2003 Fleer Patchworks Game-Worn Patch baseball cards were released in May of 2003, within the midst of the Game Used relic craze. It's an interesting set with a nice design and lots of inserts and variations to chase. Sets released in the earlier part of the 2000s often have confusing collation patterns. In a way and in terms of product identification, this era can be a strenuous mental exercise.
The 2003 Fleer Patchworks Game-Worn Patch set has subtle but documented associated location difficulty. Pulling together a 5-card run for a single player in the set can take years to accomplish. In my case, it took me 6 years. For a set of cards with print runs between 50 and 300, you'd think these would be easier to find. The last card I found was the second tier up, the gold version, with a serial number of 250. Bottom line, these are just hard to find.
I've mentioned this set in a previous blog post in an effort to showcase different types of memorabilia pieces. This set features a variety of unique styles of jersey relics. From pin stripes, to flat swatches, to patches, a lot is covered on the various parallels within this 5-card set. This run features appealing colors and aesthetics. Brought together, this is a beautiful little collection. If you collect a certain player or team, this is an interesting albeit challenging run to source. Since not all players have 5 different parallels, here's a version of what to expect:
- Level 1 Single (Blue): Serial numbered to 300.
- Level 1 Single (Gold): Serial numbered to 250.
- Level 2 Dual (Green): Serial numbered to 100.
- Level 2 Dual (Silver): Serial numbered to 100.
- Level 3 Multi (Copper): Serial numbered to 50.
While I can't generalize, in my experience the Level 1 Single's serial numbered to 250 are the hardest to find. All in all, the 2003 Fleer Patchworks Game-Worn Patch set is an excellent one with lots of challenges and certainly one to be proud of when completed. If you like opening wax and wanna try your hand at pulling one of these, try a box of 2003 Fleer Patchworks Baseball.