1959 Fleer Three Stooges is one of the most popular trading card sets of all-time. Capturing the hijinks of Larry, Moe and Curly, the set continues to draw tremendous attention on the secondary market decades later.
The 1959 Fleer Three Stooges checklist includes a total of 96 cards. Card fronts have a colorized photo featuring part or all of the trio, usually in the midst of some sort of gag. The plain-bordered cards are captioned at the bottom with a funny quote or punchline.
Card backs are quite decorative with key art and a cartoon of the trio. The card number is housed inside a Fleer crown. The jokes continue on the back with short gags done in the form of scripts.
A handful of cards have extremely rare variation versions that have checklists on the back instead of the tradition text and graphics. These are considered to be some of the most desirable post-war entertainment trading cards. The first three cards in the set, which highlight individual members of the classic comedy trio, also command a premium.
1959 Fleer Three Stooges cards still command strong prices. It's not uncommon for high-grade single cards to sell for hundreds of dollars.
1959 Fleer Three Stooges Checklist
4 You'll sleep in the room in the basement and like it.
5 They went thatta-way!
6 Hey Moe, don't you think there's room for yours on top?
7 Uh! Uh! I've got eyes in the back of my head
8 I told you wise guys you'd never get away with it!
9 You lied! You told me he couldn't punch his way out of a paper bag.
10 Come on, give back that baseball! We know you swallowed it.
11 There's 4 needles in my pants and you better get them out!
12 Hold still -- I'm a tailor!
13 C'mon Curly -- The horse is the one in front of Larry!
14 I tell you -- Humans have 13 ribs -- you've got 19 -- you ain't human!
15 Don't work -- You can breathe through your mouth!
16 You can't keep your money in your shows and walk at the same time.
17 See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
18 One more rehearsal and I think we'll be good enough to play at the Met.
19 Hey fellows, I think I've got a bite.
20 How do you like this for a fancy finish.
22 What do you think I am, a pair of pants?
23 Not even George Washington would sleep here!
24 Look out below.
25 Next time we'll take the elevator!
26 The "Tree" Stooges
27 Somehow I have the feeling we're not wanted.
28 What happened to our reservations!
29 Your nose is too big and your brain is too small.
30 This one's in the bag.
31 Bargain Hunters.
32 Cleaning up the West.
33 Let me know when my number comes up.
34 Birds of a feather.
35 Who's that good-looking guy behind us?
36 Get your nose out of my business!
37 I told you to turn off the fan!
39 If you don't stop my name will be Whirley instead of Curly.
40 I never miss -- except with the first shot.
41 About face!
42 A hair raising experience.
43 No down payment.
44 No use. That hat won't fit!
45 Dig that crazy chicken!
46 Singing in the shower.
47 Just thought I'd drop by!
48 Larry plays by ear!
50 Rome wasn't burned in a day.
51 Be careful, this is my only suit.
52 It must have been something I ate!
53 That's an order -- a quart of milk and 3 doughnuts.
54 I could have sworn I just shaved him yesterday.
55 When you hear the tone, the time will be - - -
56 Just a little off the top.
57 That ought hold him!
58 Curly always does want to be in pictures!
59 Did you have to sneeze?
60 Betcha 8 to 5 you miss me again.
61 We never took a lesson in our lives!
62 Congratulations, Curly, you've just been elected treasurer.
63 Curly, the first thing a fighter must learn is how to get into the ring.
64 You won't fool anybody with that haircut!
65 Dinner music.
66 He has 40 teeth and 4 cavities!
67 Curly, I tell you it is not a dog!
68 Quick -- cal the S.P.C.A.!
69 What are you planting -- roses or noses?
70 C'mon you guys, quit horsin' around!
71 Getting even with Moe.
72 Give me back my Hula Hoop.
74 Just don't break anything!
75 Take me to your leader!
76 Now you know where we get all that corn!
77 Where has that doggone dog gone?
78 Good health means good fun.
79 I hate to say this, but somebody's flat!
80 You say it was right here that you lost your mind?
81 He must be around here somewhere.
82 This looks like a bad case of "Permiss of the Fatastan."
83 Is there a doctor in the house!
84 Strong backs -- weak minds.
85 Give me a hand, I can't carry it all by myself!
86 Round and round she goes.
87 Nobody leave the room!
88 At least, throw us a bone!
89 Why are Fire Engines Red?
90 What's wrong -- No more chairs in this room?
91 That's using your head, Curly!
92 He's got a good head on him -- for fishing!
93 We didn't do anything and we'll never do it again.
94 I tell you your nose is too long!
95 Sorry, this line is busy!
96 Trying the squeeze play.