Wednesday, October 26, 2016

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated: That's a Bit Better.

After yesterday's wretched pack (which didn't contain a single "real" card), I'm happy to report that today's pack of 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated contains all six promised cards.

Now the question is:  Will I get any cards that I need for my set?

Pack 14:
16.  Ryan McGuire
Not a super flattering shot of McGuire, is it?

48.  Eddie Murray

101.  Jeff Bagwell
108.  Jermaine Allensworth
158.  Alex Rodriguez
Great Shots:  Greg Maddux

The pack started off well for me - I needed each of the first two before the rest of the pack devolved into a stack of duplicates.  Still, I'll take getting two new cards for my set over a pack with only a single (duplicate) poster any day!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated: What the Bleep?! $#*!

I'm back with the 13th pack out of my box of 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated...and it's a doozy (but not in a good way).

When I grabbed the pack, I couldn't help but notice how thin it was...and how it seemed to having nothing inside it but a piece of paper (no tough card stock to be felt).

Well, when I ripped the pack open - I was right.  It only contained two pieces of paper - another one of the paper checklists and a Great Shots poster of Juan Gonzalez.

That was it.

What a piece of junk pack (and I didn't even need the Gonzalez poster).


Monday, October 24, 2016

Barry Larkin Collection 484: 1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated - #8 - Opening Day Mini Poster

Barry Larkin
Year:  1998
Brand:  Fleer Sports Illustrated
Insert set:  Opening Day Mini Poster
Card number:  8

The 1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated set continued the trend started in the 1997 edition of the brand where Fleer would include a mini poster in every pack.  However, unlike in 1997, the 1998 set has a single poster for every team (which is a good thing)!  Each team's poster features a star player from the team next to the full team schedule for the 1998 season.

For my money, I like the concept of this set better than the 1997 edition (which was basically mini posters of "great shots" of star players in the league).  As a Reds' fan, I'm used to my team being left out of insert sets - so having a set like this include all of the 30 MLB teams is a benefit in my eyes.  I will say that the photo selection for Larkin's poster could have better...after all, who is that tugging on Larkin's jersey?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Still this is a pretty neat "oddball" addition to my Barry Larkin Collection - and I fully admit as a kid I loved these mini posters!  Maybe Topps should re-introduce the idea in one of its sets next year.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Another New Mini Poster: Making Progress - One Card at a Time (1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated)

I've officially hit the halfway point of my 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated box (after this pack, that is).  I've done quite well in terms of my goal of completing my set...let's hope the good luck continues as I move out of the first half and into the second half!

Pack 12:
6.  Nomar Garciaparra
94.  Sammy Sosa

104.  Ray Lankford
159.  Randy Johnson
173.  Greg Maddux

Great Shots:  Kenny Lofton

This is the second pack in a row where I didn't get at least one new base card...but for the second pack in a row I did get a new Great Shots mini poster.  I guess that's ok for now since I definitely hope to finish off the mini posters (since I don't remember the last time that I got one of those in a trade)!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

You'll Poke Your Eye Out, Kid!

I'm almost to the halfway point of my 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated box - and if this rip hasn't convinced you to go and get your own box, I don't know what will!  This is an awesome set (that is still quite affordable) - with great photography and plenty of mini posters!

Pack 11:
7.  Todd Greene
25.  Bubba Trammell
40.  Darren Daulton
79.  Kevin Brown

112.  Mike Piazza

Great Shots:  Andres Galarraga / Vinny Castilla

This is an interesting poster...though I don't quite understand why Fleer would choose this shot for such an (otherwise) iconic set of poster images.  Nothing like one guy almost poking another guy in the eye, eh?

The bad news about this pack is that I didn't get a single new base card for my set.  The good news is that I needed the weird "poking eyes" mini poster so I'll take solace in inching closer to that set here!