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.

6 comments:

  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...

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  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.

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  3. That's a good one.

    1974 Topps to 1975 Topps is another.

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  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?

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  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.

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  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.)

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