Friday, December 11, 2009

1981 Fleer NFL Football Stickers - Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins

Its taken over a month, but we've finally reached the last pair of teams in the review of the 1981 Fleer Team Action NFL Football Stickers variations.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

The Buccaneers helmet stickers can be found with either a white or an orange facemask. In addition, you can see that the stripes on the top of the helmet are different as well. And lastly Bucco Bruce is a lighter shade of orange on the sticker on the left relative to the sticker on the right:

The same shading difference can be seen on the logo stickers as well.

Washington Redskins:

The Redskins variations are similar to the Bucs. The Redskins have helmet stickers with either a white or a yellow facemask, have differences in the stripe patterns, and have color differences in the circle around the logo as the sticker on the left has more of a yellow circle while the sticker on the right is more orange:

The difference in the color of the circle is evident on the logo stickers as well.

One other type of variation:

As we wrap up the review, I would like to cover one other type of variation that I've come across. I've only found a few of these so I don't know whether it should be classified as a true variation or just a printing flaw, but I've found 3 stickers which have a light green background around the field instead of blue. This picture shows the 3 green background variations I've found compared to the normal blue backgrounds:

If anyone has any of the green background stickers in their collection, I'd be interested in hearing from you.

The 1981 Fleer NFL Team Action Football sticker set is without a doubt the king of sticker variations. With at least 2 and sometimes 3 distinct variations for each sticker, collecting a full master set of variations is quite a challenge.

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