After vanquishing Bowman, Topps had the national baseball card market all to themselves from 1956-58 but in 1959, Fleer, another Philadelphia confectioner that had been in business since 1885, entered the trading card fray for real (they had previously issued a set in 1923!) with an 80 card set depicting the life of Ted Williams. Card #68 from the set, as most of us know, was pulled at some point as it also showed Bucky Harris (and Joe Cronin, as I originally typed-thanks Anonymous!), who apparently had not signed a contract with Fleer:
The cards were sold in this fabulous looking wrapper:
What intrigues me about this set, which was massively over-produced (including the "rare" #68), is an alternate pack that was sold with two extra cards and no gum:
I don't know if the gumless version was a test but whereas the wrapper with gum is quite common, the 8 card version is exceedingly rare. I want to keep digging into this and will report back any findings.
Actually, that's Bucky Harris on card #68 with Ted, not Joe Cronin.
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