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:
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.
Card: Quiz Card with 2 Questions:
Card: Quiz Card with 3 Questions and Larger Logo
Card: Quiz card with small logos on the bottom of the card
Wrapper (4 versions):
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):
Cards: A 42 card set entitled Baseball's Wildest Days and Plays:
Cards: A 28 card set entitled Pioneers of Baseball:
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.