There is SO much wrong with this card. Especially considering just how gosh darn nice that 1986 Donruss is. I’m just going to take the lazy way out with a bulleted list.
- The design is UGLY. Where Donruss successfully pulled off a repeated line design in 1986, Fleer is aiming for what I assume to be pinstripes, but they are way too wide to look like anything but plain vertical lines.
- Lots of printer’s shortcuts: of course the blue on the front is actually cyan (then maybe 30% Cyan for the “pinstripes”). The red is 50/50 magenta/yellow.
- “LEAGUE LEADERS” is an old-timey, early 80s typeface. His name, team, and position is a retro-futuristic typeface. Why?
- He looks pretty darn happy for once in his picture. Well, that’s something positive.
- Those stupid “pinstripes” are definitely “behind” the other features on the card… except they don’t resume after being occluded by the “LEAGUE LEADERS” and name/team/position blocks. Look. I’ll wait. It’s just white between those boxes and the picture. Normally I’d fix this and say “LOOK WHAT I DID.” Not for this pile of crap.
- No keylines around the “LEAGUE LEADERS” or name blocks. They wouldn’t fix this card, but it would be an improvement.
- A finder point: there aren’t keylines on those features, but they are printing a slightly darker shade on the border of each. Take a close look at the red. There’s a border which matches the “Fleer” and “1986” color. Also, the name area gets what looks like 100% cyan as a border.
- The back has that patented Fleer alignment where the color blocking doesn’t match the column widths when numbers get larger than expected. Check out the hit total.
- Oh, yeah. THE CARD DOESN’T SAY WHAT THIS LEAGUE LEADER LEAD THE LEAGUE IN.
- Double Oh, yeah. He didn’t lead the league in anything in 1985. Check it out. And that page includes stats which weren’t even on anyone’s radar in 1985. He had a killer 1985, but not a league leading one.*
- Asterisk: if one puts “as a catcher” at the end of many hitting statistics, he’s a league leader, but that’s kind of a stretch, right? Even looking at fielding statistics (which aren’t quite WAR or BABIP, but are still niche), he’s not a league leader.
- It’s a limited edition! It was sold in a complete set of “League Leaders,” as a Walgreens exclusive.
- Next card please.