Saturday, March 1, 2008

March is Fleer Baseball Cloth Patch Month! A history of Fleer's Cloth Patch releases

Its time to start reviewing one of the more well known and most popular Fleer issues - the Baseball Cloth Patches.


The Fleer Baseball Cloth Patches were issued over an 8 year period from 1969 through 1976. Given this long time frame, there are a large number of patch variations.

I am going to do a daily review spotlighting each team and their variations. Some teams had very few changes over the 8 years, while others seemed to have a new variation almost every year.

Each year the Cloth Patches were packaged with a card, although the cards are never mentioned on the packs. The cards were included to make the pack more sturdy (almost like a backing board for a comic) since the stickers themselves are quite flimsy.

Before we start the team reviews, here is a year by year review of the packaging and the cards that were included with the Cloth Patches:

1969
Wrapper:


Box:


Card: Stadium Card


I'm placing this box and wrapper as 1969 given the Orioles logo on the box which was only used on the 1969 quiz card. For 1970 and later, the Orioles logo was in an orange circle, so this most likely is the 1969 issue. Also, the Tigers and Cardinals logos shown on the box and wrapper match the 1969 quiz cards, but not 1970 or beyond.

The 1969 quiz cards were actually packaged with the Fleer Baseball Pennants & Stamps, and not the Cloth Patches.

1970

Wrapper:


Box:




Card: Quiz Card with 2 Questions:


1971
Wrapper:


Box:






Card: Quiz Card with 3 Questions and Larger Logo


1972

Wrapper:



Box:


Card: Quiz card with small logos on the bottom of the card


1973

Wrapper (4 versions):




Box:


Cards: A 40 card set entitled Baseball Famous Feats (some of these will look very familiar if you check the back of your 1986 Fleer Baseball stickers):


1974

Wrappers (3 different) & Box:


Cards: A 42 card set entitled Baseball's Wildest Days and Plays:




1975

Wrapper:


Box:


Cards: A 28 card set entitled Pioneers of Baseball:



1976
Wrapper:


Box:



Check out the top left corner of the picture - the card that comes with the patches is finally shown on the box, although the box and packs still don't indicate cards are included.

Cards: A 42 card set entitled Baseball Firsts:

As you can see, there was a lot that was issued over this 8 year period. We'll get started with reviewing the teams and their patches tomorrow.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am a collector of some of the Fleer issues you have listed. However, I primarily collect the RG Laughlin sets. I am trying to come up with biographical info on the artist R.G. "Bob" Lauglin. Have you run across any info on him? Thanks for the interesting info on your blog..

Fleerfan said...

Thanks for reading the blog. I'm afraid I really don't have much info on Lauglin, other than what comes up with doing a google search. He certainly was involved with a number of nice sets that he worked on with Fleer.

Anonymous said...

I am trying to put together a master set of the 86 set. Do you have a list of each team that goes with each Famous Feats? Please include any color varaition? thanks

Could you include a color varaition list for the 82 set. I have every varaition and now am working on the color differance as well
Any help would be greatly apprecieated,
Donald

John Yacynych said...

Can you tell me how many cloth patches are in a pack of 1975 Fleer Coth patches?
Thanks!
John