Upper Deck has released some teaser images of their upcoming release of 2011-12 Fleer Retro Basketball. Scheduled to drop in early 2012, Fleer Retro is looking like a “best of” retrospective product that copies/celebrates Fleer’s most cherished designs and inserts during their heyday, or as I like to call it, “when Upper Deck didn’t own the Fleer brand.”
Used sporadically since being acquired by Upper Deck, the Fleer brand has seen a few successful releases thanks to their legacy inserts, like Jambalaya making a comeback in 2006-07 Fleer E-X Basketball and Precious Metal Gems turning 2008-09 Skybox into one of the most desirable products in recent memory.
Without the NBA license, some of the appeal of these cards is bound to be lost on collectors who don’t care about college basketball, but seeing Jordan in a PMG using the same design cues as the classic 1997-98 Fleer Metal Universe release is still pretty cool.
Interesting to note in the checklist is that the PMG colors (now with blue) seem to have their own print runs instead of a sequential one with the first 10 being green PMGs and the next 50 being blue PMGs and the red rounds out the rest of the 150. Now it looks like there are 210 total PMGs regardless of color.
Here are the inserts scheduled to be included in the product, which reads like a list of the most popular 90s inserts made..
- Golden Touch
- A Cut Above
- Noyz Boyz
- Big Men on Court
- Competitive Advantage
- Metal Championship Hardware
- Intimidation Nation
- Ultra Court Masters
- Ultra Stars
- Flair Showcase #/150
The question does remain if people will care enough to give these cards a chance even without the NBA license, especially if the lockout stretches into nex year. Click on the source link below to see more blurry images and a preliminary checklist.
Source: Sports Card Radio.
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