helped them with their collection.

I'd like to say Thank You to everyone who has checked out the blog, and especially to those folks who have left comments and who have shared scans and information for me to post.   Thanks for helping me keep this going for 10 years!  Its great to know there are other collectors who also enjoy collecting Fleer decals/patches/stickers/cards/stamps, etc, as well as other items featuring team logos.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Back to School with NFL and AFL Book Covers from the 1960s

Fall means its time for football and time to head back to school.  As we gear up for another NFL season while the kids are heading back to class, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at something that combines both of these Fall activities by reviewing NFL book covers from the 1960s.

In 1965, kids could buy book covers for their favorite NFL team, such as this cover for the Baltimore Colts:

Here is a closer look at the front (note the $.10 price in the upper right corner):

and here is a closer look at the back showing helmets for all the NFL teams (note at this time helmets were shown with chin straps): 

Here are the other teams I have been able to find pictures for with this design:

Chicago Bears:

Cleveland Browns:

New York Giants:

Detroit Lions:

Washington Redskins:

There was also a cover showing all 14 NFL Helmets and Team Logos:

Here is a closer look at the team logos:

 The book covers could be purchased in a group of 5 for $.49:

These were also apparently available via a offer on the wrapper of 1965 Philadelphia Football Cards where you could buy all 15 covers (the 14 teams plus the cover with all the team helmets) for $1.50:

In 1966, the design changed as seen on this Green Bay Packers book cover:

and there were now 15 teams with the addition of the Atlanta Falcons:

which is also reflected on the back of each book cover with the team logos:

Here are the other teams I have been able to find with this design:

Chicago Bears:

Dallas Cowboys:

Detroit Lions:

Los Angeles Rams:

Minnesota Vikings:

New York Giants:

Philadelphia Eagles:

Pittsburgh Steelers:

Saint Louis Cardinals:

San Francisco 49ers:

Once again, the book covers were available through an offer on 1966 Philadelphia Football Card Wrappers, but the offer now includes 16 covers for $1.60:

The same design was used in 1967 as there is also a book cover of the expansion New Orleans Saints, but note that the back cover still only shows the 15 teams that were in the league in 1966:

It appears they used the same design in 1967 (which is why these are sometimes identified as being from 1967), but didn't bother to update the back to include the Saints.

The book covers were again available through an offer on the 1967 Philadelphia Football Card Wrappers:

 There were also AFL book covers with a similar design

but the backs had the team logos in a shield:


It looks like these were available in 1964 given the copyright:

To wrap up, here is another item which would have been great to have heading back to school back in the day - an NFL Folder:

This folder has a 1967 NFL Properties copyright: