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 Fleer 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 and John Salley are a few of the key rookie cards residing in 1988-89 Fleer Basketball. The third-year Michael Jordan card also remains popular with collectors.

1988-89 Fleer Basketball Set Details

In total, the base set has 132 cards. Considering its loaded rookie checklist, prices are still 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.

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Backs seem equally dated with faded pastel colors that contrast with the front.

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1988-89 Fleer Basketball also has an 11-card sticker set. The Super Star Sticker cards 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.
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1 Antoine Carr - Atlanta Hawks RC
2 Cliff Levingston - Atlanta Hawks
3 Doc Rivers - Atlanta Hawks
4 Spud Webb - Atlanta Hawks
5 Dominique Wilkins - Atlanta Hawks
6 Kevin Willis - Atlanta Hawks
7 Randy Wittman - Sacramento Kings
8 Danny Ainge - Boston Celtics
9 Larry Bird - Boston Celtics
10 Dennis Johnson - Boston Celtics
11 Kevin McHale - Boston Celtics
12 Robert Parish - Boston Celtics
13 Muggsy Bogues - Charlotte Hornets RC
14 Dell Curry - Charlotte Hornets RC
15 Dave Corzine - Chicago Bulls
16 Horace Grant - Chicago Bulls RC
17 Michael Jordan - Chicago Bulls
18 Charles Oakley - New York Knicks
19 John Paxson - Chicago Bulls
20 Scottie Pippen - Chicago Bulls RC
21 Brad Sellers - Chicago Bulls RC
22 Brad Daugherty - Cleveland Cavaliers
23 Ron Harper - Cleveland Cavaliers
24 Larry Nance - Cleveland Cavaliers
25 Mark Price - Cleveland Cavaliers RC
26 John Williams - Cleveland Cavaliers
27 Mark Aguirre - Dallas Mavericks
28 Rolando Blackman - Dallas Mavericks
29 James Donaldson - Dallas Mavericks
30 Derek Harper - Dallas Mavericks
31 Sam Perkins - Dallas Mavericks
32 Roy Tarpley - Dallas Mavericks RC
33 Michael Adams - Denver Nuggets RC
34 Alex English - Denver Nuggets
35 Lafayette Lever - Denver Nuggets
36 Blair Rasmussen - Denver Nuggets RC
37 Danny Schayes - Denver Nuggets
38 Jay Vincent - Denver Nuggets
39 Adrian Dantley - Detroit Pistons
40 Joe Dumars - Detroit Pistons
41 Vinnie Johnson - Detroit Pistons
42 Bill Laimbeer - Detroit Pistons
43 Dennis Rodman - Detroit Pistons RC
44 John Salley - Detroit Pistons RC
45 Isiah Thomas - Detroit Pistons
46 Winston Garland - Golden State Warriors RC
47 Rod Higgins - Golden State Warriors RC
48 Chris Mullin - Golden State Warriors
49 Ralph Sampson - Golden State Warriors
50 Joe Barry Carroll - Houston Rockets
51 Sleepy Floyd - Houston Rockets
52 Rodney McCray - Houston Rockets
53 Akeem Olajuwon - Houston Rockets
54 Purvis Short - Houston Rockets
55 Vern Fleming - Indiana Pacers
56 John Long - Indiana Pacers
57 Reggie Miller - Indiana Pacers RC
58 Chuck Person - Indiana Pacers
59 Steve Stipanovich - Indiana Pacers
60 Wayman Tisdale - Indiana Pacers
61 Benoit Benjamin - Los Angeles Clippers
62 Michael Cage - Seattle SuperSonics
63 Mike Woodson - Houston Rockets
64 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Los Angeles Lakers
65 Michael Cooper - Los Angeles Lakers
66 A.C. Green - Los Angeles Lakers
67 Magic Johnson - Los Angeles Lakers
68 Byron Scott - Los Angeles Lakers
69 Mychal Thompson - Los Angeles Lakers
70 James Worthy - Los Angeles Lakers
71 Dwayne Washington - Miami Heat RC
72 Kevin Williams - Miami Heat
73 Randy Breuer - Milwaukee Bucks RC
74 Terry Cummings - Milwaukee Bucks
75 Paul Pressey - Milwaukee Bucks
76 Jack Sikma - Milwaukee Bucks
77 John Bagley - New Jersey Nets
78 Roy Hinson - New Jersey Nets
79 Buck Williams - New Jersey Nets
80 Patrick Ewing - New York Knicks
81 Sidney Green - New York Knicks
82 Mark Jackson - New York Knicks RC
83 Kenny Walker - New York Knicks RC
84 Gerald Wilkins - New York Knicks
85 Charles Barkley - Philadelphia 76ers
86 Maurice Cheeks - Philadelphia 76ers
87 Mike Gminski - Philadelphia 76ers
88 Cliff Robinson - Philadelphia 76ers
89 Armon Gilliam - Phoenix Suns RC
90 Eddie Johnson - Phoenix Suns
91 Mark West - Phoenix Suns RC
92 Clyde Drexler - Portland Trail Blazers
93 Kevin Duckworth - Portland Trail Blazers RC
94 Steve Johnson - Portland Trail Blazers
95 Jerome Kersey - Portland Trail Blazers
96 Terry Porter - Portland Trail Blazers
97 Joe Kleine - Sacramento Kings RC
98 Reggie Theus - Atlanta Hawks
99 Otis Thorpe - Sacramento Kings
100 Kenny Smith - Sacramento Kings RC
101 Greg Anderson - San Antonio Spurs RC
102 Walter Berry - New Jersey Nets RC
103 Frank Brickowski - San Antonio Spurs RC
104 Johnny Dawkins - San Antonio Spurs
105 Alvin Robertson - San Antonio Spurs
106 Tom Chambers - Phoenix Suns
107 Dale Ellis - Seattle SuperSonics
108 Xavier McDaniel - Seattle SuperSonics
109 Derrick McKey - Seattle SuperSonics RC
110 Nate McMillan - Seattle SuperSonics
111 Thurl Bailey - Utah Jazz
112 Mark Eaton - Utah Jazz
113 Bobby Hansen - Utah Jazz RC
114 Karl Malone - Utah Jazz
115 John Stockton - Utah Jazz RC
116 Bernard King - Washington Bullets
117 Jeff Malone - Washington Bullets
118 Moses Malone - Atlanta Hawks
119 John Williams - Washington Bullets
120 Michael Jordan - Chicago Bulls AS
121 Mark Jackson - New York Knicks AS
122 Byron Scott - Los Angeles Lakers AS
123 Magic Johnson - Los Angeles Lakers AS
124 Larry Bird - Boston Celtics AS
125 Dominique Wilkins - Atlanta Hawks AS
126 Akeem Olajuwon - Houston Rockets AS
127 John Stockton - Utah Jazz AS
128 Alvin Robertson - San Antonio Spurs AS
129 Charles Barkley - Philadelphia 76ers AS
130 Patrick Ewing - New York Knicks AS
131 Mark Eaton - Utah Jazz AS
132 Checklist (#1-132)

 

Super Star Sticker Set Checklist

11 stickers. Buy on eBay.
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1 Mark Aguirre - Mavericks
2 Larry Bird - Celtics
3 Clyde Drexler - Trail Blazers
4 Alex English - Nuggets
5 Patrick Ewing - Knicks
6 Magic Johnson - Lakers
7 Michael Jordan - Bulls
8 Karl Malone - Jazz
9 Kevin McHale - Celtics
10 Isiah Thomas - Pistons
11 Dominique Wilkins - Hawks

 

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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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