Friday, July 11, 2008

2004 Fleer Classic Clippings Insert

The 'insert' in the card appears to be the box score cut from a newspaper. On the back of the card it says "This card contains the box score from Mike Schmidt's debut game". Mike's debut game was September 12, 1972. The card is serial numbered to 750 (this is numbered 274).

Could this be an clipping from an actual 32 year old newspaper or is it a reproduction? Could they have found 750 newspapers from 9/12/72 to take the clippings?

There are 25 cards in this set. Cards 1-20 have 750 copies, while 21-25 are limited to 100 copies. I don't know what the criteria is for the clippings on the other cards. If they are all debut games then most likely they would have had to come up with 15,500 old newspapers from very explicit dates. And some of these would be pretty old. For example, card #25 is Enos Slaughter, who debuted in 1938.

I believe that the box score is a reproduction. How hard would it be to do that? I think if the clippings came from an actual newspaper it would say so explicitly on the card back.

On the other hand, Beckett.com has images of 9 of these cards. They have the backs for some of them, and it looks like they are all debut game box scores. The box scores all look different, different type, different size, different layout. Maybe they are from actual newspapers.


Whichever, it's a pretty cool card.

4 comments:

Harner said...

I believe that these are copies of original newspapers. I don't see anyway they would've found 100 newspapers from Ted Williams' debut and especially not Pie Traynor's debut. I have a 2002 Fleer Box Score Box Score Debuts of Eric Hinske and it surely doesn't have the feel of a real newspaper.

capewood said...

I pretty much agree with you but I think they did a pretty good job. It's hard to tell on the Schmidt card, but I think the insert feels like real newspaper. That really doesn't seem like it would be hard to do considering all the other things that have been done on baseball cards.

Andy said...

What does the other side of the card look like?

capewood said...

Ask and you shall receive.