Are you looking for a cool oddball set to collect? Then look no further, because in a few minutes I'll be showing off a pack of one of my favorites: 1981 Fleer Star Stickers.
But before I crack open the pack. Let's look at the set specifications. Fleer produced 128 cards (125 players + 3 checklists) and distributed them in wax boxes that contained 36 packs.
Each pack had a suggested retail price of 25¢ and contained 5 stickers & a stick of gum. I purchased four boxes of this product a few years ago in hopes of building hand collated sets. Unfortunately, "gum" damage and poor collation forced me to stop halfway through the first box.
As the product's name suggests... Fleer filled the sticker checklist with some of the league's brightest stars: Pete Rose, Nolan Ryan, and Reggie Jackson.
Let's go ahead and find out how I fared:
First card... #52 Jack Clark
Clark was a four time MLB All-Star and two time Silver Slugger Award winner. In 1980, he won the inaugural Willie Mac Award given to the San Francisco Giant who demonstrates great leadership as voted by his peers and coaches.
Second card... #68 Bill Russell
Russell spent his entire eighteen year career playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a three time MLB All-Star, two time World Series Champion, and has played more games as a LA Dodger than anyone else.
Third card... #55 Roy Smalley
Smalley was the first overall pick in the 1974 amateur draft. His best season was in 1979 when he hit .271, 24 home runs, and was the American League starting shortstop in the All-Star game.
Fourth card... #54 Rickey Henderson
I could write a few paragraphs on Rickey's accomplishments, but my guess is you already know who he is and what he's done for the game of baseball.
Fifth card... #69 Larry Parrish
Larry is one of two players (Jim Northrup was the other) in MLB history to hit 3 grand slams in one week. Did anyone else think that Larry & Lance were brothers?
And for those who are interested... here's a brief breakdown of the similarities & differences between this set and the regular issue 1981 Fleer baseball card set:
Although the designs are completely different on the front, the card backs are identical with the exception of ink color. Fleer used blue ink for the Star Stickers and yellow for the regular issue set.
Fleer also decided to use the same photos for some players and different photos for others. But obviously the biggest difference is the fact that one is a set of cardboard, while the other is a set of stickers. So, the question is... Which one do you prefer?
Have a safe, holiday weekend!