Collection: Three Stooges

If you grew up before the 1980s you probably have fond memories of the legendary comedy trio, Three Stooges.  The intense popularity of the Three Stooges has conceived one of the most highly desirable genres of memorabilia collecting. 

So take a walk with me into the nostalgic world of vintage entertainment and the excitement of collecting high-grade non-sport 1959 Fleer Three Stooges cards. These treasured collectibles capture the timeless antics and comedic genius of Moe, Larry, and Curly, immortalized in vibrant, classic card form. Each card is a piece of entertainment history, offering a delightful glimpse into the golden age of slapstick comedy. For collectors, these high-grade cards are not just memorabilia; they are prized artifacts that celebrate the enduring legacy of the Three Stooges. Perfect for avid fans and discerning collectors alike, owning a set of these cards brings a touch of classic humor and historical significance to any collection, transforming it into a cherished tribute to one of comedy's most iconic trios.  Perfect for displaying a cherished piece of entertainment lore.

The Cards!
The 1959 Fleer Three Stooges set consists of 96 cards, each measuring 2-1/2” x 3-1/2”. Each card front bears a color drawing of the comedy trio – Moe, Larry, and Curly – individually or in a scene from one of their shorts. A thin border surrounds each stylish, horizontal image with a caption printed in black ink at the bottom border. Card backs have a humorous quotation that complements the comical adventure on the other side. Fleer published the cards on both a white and a gray cardstock, with the gray versions more difficult to find as most have deteriorated over the passing decades. However, the white versions are more sought-after due to their clean appearance. The scarcest individual cards are single print run variation that carried checklists on the reverse (#16 “You Can’t Keep Your Money,” #63 “Curly The First Thing,” and #64 “You Won’t Fool Anybody”), with only slightly more than 200 total copies known to still exist. Not surprisingly, the other key cards in the set belong to the Stooges themselves – Curly (#1), Moe (#2), and Larry (#3) – with each vertical card consisting of a bust shot with biographical information on the reverse. Prime examples the card “Let Me Know When My Number Comes Up” (#33) is difficult to find due to centering issues. The last card, “Trying the Squeeze Play” (#96) is also tough to find in higher grades. Thanks to the continuing popularity of Moe, Larry, and Curly throughout the decades, 1959 Fleer Three Stooges set is regarded as one of the most coveted non-sport entries in the hobby, particularly in high grade.

 The set is considered one of the most popular trading card collections in history, with the cards featuring colorized scenes from the shorts.