Fleer’s Million Dollar Disaster

It’s funny how many collectors complain about Upper Deck’s Yankee Stadium Legacy set. At least with those cards, there is a demand among Yankees collectors and every few months someone with way too much money completes the set.

What about the late-90’s ‘Million Dollar Moments’ gimmick created by Fleer? If you busted any 1997 Fleer, odds are you had stacks of these worthless cards in your collection. The whole idea of the program was simple. If you manage to complete the 50-card set, you could win $50,000 dollars every year until 2018.

Of course, cards 46-49 were extremely short printed with card #50 being a one of one. According to Sports Collectors Digest, odds of completing the set were 1 in 46,000,000 million.

Of course, it didn’t help that Fleer filed for bankruptcy in 2005, meaning that if someone did manage to win the money, they were screwed unless Upper Deck was willing to take over the payments for the next thirteen years.

Somehow, I don’t see that happening.

12 thoughts on “Fleer’s Million Dollar Disaster

  1. I never knew about the short prints. I have a partial set of this crap taking up space in a box somewhere. It is going to take up space in a landfil soon!

  2. I never even read the fine print on the back of the cards because, in my mind, it was a given that it would be a contest that was extremely hard to win. Now I find out that I was wrong. It was a contest which was impossible to win.

  3. wow, I bought some packs back then but can’t tell you today what that 1997 Fleer flagship design looks like????

    No wonder Fleer is just dull memory today……

  4. Man, I used to love ’96 and ’97 Fleer. I loved the “perfect for autographs” matte finish (although I wondered where, exactly, I was supposed to get said autographs…), or the inserts in 1:5 packs (or something along those lines). I have a ton of these Million Dollar Moment cards. I think I sorta knew there was a contest affiliated with them, but I was young and they had good players on them, so really I just treated them as cheapo inserts. Ah, good times…

  5. Almost every contest in the U.S. is now run by a third party company that takes care of the prize distribution. If you win a contest such as this, you’ll get your prize regardless of whether or not the sponsoring company is still in business, they have to place the funds in an escrow account that once won can’t be un-won so to speak.

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