Friday, January 4, 2008

Bill Ripken Error Card.

Shortly after Fleer released its set of 1989 baseball trading cards, collectors noticed something unusual about the card featuring Bill Ripken: letters printed in black marker on the knob of his bat. The letters were easily readable upon close examination, and they clearly spelled out the phrase "F-CK FACE." After the discovery became public, subsequent printings of the card were issued with the offending words covered up various ways: first hidden under a blob of White Out, then scribbled over with a marking pen, and finally covered by a black square. Both the original card and many of the corrected versions have become collector's items as a result. There are at least ten different variations of this card. The card shown here is my card that I bought in 1990 .
Something a little extra about Billy!!!!!!!!!!
While Cal is found extensively in baseball's record book, Bill Ripken owns a baseball record all to himself. On June 12, 1997, Bill was playing SS for the Texas Rangers against the San Francisco Giants in the first regular season interleague game in baseball history. In the bottom of the second inning, he singled with Damon Buford on second and collected the first RBI in MLB interleague play history!


Steve Gierman said...

I didn't realize that cool interleague fact.

There's a website detailing different versions of the infamous 1989 Fleer card.

Bart McClaughry said...

Thanks .
I went to the Ripken Site.
I like how it had all the different versions.

--David said...

The "Adult Cards" on that site is hilarious. At one time, I owned a couple of the uncorrected cards, but I was too young and stupid to realize what I had... Dang.

1989 Fleer Bill Ripken Collector said...


Im from the site.

Glad you liked it. One of these days when we locate ALL of the versions, we will post pictures of them and all the articles we have on this card.

Yeah, the Adult section is pretty fun. Theres a few more we need to add.

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