Monday, August 11, 2008

1983 Fleer Baseball Sticker Uncut Sheet

As part of trying to determine what variations existed with the 1983 and 1984 Fleer Baseball stickers, I was able to find all the answers I was looking for by studying an uncut sheet (click on the picture to see a larger image):

If you'll recall, there are 2 types of sticker variations for 1983 & 1984: 1) Stickers with border color variations (with either green or red on the left and the opposite color on the right)

and 2) Stickers with the "PEEL" instructions facing different directions or being in different locations:

Looking at the uncut sheet, it was easy to see how the border color variations occurred:

The 3 caps (Cubs, Phillies & Rangers) and the 7 logos (Mets, Cardinals, Giants, Braves, Reds, Pirates, and Twins) are all grouped together on the sheets, and based on their placement, end up with a different rainbow pattern than what their corresponding caps/logos have on different parts of the sheet as shown by the lines I've drawn matching up the caps & logos.

As for the "PEEL" variations, they are all found on the logo stickers on the bottom right hand portion of the sheet for the logos which are printed on the sheet 3 times instead of 2.

For some reason, Fleer gave these triple printed stickers in this section of the sheet different "PEEL" directions.

It appears that Fleer used the same sheet for 1984 as they did for 1983 except for the changes to the Astros cap and the Rangers logo that I previously mentioned

as all of the border and "PEEL" variations can be found in both sets.

Thanks to the uncut sheet, its possible to understand why the border variations exist as we can see it is due to the way some team logos end up on different parts of the sheet with an alternate border pattern. Although it doesn't explain why Fleer went to the trouble to change the "PEEL" directions for some teams, at least the uncut sheet shows that it was only the logo stickers that were printed 3 times are the ones with this odd variation.


Mets Guy in Michigan said...

I'm amazed. I could stare at those things all day and not make the discoveries you did.

I love this blog.

Anonymous said...

How Can someone find out how much these decales are worth?