If you collected in the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s you probably knew the name Fleer.
Once an outsider, they made history in 1980 when a court finally overturned Topps’ monopoly and allowed both Fleer and Donruss to compete in the baseball card market beginning in 1981.
Eventually, though, the company’s value plummeted. Eleven years ago, the company’s assets were sold at auction and Upper Deck grabbed what was left. It was quite a ride, though, and did you know the “Fleers Gum” sign is still on the side of the building that once housed company headquarters?
Bradley Maule of Hidden City Philadelphia chronicles the company’s rise and fall in this tidy little piece.
The monthly card show in the Nashville, TN area continues to grow. Sixty-eight dealers occupying 105 tables are expected for Saturday’s event at Lighthouse Christian School in Antioch.
Beckett Grading will be accepting submissions and former Tennessee and Dallas Cowboys receiver Cory Fleming will sign autographs from 9 AM to noon.
Admission is free.
This story was actually done last October, but chances are most of you haven’t seen it—and it’s worth watching. We’ve written about Clyde Doepner, the Minnesota Twins collector who became the only curator employed by a big league team. This story lets you inside the work he does preserving Twins history every day.
His enthusiasm for collecting is pretty contagious. If you can’t see the video directly below, click here.
Steiner Sports is now encapsulating and selling autographed trading cards from its private signing sessions. Steve Garvey, Gary Sheffield, Dwight Gooden, Tommy John, the late Johnny Podres and others are in the mix. You can see them here.