Friday, January 4, 2019
The want list is up for the three-legged dog of sets
I hadn't planned on putting up a want list for 1982 Fleer until I completed either the 1981 or 1983 Fleer sets. I'm juggling so many card things as it is.
But the 1981 Fleer set is down to six cards -- I received another off the want list the other day. I decided to put the rest of my '81 Fleer wants on my Nebulous 9 list. Yeah, that makes 10 cards on the Nebulous 9 (hence, the name "nebulous"), but there's no way anyone is sending me the 2011 Update Matt Kemp ToppsTown card anytime soon, so it might as well be nine.
So, the end is in sight for the '81 Fleer set and that's good enough for me. The three-legged dog set is now up on my want lists.
I've called 1982 Fleer the three-legged dog of sets since the early days of the blog. The '82 set gets a lot of grief. It's filled with errors, intentional or not. Many of the photos are blurry or dark. The cropping on some of the shots is downright bizarre.
But for those, and other reasons -- check out the card above -- I can't help but love it, just like I can't help but love a three-legged dog. The dog is greater than the sum of its parts. And the same can be said about 1982 Fleer.
I actually prefer 1982 Fleer over any 1980s Fleer set other than 1984 and possibly 1985. That's how attached I am to that lost set. I guess I just love reclamation projects.
I still need to check my Dodgers duplicates to see whether any can go in the '82 set completion quest. So for all of you people checking out that list right NOW, know that anything listed as a want between the numbers of 1 and 29 is probably suspect.
So, yeah, I think 2019 will be the year of cleaning out a whole bunch of 1980s Fleer wants.
Where all those binders are going to go, I have no idea.