​​1988 Fleer Basketball

This is Fleer’s third consecutive set produced in the 80s. Prior to 1986, The 1961 Fleer set was the first basketball set that this company produced. Crazy how Fleer didn’t produce a basketball set for 25 years after their initial set. 

Keep in mind, this set was created during the junk wax era, so prices for most cards are relatively cheap. However, there are still a few cards that hold some value.

John Stockton

John Stockton was one of the best point guards of all-time. He holds the all-time record for most assists during a career with over 15,000. Additionally, he was the assist champ 9 times in his 19 year career as a member of the Utah Jazz. Crazy how he led the NBA in assists for almost half of his career.  Stockton averaged a double double in his career with 13 points and 10 assists per game.

This card is considered one of Stockton’s rookie cards. He also has XRCs in the 1984 Star sets which is the first year he appears on a card. However, the Star sets are not technically full sets

Michael Jordan

Jordan is considered by many to be the best basketball player of all-time. He was drafted into the NBA in 1984, however some consider his 1986 Fleer card to be his rookie card because it’s the first Michael Jordan card in a full flagship set. This card depicts Michael Jordan’s 3rd year in a true full set.

Jordan shined as an all-star when he entered the league. He took a lackluster Bulls team from the bottom of the league to NBA champions.

Jordan has many insane accolades including being a 6x NBA champ, 5x MVP, 10x scoring champ, rookie of the year, and defensive player of the year.  Crazy how he accomplished almost everything amazing a player would ever dream of during his career.

Reggie Miller

Reggie Miller played for the Indiana Pacers for 18 years. He averaged 18 points a game and was one of Michael Jordan’s key rivals. His rookie card comes from this set as he was drafted in 1987.Nowadays, you can find him on TV as an NBA commentator

Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman was nicknamed “the worm” for his ability to get between defenders and grab rebounds. He wasn’t well known in college and definitely made his mark in the NBA. Rodman averaged 7 points and 13 rebounds a game. Insane how he averaged almost twice as many rebounds as points in his entire 14 year career. He also led the league in rebounding for half of his years in the NBA.

His additional accolades include winning defensive player of the year twice and being a 5 time NBA champion.

Card Specs:

In this set, there are 132 cards and 11 sticker cards. The cards are normally sized and all 11 players with sticker cards are notable all-stars. Due to these cards being readily accessible, only cards graded by a professional company in a 9 or a 10 hold their value.

The design of the cards are weird as are different sizes and fonts of the player’s name, team name, and position on the front of the card. The colors on the outer part of the card match the player’s team in a simplistic design.

As far as the back of the card goes, The player’s name, card number, vital stats, and basketball stats are shown. There is no player bio which is typical of more modern cards.

1988 Fleer Basketball Checklist

1 Antoine Carr 

2 Cliff Levingston

3 Doc Rivers

4 Spud Webb 

5 Dominique Wilkins 

6 Kevin Willis – Atlanta Hawks

7 Randy Wittman 

8 Danny Ainge

9 Larry Bird 

10 Dennis Johnson 

11 Kevin McHale 

12 Robert Parish 

13 Muggsy Bogues 

14 Dell Curry 

15 Dave Corzine 

16 Horace Grant 

17 Michael Jordan 

18 Charles Oakley 

19 John Paxson 

20 Scottie Pippen 

21 Brad Sellers  

22 Brad Daugherty 

23 Ron Harper 

24 Larry Nance

25 Mark Price 

26 John Williams 

27 Mark Aguirre 

28 Rolando Blackman 

29 James Donaldson 

30 Derek Harper 

31 Sam Perkins 

32 Roy Tarpley 

33 Michael Adams 

34 Alex English 

35 Lafayette Lever

36 Blair Rasmussen 

37 Danny Schayes 

38 Jay Vincent 

39 Adrian Dantley 

40 Joe Dumars 

41 Vinnie Johnson 

42 Bill Laimbeer 

43 Dennis Rodman 

44 John Salley 

45 Isiah Thomas 

46 Winston Garland 

47 Rod Higgins 

48 Chris Mullin 

49 Ralph Sampson

50 Joe Barry Carroll 

51 Sleepy Floyd

52 Rodney McCray 

53 Akeem Olajuwon 

54 Purvis Short

55 Vern Fleming 

56 John Long 

57 Reggie Miller 

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 Dwayne Washington 

72 Kevin Williams 

73 Randy Breuer 

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

83 Kenny Walker 

84 Gerald Wilkins 

85 Charles Barkley 

86 Maurice Cheeks 

87 Mike Gminski

88 Cliff Robinson 

89 Armon Gilliam 

90 Eddie Johnson 

91 Mark West 

92 Clyde Drexler 

93 Kevin Duckworth 

94 Steve Johnson 

95 Jerome Kersey 

96 Terry Porter

97 Joe Kleine 

98 Reggie Theus 

99 Otis Thorpe 

100 Kenny Smith 

101 Greg Anderson 

102 Walter Berry 

103 Frank Brickowski

104 Johnny Dawkins 

105 Alvin Robertson 

106 Tom Chambers 

107 Dale Ellis 

108 Xavier McDaniel 

109 Derrick McKey 

110 Nate McMillan 

111 Thurl Bailey 

112 Mark Eaton 

113 Bobby Hansen  

114 Karl Malone 

115 John Stockton

116 Bernard King 

117 Jeff Malone 

118 Moses Malone 

119 John Williams 

120 Michael Jordan 

121 Mark Jackson 

122 Byron Scott 

123 Magic Johnson 

124 Larry Bird 

125 Dominique Wilkins 

126 Akeem Olajuwon 

127 John Stockton

128 Alvin Robertson 

129 Charles Barkley 

130 Patrick Ewing 

131 Mark Eaton 

132 Checklist (#1-132)

1988 Fleer Basketball Sticker Checklist

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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