1987-88 Fleer Basketball Cards

1987-88 Fleer Basketball Cards

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It can be a tall task for any product based around a weaker rookie class to follow up a very popular release that is stacked with top rookies. 1987-88 Fleer Basketball floated under the radar for many years, overshadowed by the iconic 1986-87 Fleer.

Although it will never match the historic rookie class of its predecessor, 1987-88 Fleer Basketball is an underrated product even as prices surge.

1987-88 Fleer Basketball Set Details

Featuring a much lower print run than the previous year, 1987-88 Fleer Basketball is also one of the smaller basketball sets with 132 base cards. While the base design has not aged especially well, something about the simple look and gray color scheme seems to work and is a considerable design change from the previous year.

The top options from the set are the many Hall of Fame base cards, especially Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, and most notably, Michael Jordan. The Larry Bird card has proven difficult to locate in high grade, adding to the interest. While the key rookies are not quite household names, there is still some quality, including Brad Daughtery, A.C. Green, Ron Harper, Detlef Schrempf and Otis Thorpe, among others.

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The only other component of 1987-88 Fleer Basketball is the Stickers insert. Falling 1 per pack, the patriotic-themed stickers cover some of the biggest names in the sport, featuring Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Each pack also comes with a stick of gum.

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Although prices for ungraded cards remain fairly reasonable, high grades result in a significant premium. Gem Mint (i.e. PSA 10) copies for Michael Jordan and Larry Bird can go for thousands. While there are several typical issues common of cards produced during this period, centering problems are the most widespread.

Adding to the allure, unopened boxes command strong values and are tough to locate. The box breakdown is 36 packs of 12 cards and one sticker.

