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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Fuck Face...

If you collected cards back in the 80s/90s then you should remember this card. Unfortunately for Billy (who was overshadowed by Cal) this card is what people will always remember and not his MLB career. In 1989, Ripken's Fleer card showed the player holding a bat with the expletive fuck face written in plain view on the knob of the bat. Fleer subsequently rushed to correct the error, and in their haste, released versions in which the text was scrawled over with a marker, whited out with correction fluid, and also airbrushed. On the final, corrected version, Fleer obscured the offensive words with a black box (this was the version included in all factory sets). 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. As of February 2009 the white out version has a book value of $120.

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