I'm pretty sure I've neglected close to a dozen regular features on this blog. I always seem to have lots of ideas. But if it can't be completed in a day, then my forgetful self takes over and you can kiss that concept adios.
So, anytime I unearth a feature from my brain, or -- duh, take a look at my own sidebar once in awhile -- it's a time to celebrate. I'm following through on an idea. Yay, me!
So here's a regular feature that I didn't forget.
I've charted the biggest year-to-year improvements and busts for Topps, Upper Deck and Donruss. It's now Fleer's turn.
Fleer is an interesting creature. It's kind of the lovable loser of card companies. In MLB terms, it's maybe not as inept as the Cubs, but probably more like the Mets. It has produced sporadic spectacular, memorable years, a lot of "oh lord, bless you for trying" years, and some downright "get thee to rehab" years.
My personal favorites are 1984 and 1994 Fleer. I also have affection for 1982 Fleer although it's flawed in 25 different directions. And I've always enjoyed 1987 and 1988 Fleer. My least favorite are probably 1989 and 1990 as they couldn't be more boring. And every collector worth his or her blogging badge has already weighed in on 1991 and 1995 Fleer.
I'd like you to give your Fleer thoughts in the comments. I'm looking for the biggest year-to-year improvement in Fleer and the biggest year-to-year collapse. So, in the comments you can say, "biggest bust: 1994 to 1995" (I'm sure that will appear a lot) and "biggest improvement: "1993 to 1994."
Once I receive enough comments, I'll put up a poll and that will decide the final results.
As for which Fleer years are eligible, that's kind of tricky. Older collectors will remember Fleer appearing in the late '50s/early '60s. But that's too long ago and too short a period for me. I am limiting the years to consider from Fleer's return, in 1981, through 1997. After that Fleer flaked out with Tradition and Brillants and Focus and Platinum and Genuine, etc., etc. It's too difficult to determine one primary base set.
Finally, here is a look at every Fleer base card from 1981-97 for your convenience:
That is your Fleer retrospective.
Please take a moment to acknowledge that I actually remembered to continue this series and leave your opinions in the comments.
I promise, it will be less annoying than watching the World Series tonight.