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All You Need to Know About 2011-12 Fleer Retro Precious Metal Gems

All You Need to Know About 2011-12 Fleer Retro Precious Metal Gems

2011-12 Fleer Retro Precious Metal Gems sees the return of one of the hobby's most popular parallels. They don't need autographs or ridiculous patches. Just the name and their brightly colored backgrounds are enough to send buyers into a frenzy.

The cards debuted in 1997-98 Metal Universe Basketball. Already a busy set, the cards cast a bright background behind the player. The cards are loud and instantly recognizable. 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems came in three levels. With a print run of 90, Red were the most common. Championship, which have a circular background, are limited to 50. Emerald cards have just ten copies.

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The parallels returned in 1998-99 Metal Universe and 2008-09 SkyBox Metal Universe.

Precious Metal Gems regularly command huge sales. In July, 2012, a 1998-99 Michael Jordan card numbered to 50 and graded a 9 by BGS sold for more than $16,000. Other Jordan and Kobe Bryant have sold for several thousand dollars as well. The high prices don't stop there. All-Stars consistently sell for low-four figures.

The popularity and distinct look even carried over to similarly styled parallels in 2010-11 Panini Totally Certified Basketball. After a modest release, the set took off as collectors started chasing Totally Green cards.

2011-12 Fleer Retro Precious Metal Gems are aiming for similar success. This time around they're a full on insert and not a parallel. The set has 40 cards with a checklist that includes Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and lots of other all-time legends.

2011-12 Fleer Retro is an NCAA product. Players are pictured in their college uniforms.

Precious Metal Gems come in three levels. 2011-12 Fleer Retro Precious Metal Gems Red are the most plentiful, numbered to 150. The set marks the first time blue cards have been used. These are limited to 50 copies. Green cards are the rarest, numbered to just 10.

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Below is a full checklist for the set as well as links to live eBay listings for key players.

2011-12 Fleer Retro Precious Metal Gems Checklist

Each of the following cards has three color-coded versions:

PM-1 Michael Jordan
PM-2 Mark A. Jackson
PM-3 Hakeem Olajuwon
PM-4 LeBron James
PM-5 Clyde Drexler
PM-6 David Robinson
PM-7 Christian Laettner
PM-8 Jim Jackson
PM-9 Adrian Dantley
PM-10 Reggie Theus
PM-11 John Havlicek
PM-12 Dennis Rodman
PM-13 Gail Goodrich
PM-14 Danny Manning
PM-15 Bob McAdoo
PM-16 Walt Frazier
PM-17 Bill Laimbeer
PM-18 Hal Greer
PM-19 Bill Cartwright
PM-20 Rudy Tomjanovich
PM-21 Bill Russell
PM-22 Tim Hardaway
PM-23 Cazzie Russell
PM-24 David Thompson
PM-25 Darrell Griffith
PM-26 Rick Barry
PM-27 George Gervin
PM-28 Elgin Baylor
PM-29 Alonzo Mourning
PM-30 Bill Walton
PM-31 Larry Johnson
PM-32 Magic Johnson
PM-33 Julius Erving
PM-34 Jimmer Fredette
PM-35 John Starks
PM-36 Bill Sharman
PM-37 Larry Bird
PM-38 Grant Hill
PM-39 Steve Nash
PM-40 James Worthy

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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.

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