Key 1987-88 Fleer Basketball Cards

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Set Checklist

1987-88 Fleer Basketball Set Checklist

Base Set Checklist

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1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Los Angeles Lakers
2 Alvan Adams - Phoenix Suns
3 Mark Aguirre - Dallas Mavericks
4 Danny Ainge - Boston Celtics
5 John Bagley - Cleveland Cavaliers
6 Thurl Bailey - Utah Jazz
7 Greg Ballard - Golden State Warriors
8 Gene Banks - Chicago Bulls
9 Charles Barkley - Philadelphia 76ers
10 Benoit Benjamin - Los Angeles Clippers
11 Larry Bird - Boston Celtics
12 Rolando Blackman - Dallas Mavericks
13 Manute Bol - Washington Bullets
14 Tony Brown - New Jersey Nets
15 Michael Cage - Los Angeles Clippers RC
16 Joe Barry Carroll - Golden State Warriors
17 Bill Cartwright - New York Knicks
18 Terry Catledge - Washington Bullets RC
19 Tom Chambers - Seattle SuperSonics
20 Maurice Cheeks - Philadelphia 76ers
21 Michael Cooper - Los Angeles Lakers
22 Dave Corzine - Chicago Bulls RC
23 Terry Cummings - Milwaukee Bucks
24 Adrian Dantley - Detroit Pistons
25 Brad Daugherty - Cleveland Cavaliers RC
26 Walter Davis - Phoenix Suns
27 Johnny Dawkins - San Antonio Spurs RC
28 James Donaldson - Dallas Mavericks RC
29 Larry Drew - Los Angeles Clippers
30 Clyde Drexler - Portland Trail Blazers
31 Joe Dumars - Detroit Pistons
32 Mark Eaton - Utah Jazz
33 Dale Ellis - Seattle SuperSonics RC
34 Alex English - Denver Nuggets
35 Julius Erving - Philadelphia 76ers
36 Mike Evans - Denver Nuggets
37 Patrick Ewing - New York Knicks
38 Vern Fleming - Indiana Pacers
39 Sleepy Floyd - Golden State Warriors
40 Artis Gilmore - San Antonio Spurs
41 Mike Gminski - New Jersey Nets
42 A.C. Green - Los Angeles Lakers RC
43 Rickey Green - Utah Jazz
44 Sidney Green - Detroit Pistons
45 David Greenwood - San Antonio Spurs
46 Darrell Griffith - Utah Jazz
47 Bill Hanzlik - Denver Nuggets
48 Derek Harper - Dallas Mavericks
49 Ron Harper - Cleveland Cavaliers RC
50 Gerald Henderson - New York Knicks
51 Roy Hinson - Philadelphia 76ers
52 Craig Hodges - Milwaukee Bucks
53 Phil Hubbard - Cleveland Cavaliers
54 Dennis Johnson - Boston Celtics
55 Eddie Johnson - Sacramento Kings
56 Magic Johnson - Los Angeles Lakers
57 Steve Johnson - Portland Trail Blazers
58 Vinnie Johnson - Detroit Pistons
59 Michael Jordan - Chicago Bulls
60 Jerome Kersey - Portland Trail Blazers RC
61 Bill Laimbeer - Detroit Pistons
62 Lafayette Lever - Denver Nuggets
63 Cliff Levingston - Atlanta Hawks RC
64 Alton Lister - Seattle SuperSonics
65 John Long - Indiana Pacers
66 John Lucas - Milwaukee Bucks
67 Jeff Malone - Washington Bullets
68 Karl Malone - Utah Jazz
69 Moses Malone - Washington Bullets
70 Cedric Maxwell - Houston Rockets
71 Tim McCormick - Philadelphia 76ers RC
72 Rodney McCray - Houston Rockets
73 Xavier McDaniel - Seattle SuperSonics
74 Kevin McHale - Boston Celtics
75 Nate McMillan - Seattle SuperSonics RC
76 Sidney Moncrief - Milwaukee Bucks
77 Chris Mullin - Golden State Warriors
78 Larry Nance - Phoenix Suns
79 Charles Oakley - Chicago Bulls
80 Akeem Olajuwon - Houston Rockets
81 Robert Parish - Boston Celtics
82 Jim Paxson - Portland Trail Blazers
83 John Paxson - Chicago Bulls RC
84 Sam Perkins - Dallas Mavericks
85 Chuck Person - Indiana Pacers RC
86 Jim Petersen - Houston Rockets RC
87 Ricky Pierce - Milwaukee Bucks
88 Ed Pinckney - Phoenix Suns RC
89 Terry Porter - Portland Trail Blazers RC
90 Paul Pressey - Milwaukee Bucks
91 Robert Reid - Houston Rockets
92 Doc Rivers - Atlanta Hawks
93 Alvin Robertson - San Antonio Spurs
94 Tree Rollins - Atlanta Hawks
95 Ralph Sampson - Houston Rockets
96 Mike Sanders - Phoenix Suns RC
97 Detlef Schrempf - Dallas Mavericks RC
98 Byron Scott - Los Angeles Lakers
99 Jerry Sichting - Boston Celtics
100 Jack Sikma - Milwaukee Bucks
101 Larry Smith - Golden State Warriors
102 Rory Sparrow - New York Knicks
103 Steve Stipanovich - Indiana Pacers
104 Jon Sundvold - San Antonio Spurs RC
105 Reggie Theus - Sacramento Kings
106 Isiah Thomas - Detroit Pistons
107 LaSalle Thompson - Sacramento Kings
108 Mychal Thompson - Los Angeles Lakers
109 Otis Thorpe - Sacramento Kings RC
110 Sedale Threatt - Chicago Bulls
111 Wayman Tisdale - Indiana Pacers
112 Kelly Tripucka - Utah Jazz
113 Trent Tucker - New York Knicks RC
114 Terry Tyler - Sacramento Kings
115 Darnell Valentine - Los Angeles Clippers
116 Kiki Vandeweghe - Portland Trail Blazers
117 Darrell Walker - Denver Nuggets RC
118 Dominique Wilkins - Atlanta Hawks
119 Gerald Wilkins - New York Knicks
120 Buck Williams - New Jersey Nets
121 Herb Williams - Indiana Pacers
122 John Williams - Washington Bullets RC
123 John Williams - Cleveland Cavaliers RC
124 Kevin Willis - Atlanta Hawks
125 David Wingate - Philadelphia 76ers RC
126 Randy Wittman - Atlanta Hawks
127 Leon Wood - New Jersey Nets
128 Mike Woodson - Los Angeles Clippers
129 Orlando Woolridge - New Jersey Nets
130 James Worthy - Los Angeles Lakers
131 Danny Young - Seattle SuperSonics RC
132 Checklist (#1-132)

 

Stickers Set Checklist

11 cards. 1 per pack. Buy on eBay.
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1 Magic Johnson - Lakers
2 Michael Jordan - Bulls
3 Hakeem Olajuwon - Rockets
4 Larry Bird - Celtics
5 Kevin McHale - Celtics
6 Charles Barkley - 76ers
7 Dominique Wilkins - Hawks
8 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Lakers
9 Mark Aguirre - Mavericks
10 Chuck Person - Pacers
11 Alex English - Nuggets

 

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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

User Reviews

  1. Not the greatest design but solid. A nice set with cheaper, earlier cards of the top stars. Second-year cards of Jordan, Malone, Olajuwon, Barkley, and Ewing help slightly offset the lackluster RC crop. The set is certainly more affordable for a lot of collectors, vis-a-vis 1986-87 Fleer. Worth seeking out and owning.

  2. I give this decent looking set 4 stars because it is a very nice alternative to the rather expensive 86-87 Fleer set.
    I like the use of gray on the cards and the photos are decent also.

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