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Three Stooges Non Sport Cards 59

Non Sport Cards
Three Stooges, 1959


1959 Fleer Three Stooges is one of the most popular trading card sets of all-time. Capturing the hijinks of Larry, Moe and Curly, the set continues to draw tremendous attention on the secondary market decades later.

The 1959 Fleer Three Stooges checklist includes a total of 96 cards. Card fronts have a colorized photo featuring part or all of the trio, usually in the midst of some sort of gag. The plain-bordered cards are captioned at the bottom with a funny quote or punchline.

Card backs are quite decorative with key art and a cartoon of the trio. The card number is housed inside a Fleer crown. The jokes continue on the back with short gags done in the form of scripts.

A handful of cards have extremely rare variation versions that have checklists on the back instead of the tradition text and graphics. These are considered to be some of the most desirable post-war entertainment trading cards. The first three cards in the set, which highlight individual members of the classic comedy trio, also command a premium.

1959 Fleer Three Stooges cards still command strong prices. It's not uncommon for high-grade single cards to sell for hundreds of dollars.

The reverse of the cards are colorful with artwork and a cartoon of the trio. The card number is within the red Fleer crown logo and the text body contains short gags or jokes depicted in the form of scripts. Three cards have extremely rare back variations that feature checklists on the reverse instead of the jokes and gag narrations. These very scarce cards are #16, #63 and #64. The Stooges are considered to be some of the most desirable post-war entertainment trading cards.


The 1959 Stooges Cards issued by Fleer are not only highly desirable by collectors for their rarity and intense Three Stooges appeal, but many of the cards are beautiful, attractive color images of the iconic groundbreaking comedians.    The relatively dull black and white Stooges card set which Fleer re-issued in 1966 of which no cards featured the original Curly Howard, was just no comparison.  

With the astronomical skyrocketing in value for high grade sport and non sports cards on the past few years, makes these still undervalued (but skyrocketing in demand and selling prices) vintage 1959 Three Stooges cards a No Brainer for the savvy investor  and collector. 

Note: Three Stooges cards with PSA Grade 9 and 10 populations of less than 40 are typically more desirable by collectors, less than 30 even more desirable and valuable and less than 20 can often sell for $1000 or more each.   The PSA Population index shows a curve that peaks at the grade 7 and 8 mark.  The curve than plummets for PSA  grades  9 and 10 with low number sof cards in existence and hence collectors demand significantly spikes Upward.    Imagine in 2021 you see a PSA Grade 9 Card for $800 and think its too expensive. Than in 2-3 years, that same cards is selling for $10,000 or $100,000!   That’s exactly what has happened with Rookie Sport Cards like for Michael Jordan, Wayne Greatzky, Tom Brady, etc etc.   And, for those who haven’t followed other Non Sports cards like Pokeman and Mario, they have exploded selling for over $100,000 !   I have no doubt these 1959 High Grade Three Stooges will skyrocket in the next few years ,  even more than they have tripled in value over the past five years. 

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