While organizing my 80's binder, I stumbled across this rookie card of Lee Smith:
1982 Fleer #603
What a fantastic looking rookie card. I realize that this card's design isn't going to win a ton of popularity contests, but it does have a well-cropped photograph of the newly inducted hall of fame reliever.
I noticed that I didn't have his Topps or Donruss rookie cards in the binder, so I headed over to COMC to see if either were in the same league as his Fleer card. I quickly discovered they weren't.
I also noticed that there are two different versions of Smith's Fleer rookie card. The one sitting inside of my binder is the error version. Can you spot the error?
If you look at the Cubs' logo in the upper righthand corner, you'll notice that the "UBS" is upside down.
I started digging through my rookie card box to see if I had a corrected version. I did:
Here's a look at both card backs side by side:
When I first started collecting cards back in the early 80's, error cards with variations were super popular. I remember flipping through my 1981 Fleer set and my pocket price guides to see if I owned the rarer versions. The following year, the card to own was the reverse negative version of the John Littlefield. The card still sells for over $50 on eBay.
Unfortunately... neither of these Smith cards fetch big money. Based on COMC prices, the corrected version is worth more, which goes hand in hand with my personal data. I own 8 copies of this rookie card. Five are error versions and three are corrected.
Well that's it for today. Lee's rookie card might be the inspiration of this blog post, but Diana Ross was the inspiration for this blog's title:
Congratulations to all of the Smith, Rivera, Martinez, Mussina, Baines, and Halladay fans out there! Have a great week.
Happy Monday and sayonara!