Starting ~ mid 1992 Nike turned over production of the posters to OSP publishing (see blog 59) who completely changed the numbering system and started to produce 4 x 6 inch poster cards with "OSP numbers" like 5XXX. Those will not be discussed here.
Type 1 - black background, hole punched for attachment, information printed on back
Type 2 - black background, no hole, information printed on back
Type 3 - white background, no hole , information printed on front
Type 4 (blank) - no background, no hole, no information printed on front or back.
Type 1 was printed on cardboard stock similar to BB cards. Types 2-4 were printed on thinner paper stock.
We'll first take a look at what these different formats look like and in later blogs we will zero in on each specific card.
Here is 290218 "MVP and Cy" showing Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton. Data on the back gives poster # and poster title
They appear to have been issued issued between 1982/83 and 1987.
Type 3 is represented by poster card 290927 "Kinetics" showing Ken Griffey Jr. Data is on the front, the back is blank.
For example lets look at 290883 290884 and 290885 . 290883 is Jordan MVP and 290885 is Wayne Gretzky's I love LA. The former is 1988 and the latter is 1989. In between them is the poster double trouble for which we do not have a firm date. We therefore date is as 1988/89.
In addition Nike has released several trading card sets through the years.
In 1985 Nike released a 3 x 5" (5) card "promo set" of cards that included :
There are many unanswered questions about the Nike numbers (product code numbers) and how they wee chronologically issued such as:
1. Why start at 290201 ?
2. Why do the type 1 poster cards pick up again at 290850 and not 290250 ?
3. Why were the posted cards 290811 - 290849 not type 1 but rather a mix of
type 2, 3 and 4?
4. Why were many of the posters issued out of chronological order ?
There are probably logical answers for these and other numbering questions. We don't need those answers to have a numerical checklist, but it would be nice to have logical explanations from Nike for these and other questions.