Friday, October 10, 2014

Completely Red: 1983 Fleer

Why '83 Fleer? I don't know. Don't see much of it 'round the blogs, I suppose. The beige was an interesting choice. Early Fleer had a lot of trouble with general card quality. Pretty dull design combined with some strange, out of focus photography led to a pretty rough existence. Perhaps it was just nice to have anything other than Topps, even if it was crappy. I wasn't cogent yet in '83, so I couldn't say. 

Among the more interesting cards here are a not-so-subtly suggestive Ron Oester, a Dave Concepcion mug shot, Mario Soto working the shipping dock, and a pretty sweet Wayne Krenchicki.


Cards - 25

RC's - none

All Stars - 6 (Johnny Bench, Cesar Cedeno, Dave Concepcion, Tom Hume, Tom Seaver, Mario Soto)

Hall of Famers - 2 (Johnny Bench, Tom Seaver)

Reds Hall of Famers - 6 (Johnny Bench, Dave Concepcion, Mario Soto, Tom Seaver, Dan Driessen, Ron Oester)

Ron Oester's Lumber - check


584 Johnny Bench
585 Bruce Berenyi
586 Larry Biittner
587 Cesar Cedeno
588 Dave Concepcion
589 Dan Driessen
590 Greg Harris
591 Ben Hayes
592 Paul Householder
593 Tom Hume
594 Wayne Krenchicki
595 Rafael Landestoy
596 Charlie Leibrandt
597 Eddie Milner
598 Ron Oester
599 Frank Pastore
600 Joe Price
601 Tom Seaver
602 Bob Shirley
603 Mario Soto
604 Alex Trevino
605 Mike Vail
606 Duane Walker 
631 Pride of Venezuela Dave Concepcion and Manny Trillo
659 CL: Reds/Twins 

Go Reds.


  1. I was a Fleer fan for most of the 1980's, and the 1983 set was a relief after the brand took several steps back with the 1982 set. I've always liked this set. One man's "dull" is another's "understated".

    That Mario Soto card has long been a favorite of mine, I couldn't say why, exactly.

    1. Right on. Perhaps, being a child of the 90's, I react more favorably to hideously bright color schemes and foil, foil, foil.