1988-89 Fleer Basketball Cards

1988-89 Fleer Basketball Cards


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1988-89 Fleer Basketball might not have the pedigree of the its 1986-87 cousin but it still has one of the best rookie lineups in the history of modern sports cards. Led by some of the first cards from a handful of Hall of Famers, the small set packs a lot of punch.

John Stockton, Scottie Pippen, Reggie Miller, Dennis Rodman. Mark Jackson, John Salley -- these are just some of the many rookie cards residing in 1988-89 Fleer Basketball. The third-year Michael Jordan card also remains popular with collectors.

In total, the base set has 132 cards. Considering its loaded rookie checklist, prices are still very reasonable. By the latter part of the 1980s, print runs for all trading cards were rising fast. This has kept the supply in check. Because of these somewhat soft prices, collectors looking for an investment may want to consider cards graded 9.5 or 10 by PSA or BGS as there is less risk involved than other high-end sets.

Unfortunately, the 1988-89 Fleer Basketball design doesn't stand up very well today. Borders are dark in the middle, gradually getting lighter at the top and bottom. The inner frame is colored with rounded corners. The has the player's name in an art deco font alongside the bubbly Fleer logo. The two do not go well together. Even more fonts are used at the bottom of the card for the team and position.

1988-89 Fleer Basketball also has an 11-card sticker set. Super Star Stickers fall one per pack. The checklist is led by Michael Jordan.

Key 1988-89 Fleer Basketball Cards:

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Set Checklist

1988-89 Fleer Basketball Checklist

Base Set Checklist

132 cards.

1 Antoine Carr RC
2 Cliff Levingston
3 Doc Rivers
4 Spud Webb
5 Dominique Wilkins
6 Kevin Willis
7 Randy Wittman
8 Danny Ainge
9 Larry Bird
10 Dennis Johnson
11 Kevin McHale
12 Robert Parish
13 Tyrone Bogues RC (Muggsy Bogues)
14 Dell Curry RC
15 Dave Corzine
16 Horace Grant RC
17 Michael Jordan
18 Charles Oakley
19 John Paxson
20 Scottie Pippen RC
21 Brad Sellers RC
22 Brad Daugherty
23 Ron Harper
24 Larry Nance
25 Mark Price RC
26 John Williams
27 Mark Aguirre
28 Rolando Blackman
29 James Donaldson
30 Derek Harper
31 Sam Perkins
32 Roy Tarpley RC
33 Michael Adams RC
34 Alex English
35 Lafayette Lever
36 Blair Rasmussen RC
37 Danny Schayes
38 Jay Vincent
39 Adrian Dantley
40 Joe Dumars
41 Vinnie Johnson
42 Bill Laimbeer
43 Dennis Rodman RC
44 John Salley RC
45 Isiah Thomas
46 Winston Garland RC
47 Rod Higgins
48 Chris Mullin
49 Ralph Sampson
50 Joe Barry Carroll
51 Sleepy Floyd
52 Rodney McCray
53 Hakeem Olajuwon
54 Purvis Short
55 Vern Fleming
56 John Long
57 Reggie Miller RC
58 Chuck Person
59 Steve Stipanovich
60 Wayman Tisdale
61 Benoit Benjamin
62 Michael Cage
63 Mike Woodson
64 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
65 Michael Cooper
66 A.C. Green
67 Magic Johnson
68 Byron Scott
69 Mychal Thompson
70 James Worthy
71 Duane Washington
72 Kevin Williams
73 Randy Breuer RC
74 Terry Cummings
75 Paul Pressey
76 Jack Sikma
77 John Bagley
78 Roy Hinson
79 Buck Williams
80 Patrick Ewing
81 Sidney Green
82 Mark Jackson RC
83 Kenny Walker RC
84 Gerald Wilkins
85 Charles Barkley
86 Maurice Cheeks
87 Mike Gminski
88 Cliff Robinson
89 Armon Gilliam RC
90 Eddie Johnson
91 Mark West RC
92 Clyde Drexler
93 Kevin Duckworth RC
94 Steve Johnson
95 Jerome Kersey
96 Terry Porter
97 Joe Kleine RC
98 Reggie Theus
99 Otis Thorpe
100 Kenny Smith RC
101 Greg Anderson RC
102 Walter Berry RC
103 Frank Brickowski RC
104 Johnny Dawkins
105 Alvin Robertson
106 Tom Chambers
107 Dale Ellis
108 Xavier McDaniel
109 Derrick McKey RC
110 Nate McMillan
111 Thurl Bailey
112 Mark Eaton
113 Bobby Hansen RC
114 Karl Malone
115 John Stockton RC
116 Bernard King
117 Jeff Malone
118 Moses Malone
119 John Williams
120 Michael Jordan All-Star
121 Mark Jackson All-Star
122 Byron Scott All-Star
123 Magic Johnson All-Star
124 Larry Bird All-Star
125 Dominique Wilkins All-Star
126 Hakeem Olajuwon All-Star
127 John Stockton All-Star
128 Alvin Robertson All-Star
129 Charles Barkley All-Star
130 Patrick Ewing All-Star
131 Mark Eaton All-Star
132 Checklist
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Super Star Sticker Set Checklist

11 stickers.

1 Mark Aguirre
2 Larry Bird
3 Clyde Drexler
4 Alex English
5 Patrick Ewing
6 Magic Johnson
7 Michael Jordan
8 Karl Malone
9 Kevin McHale
10 Isiah Thomas
11 Dominique Wilkins
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Ryan Cracknell  |  E-Mail Author
Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

User Reviews

  1. One of my favorite sets of all time. Still reasonably priced with tons of rookies, stars and HOFers.

  2. I have 2 jordan super star stickers from the set and both of them are miscut leaning to the bottom right. I just left a card show and a vendor i spoke to there had one displayed that had the same MC. I originally thought they may be reprints but the more i search the secondary market online, the more of that same cut i see. I even saw a PSA9 that had a slight lean on it. Priced for $300 too. Maybe i should submit myself. I googled this set originally to see if fake ones had articles towards the top but to my delight, i saw none.

  3. I love this set. It was the first basketball set that I bought and it is loaded with great rookies and star players. The design is not great and player info would have made this a 5 star set.

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