Fleer: Flair & Flair Showcase
My Fleer: Flair Collection (Updated December 24th, 2022)
I think the Flair series was a very sharp and attractive series in the hobby. The Preview cards that Fleer included in its 1995 Flagship title as an Insert set was a very intriguing way to get the hobby to see what is coming in the near future, (See the 1995 Fleer Flair Preview "Kerry Collins" #4 left). The photography for these cards is very crisp and alive.
The 1997 Series is built on this superb photography, (Note: The 1996 Series does not exist. I do not know why this happened, I can only assume that there was a licensing issue due to the fact that when the series did finally appear in 1997, it was called Flair Showcase. But I have no proof of this.). The 1995 Series sort of put the "Action Shot" and "Facial Shot" on the same level, however in 1997 the "Action Shot" is in the foreground while the "Facial Shot" is an under-intensified image in the background. Simply stunning and very attractive, (See the 1997 Flair Showcase Row 2 "Marvin Harrison" #15 right).
1995 Fleer: “Kerry Collins” Flair Preview #4
1998 Flair Showcase: “Warrick Dunn" Feature Film #7FF
The 1998 Flair Showcase had a very interesting insert set called Feature Film, (see the 1998 Flair Showcase "Warrick Dunn" Feature Film #7 on the left), It's a good thing the 1998 series had a good insert set because it only had one insert set that year. The Feature Film set had a plastic piece of live-action film inserted into the card. Now, this wasn't a hobby first, but it's cool, nonetheless.
1997 Flair Showcase: “Marvin Harrison” #15
The 1999 series was also a stunningly eye-appealing set. The set had that chrome-kinda look to it that the previous sets had, but there was one thing that I really did not like about the 1999 set. It had one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to card sets. It had multiple player card redundancies.
There are over 1,000 players in the NFL each and every year, however, The 1999 Flair Showcase title believes that there are only 30 to 50. The set has 192 cards in it, but has 3 different card formats, (See the 1999 Flair Showcase "Corey Dillon" cards below. I really like the cards, they are crisp, new, innovative, but also very redundant. If you're going to give me a small set of 200 cards, please give me 200 different players!
1999 Flair Showcase: “Edgerrin James” Feel the Game #1FG
In conclusion, Fleer was definitely onto something here with this Flair and Flair Showcase series. Minus the player redundancy in the 1999 set, for collectors looking to collect older quality sets, the Flair and Flair Showcase series are a keeper!!!
1999 Flair Showcase: “Corey Dillon” Power #Row 1, #Seat 9
1999 Flair Showcase: “Corey Dillon” Passion #Row 2, #Seat 47
1999 Flair Showcase: “Corey Dillon” Showcase #Row 3, #Seat 113
I have complete sets:
Fleer: Flair & Fleer: Flair Showcase Series:
1) 1995 Flair Set
A) TD Powers Insert
B) Hot Numbers Insert
C) Wave of The Future Insert
2) 1996 Flair Set - Does Not Exist
3A) 1997 Flair Showcase Row 2 Set
3B) 1997 Flair Showcase Row 1 Set
A) Hot Hands Insert*
B) Midas Touch Insert
C) Now and Then Insert
D) Wave of The Future Insert
4) 1998 Flair Showcase Row 3 Set
A) Feature Film Insert
5) 1999 Flair Showcase Set
A) Class of '99 jnsert
B) Shrine Time Insert
C) First Rounders Insert
D) Feel The Game Insert
6) 2000 Flair Showcase Set - Does Not Exist
7) 2001 Flair Showcase Set - Does Not Exist
8) 2002 Flair Set - Do Not Have
A) Franchise Favorites Jerseys - Incomplete ( 1 / 12 )
9) 2003 Flair Showcase Set - Do Not Have
10) 2004 Flair Showcase Set - Do Not Have
A) Autograph Collection Bronze Insert - Incomplete ( 3 / 25 )**
B) Cuts and Glory Bronze Insert - Incomplete ( 1 / 14 )***
11) 2005 Flair Showcase Set - Do Not Have
12) 2006 Flair Showcase Set - Do Not Have
A) Showcase Stitches Jersey Insert
*Note: I have this set as a Uncut Sheet
**Note: The original set size that Beckett called out was for 22 cards. I've located 3 autograph redemptions. They are Donte' Stallworth, Jake Delhome and David Carr.
***Note: The original set size that Beckett called out was for 13 cards. I've located 1 autograph redemption. The new card is Chad Pennington.