Preview – 1987 Sportflics

Beckett Set Notes (verbatim from Beckett set page)

This 200-card standard-size color set was produced by Sportflics and again features three sequence action pictures on each card. Also included with the cards were 136 small team logo and trivia cards. There are 165 individual players, 20 Tri-Stars (the top three players in each league at each position), and 15 other miscellaneous multi-player cards. The cards feature a red border on the front. The cards in the factory-collated sets are copyrighted 1986, while the cards in the wax packs are copyrighted 1987 or show no copyright year on the back. Cards from wax packs with 1987 copyright are 1-35, 41-75, 81-115, 121-155, and 161-195; the rest of the numbers (when taken from wax packs) are found without a copyright year.”

Box Contents

36 packs each with 3 player cards (aka Superstar Cards each with 9 Magic Motion player photos) and 2 team logo trivia cards (aka Magic Motion Team Startistics) per pack – [BTW, I couldn’t make up that Startistics term if I wanted to.]


$7.20 on eBay (shipped)


Below is the sophomore year box of Sportflics.  Each box came in a sleeve.

Out of the sleeve slides the box.  The box has an actual card glued to the top.  The card varies from box to box.

The packs are a nice black foil.  I’m not sure when the first foil packs came into use, but this has to be one of the very early examples.

Insert / Parallel List (taken from Beckett)


You might argue that the Team Logo Trivia Cards are an insert, but I don’t think they really are.  The player cards are complete at 200.  The trivia cards are complete at 136.  The ratio of player-to-trivia cards is 200:136 and almost exactly the same as the ratio that they are inserted into the packs (3:2).  These are two sets inserted into the same packs at an identical rate.  Since this box doesn’t really have any inserts, it’s a bit off-topic for my blog.  Regardless, I got this box for next-to-nothing, and I couldn’t pass it up.


I so want to tear into this box.  I can’t remember if I first saw Sportflics in 1986 (their first year) or 1987, but I really thought they were cool at the time.  They were like Kellogg’s cards (who didn’t love those things?!?) without the hassle of buying cereal.

The side of the box has some great text…

“Store Manager: 1987 SPORTFLICS Magic Motion Baseball is the hottest sport card product on the market. Take advantage of its high volume and high profits to display SPORTFLICS where collectors of all ages can find them.”

Sportflics – the perfect combination of magic and baseball cards.  This is going to be fun.

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