Uncut Sheet of 1960 Fleer Football Cards
Following is the configuration of an uncut 132-card sheet of 1960 Fleer football cards. If you hold your cursor above a card, your browser should show you the number of the card and the name of the player. Clicking on a card will bring up the full-sized scan. (A real uncut sheet would not have lines between the cards--that's an effect of scanning them individually.)
There are 132 cards in the 1960 Fleer set, and this sheet holds one of each card. Some cards are much more difficult to find than others, however. The scarcest cards in this set are the cards on the left, right, and bottom edges, and the cards in the sixth row from the top. The cards in the third and ninth rows also seem less common than most. The scarcest single card is easily the Jim Woodard card, in the bottom left corner, and the next scarcest is the Marv Lasater card, on the left edge, third from the top.
I assume that the cards on the edges are less common because they got damaged and discarded in production. Why would cards in the third, sixth, and ninth rows be less common? I can only guess, but perhaps the sheets were cut into four sections, with each section having three rows, and the sections were stored vertically. That's a very wild guess.
This table shows the cards on the sheet are numbered. The cards in each column are numbered sequentially from top to bottom, but there does not appear to be a pattern to the order of the columns.
In the course of collecting this set, I have encountered a few cards with the wrong back. Seven of them are pictured here, and a full list follows the pictures. The last card in the pictures, Dan McGrew, has the correct back, and it shows how the back is normally oriented.
|12 Shirkey||79 Grabowsky|
|22 Cann||21 Sardisco|
|32 Flynn||47 Smith|
|39 Spikes||28 Amstutz|
|41 Larscheid||26 Tripucka|
|44 Moss||35 Slack|
|46 Herring||33 Adamson|
|55 Saban||132 Beagle|
|56 Cockrell||131 Ertelatz|
|77 Hartman||2 Tharp|
|82 Allen||9 Blanch|
|87 Cornelison||112 Bredice|
|89 Deluca||110 Carmichael|
|99 Mathis||64 Saidock|
|101 Terrell||62 Chorovich|
|106 Day||69 Swink|
|111 Dee||88 Work|
|127 Lanphear||60 Larpenter|
|128 Maguire||59 Headrick|
As the pictures show, the backs of the wrong-backed cards are inverted, compared to cards with the correct backs. Here is the effect: say you cut the sheet in half horizontally, between rows 6 and 7. If you took either of the half sheets, separated its front from its back, spun the front 180 degrees and glued it upside-down to the back, the fronts of the cards would map to the backs as they do on my wrong-back cards. I know nothing about printing, but my uneducated guess is that they used two plates to print the backs of the cards, one for the top half of the sheet and another for the bottom half, and the wrong-backs occurred when a plate was installed upside-down. If anyone knows about printing, I would welcome any insight you have.
For general information on uncut sheets of vintage football cards, see my blog article, U is for Uncut Sheets. Also see my other virtual uncut sheets, listed in the left column of this page.
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