Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Sticky Project

I have no idea who was running the ship over at Fleer during the 80's... but they were geniuses.  Seriously.  Those MLB team logo stickers they inserted into packs were awesome.  I must have plastered hundreds of these on binders, book covers, and even on my closet door when I was in elementary school.

Then right around middle school... something happened.  I'm not sure what exactly took place, but I stopped using Fleer's stickers and started throwing them in a box.

No... I wasn't collecting them.  But the "hoarder" in me wouldn't allow me to throw them out.  Eventually, they were sold off with the other unwanted items in my collection.

Fast forward to a few months ago... when I stumbled across some older 70's Fleer logo stickers at one of the mall shows.  It was like I was in elementary school again.  I desperately wanted to add some Fleer stickers to my collection, so I searched eBay and picked up a few of these vintage stickers:




These cloth stickers are awesome.  I love the old school logos and colors, but the coolest thing about these stickers are the variations.  I'm looking forward to chasing down a few more of these to add to my Oakland A's, San Diego Padres, and Montreal Expos collections.

Then a couple of weekends ago, I found a guy at the San Jose Toy Show with a box filled with Fleer stickers.  He wanted 10¢ a piece or 15/dollar, so I asked him if he'd sell me the box for $5.  That worked for him and I'm now the proud owner of over 200 stickers ranging from the early 80's to the early 90's.

Here's a look at the stickers I pulled for my new project:



My goal is to collect all of the different A's, Padres, and Expos stickers from the 80's.  I know there are a lot of different variations, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.

Thankfully, there's a blog out there dedicated to these stickers called The Fleer Sticker Project.  I've already bookmarked it and plan on going back and reading his past post to educate myself a little.

Anyone else collect Fleer Stickers?

Happy Wednesday and sayonara!

12 comments:

  1. I have sp,e Fleer stickers from back in the late '80s/early '90s when I was collecting, but I never intentionally collected them. There just randomly placed in a binder now.

    Those '70s stickers are pretty cool. I never saw those as a kid.

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  2. I don't collect them but I do have a few of the Phils in my binder. And I think I even have a hologram sticker from one of my first trades too, though I don't remember who I got it from.

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  3. I got a bunch from the 1980s in a box

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    1. If you have any A's, Padres, or Expos available for trade... I'd be interested in working something out.

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  4. I like pulling them out of repack wax. Especially when the back has a stadium shot.

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  5. Not a sticker guy, but the first Expos' sticker and the A's one are tremendous.

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  6. Joe Shlabotnik here, posting as "Anonymous" because Blogger is giving me grief (again)...

    I love the vintage A's sticker!

    Like most of the other commenters, I've got a bunch of 1980's stickers. I use them as space fillers for my "current roster" binders... In fact, you can see a couple of them in the post I did about those binders:
    http://shlabotnikreport.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/post-500-how-i-play-with-my-cards/

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    1. I totally remember that post. Love the idea.

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  7. I have some of those. They are a bit more like home since in Europe we collect stickers mainly.
    But those stikers have an add-on since you could stick them all around and still keep the card they were in because of the info on the back. Specially those with the stadiums photos.

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  8. I'm not a 'collector' of them but I have a bunch of them. I used to rip wax in my workshop and the workbench was covered with them.

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  9. I have a master 78 set with all variations. I just really wanted the dodger stadium puzzle on the back.

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    1. That's awesome. Looking forward to you showing off that set at some point.

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