Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Extreme makeover 2: card edition

1994 Fleer. Clean. Understated. Classy.

1995 Fleer: Chaotic. Confusing. Gross.

It makes you wonder what Fleer was doing during the baseball strike.

That's got to be the biggest makeover between base sets for a single card company in the history of cards. But I'm willing to take other submissions.


  1. Fleer was seen at several raves, dancing to the Happy Mondays, CUSM, Jesus Jones, and other trippy Madchester bands, and dropping lots and lots of X and Special K. Lots of it...

  2. I can't really top your Fleer example, but I think the transition from 1971 to 1972 Topps may have been more jarring in its day.

  3. That's a good one.

    1974 Topps to 1975 Topps is another.

  4. I'd lean old school with 1956 Topps to 1957 Topps. That was the leap from "paintings" to actual photographs.

    72 Topps to 73 Topps was also a huge transition in design from psychedelic to blah.

    When's the FS post coming?

  5. How about 52 Bowman to 53 Bowman.

    Not only did they switch from paintings to photos but they went from an undersized card to an oversized card.

  6. oh good god the humanity. that 1995 fleer is aweful.

    that said, you should do a post on which card design best fits the zeitgeist of the day. i think 1988 barber pole Fleer, but 1995 Fleer might too.

    (i was going to explore the topic, but a, no one reads my blog, and b, i don't have time nor the skill to pull it off as well as you would.)