This One’s For You, Night Owl!
Here’s a quickie for right now that serves not only as an Old School Hits post but also as a preview for my next box break. In 2000, Fleer produced a legendary game-used set called Yankee Clippings. Inserted into every other box of Fleer Greats of the Game was a game-worn jersey or pants card of a past Yankee star. The checklist included some of the earliest game-used cards of Billy Martin, Thurman Munson, Don Mattingly, Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle, and 11 others (Jackson and Mantle previously had game-bat cards in UD’s 1999 A Piece of History set). The set was later remade three separate times from 2004-2006.
In 2001, straight off the heels of the original Yankee Clippings set, Fleer created another set with a similar concept but with a different team. Instead of the Yankees, the set focused on one of their greatest all-time rivals, the Dodgers. The set was called Dodger Blues and featured 15 cards, all of which contained a game jersey, uniform, or bat card of a past Dodger great.
The checklist includes (among others) Pee Wee Reese, Don Drysdale, Walter Alston, and SPs of Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, and Roy Campanella. Each card features an action and portrait shot of the player with a game-used swatch in the center behind a window shaped like either the Brooklyn “B” or Los Angeles “LA.” Dodger Blues inserts are found 1 in every 36 packs of 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game.
Look for a full review of 2001 GOTG shortly.