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Monday, February 21, 2011

Set Showcase #10: 90/91 Fleer All-Star Set

Last summer I bought a bunch of "junk wax" boxes off of Craigslist, because I wanted to use them in my summer school class. Most of the cards were used as prizes... and some were used in math lessons... but my card collecting addiction overwhelmed me and I brought three of the boxes I purchased home for me to bust. What were the three boxes? None other than one of the most produced basketball products of all-time: 1990/91 Fleer Basketball.

After the pack busting mayhem was over... 5 complete base sets were revealed. If you're interested in reading about these beauties, check out my first set showcase post from last July.

In addition to the base sets, I was able to build one 90/91 Fleer All-Star set. I figured... today was the perfect time to post this set, because it marks the 20th anniversary of this set. Actually... this set features all-stars from the 1990 game... where Magic Johnson took home the first of his two NBA All-Star Game MVP awards.

So... I hereby deliver to you my 90/91 Fleer All-Star set:

#1 Charles Barkley
#2 Larry Bird
#3 Akeem Olajuwon
#4 Earvin Johnson
#5 Michael Jordan
#6 Isiah Thomas

#7 Karl Malone
#8 Tom Chambers
#9 John Stockton
#10 David Robinson
#11 Clyde Drexler
#12 Patrick Ewing

Set: 12 cards

This set was actually difficult to build, because of collation issues. I believe I pulled 6 to 8 of these per box, but I was barely able to build the set because I couldn't find a Patrick Ewing. I think I finally pulled him halfway through the third box.

Fleer showed the Western Conference a little extra love by producing seven cards for them, while the Eastern Conference was represented only by their five starters. On a side note... A.C. Green who started for the Western Conference that year didn't have a card made for him.

Hall of Famers: 91.6% (11 players)

This set is loaded with Hall of Famers. Eleven out of the twelve cards feature members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Had Fleer decided to replace Tom Chambers with any of these Eastern Conference players: Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Joe Dumars, Dominique Wilkins, or Scottie Pippen... this set would not only be an all-star set... it would be a Hall of Fame set as well.

Beckett Value: $21.50

The highest priced card in the set is Michael Jordan, who is valued at $12. Larry Bird is second at $2. Tom Chambers is the cheapest card in the set... valued at fifteen cents.

eBay Value: $2.98 to $5.98

A complete set of these sold for $.99 (+1.99 shipping) on February 20. Currently there are a few of these sets listed. The lowest BIN is set at $3.99 (+1.99 shipping). It amazes me to think how cheap sets go for these days. Then again... I guess they're only pieces of cardboard with photos on them.

Today's question of the day is...

How many of last night's players from the 2011 NBA All-Star game will eventually go on to make the HOF?

Here's the all-star rosters:

East: Lebron James, Derrick Rose, Amare Stoudemire, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Rajon Rondo, Joe Johnson, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Al Horford, Kevin Garnett

West: Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili, Deron Williams, Blake Griffin, Dirk Nowitzki, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love

I think the players I highlighted in light purple are definitely going to make it. In other words... if they retired today... they'd eventually get voted in. The players highlighted in dark purple will get in too... they may just need a couple of more seasons with at least average numbers (they might not even need average numbers). The remaining players have a chance... but for some they need several more years of good seasons, while others it's just way too early to tell.

Well that's it. I hope you enjoyed my 1990/91 Fleer All-Star set. I hope all of you have a great week. I'm headed out to play 9 with a buddy. Have I mentioned how much I love February break? If I haven't.... I'll say it right now: I love February break!

Oh... almost forgot... a huge congratulations goes out to the Black Mamba... for winning his 4th All-Star Game MVP award... tying him with Bob Pettit for the most in NBA history. That was a pretty cool game... loved how Lebron and the East stepped up their game and challenged the West in the fourth quarter. Luckily Kobe's Iron Will didn't give out and they were able to hold the East off.


  1. Dang it man, you're making me want to collect basketball cards now and download Double Dribble for the wii vc. If you want to trade any of your basketball cards for 2008 football masterpieces let me know. Looking at your cards brought back good memories. I'd like to get some cards from back in the 80's. Spud webb, Dominique, KJ, Hardaway, Gary Paton, Shawn Kemp, Pippen, Jordan, That goofy czech guy on the lakers. Vladi =)

  2. Great set. All of my favs are in it!!!

    I would say 10-12 get in the HOF.

  3. I think Gasol has a chance if the Lakers get to the finals. How many NBA teams made it to the finals 4 years in a row and only had one HOF - answer none.)

    I remember business men in suits pack searching in GC Murphy to find those cards.

    The 1990/91 Fleer set is one of the last sets I bought/completed through all retail purchases (at GC Murphy). I remember that it cost me about $22.00 to complete

  4. kev2380 - Double Dribble... loved that game. I regret selling that game (for my NES) at the flea market years ago. I'll let you know if I decide to build the 2008 FB Masterpieces set... gotta figure out if I can afford the case.

    charles - yeah... it's a cheap set... but it has a ton of great players.

    john bateman - i don't remember people pack searching these... but i totally remember people searching for the rookie sensations (those came out of the cello packs and could be seen if you pushed if you pushed the plastic up against the cards). The shop I worked at ended up putting numbers on the packs and buyers just picked numbers, instead of grabbing packs.